Whether it’s for the office, a formal occasion or part of the school uniform, nothing beats a freshly pressed, clean, sparkly white shirt or blouse to add a certain dressy quality.

The only downside to owning something so white is that they can prove quite difficult to maintain bright, especially the collars and cuffs where grime and sweat can combine and form dirty marks.

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The British Summer Time (BST) is wonderful. Not only does it give us hours of sunshine, warmer temperatures and longer days, it also provides households the opportunity to dry clothes promptly in the fresh air – leaving them smelling fresher for longer.

Sadly, BST is still a few months away. For those without tumble dryers or access to a garden, it’s highly likely that over the winter months, your wet laundry has been taking up space around the house on airers and on radiators and taking much longer to dry too!

Here are seven simple tips on how you can safely dry your clothes in your home, without resorting to the energy-hungry tumble dryer.

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Back to school stain guide

The kids are back to school – hurrah! Each day they set off in crisp clean uniforms and return with a whole rainbow of stains that testify to their busy activities: the splatter of paint from art class, the grass from the playing fields, and the drip of gravy from lunch. As the washing mounts up and you feel the panic start to rise, fear not! ACE’s brand ambassador – the UK’s biggest cleaning blogger, ‘Queen of Clean’, is here to help you tackle some of the most common school-induced stains!

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Most people only reach for the stain remover after an accident or spill – but there’s much more to ACE than just lifting out stains! The same way you use a fabric conditioner alongside laundry detergent, ACE for Colours is best in every wash (or ACE for Whites for white washes) to prevent colour transfer or a build-up of dingy stains like discoloured underarms or collars.

When you’re faced with stains like food, grass, makeup or unmentionable baby stains, it’s time to reach for our pre-treatment sprays – ACE Stain Remover Spray, and ACE Power Mousse for white items. Here’s why…

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We all have those items that we wear, and wear… and wear, be it a snuggly winter jumper that’s the first thing you dig out as soon as October hits, or that classic LBD that attends every New Year party. The moment you must let go is utterly heart-breaking and a replacement never quite feels the same. In a mission to care for both the planet and your most loyal wardrobe staples, ACE has put together a guide to making your clothes last you for eternity (or thereabouts) *smug face*

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With the cold weather setting in, we’re all starting to swap the summer clothes for warmer layers. If they’ve been stuck in storage, need a bit of freshening up or if you’re buying all-new knitwear for the season, it’s important to know how to take care of it all. The team here at ACE has some advice to keep your knitwear soft, stain free and in good condition to take you from season to season.

Before you wash your woollies, it’s vital to check the item’s care label, whether it’s a cosy jumper or soft blanket, and whatever you do, don’t be tempted to chuck your garments in the dryer!

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Football fever is sweeping the nation and there is no better time to get outside for a kick around with your family and friends than right now! BBQs, 5-a-side games and keepy-uppy competitions are all fab ways to get involved but can also lead to nasty stains on pricey football kits or your Sunday best, whether it’s ketchup from the celebratory hotdog or grass stains from that all-important penalty save. The team at ACE has some top tips to survive the international month of footie so you can remove the stains but keep the memories.

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Washing machines work hard at getting all manner of stains out of your clothes, as well as keeping your towels and linens hygienic. It seems odd that a machine that is designed to clean things also needs cleaning itself, but it does need doing regularly to get rid of residual muck. If you don’t clean your washing machine on a regular basis it can develop a lingering smell, won’t clean your clothes properly and problem areas such as the detergent drawer and inner seal can become mouldy or clogged. To keep your washing machine clean and running smoothly, the team at ACE has some easy and affordable tips.

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For as long as most of us can remember, jeans have been a wardrobe staple. They’re comfortable, long-lasting and versatile enough to match almost any style or occasion. Different washes and fits come and go, with the ripped jean seemingly here to stay – a plain white tee with trainers and ripped blue mom jeans is a staple daytime outfit, whilst a black skinny jean with ripped knees and heeled boots will take you through to the evening. Ripped jeans are effortless to wear, but need some TLC to keep them looking their best for as long as possible. The team at ACE has some tips for taking care of ripped jeans.

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Hanging your clothes outside on the line reduces wear and tear on the fabrics, gives them an unbeatable fresh smell and reduces energy compared to using a tumble dryer. Summer is the perfect time to make use of the sunshine and longer days, but is there a right way to hang something on a peg? Technically, no, but the team at ACE has pulled together some top laundry hacks to help you hang out your washing in a way that keeps your items in tip top condition, reduces creases and fading, aids drying and makes ironing easier. Sound too good to be true? Read on.

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