Clothing Refresher – Saving Hundreds in Dry Cleaning Costs

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At the end of March, my husband is trading his police officer uniform for a suit and tie. When we first told me about his wardrobe change, I started crunching numbers in my head. How much are new suits? Since when do you need 4 new suits?! What is dry cleaning going to cost? I asked the salesman the best way to clean suits. He informed me that suits should be cleaned like jeans. Wear them a few times, and then get them dry cleaned. Now I must tell you that my husband is the kind of guy that showers 3 times a day and wears several different outfits. (I know he is reading this shaking his head but let me review: he wears an outfit to work, changes into his uniform, then gym clothes, then comes home, showers, and wears pajamas.) He hates smelling like anything besides soap and/or cologne. When I noticed the Clothing Refresher products, I jumped at the opportunity write a product review. Between having 5 suits a week that need to smell like they were freshly laundered for my husband to wear them, and four animals that make the house smell like dirt, Clothing Refresher has come to my rescue.

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Clothing Refresher comes in three different sizes and scents:

  • 10 ml = $2 USD
  • 2 fluid ounces = $8 USD
  • 4 fluid ounces = $13 USD
  • Original Scent
  • Lavender
  • Bouquet

You can also purchase a combo package of all three scents.

I absolutely love the Bouquet scent. It is the perfect scent for spring, and has a light floral touch. The Bouquet scent is perfect to spray the living and dining room area before company arrives. My husband was partial to the Original Scent. He thought it smelled clean and fresh. The Lavender was perfect for spraying linens – our bed, couch, blankets, and throw pillows. I love a calming scent before bedtime.

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The lowdown:

  • Clothing Refresher is made with a unique blend of essential oils
  • Made in the USA, 100% Vegan & Natural
  • Contains no phthalates, parabens, dyes, phosphates or sulfates
  • Provides antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties
  • Can be used on clothing, linens, on furniture, as a room spray, or as aromatherapy

I must admit, I was a little nervous spraying Clothing Refresher on my husband’s brand new suit. I didn’t want it to stain. I followed the directions and sprayed the Original Scent Clothing Refresher on the bottom of his dress pants (I always test on an inconspicuous area) from a 6-inch distance. As police officers say when leaving a scene, “all clear!” It didn’t leave a stain, and the smell is there, but faint. I continued to spraying the entire suit. My husband has officially claimed the Original Scent bottle. That’s fine with me, as I am super thrilled we won’t have to spend a fortune on dry cleaning! Happy husband, happy life!

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Each Clothing Refresher spray neutralizes odors instead of masking them. For instance, when my foster dogs are crated, I am washing their blankets/towels almost every other day. My fosters love to play with my dog in the backyard – you know, roll in the mulch beds and dig two-foot-deep holes. Sometimes, all I have time for is to give them quick rinse in the shower, or wiping their paws with wet paper towels, causing me to clean their bedding frequently. (Obviously, if there is noticeable dirt, I throw it in the wash – but if it just smells, I use Clothing Refresher). I like using the Lavender Clothing Refresher spray on their blankets/towels, which completely removes the “dirty dog” scent. I thoroughly sprayed Granger’s crate blanket with the Lavender scent. I was unsure that such a light fragrance was going to completely remove the smell. Low and behold, the blanket was clean with a faint lavender smell. I put the blanket back in the crate and Granger instantly went to investigate. Lavender is known to be very calming and soothing, good for my fosters that are shelter shocked and scared.

I recommend Clothing Refresher. The scents are on the light side, but I rather use something natural with a faint smell (or give a few more sprays) than something artificial and that has toxins. Besides, my husband doesn’t want to smell like lavender or flowers. A big selling point for me was that Clothing Refresher didn’t stain my husband’s expensive suits, and made them ready to wear for the next day. Each bottle is travel-friendly (especially the sample size), so my husband puts the Original Scent spray into his gym bag while I stick the Lavender spray in my handbag. I give myself a quick mist at work, and am left feeling invigorated, calm, and clean. The best attribute is that a $13 for a large bottle will save me hundreds in dry cleaning.

Thank you, Clothing Refresher!

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My At-Home, Budget Friendly Spa Day

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I am writing this wearing a leopard robe. Coconut oil is swishing around in my mouth. 11 more minutes to go before I spit my toxins out into the garbage can. My face has a dark grey, charcoal mask on it. A nose strip is waiting for me on my bathroom sink. That fruity sugar scrub is going to exfoliate the winter dryness off my scaly body. A hair mask will hopefully tame my split ends and make my natural balayage tendrils extra soft and shiny. A lip scrub and conditioner will make my pucker extra plump and smooth. Today, is a day of at-home pampering.

I wish I could afford facials and massages, but those are luxuries, and do not fit into my budget. I will ask for them as a gift for special occasion like my birthday or Christmas. In the interim, when I have some extra time, I try to take care of myself at home. Here are some easy, but effective ways to make yourself feel good on a budget.

Water

I fill up a huge (wine) glass of ice water, and then add a few slices of lemon and/or cucumber. Drinking water helps maintain your metabolism, increases energy, decreases fatigue, and improves your complexion. I hydrate during my in-home pampering experience.

Meditation and/or Music

I turn off my cell phone and other electronic devices and really take the time to focus on me. I type “guided meditation” into a search engine, and play something that takes me to a calm headspace. Sometimes, of I want to zen out without a guided meditation, I will turn to Trevor Hall. If I’m not in the mood for calm, then I will turn on Amy Winehouse or Joss Stone. Set the atmosphere for your mood.

Robe & Scents

I absolutely love my fleecy leopard robe that I bought myself and my bridesmaids for my wedding. It is incredibly warm and comfortable, and I don’t have to worry about pulling anything over my head. (I don’t want to get my face mask on my clothing). I usually put a headband on as well, to keep my bangs out of my face. Then, I light a candle in my bathroom, so I can smell a relaxing scent as I perform my at-home pampering routine.

View my ipsy Glam Bag

I subscribe to the ipsy Glam Bag. Each month I receive a bag with 5 samples including facial cleansers, blushes, face masks, primers, moisturizers, eyeshadows, hair care items, and brushes. It has introduced me to so many different products and brands. On my at-home pampering days, I go through my ipsy Glam Bag and see if there is anything new I can implement (usually the hair/face masks, moisturizers, body lotions). The ipsy Glam Bag  costs $10/month, or you can sign-up for their yearly plan which is $110/year.

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The Full Package: Teeth, Face, Hair & Body

It sounds counterproductive, but you want to start with a clean canvas. Brush your teeth swish with mouthwash, and floss. Wash your face with a mild cleanser or exfoliant (I use what I have received in my ipsy Glam Bag), then I use a toner to make sure my face is stripped. I apply Giovanni D:tox System Purifying Facial Mask and scoop 1 tablespoon of Carrington coconut oil into my mouth. Oil pulling, when performed regularly, pulls toxins out of your blood and benefits your oral and overall health. I swish for 20 minutes, and then spit my toxins into a garbage can. I have oil pulled for 2 months straight and my teeth are noticeably whiter and it feels like there is a protective layer covering my enamel. After the 20 minutes are up, I hop in the shower, where I wash the face mask off, cleanse with a mild cleanser, and exfoliate my body with Yes To Coconut Polishing Body Scrub. I rub Sara Happ Vanilla Bean Lip Scrub on my lips to exfoliate dry skin. While I am shaving, I apply Marc Anthony True Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Deep Nourishing Conditioning Treatment. The mask needs 3-7 minutes to be effective. I wash it out, then shampoo and condition. Before I towel off, I slap a Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strip on my nose and then slather lotion all over my body. After I remove the nose strip, apply a cream moisturizer to my face and a lip conditioner. Bam, new me.

Power the Temple: Food & Vitamins

On my at-home pampering days, I make a nice healthy green shake (water, spinach, banana, strawberries, blueberries) or salad. In healthcare, sometimes meals happen, and sometimes I can be found scarfing a Larabar on my way to see my next patient. When I am home, I try to savor each bite, really focusing on the taste and texture of what I am drinking or eating. After I have a full belly, I make sure to take my vitamins.

Open your Mind: Read

Read something, anything. We spend way too much time on our electronic devices. Pick up and hold something in your hands. I subscribe to a newspaper and ten magazines. Books sit patiently on my built-ins waiting for my attention. Find a comfortable spot to lounge, read, and relax. I try to spend at least 15 minutes each day reading something that inspires or motivates me. It is another gratifying, stress-relieving activity.

Feel Good, Be Good

When I spend time pampering myself, I feel better physically and emotionally. You don’t have to have a lot of money to feel good and clear your head. Even if you pick one or two things to do from my post, you will reap the benefits. If you need someone to tell you to make time in your schedule to treat yourself…

Stop what you’re doing and go take care of you.

Namaste.