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Recipe for Washing Denim

Posted on Jul 5, 2012

The Laundress RECIPES Washing Denim

Caring for Denim – Don’t like stiff denim? The Laundress Denim Wash is formulated with our Fabric Conditioner to soften denim while preserving the color with our Darks Detergent.

Tools:
Denim Wash

Optional:
Stain Solution, Stain Brush, Mesh Washing Bundle, Fabric Fresh, All-Purpose Bleach Alternative, Scented Vinegar.

Pre-treat:
- Examine for stains: pre-treat with The Laundress Stain Solution or The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar. Always treat stains first and pre-soak for the most effective removal.

- To remove dirt, grease and grime (especially on the hem) treat with our Wash & Stain Bar. Wet bar and work into the fabric.

- To remove juice, wine, coffee, pen, chocolate use our Stain Solution and Stain Brush.

- To remove odors: pre-wash or pre-soak with The Laundress Scented Vinegar. Apply vinegar directly on odor areas and work stain solution into the fabric. Soak well.

- Turn your denim inside out.  This prevents abrasion and lengthens the life of colorant dyes.

- Do not mix colors, wash with like colors only.

Machine washing:
- Launder blue and dark denim with The Laundress Denim Wash in cold water.

- White denim should be laundered with The Laundress Whites Detergent in hot water to keep looking brand new.

Dry/Finish:
- Hang to dry. Color is best maintained by not using the dryer, that is where most fading occurs. Air drying is always recommended.

Tips and Tricks:
- Hand washing will lengthen the life of colored garments.

- Altering and hemming – wash and dry in a high temperature to maximize the shrinkage…especially for pant legs.

- Embroidered, embellished, broken in, decorative and/or worn holes- Wash on the delicate cycle with The Laundress Mesh Bag and line dry. Do not use the dryer.

- Dark denim – wash your new dark or colored denim alone to prevent issues with dye transfer on other items.

- In between washing and wearing – spray with your favorite scent of The Laundress Fabric Fresh, our anti-bacterial and odor removal spray.

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Friday Tip Day : Washing Denim

Posted on Apr 12, 2013

Friday Tip Day : Washing Denim
 
When you can invest as much into a pair of jeans as you would on formal wear, it’s a good idea to protect that investment – that’s why we developed the Laundress Denim Wash, formulated to keep your denim soft and blue – or green or purple or black!

Pair with our Wash & Stain Bar or Stain Solution for superior stain removal, and spritz with Fabric Fresh between washings.

The Whites Detergent and All-Purpose Bleach Alternative keep your white denim bright. Visit our Washing Denim Guide for more Tips & Tricks.

Have you heard of Donna Ida yet? She is an incredible denim designer – and has a great video on how to care for your denim – check it out HERE!

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Things We Love : 25 Days of Christmas

Posted on Nov 27, 2013

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Maybe it’s the weather – or this year’s rare Thanksgivukkah – but we are already in full-swing holiday spirit! To help spread the cheer, we are offering an incredible 25% off holiday promotion for our fans and loyal customers. (More on that here!)

Here’s our picks for the 25 Days of Christmas, think of it as a sort of digital advent calendar…except all at once, so not really an advent calendar at all.

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The Laundress is Featured on The Daily Basics

Posted on Apr 20, 2010

SNAP THOSE SHEETS
Picture this …

A deep mattress bed. Soft down pillows. The covers turned back just waiting for you to climb in at the end of your tortuously tough day. The kids are asleep, that book you have been dying to sink your teeth into sits waiting for you by your bedside. You finally get in sliding between the softest, lavender scented pressed sheets. You have found luxury right here in your own home. You take a deep breath and sigh. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. Suddenly your eyes snap open and you realize that your sheets are scratchy, your pillows are too hard and you are facing a night of tossing and turning as usual.

Time for a change.

You spend 1/3 of your life in bed, sleeping, being sick, reading, watching t.v. or whatever. Doesn’t your bed deserve a bit of attention to detail? Wouldn’t you like your whatever life to improve? Darn tootin’ you would.

Not only will the following seven steps make your life feel more luxurious, but you will be better rested, healthier and happier.

Step One:
The bed. If you don’t have a proper comfy bed, get out there and get one. A bad mattress can ruin your posture, your sleeping habits and can cause all kinds of aches and pains. Go to a few bed stores and test them out. Make a Saturday out of it.

Step Two:
The pillows. Get yourself some fabulous pillows. Try down pillows (if you are not allergic) . They come in all kinds of softness. Fabulous down pillows can be found at L.L. Bean or Lands End.

Step Three:
Mattress covers. Yup, those, too. Make sure you get a good quality quilted one. It will be protective of the mattress and add comfort to your sleep. Good ones are at L.L. Bean or Lands End or just go down to your local Bed, Bath & Beyond or Target for good basics.

Step Four:
The sheets. Here is the zinger. You are going to go buy sheets. New sheets. Cotton sheets. Not polyester. You might put your foot down here and not want to buy the pure cotton sheets because, face it, you are going to have to iron them. You might want a blend. That’s okay, too, but you must buy quality. Not only will they give you that much more pleasure, but they will last so much longer! Look for Egyptian, Italian linen, Combed Cotton or Pima.

Some favorites, expensive but SO worth it…. Matouk, Pratesi, Porthault, Anichini, Sferra and so on. Get educated. Compare the fine linens with the average ones. You’ll see the difference. You’ll want the best.

Step Five:
Washing. If you want your sheets to feel the best and last the longest, listen up. Do it right every time, no cheating. The Laundress will tell you everything you need to know from A – Z.

Lindsey Wieber Boyd and Gwen Whiting This is no joke – these gals are laundresses. That’s right. They graduated from Cornell with degrees in Fiber Science, Textile and Apparel Management and Design. They figured out the science of doing laundry to perfection. Check them out at www.thelaundress.com

The Laundress products are Eco-chic, concentrated, 100% biodegradable and are allergen free. Their soaps are specific. They include laundry soap for ; general, lights, darks, delicate, baby, swimwear, wool & cashmere, denim and sports clothing.

In addition to the laundry soaps, they have developed a complete home cleaning line including an herbal scented vinegar that cleans like no body’s business!

Click here to get recipes on how to get your laundry looking as good as the day you bought it!

Step Six:
Drying. What brand of washer and dryer you choose is certainly up to you. The new front loaders with steam are mega-fantastic. Much of the time, a quick iron is all you need to finish off what these machines do to your laundry. The other way to dry your sheets is the old-fashioned way. On a clothes line. There is something about line drying clothes that makes them smell fresher and cleaner. Besides that, it is eco-friendly or as we like to say here at The DB, it’s just like Grandma use to do it.

Step Seven:
Ironing made easy. The Rowenta. The cream of the crop in irons, Rowenta’s irons are pricey and worth it. This light weight iron has steam features you have never heard of before. It makes ironing a pleasure and your clothes and linens come out perfect every time.

How do you iron sheets? Easy. Immediately after they finish drying, fold them flat. That is the initial pressing. When you go to iron them (use steam or spritz with water or starch), you iron the top 10″ perfectly. Fold the sheet twice over and press again. Fold twice over again and press. Fold to storage size. Make sure you iron your pillowcases to perfection.

Pleasant dreams and…whatever.


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