Summer Gear S.O.S.| Do it Smarter - Brat Princess

Monday, May 21, 2012

Summer Gear S.O.S.| Do it Smarter

Keep your summer items in fine form with these care tips:  

Flip Flops
Rubber slippers or sandals can weather the elements and are easy to clean. Shake out any sand or saltwater residue trapped within the grooves. Rinse and air-dry after use. When not in use during the non-summer months, store them in a cool, dry place.

Swimwear 
Make sure to invest in good swimwear, whether it’s a sleek once-piece suit, a sexy two-piece, or your hubby’s board short. Often made of lycra or spandex, swimsuits need at least 24 hours to return to their original shape. Alternate your suits on extended trips; saltwater, chlorine, sun, perspiration and sand can wreak havoc on even the best swimwear. After each use, rinse with fresh water right away.

To reduce chlorine damage (and get rid of the chemical smell), soak them in solution of cold water and ½ cup baking soda for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse your suit, then hand wash with a mild soap or a fabric-friendly detergent. Don’t wash your suit in a washing machine or hot water, nor place it in the dryer. Also, don’t dry it directly under the sun.

Sunblock and Insect Repellant 
Although sunblock has a long shelf life (around three years), it does expire, so check the bottle for the expiration date. Keep the lotion’s UV-protection in top form by storing it properly: away from heat, with cap on tight. Insert repellants if likewise stored sealed and away from heat.

Swimming Caps, Goggles and Salbabidas 
Deflate inflatable items and check for scratches or holes. Rinse with cold running water after every use. Don’t use any harsh chemicals such as bleach, and wash items gently with a mild soap – don’t scrub. If you must, use a strong hose or a soft brush. Allow to air-dry, but do not expose to direct heat. Wipe with a soft clean cloth, then store. Don’t leave your swimming things outside to accumulate dust during the off-peak months. The heat, rain and pollution will contribute to their deterioration. Find a clean, dry indoor space for your summer gear.

Source: Good Housekeeping Mag: March issue

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