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Cold-Weather Challenge

By Charlotte on November 20, 2015 6:39 PM

Sweater Leggings - 350.jpgBob and I go our separate ways in cold weather. He stays in short sleeves until the temperature drops close to freezing. (Just the thought of that makes me shiver. Brrrrrr!) I begin layering on sweaters (this year, the longer the better), gloves, scarves and jackets at the first sign of a chill in the air.

But caring for my cold-weather necessities can be a challenge. Most of them require either hand-washing or dry cleaning, which can be time consuming, expensive and a real pain unless you use an in-home dry cleaning system like Dryel. It combines a special bag, cleaning cloth and spray-on stain remover to steam clean and deodorize clothing in the dryer. Nice!

Dryel's Fabric Protection Bag holDryel Bag - 450.jpgds up to five garments.

I really appreciate this lifesaver when the weather's frosty. Before discovering Dryel, I was hand-washing practically all my sweaters. I didn't have enough counter space to lay them flat in the house so I'd set them out in the garage to dry, which took f-o-r-e-v-e-r in the cold. That also chained me to my steamer because there was no way to keep them from wrinkling.

But those days are over. Now, I just put my hand-washables in the Dryel bag with a cleaning cloth and toss them in the dryer. 30 minutes on medium heat gives them a deep cleaning. Make that 15 minutes if they only need freshening up. Spritzing on the included stain remover beforehand takes care of any spots. Dryel cleans without harsh chemicals, protects colors and preserves shapes. And I can reduce wrinkling by taking my things out of the dryer as soon as it buzzes ... or having Bob do it. He can be so handy!

With Dryel, I can also keep my dry clean-only gloves, scarves and jackets looking and smelling good as new without leaving the house. (It works on all fabrics except leather, velvet, suede, fur, silk and rayon.) That's easy, quick and costs much less than your traditional dry cleaning so Dryel Starter Kit 167.jpgthe savings can be a real cha-ching!

The easy-to-use and economical Dryel starter kit (shown) and refill come in packages with bright red accents so they're easy to spot.

On the Shelf: $6.99 for a Dryel starter kit that cleans up to 10 garments; $8.99 for the refill kit that cleans up to 30 garments at your local Walmart.

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

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