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· juju of mosquitos *
· jennifer traig
· cannonball jane
· rob crow
· sarah shannon

copacetic people:
· kevin mcdonald
· bob odenkirk

staff stories:
· david sedaris *
· alki beach, wa *
· carson kressley
· apt. fire
· pumpkins
· douglas coupland
· paul frank
· company picnic
· my hello kitty cake
· confessions of a shoe junky
· star wars toy madness
· the week that wasn't
· cher is the chick elvis
· love & loss...

road trips:
· pacific nw
· bainbridge island
· athens ga

where are they now?
· the mommyheads
· kitchens of distinction
· delicious monster
· the judybats
· dead milkmen

random lists:
· celebs who look like...celebs
· things that make janice cry
· indie rock & star wars
· celebs janice would hug

d.i.y. projects:
· punk rock pillow
· flower pins

fashion articles:
· ask janice
· vintage clothes care
· diy dry cleaning
· keeping whites white
· yay target!
· yay target, pt 2!

d.i.y. dry cleaning

There's nothing more annoying to me than Dry Cleaning bills. I mean, I love finding great deals, but who cares if you spent $10 on a skirt if you have to pay $10 more to get it cleaned?! My Mom is so anti-dry-cleaning that she actually won't buy a piece of clothing if it requires it...but personally, I can't restrain myself like that! If something is cute, then I want it, cleaning instructions be damned! : ) So, naturally, I was totally intrigued by the idea of these latest laundry products, like Dryel, that allow you to wash the stuff yourself!

how does this stuff work?
For about $10, you get this kit that consists of a stain remover, an absorbent pad, a nylon bag and four dryer sheets. You rub any stains with the solution and "push" the soil on to the pad. Then you shove your clothes into the bag with a dryer sheet, throw them in the dryer for half-an-hour, and the dryer sheets penetrate the fabric and any odors are "released" through vents on the bag. Hmmmm... (Some of the other guys on the market may have slightly different methods, but the ones listed here are for Dryel.)

and the verdict is?
Well, I definitely like that the ingredients here are non-toxic and biodegradable. That is a huge plus, because the stuff used at most Dry Cleaners is totally toxic and gross. And do you really want that against your skin?! No, thank you! So, this stuff is great for those everyday items that you just want to get the smoke out of, or you want to remove a small stain from. (Larger stains will still have to be taken out to the Cleaners, though.) And while it's great on fabrics like Wool, Rayon, Linen, Silk, Acetate, and the like, forget about using it on Leather, Suede, Velvet, Fur or any other more "luxurious" fabric. But, all in all, it's a great way to cut-down on Dry Cleaning bills...and save more money for buying more clothes!!! : )

you can check out their website at http://www.dryel.com. and this stuff is carried at most major grocery stores in the laundry care aisle.