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Dry Cleaning Vs. Home Washing: Which Is Better?

Dry Cleaning Vs. Home Washing: Which Is Better?

Back in the day getting clothes dry cleaned from the dry cleaners was considered an expensive task that was mainly conducted by the upper class. Thanks to vast technical developments, dry cleaners began offering their dry cleaning services at lower rates. But unfortunately today, due to a hike in prices, people once again are moving towards the practice of washing their clothes at home.

That said, here are some factors that are helpful in understanding the basic difference between washing your clothes at home versus at a dry cleaner.

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Dry Cleaning Your Clothes

1.  At the dry cleaners, the dry-cleaning worker first looks at your clothes to see if there are any tears, stains, or missing buttons. They then tag them with an identification mark so they don’t mix up your clothes from the other customers’.

2. After you leave, the dry-cleaning worker starts the laundry-cleaning process, which begins by removing any stains with help of a stain remover.

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3. After removing any stains, the dry-cleaning worker cleans the clothes in the dry-cleaning machine. During this process, a solvent is added, which helps remove stubborn stains from the clothes. Once the clothes are dried, the the dry-cleaning worker irons and packs your clothing. You can then pick your clothes up!

Washing Your Clothes At Home

If you plan to clean your clothes at home, you may need to buy a kit that includes  stain removers, dryer activated cloths and a reusable dryer bag. The process is similar to dry cleaning your clothes at the dry cleaners without, of course, making the heavy machines.

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When dry cleaning clothes at home, you will also be required to remove stains with a stain remover solvent and rub the clothes when removing those stains. When doing this you need to be cautious when applying the solvent on the cloth. You should only apply a small portion of solvent to the cloth.

After doing this exercise, you will have to put your clothes in a dryer for at least thirty minutes. During the course, you will be required to put small amount of water, perfume and emulsifier in the dryer. The heat from the dryer will help clean your clothes and possibly further remove any stains, making them look clean, shiny and new.

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After your clothes have dried, iron out any wrinkles and fold them. If you have lots of laundry to do throughout the week, your washing machine at home may not be big enough, resulting in multiple loads which can become frustrating. You may not have a dryer, which means more time spent hanging clothes on a clothes line or drying rack.

Conclusion

Although both cleaning processes get the job done, today people have less time to spend cleaning their clothes at home. While dry cleaning seems more expensive up front, it actually is cost effective in the long run because of how much time it saves you. All you have to do is drop your clothes off and then you can go back to work, run more errands, spend time with your friends and family… Besides that, there are  various fabrics like bed sheets, curtains, suits, etc… which are not possible to clean at home. Remember this is a professional service you are paying for. This means the people who work at the dry cleaners are experts. They have pretty much dealt with every stain, tear and/or missing button, so your clothes will be well taken care of. For these reasons, the dry cleaners is a more preferable choice than washing your clothes at home.

Hopefully from this post, you now understand the differences between cleaning your clothes at home versus having them cleaned at the dry cleaners, and why the dry cleaners is the preferred choice. Happy clothes cleaning!

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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