>> Sunday, January 17, 2010
True confession: I get my kicks by conquering “home nerd” challenges. We all know I enjoy cheating death by scraping a few extra years out of furniture with the Rehabilitation Station, but I also thrive in standing my ground against threats of the paper type. You know the kind, those pesky cleaning instructions plastered across tags attached to pillows, throws, dog sweaters, all adamantly declaring “dry clean only”…
Now, you’ll recall I recently lost a battle with a certain curtain panel soiled by a certain four legged friend…
Nonetheless, I was feeling frisky and wanted my throw pillow covers—deemed “dry clean only” by Ikea—cleaned now. Oh, what the hay, a girl’s gotta live a little.
So with fingers crossed I tossed the covers into the washing machine, triple checked the cold setting and ran quickly from the laundry room before I could hold myself accountable for my actions.
My drenched friends looked like they were holding up alright when it came time to line dry, but then again so did that dreaded curtain panel. Only time would tell and with the skeletons lurking on the sofa reminding me that nearest Ikea was 300 miles away, I started to regret my need for instant gratification.
Now, now. Wipe those tears. This story ends with all smiles and rainbows. No pillows were harmed during the cleaning process, and I have a sneaky feeling Ikea is in cahoots with the “dry clean only” money makers.
Clean and still roughly the same size as before washing, our throw pillows are fluffed, puffed and ready for little paws to dirty up again…