#ClosetCare101: How to care for your garments

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This Is Ess Tips on Caring for your Clothes Lifestyle 7

Housekeeping – and particularly when it comes to caring for your clothes – may not be the most exciting task known to man. But it is an integral part to making sure you stay in love with the pieces you own.

After the P&G Future Fabrics conference where experts shared tips on how to care for different fabrics using their core products, Ariel and Downy, it got me caring for my clothes different; making sure to clean, protect and store them better.

This Is Ess Tips on Caring for your Clothes Lifestyle 3

Here are 7 things I took away from the #FutureFabrics conference that could help you care for the contents of your closet better:

  1. Understand the fabric. Your closet is likely made up of pieces made from different fibres (both natural and synthetic, and often mixed) so understanding what each fibre requires is important. Do you research and care for your garments accordingly.
  2. Read the care label. Put your hand up if your guilty of often ignoring the care labels on your garments. I see you! Often garments will come with care instructins which shouldn’t be taken for granted.
  3. Use the right products. The right detergent and fabric conditioner will clean and protect your clothes at the same time. It also doesn’t hurt that they come out smelling great if you use the right products which ultimately works towards making you feel great!
  4. Get your hands dirty. A washing machine may seem like an easy way out but be careful not to use it at the expense of your garments. The mechanical energy of the machine actually wears your clothes out in the long run so opt for hand washing your clothes when you can.
  5. Turn your clothes inside out. When washing, always turn your clothes inside out (unless there’s a particular stubborn stain you can’t get rid of) and dry them this way too to protect your garment.
  6. Store them properly. For instance, never hang your sweaters as they will end up stretching out and keep your blazers on hangers with the right shoulder support. Zippers should be zipped and buttons buttoned to prevent possible tears.
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Sharon Mundia

Sharon Mundia is the author of the award-winning, personal style blog, This Is Ess. As a fashion fanatic, beauty lover and home decor enthusiast, she will leave you wanting to revamp your closet, home and life in general.

  • doretheri

    Others will come pretending that they can now solve your problems .Analogue politics of pointinf fingers ..ati ni yule…kweli that saying  of pm ..”Ata mkia ni nyama”is in full display.

  • Elijah Andika

    I really sympathise with our brothers at the Coast who are being lured by the baseless tales of the Prime Minister. Kenya yaitaji maendeleo sio vitendawili na hekaya za kupeleka watu usingizini ili aweze kupora zaidi. Beware of dangerous wolves in the sheep’s skin for it will be too late for you to reverse the clock.

    • Xtynebuko

       You are very lost  bro. Haujaona mwangaza. Beware of dangerous wolves in the G7 for it will be too late for you to reverse the clock.

    • What is Analogy brother, i dont understand your arguement am here to believe that the best public addressers  use all that you have mocked as Vit and hekayas.

    • Brother you are very right and be blessed. Football and parable antics cant take us anywhere pal. They can only serve senseless empty tribal hot air, if not constituency. People intent on dramatizing issues with no solutions at all, are mere empty mouth runners with no prospect of taking us anywhere at all.

    • anonymous

      As your name suggets “Andika”, or “Bandika” i do not ni (Bandika) ya mkate? write your own vitandawili if those of Raila upsets you.What have you done yourself to develop Kenya are you not a minus in Kenya GDP, enda unywe maji ulale .

      • Parable and football antics cant bring us reform! Only a tribal constituency is meant to consume that utter nonsense! And does this mean thats the only “serious” thing the guy knows? He has no any other way of expressing himself? This obvious stagnation bores me steep pal!

  • Raila is an empty tin that makes alot of noise. Reform cant be surely just a set of well meaning words that are never translated in to action. If Raila was really a reformer, with the so called 1/2 bread, he would by have delivered at least some serious reforms. However, all we have are meaningless ineffective songs of reform! Raila’s political career is pegged on nothing but mere deceitful words meant to give him personal advantage and no more. Thats why he has gone to our country’s borders and created problem for us. His blind intention has been to get votes come what may. Such a person is not fit to lead any country at all. After all, if you are willing to auction your country, kill the people, just to be voted in to some office, you are a traitor not a leader at all. That he has tried even to belittle country’s institutions just to get his way, says it all. All offices that are manned by people perceived to be unfriendly or unsupportive, have been visited with alot of ridicule by Raila and his pugnacious supporters. That offices remain and individuals occupy them only for a while has never ever mattered to this seemingly illogical leader. Its instructive to note that Raila and Odm ministers have massively plundered resources entrusted on them. Raila’s actions, if not inactions in some of these thefts are at best wanting and certainly not expected of someone pretending to be a reformer. But my own take is that his supposedly reform agenda is just a fiction backed by unimaginable theft of public resources.   

    • Karisasi

      Empty tin is your master Uhuru Kenyatta accused of murder and rape.He is the only Kikuyu politician who has direct links with a terrorist organization known very well of beheading and skinning its victims.
      Do you want this monster to become your leader?
      Go to Hell!!.
      We are as coastarians believe in Raila and yesterday the whole country saw the majority support which Raila received without giving out even a single penny.Unlike your leader Principal Master of Mungiki who spent $1,000,000 to launch his party in KICC and giving fake pomises.
      Kenya is a country of all tribes.Kikuyus have ruled this country for 25 damned years and did not address land issues.In South Coast alone your monster Uhuru owns a big chunck of land approximately 200 acres yet majority Coastarians are living as squatters.
      He did not mention land issue yesterday during launch of his hell party becuase he is Land grabber No.1 in Kenya.This is a undenibale fact every Kenyan knows that.
      Sane Kenyans will never vote for a person who is accused of crimes against humanity.Never!!.

      • Brother Uhuru was accused of rape and murder by no other than Raila himself. And dont ever forget history has shown that Raila calls others his very own names incarnate! Obviously, even ICC never accused Uhuru of rape and murder. He is accused of allowing his supporters to commit those crimes. That was done after your village idol used his kinsmen in the Hague to twist facts. Infact, thats why he is so opposed to Uhuru’s presidency. Uhuru’s win would mean getting the real culprits who unleashed mass murder on us, purporting to mean mass action. We know why Raila parted ways with VP Kalonzo. It was mainly due to disagreement on who was likely to visit the “vile weeds” with overwhelming violence. While brothers VP Kalonzo and Hon. Ruto were against violence, Raila was hellbent on cutting the “vile weeds” to size. Thats why he was very quick to play victim of the real victims, mainly to mislead international communityy. Any other leader is likely to get to the bottom of PEV and moreso Uhuru, believe you me. We cant afford to have marauding murderers in our midst with wicked pretentious empty righteousness. You also need to be reminded that Raila’s tyres are already flat. Kenyans are not ready to elect stagnant pretentious reformer as their president. They want real deeds and not dramas coated with set of well sounding words that amount to nothing! The empty hot air consumed by seemingly likes of you dont make any sense to us at all!    

        • Flat how, The man who everybody talks about, Does it mean raila is the only Presidanetial canditate that including can think that he is falt tired, who is the best tell us your choice and we will compare. We have and proud that everybody knows he is the right person in his own right.

          • Its amazing you are only arrested by minor things. If you think everybody is talking about your idol, you are very right. Only that its for wrong reasons. Thats actually where the catch is. However, you are in the process certainly getting the wrong signal. You surely dont expect Raila to win when about everybody is against him. And am sure you pretty know all jaluos spent fortune to atttend his rallies. And thus, his rallies have only deceptive crowds. The other day a luo fellow was begging for fare to get back to Eldoret, where he works, after he ran out of money in Mombasa. I had to help him out of pity. He nonetheless vowed never to attend such rallies. We have been in touch ever since. I knocked some sense in to his head, by telling him that even if all jaluos attended all Raila rallies, at the end, it wont amount to much. After all, the number of registered luos wont increase by simply assembling tribemen in rallies. He now sees things differently. Raila was never popular pal. He had borrowed popularity from other leaders across the country. They had apparently assured their respective kinsmen that they were their collaterals. Thats why brother Hon. Ruto had to apologize to his people after falling out with Raila. That collateral has been withdrawn, piece by piece and with alot of bad mouthing. So where is your idol’s popularity? Raila is a genuine product of tribalism and am sure, if you know your Holy Bible, those who come by the sword go by sword. Raila as such, came through vile tribalism  and WILL certainly go by it. Thats why all these regional parties are cropping up. Am not focused on any particular individual. I only want a decent Kenyan elected president by majority of Kenyans. I cant compare your village idol with anyone else, for all other guys combined cant even match his deceitfulness!

    • jimmy israel

      empty tins like you bro will continue making more noise even when those you will call full tins talk bullshit in the eyes of innocent Kenyans.dont talk tribalism talk change that will help our beloved country.This people you call  empty tins are your leaders and they have seen what you have not seen,they know the loopholes of our country and their opponents, so please let the mighty do their thing and let KENYANS who are now open eyed choose their leader because they know who they want……sought yourself…MAY RAILA SEE THE LIGHT AND WALK IN TO VICTORY

      • Wow! So you believe your leaders know better than us? I guess thats why you have allowed some of these empties to take you around in circles?! I dont see things the way you see them pal. I think thats our major difference. Some of these folks are mere conmen with capacity to run their mouths freely. They were actually elected only on those basis alone. Infact, if they were true leaders, we wont be figthing to find direction 50 years after independence. Leaders lead their fellow country to peace and prosperity. They certainly dont lead them to mass murder only coined in different words! I dont even think they know what they are doing. I have very little faith in them pal. Remember when the guys won the 2005 referendum, they said they were going to turn their movement in to a political party called Orange Democratic Movement-ODM? Then they embarked on countrywide tours to popularize the party. Meanwhile, they had not registered it! So they had no idea what were the critical fundamentals. Thats why they had to come up with Odm-Kenya. Only the other day, brother Ruto’s party found itself being refused registration for holding on a parastatal head. You should also understand that registration is core to any party. The guy, who is also a lawyer, had to belately resign to pave the way for registration. And these are the same same people you are actually placing on your life! I dont think am that stupid pal, I rather rely on myself and myself alone! Raila is not going anywhere at all. You dont chase all votes by colliding with all and sundry and still hope to win. Its impossible pal. If you are guided by those fake opinion polls you might end up committing suicide for nothing. You havent realized all these parties cropping up with every passing minute, are all meant to cripple your troublesome idol once and for all? If he has lost Western, Rift valley, Coast, and given that Central and Eastern regions were literally no go areas, how is he going to win? And remember over 90% of our popualtion live in these areas. I hope you are not a retard to imagine that leaders have monopoly of thought and ideas!

    • Give evidance man, We Know everyone including you want to taint Odm to be like the other ones, believe me Raila is the man to beat, why cant you tell us your choice.

      • Lets hope against hope that you are right pal. Perhaps, that way the boiling tribalism in you would calm down. Odm was founded on deceit and deceit alone. Thats why your idol had to tell the world that Odm was original party and thus, Kalonzo had defected “from” Odm-K! Therefore there cant be any more tainting than that! The rest, see my earlier post.

  • Nate

    in 2007 Railas men claimed he won. in 2012, they have all ditched him because he can not deliver even promises within his own party. so what reforms does he want to deliver yet he could not deliver in the last 4 years?

    • He has deliverred on Roads held by Bett as an ODM member, Reformed the Highjer education Held by Mrgaret Kamar, Given a new constotution, And Many more what if he had that real power.

  • mtetezi

    If you are commenting on this website. It shows you are one of the few Kenyans who have been to school – A good school since you are not commenting somewhere on a vernacular radio station. (They can express themselves in good English, can even read news (like the article we are now discussing)…  
    In that case you should be discussing these soberly. Why are Kenyans so bitter about politics… Or is that the leaders remind them of themselves… We Kenyans do not have our priorities right. We ignore articles that require out attention like fuel prices and ERC formular (Many people do know what comprises of it) and concentrate on what Raila or Uhuru Said. Fuel prices, milk prices affect us directly. My dear Kenyans. Let us discuss issues and not people. As the saying goes… Foolish people discuss people and bright people discuss ideas/issues. If you cannot discuss issues at this stage, then you got your priorities long.  Let us look at these peoples pasts, their successes, their failures etc and compare them. This will enable us get the best leader. If non of them qualifies…. Of which i think no one does, then let us get a person who will take Kenya to the next level. As you know.. 50 years from now. Most of us will be gone regardless of how much we amass, what we eat … WHAT KENYA DO YOU WANT YOUR GRANDCHILDREN TO HAVE…… Because you may be almost done with your work here anyway.. 

    • They define our policies so we must talk about them.

  • jimmy israel

    for the love of our country and for the love the beuatifull tribes and communities in this country,i want to show my respect to our leaders and their efforts of gaining superiority.our leaders are our choice and we choose who we want and live those we dont want and for the presidency i am voting for the premier Mr Raila Odinga not because he is known but because i love this guy.my tribe is never close to him,but i feel he is the best to rule this country.many call him a dectator but i call a leader with a vision and one who always wants the best for the people……LETS NOT BE JUDGES LET GOD JUDGE HIM……VOTE WISELY SIO MBALI

  • Observer

    I don’t think my fellow kenyans are that stupid to simply return power to the house where it started…knowing very well what exactly they will expect…In any case “mtoto wa nyoka ni nyoka”……my only opinion is that let kenyans VOTE WISELY period!

  • Yes it is Reloaded, Get direct to the people No balala the Coast people have made  a statement that it was not him who told them to elect you but they knew what you stood for as a Reformer. Age is a number Your CV surpasses all, Your are a fruitful person that is boys are throwing stone to get a coverage in the hbeadlines, attack Raila and you are on the headlines. Wengine ni Wahusika Wajenzi.

  • Kama Mudavadi Hataki Kufuatwa, Let him quit politics,

  • nyakenda

    ODM Reloaded ni moto wa kuotea mbali, watch this space

    • I guess this so called odm reloaded (it should correctly read unloaded!) is the much hyped “repackaged” lies. And this reload has no new thing? Am sure attempting to sobtage brother Hon. Mudavadi’s rally cant be called a reload. Desperate people have failed to offer Kenyans anything but just empty senseless words. Am sure changing position about MRC three times in as many days is not a reload at all. Would a serious leader anway be so prone to unnecessary shifting of goal posts and moreso, on straight simple things? I have maintained that Raila unwittingly calls people his very own incarnate names. By the way, whats his real stand on MRC? First, he said government was going to talk to them. Then he later stated very categorily that he wont talk to people claiming to be none Kenyans. Last weekend, he yelled “MRC is talking Raila’s language!” Which is which? Did he mean he is a secessionist, or meant he was financing them? I guess, he thought they spoke “Kijang’o!” Am surely tempted to say this guy might after all  be abnormal.

  • Pwani ni Kenya, lakini..

    Raila always wants to play the victim that is his established Modus operandi and so are his deluded followers. If Raila is the reformer he purports to be why has he not rooted out corruption that has grown leaps and bounds since he became PM or Headboy, did he not have the power? The current scandal at NHIF is presided by one of his trusted lietenants i.e Anyang Nyongo and thats why Kenyans will never get to the bottom of it. And then we talk about reform when ppl dont care about stealing from the sick. Even a bank robber is better since he steals from a bank!
    MRC has valid concerns albeit they may be going about it in a crude, disingenius way but Raila realising this has jumped onto the victims bandwagon saying there have been historical injustices at the coast. If Raila was a genuine reformer why did he not adress these injustices in this current parliament as the PM? Additionally, the belligerent stance that some communities and leaders have shown towards the Coastal plight just goes to add insult to injury and undermines the nationalist outlook that Republic of Kenya wants to achieve. The new constitution does allow for aggrieved communities to opt for seccesion. If Kenya is going to carry on in the tribal groupings then maybe its high time we all went our separate ways since it looks impossible for us to live together as one nation in Kenya.        

    • Pal I get your point and thanks alot. Be blessed. Raila was NEVER EVER a reformer at all. His politcal career is rooted in deception and deception alone. Remember when he entered politics several decades ago, he was as dramatic, for all wrong reasons, as he is today. Reformers DONT EVER EVER REMAIN THAT STAGNANT dear! True Raila has been a very powerful man in the government. But surely there is nothing to show for now solid 5 years on. He remains true to himself by keeping the same same well sounding words that never translate in to anything. Again, I dare say true reformers are never that motionless!  Cancerous maize was brought to the country by no other than Raila himself. Raila also paid for up to a week Shs.601,000/= for a hotel room per night. This was done while the character was still parading devious pretentious love for the poor. Theft of Kazi Kwa Vijana Funds was his finest art. Water ministry was visited with same looting and now NHIF. Reformers pal normally stop thefts and go for peace. Raila is an alien to peace and a master performer in thievery. Remember in 2007/8 he had to fake election theft, albiet using his own normal dramas, to visit us with alot of murderous violence. If he was really a reformer, he would have embarked on ensuring that we remained prosperous and kept our reputation as an island of peace. But his selfishness coupled with seemingly murderous greed for power wont allow that!  Needless to say, that true reformers are never ever greedy for power. True reformers are ever ready to sacrifice their lives for fellow country men. Raila has never ever attempted to sacrifice for us at all. Many times he has run away from his supporters whenever riot police come calling. He once hid under the table and also left the country disguised as a woman! True leaders and reformers are not that cheap and selfish pal. Raila has only assembled few half truths and outright lies and called them his achievements in  “fighting for us.” The guy was jailed in 1982 for attempting a tribal coup that was led by junior luo airforce officers. In subsequent years, he falsely claims to have been jailed “fighting for us!” His treason trial never actually took off. It was replaced by detention. Am sure you do remember only the other day he said “let those who are charged by ICC go to Hague and defend themselves the way I cleared fake treason charges against me!” The truth is that he was NEVER EVER cleared of the charges as alleged. Raila has never been arrested since he was released from detention. He also claims to have fought for multipartyism and thats also another empty lie. When we were fighting for multiparty, the character was still in detention. His father was around and you do pretty know that parents hardly allow their kids to join them in the frontline. Raila’s so called reform is thus a mere meaningless song thats simply meant to get votes. Even his entry in to this MRC debate is just another mere voting hunting enterprise. Remember only 2 weeks ago he was weighing heavily on the same group. So what do you believe, empty right words or real action?

  • I long for that day when kenyans will stop calling themselves by their tribes but kenyans. It is then that someone from one community will appreciate the good things another person from a different community has done. As for now i wont stop vomiting when i see someone talking ill of somebody simply because he is of another tribe. I admit kenya is big and that a section of us who are heading towards America should not bother those who are heading elsewhere.We can do nothing but prayers so that they will someday stop wearing that tribalism coat.

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