laundry and stain removal tips

Taking care of new luxury clothes.

taking care of luxury clothes at home.

Don't be afraid to care for your finest wardrobe items yourself. Most of today's fabrics and blends are actually designed to be cared for at home.  These insider tips for Luxury Clothes Care and Cleaning can help keep leather, cashmere, pashmina - even beaded jeans - clean and your wallet intact.





4 tips to safely machine wash sweaters.

how to wash sweaters.

Just because dry cleaning is expensive does not mean that it's the best way to care for all sweaters. The dry cleaning chemicals can build up in some fibers and leave them stiff. Probably not what you're looking for. These 4 Laundry Tips for Washing Sweaters will help you get your favorite sweaters clean and help prevent pilling and stretching.




Stain removal tips for 13 common stains.

13 common laundry stains and how to remove them.

It's Murphy's law: if something can spill, drip, ooze, or run, it will do so all over your lucky shirt or favorite jeans. Fortunately, once you know the stain removal basics, you can save your beloved shirt from ending up in the rag pile of stains. Here are solutions for 13 Common Stains you're likely to encounter.




How to unshrink a sweater.

how to unshrink a sweater.

It is possible to unshrink a sweater that someone (not you, of course) popped into the dryer. Here are the 5 easy steps to resizing (unshrinking) your sweater.





Laundry wash temperature: Hot, warm, or cold?

laundry wash temperature: hot, warm, or cold?

Sure, the quickest way to do a load of whites, medium colors, and darks, is wash them all in cold water. But the time you save in the short run may actually double the time you'll spend washing clothes in the long run. Here's how to chose the right laundry wash temperature for your load.




Laundry detergent: Liquid or powder?

laundry detergent: liquid or powder?

An everyday washing detergent should be a tough, all-fabric cleaner that does as well on a baby's burp cloths and leaky diaper stains as it does on his big brother's baseball uniform. But how do powder detergents and liquid detergents differ from one another?  Which one is right for you? Here's how to choose the right detergent for your load.




6 tips for removing unknown stains.

6 tips for removing unknown stains.

Removing unknown stains on clothes without harming the fabric requires a gentle touch.  It also requires patience - you'll often need to repeat a homemade stain remover or change treatments until you find the stain removal that works on your mystery blight. These 6 tips for removing unknown stains can help.





How to wash clothes in 10 easy steps.

how to wash clothes in 10 easy steps.

No matter how busy you are each week, chances are high that laundry is one routine task that usually gets done. But anyone who has done a load of laundry knows that even the simplest of jobs isn't always simple. That said, here's how to wash clothes the right way the first time in 10 easy steps. 




Grease stain removal from clothes.

grease stain removal tips.

It's almost as easy to remove grease stains on clothes as it is to clean a sinkful of grimy dishes. Dishwashing liquid is the best stain remover here because it is designed to break up grease on dishes, allowing it to be lifted off dishes and rinsed away. Here's how to remove grease stains from clothes with dishwashing liquid.




How to clean leather.

how to clean leather.

While we love the leather items that keep us warm and toasty, sometimes the mere thought of a spill, drip, or drop on our leather duds can send  such a chill through us that that no new jacket or handbag ever makes it out of the closet. Relax! Here's how to clean your leather at home.




6 homemade laundry stain removers.

6 homemade laundry stain solutions.

Try a homemade laundry stain remover the next time the kids laundry includes a splattered sweatshirt. Or dress. Or jeans. Or... You get the idea. Here are 6 homemade stain removers that can help get rid of the blight.




Laundry chores for kids by age.

laundry chores for kids by age.

Once a child reaches a certain skill or age level, he can generally do kids chores for his age group and those for the age groups below. Here are age appropriate laundry chores for kids.






Spring clean your closet.

spring clean your closet.

The air is getting warmer. The freesias have pushed up along the sidewalks. Before the weather beckons you outside, spend one more day inside and spring clean your closet. This is the perfect opportunity to clean and put away winter clothes and get your summer duds in gear. Here's how to spring clean your closet.




How to wash towels.

how to wash towels.

If you wash towels right, they'll keep you and your kids wrapped in post-bubble-bath softness and comfort for at least five years. And they'll look color-correct, too. Here's how to wash your towels.




How to wash dark clothes.

how to wash dark clothes.

When you wash dark clothes, there's one laundry rule you should never break: Always wash darks (and bright colors) separately in cold water. Your efforts will pay off in the long run with dark clothes that stay dark and will last longer in your wardrobe lineup. Here's how to wash dark clothes the right way.




5 laundry tips for jeans.

5 laundry tips for jeans.

Faded or dark like new? Shrink or not? Washing jeans, especially the first time, can bring up lots of questions you need to answer correctly the first time you send your jeans for a spin in the washer. These 5 laundry tips for jeans can help you keep the look you desire.




How to wash white clothes.

how to wash white clothes.

When you wash white clothes, there's one laundry rule you should never break: Always wash whites separately. I know, I know. You're in a rush and sending the whole load through a cold-water wash is a lot quicker. Sounds good in theory. In real life? Not so much. Here's how to wash white clothes the right way.




8 tips for summer laundry stains.

8 tips for removing summer laundry stains.

Your first line of defense against summer laundry stains: Take quick action to remove drips and drops on clothes before they get a chance to dry. For most fabrics, this means blotting up the excess or rinsing the discolored area with cold water (don't rub; this spreads the spot and grinds it deeper into the fabric). These 8 tips for removing summer stains can help.




How to remove rust stains on clothes.

how to remove rust stains on clothes.

The water quality directly affects how clean clothes get. Hard water, or water that contains mineral salts such as calcium and magnesium ions, limits your laundry detergent's ability to get sudsy, whisk dirt from your clothes, and send it down the drain with the wash water. Here's how your clothes get rust stains, and how to remove them. 




How to remove powdery clothing stains.

how to remove powdery clothing stains.

Here are the 4 common causes and easy laundry tips and solutions for powdery residue left on freshly washed clothing. These tips can help you remove powdery clothing stains - for good.




Halloween's ghastly stains and how to remove them.

halloween's ghastly stains and how to remove them.

If you think every day clothing and carpet stains are scary, wait until you see the tricky Halloween stains the (black) cat will drag in on October 31. Pumpkin mush on ghostly costumes.  Ghastly guests dripping party punch and red wine on themselves and your carpet pile. These seasonal spills can turn even the sweetest Snow White hostess into a thundering headless horseman. Unless, of course, you have these tips for removing Halloween stains. 






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About the Author

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.