As a new military wife I know there is a lot to learn in order to fill the new “role”. I also know it can get a little overwhelming searching for answers to basic questions, many of which were difficult for me to find. So I figured we should go through the basics together. Sound like a plan, Jack?
One of the very first things I had to learn when we got married was how to clean Stephen’s uniforms. I wanted to make sure I learned before completely messing them up. He taught me, I perfected, and here I am, sharing the information with you all.
Flight Suits + ABU + Air Force Blues
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, uniforms stink but they have every right to stink! They’re put through the ringer day in and day out. These are the following steps I follow to make sure they smell extra fresh coming out of the wash (without ruining them of course).
- Remove all patches, pencils, pens, paper, IDs, etc. from the uniforms.
- Add Downy Unstoppables to the empty washer machine. These just make the uniforms smell even better than detergent alone!3. Add laundry detergent to the machine. We currently use Tide pods. However, I’ve read that for combat uniforms specifically, detergents with brighteners/whiteners should not be used (they can make the uniforms more visible at night which is not ideal in a combat situation). **Do not use softener.
- Add the uniforms to the washer machine. I usually wash them alone or with uniform undershirts because I do all of them at one time.
- Set the machine to cold and normal cycle. Start!
- Once they’re done in the washer, transfer them to the dryer.
- Use low or medium heat, not high, to dry. The energy efficient setting on our machine works best for us. ** For flight suits especially the dryer is really loud due to all of the zippers knocking around! If your laundry room is near where the baby naps definitely don’t do this during nap time! 😉
- Once they are dry, hang them up and they should be good to go!
Service Dress + Mess Dress
Dry clean these bad boys! Make sure to remove everything from the outside of the uniform before dropping it of at the dry cleaners.
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