New denim blues.

Ever wear jeans fresh from the store and notice your hands and shirt turned blue? When dye is transferred by friction, it’s called crocking, and the indigo dye in blue jeans is a notorious crocker. Before you leave a tint of blue everywhere, the laundry is your first stop. Wash with cold water and, before the rinse cycle starts, stop the machine and add two cups white vinegar and soak. After a couple of hours, turn the machine on to finish. Hang and air dry your jeans, then press with the hottest iron setting. Then throw them back into the machine for one more cold-water wash.

Lost socks found here.

We know where those missing socks are hiding—they’re clinging inside a pillowcase, to the inside of the dryer drum, or have sneaked under the washing machine. You’ll never lose another with our professional secret: lingerie bags.  Sturdy mesh zip-up bags keep small items together and prevent delicate items snagging or getting wrapped up in larger pieces. Hopday is one popular brand that’s available.

Sparkling white sneaks.

White canvas shoes are perfect for summer – until they start looking beige. Here’s how to freshen stained sneakers, thanks to How to Clean Stuff. Scrub away dirt stains with shampoo on a nail brush, wipe residue away with a damp sponge. Use dish soap on grass stains and nail polish remover on grease or tar. After you’ve removed as much as possible, apply oxygen bleach with a nailbrush or toothbrush to any remaining off-white areas. If you don’t mind losing the new look, canvas shoes can usually be machine washed on a gentle cycle with warm water. Hang to air dry.

Fluffy, fresh towels.

After a shower or bath, there’s nothing as refreshing as a big, clean terrycloth towel. Home laundry fabric softener can prevent a towel from soaking up water, incompletely rinsed detergent can harden the fibers. If towels aren’t smelling so fresh, add a cup of baking soda to the wash. White vinegar freshens mildewy staleness. Nothing smells better than a towel that’s dried on a clothesline in the sunshine.

Too much of a good thing.

Using too much fabric softener on towels can leave a waxy, water-resistant coating on the fibers that is the opposite effect of a good towel. Would you use wax paper or a paper towel to blot water? To get your towels back to absorbency, add a quarter cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle for a few washes – without softener, ever. If you have the luxury of a clothes line, nothing beats air dried towels for a crispy, fresh feeling.

Summer stain relief.

Beer stains should be blotted as dry as possible. As soon as possible, rinse the stain with cold water from the back of the stain. Mix liquid laundry detergent (or dish soap) with cold water and soak the stain at least ten minutes. Rinse thoroughly and launder in warm water. Yellow mustard can be tough to remove, so bring your garment to us ASAP. We’ll work that yellow spot out – we never charge extra for routine stain removal – like some of the other guys. Getting your clothes clean should be fast, easy and affordable so you can enjoy what matters, like a hotdog with the works. Enjoy your Fourth of July holiday—we’ll be celebrating with family and friends.

Odorous sports gear.

You may not play as strenuously as a pro hockey player, but your gear doesn’t need to smell like a combination of sweat, plastic and fungus. Technical tshirts and compression shorts help prevent sweat getting into top layers, pads and leather. Air out gear after use to reduce bacterial growth encouraged by dampness. Wash everything in cold water after removing leather or padding. When home laundry’s not enough, we can provide and cleaning for technical sports gear using professional-strength cleansers, enzymes and stain removal agents.

Laundry money savers.

Most loads in your washing machine can be effectively cleaned with cold water. The only time you really need to use hot water (with bleach) is for germ-killing sanitation on diapers or sickroom linens. Today’s detergents are formulated to work in warm or cold water, and heating water for laundry can chew into your utility bill. Be sure to carefully measure detergent – most people use up to twice as much as needed.

Spring clean.

Bright skies, warm breezes and longer days mean it’s time for a good spring cleaning. We always start in the bedrooms, stripping beds down to the bare mattress. We clean comforters, dust ruffles, pillow shams, even area rugs and curtains. Launder everything washable and send the rest to us for professional cleaning. We expertly clean and restore loft to down duvets and pillows. For more cleaning tips, see this article from HGTV.

Grandma’s laundry secret

Vinegar’s back! This inexpensive miracle worker gives brighter, cleaner, fresher laundry. For instance, it removes sweat and deodorant stains, replaces fabric softener to reduce static, and boosts detergent power while eliminating buildup from powdered cleaners. An overnight soak in half and half vinegar and water can help kill stubborn workout smells. Add a half cup to your next load and see the difference.