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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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What steps to take for removing grass stains

  1. "As soon as possible, use an enzyme-based stain remover like Carbona Stain Devils #6 or a bit of heavy-duty laundry detergent like Tide or Persil liquid that contains enough enzymes to break apart the stain molecules.
  2. Completely cover the grass-stained area with a thin coating of the stain remover.
  3. Use your fingers or a soft-bristle brush to work the stain remover into the fabric.
  4. Here's the key: Wait at least 15 minutes before washing the garment. This gives the stain remover time to break down the grass stain (and any dirt underneath) so it can be flushed away in the washer.
However, if the garment is labeled as dry clean only, don't try any treatments at home. Take it to a dry cleaner and point out and identify the stain. They'll know what to do." Read more about removing grass stains here. Grass stains certainly can...
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