May 2-4 marks the ‘official’ cottage season kick-off for most of us here in Canada, and I couldn’t be more excited to get to the Carroll Cottage for the first time in 2017. Although Muskoka is a popular area of cottage country for many Torontonians, my family cottage is situated in the south-west area of Ontario near Grand Bend. My dad grew up in London, Ontario and it was his grandparents who built our family cottage when he was just a whee little boy. Playing on the beach and swimming in the beautiful, shallow and crystal clear waters of the magnificent Lake Huron has been the cottage life I’ve always known — so you can imagine my shock horror the first time my high-school BFF instructed me to jump off of his boat into the deep, dark and unknown waters of his lake in Muskoka. It did not happen and it never has.
Despite the fact that my family cottage is in southern Ontario, we don’t get to escape chilly starts to Canadian summer any less than our friends who cottage ‘up north’. Trust me, you know you’re heading to a cottage in Canada when the majority of your luggage consists of sweat pants and long sleeve tees, with a few bikinis thrown in, am I right?
That may sound ridiculous but any cottage-goer in Canada knows it’s true. The up side? The cottage clothing packing list ain’t too long, in fact, it’s pretty darn short! In partnership with my friends at Tide, here I’m sharing the 4 key items that need to be on your cottage packing list and how to care for them before, after and during your cottage getaway. In case you’re new to the Tide POD family (ummm, what have you been waiting for??) they’re also amazing to take with you when travelling because they’re super light and compact!
4 Key Canadian Cottage Items and How To Care For Them:
People always like to hate on leggings, but, personally I just love ‘em. Sorry, but I’m totally that person who wears leggings as pants and I definitely do not reserve them only for the gym. They are especially key for a cottage visit because they’re super comfy for the card ride there AND they help protect your stems from horrible mosquito bites — another reality of the great Canadian cottage life!
So how do you keep your favourite pairs clean and looking their best? See below:
Read the care label. This label has garment-specific information on how to care for your favourite pair of leggings. Wash in cold water to help with colour protection. Also make sure to check the label for drying instructions. Since the stretchy materials in leggings can start to break down when exposed to high levels of heat. To avoid this, air-dry them.
Be aware of fabrics that can be dirt-magnets. Most leggings, especially those designed for athletic wear, contain synthetic fibres, which are dirt and odour magnets and can make your leggings more prone to getting stinky. To get rid of odours after wearing them, wash them in Tide PODS Plus Febreze Odor Defense, along with Tide Odor Rescue with Febreze Odor Defense laundry booster to remove body soils and odours from deep inside the fibres.
They may not be the most flattering item in your closet, but, let’s face it, there’s nothing better than snuggling up in a cozy sweatshirt when you’re relaxing at the cottage. The only problem? The struggle can be all too real when it comes to eliminating lingering odours like the smell of a bonfire. Fun at the time, not so fun once it’s over. So how do you get rid of that smoky scent? See below:
Use a high quality laundry detergent. Tide PODS plus Febreze Odor Defense eliminates odours, like “campfire smell”. Use along with Tide Odor Rescue with Febreze Odor Defense laundry booster to help eliminate odours at the fibre level.
Add in-wash scent boosters. Downy Fresh Protect helps give an extra boost of fresh scent out of the wash and storage. The motion-activated fresheners also help neutralize bad odours and give a fresh scent as you move through your day.
Is there anything sadder than pulling out your favourite swimsuit only to find that it’s a little more than ‘past it’s prime’ due to careless, well, care? Since saggy swimsuit are desired by absolutely no one, here are some key tips to ensure you always look stunning in your favourite suit:
Read the care label. High spandex and polyester blends are ideal swimwear options because they hold their shape and can withstand warm temperatures. If you spend more time in the pool than out, look for a chlorine-resistant fabric, which can help prevent fading.
Limit sun exposure. It’s better for your skin and your suit. If you do plan on sunbathing, do so before you go swimming, as wet bathing suits often suffer more sun damage than dry ones.
Minimize wear and tear. Sitting on the side of a pool or leaning up against a wood fence is a surefire way to rough up the fabric on your swimsuit. Instead, place a towel where you want to sit. When you’re done swimming and need to change clothes, avoid the urge to wrap your wet suit in a towel, which can lead to musty, hard-to-eliminate odours. Simply rinse it in cold water to remove chlorine or salts from ocean water and let it air dry in a shady place until you can launder it properly.
Wash swimsuits by hand. While it’s convenient to just throw your clothes into the washing machine after a day at the beach, pool or lake, hand washing your bathing suit will extend its life-while removing chlorine, salt, sunscreen, and any natural oils on the fabric. (First check care labels to be sure it isn’t dry clean only.) Wash the suit in a laundry detergent shown to help protect colors from the chlorine in wash water which can further fade the colours in your swimsuit, such as Tide HE Turbo Clean ColorGuard Liquid Laundry Detergent, then let it air-dry on an indoor-rack for a full 24 hours to give the suit adequate time to regain its shape.
PS!! And this is IMPORTANT: For anyone in a rush, don’t be tempted to toss your suit in the dryer to speed things up! The heat could damage the suit’s elasticity. Sad face.
Whether you plan to spend the majority of your cottage days tanning on the beach or dock, or swimming in the lake, there’s no doubt that you’ll need a pile of towels on hand to keep you dry, clean and warm. But I’ll be the first to admit that after a long day in the sun I get lazy and throw my tile in a pile like most people do. The experts at Tide say not to do that because it cause them smell musty and that’s just gross! Here’s how to keep them their bestest and freshest:
Allow towels to air dry until you are ready to wash them. Wash beach towels in warm water with Tide PODS with Febreze Odor Defense and Downy Fresh Protect for a deep down clean that will remove any odours and provide an amazing fresh scent that will last 24 hours or up to 12 weeks in storage.
Have a happy and safe long weekend, everyone!
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