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By Charlotte on August 3, 2015 6:38 AM

Summer may still be making things sizzle in Texas but I'm daydreaming about fall. Bring on the cooler days, football-focused nights and the chance to wear something other than the shorts that have been my hot-weather staple.

I'm thinkin' tweedy skirts, long-sleeve dresses and leggings to start then skinny jeans, sweaters and scarves. I haven't gone near that part of my closet for months thanks to our famous Texas heat so it'll seem like I have a new wardrobe. But wouldn't it be nice to have a quick and easy way to freshen up my favorites for fall without dry cleaning expenses or the trouble of hand washing?Dryel Starter Kit 167.jpg

The folks at Dryel want to offer five lucky readers some help doing just that. They've joined us to give away five starter kits for their in-home dry cleaning system. It safely steams clothing and cleans soils, stains and odors while removing wrinkles and saving considerable time and money.

We're giving away five coupons for Dryel starter kits including everything you need to freshen up your favorites for fall ... FREE.

Read on for details on how to enter. Contest ends Aug. 23.

Dryel is great for dry clean only things because it cleans them for as little as 25 cents a garment. Wow! And you can use it on most fabrics (excluding leather, velvet, suede, fur, silk and rayon).

I also like using Dryel for special care items like dresses, dark jeans, sweaters and blouses that call for hand washing and/or line drying and pieces that are difficult to wash like my go-everywhere jean jacket. (That's a must for every woman's wardrobe!)

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Using Dryel makes it easy to freshen up items that are a pain to launder like the jean jacket that's one of my constant fall companions.

Since Dryel works in your dryer, it's easy to use and avoids harsh dry cleaning chemicals. You simply spritz any spots with the included Booster Spray. Zip your clothing in a special bag that holds up to five items. Use the dryer to activate Dryel's steam cleaning environment. Hang up your things immediately once the dryer's done to avoid wrinkling. And voilà, you're finished except for an occasional ironing touch up.

What's more, Dryel cleans clothes in record time. I'm talkin' 30 minutes on medium heat in the dryer for deep cleaning. Make that 15 minutes if your clothes are like the things I need to prep for fall and only need freshening up.

Before using Dryel, I refused to let my dark skinny jeans get anywhere near the dryer. I was worried their color would fade, or worse, they'd shrink and I wouldn't be able to squeeze myself into them no matter how many desserts I skipped. So I washed them on delicate and let them line dry.(What a time sucker!) But Dryel won't fade, stretch or shrink clothing - even skin-hugging skinnies like mine. So instead of requiring a full day to wash and dry, my skinnies can be ready for action in 15 to 30 minutes. Nice!

Dryel won't fade, stretch or shrink special care clothing like my dark, skinny jeans.

Charlotte in White Garden 600.jpgThe Dryel starter kit retails for $6.99. You can find more information on Dryel, news about the brand, and a coupon for $1 off the starter kit at Dryel.com.

You could be one of five lucky boomers to win a Dryel starter kit, including everything you need to freshen up your fall favorites at home:

  • New, improved Fabric Protection Bag (reusable up to 30 times)
  • Booster Spray for pretreating stains
  • 2 ULTRAcleaning Cloths for cleaning up to 10 garments

To enter the contest, email your name and mailing address (no PO Boxes please) to Enter@BoomerBrief.com by Aug. 23 and put "Freshen Up" in the subject line.

  * This contest is only open to entrants in the 50 United States.


We'd like to thank Dryel for providing samples for review and testing and for sponsoring this post.


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