Monday, January 28, 2008
What's That Smell?
I got this fabulous new coat for Christmas - it's a light green bluish color with black & white accents & it's a poofy coat. I haven't had a poofy coat since my Northland days (guess I got tired of feeling puffy!). I had decided before Christmas that I really needed a sporty coat to wear day to day that had some down in it; I was tired of shivering through the winter months. So I found this great coat the day after Thanksgiving & my parents got it for me for Christmas. I loved it. Until I realized how DIRTY it got! So easily! The light color combined with my somewhat grimy work conditions (5 fleet vehicles that are covered with salt/snow grime & driven by men). When I make deliveries I get all kinds of stuff on me - the dirty salt stuff on the outside of the vehicles & the spilled coffee or whatever that grimes up the inside of the vehicles. So this weekend I decided I had to wash the poor thing. The instructions were fairly simple. Machine was cold, tumble dry low with 3 clean tennis balls or a clean sneaker. Interesting. I actually had 3 brand new tennis balls so I dug them out of the darkest corner of my closet & dumped them in the dryer with my coat. The coat actually got fairly clean (after 2 wash cycles & much pre-treating) & it took hardly any time at all to get it dry. But it stinks! Anybody ever get a big waft of new tennis ball smell? It's not at all like fabric softener! So now my coat smells like tennis balls, fabric softener, & febreeze. Yum.