Winter clothes need to be stored clean, in a cool dry closet

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Now that the warmer weather is finally here, it’s time to move those heavy winter clothes out of the closet to make room for some summer finery. But don’t just put them out of sight and out of mind.

If you do that, warns Nancy Bock, vice president of Consumer Education at the American Cleaning Institute, you may be in for some unpleasant surprises when the cold weather returns. To avoid this, here are her recommendations:

● Thoroughly clean all items before storing. Certain soils can attract insects. You wouldn’t want your favorite sweater to become their feasting ground! In addition, stains that the eye can barely see may turn yellow or darken over time.

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● Make repairs. Check for sagging hemlines, missing buttons, split seams, etc. Repair them now so your clothes will be wear-ready when that first cold day strikes.

● Do not starch or iron garments before storing. Starch just provides more nourishment for insects. Ironing may heat set stains that have not been completely removed. If they reappear after a long summer siesta, they may be impossible to remove.

● Store garments in a cool, dark, dry, well-ventilated area. Good choices include a cool closet, an airtight chest, or an under-the-bed cardboard box. Avoid plastic bags or bins. They can trap air and moisture, creating a damp, unsuitable atmosphere.

• Don’t neglect your coats. Once we stop wearing them, there’s a tendency to stop thinking about them. Then, on that first chilly day, you may be in for a nasty surprise.

If professional dry-cleaning is required, check to see if the drycleaner offers box storage; then make a note on your calendar to pick them up before the cold weather strikes. By following these tips your warm clothing will be ready to wear next winter when the weather changes back to cool days and nights.

Source: Cleaning Matters Newsletter (American Cleaning Institute)

Here is a delicious way to get you and your kids to eat more fruits! It’s a salad full of golden and delicious apples, bananas and grapes (halved), topped with an orange juice and vanilla yogurt sauce.


● 1 1/ 2 cups vanilla yogurt

● 2-3 tablespoons orange juice

● dash nutmeg

● 1 Golden Delicious apple, cored and sliced

● 1 Red Delicious apple, cored and sliced

● 1 banana, sliced

● 1/ 2 cup red grapes, seeded and cut in half

Combine yogurt, orange juice, and nutmeg in bowl and mix. In another bowl, combine and mix fruit. Serve with dressing on salad plates lined with lettuce. Serves three.