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4 Ways to Repurpose Your Formal Dress

4 Ways to Repurpose Your Formal Dress

With the start of summer comes endless weddings and special occasions that you need to buy a formal dress for. But what do you do with the dress after the event? Here’s 4 ways to repurpose your special occasion dress that has just been sitting in your closet waiting for some love.

Dye it:

Love the dress but hate the color? Dresses AND shoes can be dyed to any color you want. Maybe try navy or black to make it a timeless dress that will be a staple in your wardrobe for the rest of your life.

Donate it:

Need to free up some space in your closet? If your gown is in good condition and less than 5 seasons old, you can donate it to Fairy Godmothers  which helps high school girls with financial hardship attend prom.

Chop it off:

If your dress is floor length, try altering it to make it your new go-to cocktail dress. Or, if you love the bottom part of the dress, turn it into a skirt! Just bring it to your local tailor to make sure it looks amazing!

Turn it into something else:

Don’t intend on wearing the dress ever again and looking for some new home decor? Try turning the dress into a quilt or a pillow! It’s the best of both worlds.

Before you try any of these repurposing ideas, it’s important to make sure your dress is in pristine condition. Bring your dress into Sandy’s to get it cleaned up. Save $5 on orders of $20 or more!


Why Are My Clothes Covered in Holes?!

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You’re out and about, minding your business, then you look down at your favorite shirt and there they are. Tiny, unsightly little holes. WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?! We know this is frustrating, so we’re going to help you get to the bottom of it!

1. Do you use bleach? If you do, make sure you are correctly measuring the amount before adding it to the wash - although bright and white is good, we want to avoid any damage to your clothing!

2. Do you have a new table or countertop in your home? These surfaces, specifically granite countertops, are infamous for leaving those pesky rips at the bottom of your shirt.

3. Zip ‘em up! Let’s face it, we’re usually getting dressed in a hurry. Make sure your clothes are out of your zipper, button or belt’s way and you can cut down on damaged items.

4. There are many reasons to not overload your washing machine, and damaged clothing is one of them. When clothes are too close together, items can get stuck on other items’ zippers, hooks, etc… Make sure you zip, secure and fasten all clothing before putting them into the wash!

We hope this solves some of your holy mysteries you may have in your household, happy laundry day!

How to Clean and Dry Your Pillows

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There aren’t many things in the world better than chocolate, relaxing on the beach, and of course laying in a fresh, clean bed at the end of the day! Did you know your pillows can DOUBLE their weight over time due to skin, dust and other microorganisms that make their way in? NO. THANK. YOU.

So, how do you wash your pillows you ask? We’ve got you covered.

Your pillows should be washed every three months. You may be surprised to know, most of them can be just popped into your washing machine. The most important step is making sure to put your pillows in for a second spin cycle to avoid any moisture (which leads to mold) inside your pillow. 

When it comes time to dry, it is best to dry the pillows on a low setting for a long time as opposed to a short time on a hot setting – remember, getting all of the moisture out is key! You may want to add a couple of dryer sheets to make your pillows smell extra fresh!

Last but not least, remember to sleep well tonight knowing your pillows are clean and fresh, inside and out!

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.

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, 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.

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!

Laundry Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier

Laundry Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier

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How many of you feel like you spend way too many hours a day dealing with laundry? *Raises hand.* It’s one of those chores that seem never-ending. However, these laundry hacks will make this chore just a little bit easier.


1. Use hand sanitizer and hairspray to get out unbeatable stains.

2. Soak shrunken articles of clothing in a solution of water and 3 tsp of conditioner for five minutes, then slowly stretch it back to its original size.

3. Keep separate laundry baskets for your lights and darks so that they are pre-sorted when laundry day comes around.

4. Use a dry erase pen to write on the dryer which articles of clothing in the washer need to be removed before the rest go into the dryer.

5. Keep a bin in the laundry room for lonely socks.

6. Create your own shirt-folding board to cut your folding time in half.

7. Dry hand-washed clothes with a salad spinner.

8. Save space by having your drying racks or folding boards pull out of cabinets.

9. Turn jeans inside out and soak them in vinegar before washing to help them last longer.

10. Soak your whites in a pot of hot water and lemon slices for an hour before washing to keep them whiter longer.

11. Bring your clothes to Sandy’s and we’ll do the work for you!

Come by one of our seven locations 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!



Summer Detox: Getting your closet ready for fall

Spring Cleaning: an event that comes around every year that is similar to making a New Year’s Resolution. You promise yourself that you will actually do it this year, and then come up with 100 excuses not to follow through.

If this was you last year, don’t worry! We’ve got some great tips to help you clean out your closet to prep for the fall. Instead of spring cleaning, we’ll call it summer detoxing. Decluttering this summer will help clear your mind and create some space!


Shoes are probably the hardest thing to get rid of because finding the perfect shoe is difficult. Look at your shoes and say to yourself, “When was the last time I wore these?” This will help narrow down your choices. There are countless charities that donate shoes to those in need all around the world! Transform your summer cleaning from a chore to charity.


Quality over quantity people! Sometimes we cling to a cheap pair of $5 earrings that we “wear all the time,” but cheap jewelry can easily be replaced when needed. If you don’t wear it often, toss it in the “No Pile”. Don’t wait to find the perfect time to wear a piece of jewelry, because that time will (more than likely) never come. Old costume jewelry can be used for crafts as well!


Handbags and old purses don’t have to be used as an accessory on your trip to the mall! Hang your old handbags up on a hook to be a more appealing way to store things in the house that you use often (plastic bags, flashlights, pens, ect.)

After going through and donating, getting rid of, or keeping what’s in your closet, make sure you take the time to store it away in an organized fashion. If there is anything that you decide to keep that is stained or wrinkled, let us freshen it up for you! Come by one of our seven locations 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!


Beat The Heat: Humidity and Your Clothes

Summer in the South: a season full of beach days, cookouts, great friends, and…. humidity.


You’ve probably noticed that the air here in Charleston is not only hot, but thick and sticky. The southern summer sun brings tan skin and sunshine-filled days, but good ole humidity has been bringing frizzy hairdos to the Lowcountry since before we can remember. The humidity and heat unfortunately can do some damage to your clothes if not cared for properly. We want to give you tips on how to prevent damage so you can continue to enjoy the summer without suffering any losses




How Does Humidity Ruin Clothes?

First, let’s talk about how damage from humidity happens. Humidity brings moisture to the air. Mold and mildew thrive in oxygen and moisture filled environments. Since there’s not a really great chance you’ll be getting rid of oxygen, your best bet to avoid damage is to try to get rid of the moisture.


Care for Your Closet

A moist closet is a goldmine to mildew and mold. To prevent moisture damage to your clothes, invest in a dehumidifier to put in your closet. The money saved from undamaged clothes will far surpass the money spent on the dehumidifier. If you do not want to buy a dehumidifier, consider heating your closet. Cool air can help keep the air moist.


How to Remove Mold and Mildew

Sometimes, regardless of how hard you try, the moisture in the Lowcountry’s air is able to damage your clothes. If this happens and you notice it quickly, you can try caring for it at home — make sure you use protective gloves and a mask. Remove all loose mold and soak the garment in cold water and a mild detergent for at least an hour. Then allow it to sun dry completely before putting it back in your closet.


If this method does not seem to work for you, bring it into Sandy’s and we’lll work some magic to restore your clothing!


Summer in Charleston is so wonderful — don’t let humidity ruin your clothes OR your fun!

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!

Making Clothes Last: Part 1

Making Clothes Last: Part 1

We all care about our clothing, but the harsh reality is that due to wearing and washing, they can deteriorate pretty quickly. Between the sweat, dirt and oils from your body, time spent in the laundry hamper, and the harsh cycles of the washer and dryer – all of which are pretty habitual – your clothing is set up for disaster.

So how do we help to save our clothes and our money? Well, here are a few simple tips and tricks everyone can use.

The first is to be a savvy shopper. Just because something is more expensive, does not mean that it will last longer. Instead of the price tag, look at the materials that the article of clothing is made from in order to determine how long it will last. The best way to do this is to put your hand underneath the material and see if you can see through it. If you can’t do this, it means that the fabric is probably sturdier and more likely to hold up in the wash.

While, “natural” fibers are popular and trendy right now, cotton, wool and silk are more prone to shrinking and fading, which means that they won’t last as long. These are not as abrasion-resistant as synthetics like nylon and polyester. Synthetics are stronger and can hold up longer in the wash. Buying garments that are 50% cotton and 50% polyester is a good idea, because it still allows for the cool breathing abilities of cotton, but is a stronger product.

Another tip is to look at the stitching. If it has tight stitching, the garment is more likely to stay together. The best areas to look are in the armpits and crotch because these tend to be high-stress areas.

Another great idea is to cycle your clothing. Make sure to wear everything, instead of repeating the same thing over and over again. Each item should be worn at least two times over a two-week period before going into the washing machine. If your clothes don’t smell or have any stains on them, then it’s definitely ok to wear them again.  You can air garments out by hanging them up somewhere if you feel that they smell.

Clothes are meant to be worn, so in an attempt to preserve your precious favorites, don’t let them just sit in your closet. You can have your clothes and wear them too – just make sure to take care of them!

Closet Organization

Closet Organization

When you look into your closet what do you see? Are you the “neat freak,” organized to a T, with your shirts, pants and garments organized by color? Or, are you a hoarder, where dozens of waiting-to-be hemmed pants and worn out shoes collect cobwebs on the shelves? Perhaps you’re somewhere in between. We all know there’s never a great time to clear out your closet, so here are some easy tips to help you out:

1.     Make a List: Take a look in your closet, write down your most loved items, the garments that need repair, and the ones that need to be tossed.

2.    Piles, Piles, Piles: Here’s where your list materializes. Take items out of your closet and separate them into categories: Keep, Donate, Repair. Having this focus will help from becoming too sentimental over garments rarely worn.

–Extra Advice: Taking everything out of your closet can be overwhelming—this is where we often quit, and shove everything back into our unorganized mess. Try devoting a small amount of time each day to different sections (ie, pants, shirts, dresses, etc.)

3.    Organize Your Clothes: Now that you have chosen what clothes you will keep, you must decide how to organize them. This is where your closet becomes functional. Here are some ideas:

  • Organize by season: For example, do you live in a location where the summer season is longer? Keeping your long pants and long sleeve garments separate from your summer attire may help you save time when you’re looking for that perfect outfit to wear.

  • Organize by Occasion: Do you work a lot? Are you a casual person or do you spend a lot of time at formal occasions? Whatever the case, it may be helpful to make the clothes you wear most more accessible. This way you can give yourself easy access to the garments most important to you.

4.    Take care of your garments: If you’re always forgetting to get your stained garments cleaned, and your worn-out shoes fixed—we can help!

  • Place your items by the front door. This way you can have them ready when you’re rushing on your way out.

  • Make sticky notes: place them on your front door, or on your refrigerator. Or make phone alarms to help remind you!

  • Don’t forget about Sandy’s Cleaners convenient Pick-Up/Delivery Services! We currently offer pick-up and delivery of garments to and from any workplace or residence in the Charleston area.

Call today for more information about complementary Pick-Up and Delivery Service at 843-797-8411.

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