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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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