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How Often Should You Wash Towels and Bed Sheets?
Written by

Mark Hoover

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What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?

Believe it or not, your bath towels are the ideal living quarters for microbes or microscopic organisms such as bacteria and fungi. Gross...right!? The water, warm air, and oxygen provide a spa-like habitat and they make themselves right at home. Therefore, it is recommended to use your towels no more than three times before washing them.

You may be thinking well thanks Rinse I know to wash my towels. However, you may not know about the risks involved by not washing them as often.

When you dry yourself with a towel layered in microscopic bacteria you are transferring those germs back onto your body. Yuck! And if you are sharing a hand towel with multiple people you are putting your body at risk of being exposed to bacteria you are not accustomed to. This can cause irritation of the skin, slight illness, or even an infection.

Nobody likes being sick so trust us when we tell you that washing your towels more often is totally worth it!

Happiness is clean sheets!

We can hear you now. Rinse, please don’t ruin my relationship with my bed! Don’t worry, we know it’s a sacred place of relaxation and comfort for many of you. We are only here to help you keep it clean and keep you happy.

So how often should you wash your bed sheets? You only sleep in it...right?

First consider that you most likely spend 8 hours (or a third) of your day in your bed. That’s a lot of hours per week! It is recommended to wash your bed sheets once a week. Not only will the smell of fresh linens brighten your day but you will be washing away dead skin cells, sweat, body oil, and whatever small particles latch onto your sheets.

We wish it was as simple as putting sheets in the washer and adding detergent. But there are some useful tips to consider when washing bed sheets.

  • Ideally you should wash your sheets separately as they take up a lot of space and other items tend to get tangled up with your sheets. Or if you include additional items make sure they are small, lightweight, and similar in color to avoid color-bleeding.
  • Different cycles should be considered depending on how dirty your sheets are. Normal cycle is recommended for light soil and heavy duty is recommended for major stains and a lot of soil. But remember to always check the care label before washing.
  • White and light-colored cotton sheets typically wash well in any water temperature (cold or hot). However, it is recommended to wash your sheets in warm water, especially during cold and flu season to ensure you’re removing any tough to get bacteria. If you own darker colored sheets you may want to wash them in cold water to avoid fading.

Rinse and our cleaning partners ensure that you receive high-quality cleaning and that we follow all standard recommendations and cleaning practices once you give us your sheets to be cared for. And as an added bonus we are experts at folding fitted sheets!

Phew, that was a lot of information! We understand that trying to keep up with the work required to maintain a clean environment and home might cause you to throw in the towel. But you know what that means...more laundry!

Easy, just schedule a Rinse!

We can take care of your bath towels, hand towels, sheets, and comforters any day of the week. We ask that you consider that comforters are priced differently due to their size and the time involved to dry them. You can read more about how we care for your comforters in our FAQ section here

Just schedule a pickup with us and one of our friendly Valets will pick up your items. We will then send them to one of our cleaning partners to be cleaned and deliver them to your door as early as the very next day.

If you're interested in hearing more tips and advice on how to keep your home and linens germ free here is a useful segment from NBC's "TODAY" featuring Good Housekeeping’s Meaghan Murphy.

Happy Rinsing!

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How to hang dry your clothes
Written by

Arrianne Talma

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You’ve likely seen instructions on clothing labels telling you that you should hang some of your clothes to dry for best care, but what exactly is the process of hang drying your clothes and why is it beneficial?

Hanging clothes to dry helps to avoid the heat damage that can be caused by traditional dryers. Delicate fabrics, such as those used in activewear, underwear, and jeans, can lose their shape and fit due to the harsh tumbling and heat of the dryer. By air drying your clothes on a clothesline or laying them out to dry on a flat surface, you can help your clothes maintain the same fit and form that you bought them with.

To help make the process as simple as possible, we’ve laid out a step by step guide with tips on how to hang dry your clothes.

  • The first step to hang drying, or air drying, your clothes, is to wash them. This can be done in a machine washer, or by hand in a sink or a basin.
  • Once your clothes are washed, remove them from the washer/sink/basin and hang your garments to dry on a clothesline, or lay them to dry on a flat surface inside. Where you choose to hang dry/air dry your clothes will affect the process you should use.
  • If you choose to hang your clothes to dry on a clothesline outside, here are some tips about the best way to hang them:
    • Pants: Hang your pants upside down. Make sure to match the inner leg seams of the pants, and then place the clothespins on the hems while attaching it to the clothesline.
    • Shirts and tops: Also hang these upside down. Place the clothespins at opposite ends of the bottom hem of the shirt or top, and pin to the clothesline.
    • Socks: Hang socks in pairs and upside down. Attach the clothespin to the toe area of the sock and let the top part of the sock hang down.
    • Bed linens: Since sheets and blankets can take up a lot of space on the clothesline, you should fold them in half and pin each end to the clothesline.
    • Underwear and bras: Hang underwear from opposite sides of the upper seams, and bras from their hook ends.
  • If you choose to lay your garments to dry inside, here are some tips to help them air dry quicker and look their best:
    • Make sure to lay your clothes on a flat surface when air-drying garments inside the home.
    • Be sure to leave some room between garments to allow air to circulate and allow the clothes to air dry more quickly.
    • Placing your clothes near a window, vent, air-condition, or a fan. This will help to speed up the drying process.
    • If you do not have a lot of surface area to lay your clothes flat to air dry, you can always put your clothes on a hanger and hang them to dry on a rod or a drying rack.
    • If possible, you should always lay sweaters and garments made from more stretchy material flat to dry. This will help to maintain their shape and form.

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Hanging your clothes may take more time and effort than the traditional dryer, but it can help some of your favorite garments last a lot longer and stay looking as great as the day you bought them.

Rinse offers a Hang Dry service and we can take care of any garments that you’d prefer to be air dried instead of dried in a traditional dryer. Try our Hang Dry service at rinse.com.

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What is Dry Cleaning?
Written by

Arrianne Talma

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“What exactly is Dry Cleaning?” It’s likely a question that you’ve asked yourself on numerous occasions, but haven’t gone out of your way to answer… until now. We’ve heard the question quite a few times ourselves, so we decided to set the record straight and make the dry cleaning process a little less mysterious.

In the simplest of terms, dry cleaning is a process of cleaning clothes without the use of water. The absence of water in the process is where the name dry cleaning comes from (one mystery solved). Instead, dry cleaning uses non-water based chemical solvents to clean clothes.

In more complex terms, the dry cleaning process has quite a few steps to it: Inspection and Tagging, Pre-Spotting, The Dry Cleaning Process, Post Spotting, Finishing Touches.

Here are what these steps entail:

  • Inspection and tagging process: This is one of the parts that you’re likely most familiar with. You take your item into the store, and the dry cleaner creates a tag for your item/item. This is also when your clothes are examined for any stains, missing buttons, tears etc.
  • Pre-spotting: Here is where things begin to get a little mysterious for us. Once we’ve dropped off our garments, cleaners will typically go through a pre-spotting process where there’ll actually apply a chemical solvent, vacuum, or heat to stains on your garment, which can help remove the stain in the actual dry cleaning process.
  • The Dry Cleaning Process: This is the part we never see. Once your clothes have been pre-spotted, your clothes are placed into a machine and submerged into a non-water based solvent. The clothes are then rotated in a perforated cylinder where the cleaning solvent is released in a steady amount throughout the entire process. From there, the machine rapidly spins the clothes to get rid of any excess solvent and releases warm air. Your clothes emerge completely dry.
  • Post-Spotting: Here your cleaner will inspect your clothes for any remaining stains and residue and remove them using the same process they did in the pre-spotting stage.
  • Finishing: Once your clothes have gone through the complete dry cleaning process, they are pressed, steamed, or ironed for presentation. This is the part we love, because it makes our clothes look amazing, and likely the least mysterious since the equipment that cleaners use is typically at the front of the store.

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Dry Cleaning can be beneficial for garments made from fibers that don’t react well when exposed to water, like silk and wool. It’s also good for garments that shouldn’t be exposed to the heat of a traditional dryer for an extended period of time.

While the Dry Cleaning process can seem a bit mysterious to many, all in all, it’s not as complex as it seems once you break down the steps. If you’re interested in having an item Dry Cleaned, schedule a Rinse and try our Dry Cleaning/Launder & Press service.

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The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Jeans

Once you’ve found the perfect pair of jeans, there’s no way you’re giving them up. Whether they’re trusty blue bootcuts or white skinnies, your jeans need proper care so they’ll look great no matter how often you wear them. You might feel a bit nervous caring for your jeans, though. After all, you’ve heard that washing denim too often can cause the color to fade. How can you ensure that your go-to pair stays clean?

Look no further than this handy denim guide. We break down everything that goes into caring for denim so you can make sure your jeans last as long as they’re in style—and a good pair never goes out of style.

Raw vs. pre-washed

Knowing the difference between raw and pre-washed will help you take better care of your denim.

Pre-washed denim: Just as the name suggests, this type of denim has been washed before you bought it. This is to help the denim maintain its original shape. With pre-washed jeans, you’ll run into fewer problems when cleaning, but it’s still a good idea to use the washing machine sparingly.

Raw denim: Darker in color than pre-washed denim, raw jeans can take months (and even years) to break in. After repeated wears, they’ll develop natural creases and snugly fit the contours of your body. This type of denim hasn’t been washed before, and may shrink slightly in water.

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Avoid washing too often

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Contrary to popular belief, jeans don’t need to be washed after every wear. In fact, as long as your jeans aren’t stained, you can wear them multiple times before they need to be cleaned. Generally, you should wash your denim after five wears

Be sure to turn your jeans inside out before you throw them in the washing machine.

For blue denim: Use cold water on the gentle cycle.

For white denim: Use warm water on the same cycle and avoid bleach, which can cause your denim to turn yellow over time.

Always air dry After washing your jeans, make sure to air dry them. This will prevent the denim from shrinking and fading in color. While you’ll want to dry your blue denim away from sunlight, the reverse is preferred for your white jeans. Sunlight serves as a natural bleaching treatment so air dry your white denim out in the open.

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Freeze the bacteria away

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Raw denim hasn’t been exposed to water before, so soaking it can cause the material to shrink. As a cleaning workaround, you can kill any bacteria by placing your raw denim in the freezer. Follow these instructions for a crisp, clean feel to your jeans:

  1. Fold your jeans and place them in a large ziplock bag.
  2. Seal the bag and store it in the freezer overnight.
  3. After you’ve removed them from the freezer, let your jeans warm up a bit before you wear them—unless you like feeling chilled.

Keep in mind that the freezer treatment isn’t intended for cleaning stains. If you find that you’ve spilled something on your favorite pair, rub a small amount of water and liquid detergent onto the stain. Leave it for a few minutes, then wash it out and let your jeans air dry.

Spot clean stains

Here’s how you can remove common stains from your jeans.

  • Mud and grass: Wait until the stain dries, then wipe away any excess dirt. Mix some water and soap, and use a toothbrush to scrub the cleaning solution into the stain.
  • Grease and oil: Blot with a paper towel to soak up any excess oil. Wipe the stain with a cloth dipped in soapy water.
  • Red wine: Pour a bit of white wine over the stained area and then blot with a clean cloth.

Afterward, be sure to rinse with cold water. These stains are likely to happen while you’re on the go—have a stain remover on hand so you can pre-treat right away.

Keep these DIY denim care tips in mind next time you’re cleaning your favorite pair. Taking proper care of your jeans means you can wear them as long as you’d like.

Photos: Unsplash, PDPics, Chay Talanon / Shutterstock.com

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