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Corduroy fabric is warm, sturdy and stylish! Keep corduroy garments looking their best by turning them inside out for laundering. Wash them in warm water on the delicate cycle. You can dry corduroy clothes in the dryer, but don’t let them dry all the way – take them out while they’re still damp, smooth out seams and pockets, then hang them up to finish drying. Iron them on the “wrong” side so the pile won’t get crushed. To fluff it up even more, brush against the nap with a soft brush.

Spotted a spot on fabric, but have no idea what it is or how it got there? Try blotting it with cool water. If that doesn’t work, blot a wet sponge sprinkled with a few drops of vinegar or ammonia and rinse. NOTE: don’t try this with cotton or linen fabrics – instead, blot the stain with rubbing alcohol diluted with an equal amount of water before rinsing. For white fabrics, try sponging with a solution of one part bleach and four parts water, then launder as usual.

Here are some tips I’ve picked up over the years for caring for ski, snowboard, and other waterproof outerwear.

  1. Wear only when you need the waterproofing. As stylish as your ski jacket maybe, the waterproof coating will rub off when sitting in car seats and movie theaters.
  2. Wash with powder detergent only. Liquid detergents will degrade waterproofing performance.
  3. Hang dry away from the sun. This includes after washing, or even just getting wet.
  4. Re-apply a waterproof coating (such as Scotch Guard™) once or twice per season using the instructions on the canister.

After years of use, waterproof jackets and pants will eventually wear down, get small cuts or holes, seams will wear and water may seep in. Replace your waterproof clothing when it stops keeping you dry.

Note: This is intended as a set of helpful tips, not complete care for your apparel. Always read the labels carefully before laundering and coating your waterproof clothing.

Football, soccer, cross country…fall sports are gearing up. No need to use bleach – dishwasher detergent will keep your teen’s sport socks dazzling! Simply soak grimy socks in a solution of 1 gallon hot water plus 2 tablespoons dishwasher detergent for one hour. Then, pour the socks along with the soaking solution into the washer, add your regular detergent and wash normally. Those socks will come out white and bright as new!


Keep bras, intimates and other delicate fabrics looking fresh and new with these five tips:

  1. Fasten the hooks on the bra before you wash it. This will prevent them catching on trim or on other clothes.
  2. Hand-wash delicates to prolong their life. Use cool water and a gentle soap made for delicate fabrics (such as Lovlast).
  3. If you plan to use the washing machine, put your bra and other delicates in a lingerie bag or laundry bag.
  4. Wash the bra in cool water on the delicate cycle, using a mild detergent.
  5. Air-dry the bra after washing.

10 ways to get it clean with baking soda!

When we asked readers for their favorite cleaning tips, many of them included one common household ingredient: baking soda! And what’s not to love? Not just for the kitchen, baking soda is inexpensive, non-toxic, and can be used for a wide variety of household cleaning tasks. Here are just a few:

  1. Odor-control. Baking soda doesn’t just knock out odors in the fridge…sprinkle some in the bottom of a trashcan, a cat’s litter box or clothes hamper. To freshen floors, shake some onto the carpet, let it stand for 15 minutes, then vacuum. You can also mix it with hot water to remove smells from plastic food containers.
  2. In the laundry. Save money on laundry detergent by replacing half of each scoop with an equal amount of baking soda! Grease spots on clothing? Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda plus 1 part water, rub it into the fabric, and let it stand for at least 15 minutes before washing.
  3. As a dry-cleaner for your pet. For a quick cleaner/deodorizer, sprinkle your dog or cat’s coat with baking soda, then brush it out (even your cat won’t object to that!).
  4. On kitchen and bathroom counters. To clean surfaces, sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth. Wipe, then rinse with clean water. To eliminate stubborn stains, apply a baking soda paste (see formula above), let it stand for 15 minutes, then scrub or wipe clean.
  5. As silver polish. Rub a baking soda paste onto silver items, then rinse with warm water. Dry the silver with a soft cloth.
  6. In drains. Once a week, pour ¼ cup of baking soda into a drain, then run hot water to rinse. You may never again have a clogged drain!
  7. On uncarpeted floors. Sprinkle scuffmarks or grease spills with baking soda, then wipe them clean with a warm, damp cloth. This is even safe on no-wax floors!
  8. To loosen burned-on foods. Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of a pot with burnt, stuck-on food, add hot water and let it soak overnight. This also works to remove charred pieces on grill racks.
  9. Outdoors. Use a baking soda solution (1/4 baking soda plus 1 quart warm water) to wash kiddy pools, birdbaths, fountains and use lawn furniture.
  10. On personal surfaces. Use a baking soda solutions (see formula above) as an excellent, non-toxic cleaner for hairbrushes, combs and kids’ toys. They can either be submerged in the solution or soaked in it. Rinsed with clean water.

Tip: Baking soda never spoils, so buy it in bulk to save money. You’ll use it for many things besides baking!