Does it seem like by the end of summer your grill is gunky and your sunglasses are stretched out? We found a list on Shine from Yahoo! that will help keep everything shipshape through Labor Day.
Before you fold up your chairs at the end of a beach day, experts say to give them a quick rinse with fresh water to remove the salt. At home, use a towel to wipe them down before storing. For preventive care, you can coat the frame base with car wax: The oil will repel salt and water.
One to two wears is the max you can get out of white jeans before cleaning them. Unless a garment is 100 percent cotton, avoid chlorine bleach, which can cause yellowing. Instead, use an additive-free version. Once jeans start to look dingy at the seams, add a half cup of White Briteto the washer and presoak for five minutes.
Your grill will fare best if you wipe it down immediately after barbecuing. Otherwise grease begins to set in and cast-iron grates start to rust. To clean the grates after a big cookout: Remove from grill and scrub with a grill brush and soapy water, then rinse with a hose. Replace, then fire up the grill to dry. To prevent food buildup, coat all the metal parts with a light cooking oil before each barbecue.
Rotate your swimsuits and rinse in cold water after each dip. Every 5 to 10 wears, machine-wash on the gentle cycle with a mild detergent, using a plastic lingerie case to protect the suit's padding and underwire. Air-dry out of direct sunlight.
Keep sunglasses in a case, not on top of your head (which stretches the frames), and don't leave them in a hot car (which will warp both the frames and the lenses). When buying new sunglasses, look for a pair with flexible-hinge frames, which are less likely to stretch.
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