By mid-April, the past season's clothes and accessories look limp as day-old baked goods. Though it's tempting to just squish the winter stuff to the back of the closet, the first sunny day often reveals that our mothers' spring cleaning was a good idea.
Some spring products for keeping you and your favourite things beautiful:
A spot of food or body residue on a sweater is a siren call for moths. I'm washing mine in baby shampoo, then storing in snap-lid boxes. The latest in spotting and controlling clothes moths is the Pro-Pest Clothes Moth Trap, described here:
"When Moths Make a Home in Yours" by Arienne Cohen, in the New York Times.
They kill webbing cloth moths (the most common diners at your cashmere buffet) and last three months. Non-toxic, too. Available from Amazon and Pestrong.
Fine silk scarves (Hermès , Ferragamo, Chanel, etc.) need cleaning after a winter's wear, but many of us pause, unwilling to hand our finery to a cleaner who will mash the hand-rolled hems.
Ever wonder if you should risk hand washing? Online scarf vendor The Perfect Red Box tells how. This method works for silk lingerie, too: Hand Washing Hermes Silk
Shiny happy shoes
I like to put my winter shoes and boots away well-polished, on trees– so much more welcoming to slip on next fall. And I feel better in shined shoes. Here's how to get glossy leather.
The Perfect Shoeshine
Do your blouse in-house
Now that blouses are more visible, not hidden under jackets, here's a terrific product, Stiffen Up by The Laundress. Gentler than starch, it smells divine and imparts a perfect crispness to cottons. I never trust my blouses to laundries, and this product puts them to shame. Price, $16 for 8oz.
The peel deal
I've mentioned Orange A-Peel organic Cleaning Concentrate before, and will again, for my love is boundless. A few drops in the wash and your gym clothes, sheets or towels are cleaner, with a slight trace of natural orange fragrance that's neither fake nor cloying. They now make a pet cleaning product as well.
And sweet spring dreams...
Here in Canada, off with the flannel, on with the percale. Who knew giving your bedding a shot of vodka was good for it? Hmm, perhaps a little nip for the housefrau as well?
How to Keep Your Mattress and Bed Fresh and Inviting