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How to remove these common stains from clothing

"12 Candles dripping. Scrape off excess wax with a dull knife. Place stain between white paper towels.Press with a warm iron from back of fabric. Then place stain face side down on clean paper towels and sponge with a dry cleaning solvent. Air dry and launder as usual. If traces of color remain, launder again using bleach (chlorine or color-safe) according to fabric instructions. 11 Aunties kissing. To remove lipstick, scrape fabric stain with a dull knife. Use a dry-cleaning solvent or pretreat with detergent or stain treatment. Wash in warm water and air dry. 10 Chocolates melting. Pretreat with a liquid laundry detergent or soak fabric in warm water using a detergent containing enzymes. Difficult stains may require a bleach safe for the garment." Read about all of the "12 stains of Christmas" here. Many people have most likely heard the parody Christmas song the "12 pains of Christmas"....
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Are eco-friendly detergents effectively at cleaning your laundry?

"Q. If they're free of harsh ingredients like synthetic surfactants, are eco-friendly detergents effective cleaners? A. Instead of relying on synthetic ingredients to wash away dirt and grime, eco-friendly formulas utilize plant-based components to clean clothing. If a label lists surfactants as an ingredient, worry not, there are a variety of plant-based ingredients -- coconut, for example -- that act as surfactants and are capable of ridding garments of stains. Q. Are there other ways to reduce my environmental impact while doing laundry? A. Absolutely. Are your laundry room appliances energy-efficient? Check that they're Energy Star certified and use them mindfully. Use cold water when washing clothes and use your dryer sparingly, since it produces a hefty amount of CO2." Read more about eco-friendly detergents here. If you're concerned about the environment and would like to use such detergents, there are several options available. Obviously, you want to do your part...
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North Carolina beach town asks its residents not to do laundry for a week

"At least it’s not summer. A North Carolina beach town asked its residents not to wash their clothes for five days so it can flush excess iron out of water lines. The public works department in Surf City warned residents that the process may result in some discolored water, which is safe to drink but could damage their clothes. While some people may have no problem reusing their last pair of underwear, several residents were not thrilled with the unusual request." Read about this story here. File this one under the weird category. As anyone with large familes that does their laundry at home knows, 5 days is an extremely long time. Perhaps a day or two wouldn't be too much of a burden, but nearly a week? That's a lot to ask from residents. At My Pilgrim Cleaners, we understand that things happen that can prevent people from using their own...
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