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Are my clothes clean?

I know this sounds obvious, that dirty, stained clothes do your appearance no favours – and you can be sure that people do notice!

No one wants to be remembered, after a meeting or interview, by that 'person' with the stain on their jacket!

Being clean and well-groomed is not reserved for the wealthy or stylish. Anyone can be if you put in a little extra time to look the part.

Self-confidence and being clean and well-groomed go hand in hand.

We all want to look our best and believe me once you know the basics, it is easy to incorporate it into your daily routine and lives.

A couple of my tips.

And let's face it; some food is not that easy to eat, and if you indulge, do a quick check to ensure that you have left no evidence. In case you have Wet Ones antibacterial hand wipes are miracle workers. They will remove almost any minor stain you might encounter as you go about your daily business. What makes them so good? It's the alcohol content in each wipe – it's not enough to damage most fabrics, but gives a stain-removing boost that most regular wipes cannot. Wet Ones are also a solution for removing deodorant marks on shirts. They don't shed bits of the white fluff onto your clothes, making them a better choice than regular baby wipes.

Washing clothes

I am a stickler for separating my clothes, whites, coloured and darks and washing towels separately.

If you do have coloured clothes with white backgrounds, I use Dylon Colour Catcher (paper sheets) which prevents colour run accidents in washes, greyness and protects colour brightness. You will find most local supermarkets will stock the packets in the laundry section and better still they are biodegradable and recyclable.

Not every garment needs to be cleaned after every single wearing – clothes such as woollen suits, leather jackets etc. Be aware that dry cleaning fluid can cause the fibres to become brittle and dry, breaking down faster over time and wearing your garments out more quickly.

A dose of fresh air and a touch of the sun can work wonders to freshen up any piece of clothing.

Cooking smells

Some fabrics love to absorb cooking smells.

Have your cooking area is well-ventilated, wear a pinny (apron), and my recommendation is to change out of your work clothes.

Airing your clothes

In most cases, merely hanging your clothes in a well-ventilated spot between wearing them will allow odours caused by smoke or food to fade over time. Invest in a large soft brush to spot clean any bits of food or grime that caught on the garment.

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