- Air out your clothes–especially the ones you bring home from the dry cleaners. The last thing you want in your house is extra chemicals. If you have a back porch or a clothesline, hang them outside. As long as you haven’t stained your clothes or worked outside on a summer day, you should be able to get at least a couple of wears out of each garment.
- Make your own linen spray by mixing together 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, 1 cup of water, and 8 drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle. After your clothes have aired out, spray them with the solution. Doing so will elongate the time in between your trips to the dry cleaners (or the laundry room), and it will help keep your clothes smelling fresh.
- Use garment protectors or dress shields—these have saved my life! I buy the ones that pin-in so they can be laundered. I use these for all of my dry clean only items. LOVE THEM! They absorb moisture and odors. Don’t think you need them? Go look at your clothes. Are some armpits yellowing? Do some have odors that you can’t get rid of, no matter how many times they are cleaned? Try using dress shields. They may become your new best friends.
- Try panty liners. Say what? Just stay with me here. I’m not a freak but I might just be a super genius. Well, not me per se, but my girlfriend. She had a hard time finding pin-in dress shields, and since the disposable ones are too expensive for as often as she uses them, she started using her panty liners. Just tape them in the armpits of the garment. They also absorb moisture (check), odors (dear god! double-check), and they don’t leave a glue residue behind. What could be more economical than using something you already have? They are fantastic in a pinch!
These are just a few tricks that help me relish my freedom and get the most wear out of my clothes, while keeping my trips to the cleaners and the laundry room to a minimum. Try them. I guarantee–you will become a believer!