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How to Clean Your Summer Gear

We don’t want to admit it either, but summer is coming to an end. Cooler nights and shorter days are right around the corner. (Sniff!)

Before you store all that summer gear to make room for back to school supplies, make sure they are clean and ready to be put away. You’ll thank yourself next spring! Here are some tips for getting everything in storage condition.

Beach towels: wash them in the hottest water that the fabric can handle, and add fabric softener to the final rinse. Run them through the dryer until they are thoroughly dry.

Sleeping bag: turn it inside out, let it air out and then clean it according to the care label’s instructions.

Muddy sneakers: bang the soles together to get rid of dry mud, then scrub the remaining dirt with an old toothbrush and a solution of warm water and dishwashing liquid. Wipe with a damp sponge and let them air dry.

Outdoor furniture: remove all loose debris, use a mild detergent and water or you may need to use something stronger (abrasive cleaner or bleach if safe for the surface) if there is mold present or if your furniture hasn’t been cleaned for a while.

Outdoor cushions: spot clean acrylic, polyester and cotton fabrics with a solution of liquid dishwashing detergent and lukewarm water. Rinse with clear water and air-dry.

Pool toys: Mix ¾ cup of chlorine bleach per gallon of water and soak the toys for 5 minutes. Rinse and air-dry them, then store them in a closed container.

Anytime you use bucket of cleaning solution, keep the little ones away! Now on to that fall wardrobe…

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