Let's face it: dry cleaning is a luxury and personally, I'd rather be spending my hard-earned money on other things. Thanks to J.Crew and The Laundress, I can cut back on the cleaners with this genius The Laundress For J.Crew Cashmere Wash ($18). This amazing concoction allows you to gently wash your cozy cashmere in the comfort of your own home. I already saved some money, and using this wash is actually better for your clothes than taking them to the dry cleaners — the toxic chemicals they use can slowly break down your precious delicates. Need, say, more?
If you were to take your sweaters, like this BCBG Max Azria Color Block Cardigan ($154, originally $258), to the dry cleaner every single time they gathered fuzz, well, you'd be paying up the wazoo. It's only inevitable that after a couple of wears, the annoying pills come back. There has to be a cheaper, more convenient way to get rid of fuzz without using a fabric shaver. Wait, there is!
To find out how to remove sweater fuzzies, read more
Instead of chucking a stained shirt or dress into the wash - or sending it off to the drycleaners - try spot-cleaning. I know it's a bit time consuming, but in the long run this will help preserve your clothes. Especially when there is a spot on a big-ticket article of clothing, you want to minimize the time it is blasted with harsh chemicals.
To spot-clean like a pro, press a damp white towel with a bit of delicates detergent, like this THE LAUNDRESS Delicate Wash, $18, on the spot. Then blot the spot with a clean corner. If you remove the stain, there is no need to rewash the garment!
No one in their right mind would say that they love to do laundry. Oh wait - didn't Type A Monica Geller on Friends? Anywho, those not in TV land would be silly to not use top-notch products to wash our clothes; without our wide-leg jeans and metallic accessories, we'd be nothing (okay, we wouldn't exactly be nothing, but we'd be naked!). But I digress. The Laundress, a luxury fabric care and specialty detergent line founded in 2004, has the solution to making laundry more delightful. All the scents used: Cedar, Baby, Lady and Classic, have been custom made by founders Lindsey Wieber and Gwen Whiting for your olfactory enjoyment.
These fashionable laundering ladies bring you goodies like Baby Detergent, $5-$16, Delicate Wash, $14-$18, Swimwear Care, $8-$18, Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, $8-$18 and more. They also provide laundry tips and what products to use in case of a cleaning dilemma. So don't be ashamed the next time you find yourself wanting to do laundry over catching a flick - the Laundress tends to do that to clothes-loving people.
There is nothing I hate more than my favorite black v-neck or the perfect navy blue sweater coming out of the laundry looking I have had it for about 20 years. Well good news, I just stumbled upon this detergent by The Laundress specially formulated to protect dark colors from fading.
According to The Laundress website:
We were tired of our favorites fading so we created our own solution. THE LAUNDRESS Darks Detergent is formulated to keep your dark and brightly colored laundry alive by combining color guard, protective and stain fighting agents with our Classic scent.
I am willing to try it, especially since they offer a 2 oz. trial size for $5.00, if you like it you can buy 32 oz. for $19.00. Click here to purchase.