Thursday, July 17, 2008

Laundry Tid Bit

Have you ever noticed that the more times you wash your husband and little boys collared shirts, like polos, the collars start to age the shirt. They become flat and faded the more and more you wash them. Well, a couple of years ago my dad got tickets to see the Masters, and took Ben along with him for his graduation present. {To get tickets to the Masters, you either have to wait on a long list until someone dies or decides they don't want their tickets anymore, or you can put your name into a drawing to see if you get picked for just the practice rounds. So, that is how my Dad finally got tickets...through the drawing. Obviously, you can probably buy someones ticket if they are selling them on the side of the road down in Augusta where the Masters is held, but you don't want to bank on that.} They had so much fun and said the course was beautiful. Everyone that goes has to buy golf shirts while there because that's the only place you can buy a shirt with the Masters logo on it and you never know if and when you'll have the chance to go again. Since they are such a special item for the boys, they asked how to better take care of them so they last as long as possible and still look good. So, here was the advise and what I do every time I wash any polo type shirt: button up your shirt completely and then turn it inside out to wash...it really preserves the collar and is nice and full when you slip that puppy back on.
Another little tid bit from the Hale house...we don't care for twirlies, you know where you put your shirt on and it's a little shorter than when you bought it and as you twist your your torso, the bottom of your shirt twirls with you and doesn't hug at the bottom. That's what we call a twirly, and Ben can't stand to wear a twirly...he has to send it right off to Good Will. So not only do I try to preserve the collar, I never dry his polos so that they don't become twirlies. I pull them out of the wash and lay them out, so they keep their length and integrity. {I don't hang them on hangers, because then they get those pointing things in the shoulders}.

Please know that I'm not the go to person on homemaking skills, this is the only laundry hints I have besides the normal washing of clothes...just thought this might be helpful since it's Summer and that time of year when the men in your life might be wearing a polo shirt. Happy Washing!

6 comments:

gremhog susan.hatch@gmail.com said...

Those are amazing laundry tips. I usually wash things inside out but I will be certain to do it on the polos. Thank you!

Lori said...

OK Martha, I like to dry your Daddy's shirts just a little bit to get the wrinkles out and then I hang them up on rounded hangers. You know me, if I buy a piece of clothing I beg for the nice hangers.

gigi said...

I always zip pants up and button the top button. Don't know why it's just waht I do. I've never heard that way to wash polo's I can see how that would really work. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Tara...you crack me up. Good tips! Dave is just as passionate about TWIRLIES as Ben is. I have resorted to ONLY buying him TALL clothing, which helps in avoiding the Twirlie situation. Also, I get him the polos that have the tiny slit at the bottom on the sides. That really helps too.

I will try the collar trick next time I wash....which is in a few minutes!

Mother Bird said...

Tara, that's the greatest tip I've gotten in a long time and since I work at Eddie Bauer and I have a plethora of Polos I'm going to use that tip at home and at the store. I have been asked several times to speak in Relief Society on cleaning and organizing. Thanks for more great ideas. I did hear that you should turn your jeans inside out too when you wash them. It really preserves the color. I stumbled onto your blog through Erin W. and Erin M. Man you can really hit a trail of blogs! I can't believe how big Max is getting and your vacation to Hawaii looked divine! Seth and Gavin are coming to Cleveland again. I only wish Glade and I were coming too. Not enough pocket change this year! Well, tell Ben hi and great to see you and your little family. Blessings! Mama Faye

kimlis said...

One tip is worth a thousand words (or something like that). Since C. wears polos to school as part of their school uniforms, this is good to know. Thanks for sharing it.

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