It’s always a nice surprise when you find out certain odds and ends around your home can be cleaned in the washing machine—like your yoga mat. (Just put it on the gentle cycle, and for the love of common sense, do not put it in the dryer: Take it out before the spin cycle hits, roll it up in a towel to absorb the moisture, and hang it over your shower rod or outdoor railing.) But some things just can’t be laundered just like your favourite tee. Ahead, how to clean certain items that you can’t just throw in the wash.
White Linen Collar
It’s a universal law that you can’t wear white without getting at least one stain—but even if you make it back home without a single spill, you may realize that you’ve inadvertently got makeup, colour from your fake tan, or even sweat on your collar. That doesn’t mean you need to run straight to the dry-cleaner. If the stain feels oily—most makeup contains some oil—try dabbing some baby powder on the stain. Let it sit for a bit before brushing off and try hitting it with Garment Groom set in on the stain before laundering. I like to scrub any stains with a little Dish Soap and a soft brush before throwing it in the wash.
Lampshades have an uncanny ability to collect dust—but before you grab the Swiffer, try a lambswool or feather duster, work from top to bottom, and use cleaning cloth with All-Purpose Cleaner to wipe the base.
Once the weather heats up, your outdoor patio set is likely getting a lot of play. Try brushing them with a clean stiff scrub brush to remove any stains of bird poo before you get them wet (I use an old pot scrubber that I keep aside for this job). To keep non-removable covers clean, combine a teaspoon of dish soap and one tablespoon of Borax with a quart of warm water. Dip a sponge in the mixture and rub it along each cushion, letting it sit for about 15-20 minutes. Run the hose over everything to rinse it clean, then let it open-air dry in the sunlight.
The Inside of Your Bag
Is there anything worse than sticking your hand in your purse to get your lipstick to realize it’s opened up and completely graffitied the inside? Ugh. Don’t panic, that’s what Garment Groom is for. Wipe away the excess with a tissue, then spray and blot. Your extra hardy red lipstick, you may have to resort to Dish Soap and an old toothbrush. Repeat until the stain is gone. Just be patient, and work slowly, it’ll shift eventually.
The Inside of Your Hat
I like to wear a wide-brimmed hat while gardening or while I’m on a hike with my partner, but it’s not something I can throw in the wash! That means all the bacteria and sweat just sort of hangs out there until the next time I wear it. Gross. Next time you take it off, spray the inside of your hat brim with Garment Groom and wipe with a clean cloth. Let it air-dry and you’re ready for your next sweaty adventure (minus the breakout band across your forehead).
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