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 Stain removal



DispForm.aspx<div class="ExternalClass5EF9F13ED7C94E0DBDB0D550A78A741F"><p>For all kinds of berry stains, pour boiling water - from the kettle - over the stain.  Watch it completely disappear.  I was afraid to try this the first time, but it is miraculous - nothing remains.  This will work even if the stain has been there a few days!<br></p></div>debwandal@gmail.comDeborah L Wandal
DispForm.aspx<div class="ExternalClassFA02CF37A9CB4596B54C07FB1FE5834E"><p>​I like to use a black sharpie to blot out any bleach stains on my clothes. <br></p></div>jay.soper@metrovancouver.orgJay
DispForm.aspx<div class="ExternalClassBFF7A50BC8BA4DB09494E14771D3687A"><p>​Use wax crayons to colour over and disguise scuffs in leather shoes. Go a shade darker if you haven't a perfect match. </p></div>andylucy@telus.netAlex Haynes
DispForm.aspx<div class="ExternalClass5957772CAF8A4DACBD49ABB601451D5F"><p>​Dish soap removes all sorts of stains! It is especially good at removing anything greasy. Just rub into the stain (after testing an inconspicuous area first) and let sit for a while then launder as normal. <br></p></div>scraig@dsamedia.caSamantha

 Laundry Tip



DispForm.aspx<div class="ExternalClassC68C8AA6CF9447D19159E33815FC810E"><p>Dry knits like sweaters and cardigans​ flat on a towel. This will help them keep their shape!<br></p></div>alison.schatz@gmail.comAlison
DispForm.aspx<div class="ExternalClassC918D7E98F094B69A440DE57095E9B2B"><p>I use the "Quick Wash" setting for almost all my laundry. It's gentler on my clothes and gets them just as clean as a full wash.​</p></div>alison.schatz@gmail.comBryan
DispForm.aspx<div class="ExternalClass553A135C2F224D76BDBD387B34A03499"><p>​Bras are delicate and expensive. They should never go in the washing machine. To make your bras last, always hand wash!<br></p></div>Hazelknits@gmail.comHazel

 Repurposing Old Clothes



DispForm.aspx<div class="ExternalClassEAF3BEC6BBEA4CCFA081D6203E3C0308"><p>​Upcycling is a fun way to prolong the life of clothing pieces that have shrunk, need repair, or no longer bring joy. <br></p></div>rayceandrice@gmail.comRay
DispForm.aspx<div class="ExternalClass0B0D5A7790154B93B20AE05099425542"><p>​use old shirts to protect suits, dresses from dust in the closet<br></p></div>Jackie.ord@btinternet.comJackie
DispForm.aspx<div class="ExternalClass08864FE7339945A182213328EF8858F9"><p>Richmond has this website for people to put out what they don't use. Many people need clothing but cannot afford, does not have to be new. People can donate their used clothes shoes, to care homes.</p><p>​<a href=""></a></p></div>marypia0210@gmail.comMary

 Buying Quality Clothes



DispForm.aspx<div class="ExternalClassACF501A496CB4919A4962E391500B768"><p>I'm surprised that the option of making your own clothing has not been covered. Sewing your own clothing forces you to really look at what you add to your wardrobe. If you're not prepared to spend the time making it, then you probably don't actually NEED it. It is too easy to buy something at the mall that only gets worn a couple of times, but if you have to consciously THINK about the time/money investment involved in adding to your wardrobe, you will find that you're less likely to add things that you don't really need and won't wear regularly.​ Also, if you've put the work into making clothing yourself, you're far more likely to cherish those items of clothing, taking the time to care for them properly, and mending them when they need it. As an added bonus, you'll have one of a kind clothing, and you'll never show up to a party wearing the same thing as another guest!<br></p></div>hazelknits@gmail.comHazel

 Buying Second-hand



DispForm.aspx<div class="ExternalClass783C163C0CCB47FAA0B89C1C8C42C8BC"><p>​If you must buy clothes, purchase from ethical brands or secondhand. Fashion has been argued to be one of the most polluting industries in the world!<br></p></div>



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