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Hint 1: Washing Feather Pillows
Feather and down pillows can be cleaned in your machine, but make sure there are no slits or tears in the covers and that the ticking is secure. For balance, load two pillows at a time and use only a small amount of detergent. Set the machine on the delicate cycle and give the pillows a second rinse. For drying, place them in the dryer with several clean tennis shoes, which will aid in the fluffing process. It's also a good idea to take them out periodically and fluff by hand; use your fingers to break up any clumps. Pillows will take longer to dry than a normal load of clothes. If they have a musty smell, set them in the sun for a couple of hours.
Hint 2: How to Untangle Delicate Necklaces
Use a straight pin to gently pull out all of the knots. If
that doesn't work, place the necklace on a hard, nonporous surface such as glass. Apply several drops of baby oil or mineral oil to the chain, then use the pin to untangle the links. Proper storage should help prevent tangling. Depending on the size of the necklace, you can drop it through a straw, wrap it around an empty spool of thread, or hang it on a nail attached to a bulletin board or other surface.
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