Taking Care of Your Clothes

The other day while I was taking my clothes out of the dryer and got ready to start folding it...I noticed one of my favorite shirts had ripped NoooOOOoooOOOo!!!! It didn't have that hole before it went into the washer, so I think I might have put the wrong cycle (maybe this is why I'm banned from doing laundry at my house) Has this ever happend to you? I actually found some helpful tips from Stacy London (from the show What Not to Wear) to help keep some of our favorite pieces looking fab and in great conditions:

1. The Wrap Dress: "This dress will be your best friend no matter how many times you leave it bunched up on the floor. Look for a dress that wraps at the smallest part of your waistline for the most flattering shape," Stacy says. And when it comes to caring for it, "Use a non-harsh, multi-purpose liquid detergent such as Woolite For All Fabrics. Dry on a low heat setting for about 39 minutes, depending on the dryer. The dress should still be slightly damp as it's hung to dry. Due to the partial dryness, the dress will not stretch out."

2. Your Favorite Jeans: "If you like your jeans tight and wear them a lot, then you'll need to wash them at least once a week," Stacy says. "For stretch denim that needs to shrink back to size, tumble dry at high heat for about 40 minutes. Keep in mind that the drying cycle can reduce the elasticity of the fabric, so if your jeans are a bit older, air-dry them most of the way and then do a quick blast in a high-heat dryer for 10 to 15 minutes."

3. The Cardigan: To keep a bright sweater looking vibrant, "use a color-safe detergent, like Woolite For All Colors. Select the coldest temperature on your machine and of course, the most delicate cycle for your cardigan. Avoid the dryer--instead, try rolling the garment in a towel to remove excess water, and then lay flat to dry."

Hope these help. You can check out more of her tips at findthelookkeepthelook.com

Do you have any other helpful tips?

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