Life & Beauty Weekly: Happy You
Keep Your Favorite Clothes Looking Like New
By Elizabeth Brownfield for Life & Beauty Weekly
That perfectly fitting pair of jeans, a gorgeous new sweater, a crisp white T-shirt -- whether you spent $10 or $100, your favorite wardrobe pieces have the power to make you feel like a million bucks. So why not protect your investment? These clothing care strategies will keep your closet’s MVPs in great shape for a long time to come.
1. Keep jeans looking new.
For water-based stains -- coffee, red wine, perspiration -- fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and laundry detergent, plus a few drops of vinegar, and spritz the area ASAP. Then gently scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Wash the shirt as normal but avoid the dryer. Heat can permanently “bake in” a stain. If the stain remains, soak the entire shirt in warm water and color-safe or oxygen-based bleach for an hour, then wash it again.
Oil-based stains -- butter, salad dressing, lipstick -- are more stubborn. Pretreat with a solution of one part glycerin, one part lemon liquid dish detergent and eight parts water; the citrus detergent can help break up oil, says Boorstein. But you may have more luck with dry cleaning. Just tell the staff what caused the stain so they can treat it accordingly.
3. Stop sweaters from pilling.
“Pilling is the result of friction,” says Boorstein. While some of it is unavoidable (you can’t exactly stop swinging your arms!), try to minimize friction when you can. Keep elbows off surfaces and alternate the side on which you carry your purse. To remove fuzz balls, shave your sweater with a new, disposable razor. It’s easy and gives you more control than electric lint removers and de-pillers, so there’s less risk of a snag or other damage. Just use a light touch and be careful not to slice into the garment.
The Sweater Stone is a convenient tool to remove pilling and renew the finish of sweaters naturally.
Created to restore the look of knits and sweaters without exposing them to the rigors of dry cleaning, the Sweater Stone is made of a natural pumice, it quickly lifts away pilling and revitalizes knitted garments.
It's versatility allows use on a wide range of fabrics , including furniture and polar fleece.
Will last up to ten years under normal use.
Dritz Sweater Stone Clothing Care
4. Prevent fabrics from fading.
“People tend to over-wash and over-dry clothing, which fades fabrics,” says Boorstein. “Unless they’re heavily soiled, clothes don’t need to agitate in the washer for 40 minutes.” Run shorter, 20-minute wash cycles, and use the delicate wash and medium-heat dryer settings. Other tips: Wash in cold water and turn clothes inside out first.
5. Maintain a bathing suit’s shape.
Wearing a swimsuit can be daunting enough without feeling self-conscious over a saggy bottom or stretched-out straps. To maintain fit, wash or rinse the suit ASAP after getting out of the water -- chlorine and saltwater break down stretchy fabrics. When you’re ready, wash the suit by hand in cold water with a few drops of detergent. If you must machine wash, do so on the delicate cycle and put the suit in a mesh bag for protection, then lay it flat to dry.
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Do you spend a lot of time shopping for clothes that you hardly ever wear?
Most women spend an average of three years of their lives shopping, according to a recent survey by global online market researcher OnePoll.com. And a poll by MyCelebrityFashion.co.uk found that 25 percent of women only wear 10 per cent of the clothes they own, while 91 percent have an item in the closet that still has the tags on.
Lifestyle expert Amy Sewell, of Shop With Style, has some tips to help you put your shopping time to good use by finding fashion that suits your figure.
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