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Laundry Fails: Students Meet Laundry

Laundry Fails: Students Meet Laundry

The process of learning how to do laundry can be difficult for some and no one knows this more so than college students. While some have been doing their own laundry for years and would describe themselves as “laundry experts,” many have had the luxury of their parents doing their laundry… until they headed off to college and are now forced to fend for themselves.

Some students are sent off with a laundry “cheat sheet” and a bucket of change, while others make their teens practice doing laundry at home several times before they leave for college. Although parents do their best to prepare their children for the difficult things in life, laundry being at the top of the list, sometimes it just doesn’t work out in their favor. The result? Some serious laundry fails – and we just HAD to share!

1. There’s a first time for everything, right?

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2. We suggest going a little easy on the laundry detergent next time.

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3. Look on the bright side – maybe you can pass this shirt on to your younger sister now.

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The truth is that we’ve all had a few laundry mishaps in our lives – whether it be turning a white sweater pink, shrinking your friend’s favorite shirt, or leaving clothes in the washing machine for five days. Next time you’re having a clothing crisis, don’t hesitate to head over to Sandy’s and let us lend helping hand.

Do You Love Us? Let Us Know!

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We are honored to be nominated ‘Best Dry Cleaners’ in the Best of Charleston 2015 awards.

Call us biased, but we think that Sandy’s stands out because of how much we care – about both our customers and their clothes!

Our community is incredibly important to us and we are so grateful our loyal customer base. Sandy’s takes pride in performing a variety of services for you – whether it’s dry cleaning, alterations, stain removal, clothing restoration or linen service, thank you for letting us doing what we do best. We hope that you will continue to choose Sandy’s to help out with those pesky stains, wrinkles, dry cleaning, or just letting us be a helping hand when you’re busy!

We are committed to providing exceptional service to our customers and we truly enjoy serving and catering to you. If you haven’t voted yet, we would really appreciate your vote to help Sandy’s win! If you love us, let us know!  Vote Sandy’s for Best Dry Cleaners

 

3 New Ways to Freshen Up Your Household

Here are 3 items that you can use regularly to give new life to your clothing, sheets, and cleaning supplies (bonus- you likely already have them around the house!)

 

1. Lemons

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Lemons are highly acidic and actually have a number of practical household uses.

If you add lemon juice (approx. ½ cup) to your next wash cycle, it can brighten up your dull whites and make them look as good as new.

Also, adding several teaspoons of lemon juice to your various household cleaners gives them a natural and citrusy aroma, cutting back on their powerful and at times, overwhelming smell – talk about making lemonade out of lemons!

 

2. Vinegar

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Have you ever left your towels in the washing machine for too long and as a result, they get that wet, mildew smell? Do Have some of your towels have that become ragged and rough feeling? If you have a bottle of vinegar in your pantry, then you have a solution to both of these problems!.

Adding 1 cup of vinegar to your load of towels and washing them on the hot cycle will help get rid of the unpleasant smell. No detergent needed!

Vinegar also acts as a fabric softener and helps make your towels feel soft again. Simply add ¾ cups of vinegar to the final rinse cycle or in the fabric softener slot in your machine and your towels will get a much-needed refresher.

*Thanks to LiveLoveDIY for the tips!

 

3. Lavender Oil

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Lavender oil is known to promote better sleep, so next time you’re feeling sleep deprived, simply add a few drops of lavender oil to your sheets before their next rinse cycle. This will give the sheets a fresh, calming new scent and also potentially help you snag some extra Zzzz’s.

3 Clothing Care Resolutions for 2015

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3…2…1…Happy New Year, Charleston! It’s that time of year to look back at the past 365 days and either pat ourselves on the back, or resolve to do better moving forward. For many of us, the correct sentiment would be the latter. Here at Sandy’s Dry Cleaners, we are passionate about protecting some of your most prized possessions, and look forward to serving you in 2015.

Here are three tips for keeping better care of your garments and household items in 2015:

 

1. Keep Your Comforter Clean

Dirt and allergens certainly build up on a comforter over time, and it’s crucial for the health of you and your family to get these items professionally cleaned. Our recommendation for frequency? At least once a year. Keeping your sleep space clean is just as important as any other aspect of your home, perhaps even more considering the average human spends 1/3 of their life in bed.

2. Stop Wasting Money on Misfit Clothing

We all know the feeling–finding that PERFECT top or pair of pants, bringing it home and realizing a few months later that the fit isn’t quite right. The misfit item then sits in our closet, unworn and forgotten about. Our alteration services are extremely affordable, and could mean the difference between the giveaway pile and your new, favorite garment.

3. Save Yourself Time

We now offer a convenient pick-up and delivery service to residents of the Charleston area. Save time and money while enjoying the luxury of this service. We know you’re incredibly busy, and 2015 is your year to optimize your tasks so you can ENJOY your life.

 

3 DIY Laundry Gifts for the Holidays

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The holiday season is upon us, and we are excited to celebrate with our wonderful customers! We understand that you are extremely busy during this time of year, and it can be difficult to come up with gift ideas for everyone on your list. We decided to pull together three DIY options that are inexpensive, easy, and extremely thoughtful for the laundry lover (cough, cough) in your life.

DIY Laundry Gifts for the Holiday Season

1) Pink Laundry Detergent

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Box Borax (all natural) 76 oz.
  • 1 Box Super Washing Soda (all natural) 55 oz.
  • 1 Bottle Gain Fireworks
  • 1 Bar Zote Pink Laundry Soap
  • 1 Ball Mason Jar
  • Bowl
  • Grater

How it’s done:

  1. Grate the entire bar of Pink Zote Soap in a bowl with a metal grater.
  2. Add 2 boxes of Washing Soda and Borax.
  3. Mix in the Gain Fireworks sprinkles.
  4. Include a gift tag with best use information (2 Tablespoons per load)

This gift not only packs a punch (200+ loads of laundry), it also looks beautiful and smells amazing. Thank you to Sweet Haute for the recipe!

2) Cleaning Caddy

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What You’ll need:

  • Any assortment of laundry products. We recommend:
  • Stain remover
  • Laundry detergent (homemade if possible)
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Lint Roller
  • A basket

How It’s Done:

  1. Collect favorite laundry products
  2. Organize products in a basket

This is such an easy gift, and it’s fun to assemble! Perfect as a housewarming present, or for a teen just starting their own laundry!

3) “Wash, Dry, Fold” Pallet Sign

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What You’ll Need:

  • Pallet Wood (we know it’s cheating, but here’s a fully assembled pallet board from Walmart)
  • Wash, Dry, Fold Printable
  • White Paint
  • Paint color of your choice
  • Small & medium paint brushes

How It’s Done:

  1. Assemble the Pallet wood (or buy one preassembled)
  2. Add paint color of your choice to wood. Let dry.
  3. Print out the words and cut out the individual letters.
  4. Outline the letters with a pencil, then fill in with white paint using small brush

This DIY requires a bit more commitment than the others, but the result of the personalized gift is, in our opinion, priceless.

 

Let us know how your DIY projects turn out in the comment section. Happy Holidays, Charleston!

Give Gently Used Clothes for #GivingTuesday

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More than likely, most of you have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday — but what about Giving Tuesday?

This Tuesday, December 2, 2014, is a day for charities, families, and businesses around the world to give back.

Rather than focusing on all the deals we can receive, this day is the perfect time to shift gears and focus outward.

While you may have your own involvement with a specific charity or organization, we wanted to lend some direction to those wondering how to get involved. One of the most rewarding experiences is to donate gently used clothing to a family in need. There are plenty of places to make that happen — right here in Charleston!

-Halos

An incredible organization working to provide resources to abused and neglected children in the Charleston area. For more information, contact Kim Clifton at kim@charlestonhalos.org.

-Donation Town

This website allows you to schedule online appointments for donation pick ups. Giving back could never be more convenient, and you can make a big difference.

Giving back is so important this time of year, and it can be incredibly rewarding. How will you get involved in #GivingTuesday?

 

How to Prep Your Linens for a Holiday Party

 

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Will you be hosting any holiday parties this season? Whether you’re preparing for a Thanksgiving dinner or a holiday party, it’s important to get your linens ready! Waiting till the last minute can cause stress that is easily avoided. Here’s how to be totally prepared ahead of time, so that you can host and enjoy friends and family!

First, plan ahead of time what linens you will need for the party. Examples might include: placemats, tablecloths, cloth napkins, table runners, kitchen towels, etc. From there, take stock of what you already have in the house. If any pieces appear stained, damaged, or frayed, you may want to look into replacing those items.

There’s nothing less appetizing than reaching for a dusty dinner towel. Don’t fall victim to this party plunder! Linens are delicate, and it’s easy to make mistakes when cleaning them yourself. Take your linens to a professional laundry service for the best, and most convenient, results.

Planning the little details of your holiday party ahead of time will save you a major headache the day of. Are you planning any friend or family gatherings this month or next?

For help making your linens sparkle, come see us! Our seven locations are conveniently placed throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville, and Daniel Island. Give us a call today at 843-797-8411 or, come visit us at any of our locations to learn more about our services!

 

 

Prepping Your Closet for Colder Weather

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As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, it’s time to start thinking about your winter wardrobe. Sweater and boot season is upon us, and your closet could use some love and care. Here’s how to prep your closet for fall, and be ready before the leaves change!

1) Take Stock of What You Have

Check for all of the fall and winter basics: jeans, boots, sweaters, jacket, etc. It’s better to shop early than to wait till the last minute when all the best items for fall/winter have been picked over. Take stock and make a list of items you may need to look out for.

2) Give Away What You Don’t Want

The end of summer is a great time to take an honest look at your warm weather wardrobe. If you haven’t worn a piece all year, the chances are it’s probably served its purpose. Donate unwanted items to a local charity.

3) Get Smart with Storage

Take advantage of the wardrobe change by making a few minor adjustments to your closet organization. Be sure that your most important fall/winter items are easy to reach. Store summer clothes on the top shelf (or in a different closet all together if possible). Organize your closet by type– work clothes, dresses, coats, etc. Then, if you’d like to go a step further, organize by color. Maximize your vertical space by folding clunky sweaters and up top.

4) Take Care of Favorite Pieces

The transition into fall and winter is a great time to show some love to your go-tos. If your coats or suits have a dull smell from being kept in storage over the year, it would be wise to get them professionally dry cleaned. Same goes for comforters and other household items making a reappearance for the colder months.

 

Have any questions or comments? We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

How to Make Old Towels Fluffy Again

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 New bath towels are soft and plush and nothing is more disappointing than when your luxury towels begin to feel…not so luxurious. Luckily for you, there are a few quick fixes that you can make in order to get your towels feeling like new again.

Wash your towels with vinegar and baking soda.

One of the culprits for tough and scratchy (and sometimes even smelly) towels is too much detergent and fabric softener. In order to reverse the effects that soap has wreaked on your towels, simply run them through on hot water with one cup of vinegar and again on hot water with a half cup of baking soda. This will strip the soap residue off of your towels, leaving them soft and smooth again.

Wash your towels with water softening tablets or Borax.

A second culprit for ruining your towels is hard water. You can solve this problem by dropping a tablet into the washer. You can also create a natural detergent by mixing a half cup of Borax with a cup of washing powder and dissolving in hot water. Pour this mixture into a 2 liter bottle and fill the rest with water. Use 1-2 cups of this homemade detergent per load.

Dry your towels with dryer balls.

You can buy dryer balls from the store or throw a tennis ball into the dry cycle. Dry your towels on low heat. The dryer balls help to circulate air and dry your towels faster.

In general, it’s best to wash and dry your towels separate from the rest of your clothes in order to keep them in tip top condition. For any other laundry problems, come see us! Our seven locations are conveniently placed throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville, and Daniel Island. Give us a call today at 843-797-8411 or, come visit us at any of our locations to learn more about our services! Hope to see you soon!

Simple Solutions to Laundry Problems

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Laundry is already a never-ending chore. It’s frustrating when something seems to go wrong and your clothes come out discolored, misshapen, or linty. Check out these simple solutions for solving all of your laundry problems.

Color Transfer:
This typically occurs when you mix your darks and lights together in one load. Before you throw a load into the washer, always separate your lights from your darks. To make it easier, you can even keep two baskets–one for lights and one for darks–and sort your laundry as you put it into the basket.

Greying/Yellowing Clothes:
It’s not uncommon for whites to yellow or grey over time. There are two reasons that this happens: you’re washing your whites with darker colors or you’re not using enough detergent. Always make a point of washing your whites alone. If you notice that they’re still not whitening, toss them in for a second time with some extra detergent and a booster product like oxyclean, washing them at a higher temperature.

Lint:
This can happen when washing lint magnets with more linty clothes. Be sure to keep your fleece and flannels separate from your corduroy or dark clothes. Empty your lint filters regularly and keep a lint roller on hand for some spot cleaning.

Pilling:
Pilling, the appearance of tiny little balls of fiber, happens to synthetic fabrics often. In order to keep this from happening, you should turn these articles of clothing inside out and wash at a gentler cycle than other clothes. If pilling has already occurred on some of your clothes, you can remove them with sharp scissors or a small razor.

Wrinkling:
This happens often when you remove clothes from the dryer and let them remained creased and crumpled for a period of time. Put clothes away immediately to avoid the issues. If an article of clothing is wrinkled already, you can simply dampen a washcloth and toss it into the dryer with the piece of clothing for fifteen minutes.

For any pieces of clothing that say “dry clean only,” it is important to always bring them to your dry cleaner to avoid any other laundry issues. Our seven locations are conveniently placed throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville, and Daniel Island. Give us a call today at 843-797-8411 or, come visit us at any of our locations to learn more about our services! Hope to see you soon!

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