- Check for any offending items that could cause problems in the wash or dryer. (tissues, ball point pens, permanent textas.) much better to spend the time searching or these items prior to washing!
- Spend the time sorting out your colours; whites, blacks and colours. This will save heart ache if a stray red sock stains your favourite
- white top!
Want some natural advice on stain removal? Try these tips!
- Chewing gum. Fold the offending gum part out, then place the garment into the freezer. When it’s completely frozen hard you should be able to crack it off in pieces!
- For blood, sweat or coffee rinse with cold, soapy water through the inside of the garment so as not to push the proteins into the fibres. Heat sets these stains so be careful to check the stain is gone before putting in the dryer!
- For perspiration or any other stains, try wetting and soaping the offending area then place it on a towel in the sun for a few hours, keeping it damp and well soaped at all times. When the stain has lifted to the surface, chuck it in the wash!
- Fat and oil stains. Try rubbing cornstarch or even talcum powder into the stain. Let it sit for 20 minutes then brush of with a soft brush or cloth. You may need to repeat a few times to remove all the fat. To speed up the process- place a paper towel underneath and above the treated stain, then run a hot iron over the top. This can be repeated a few times too until the stain is gone.
- For dried on stains; make a paste from bi carbonate soda and water. Wet the stain and the area around it. Smear the paste onto the offending stain and leave for 10 minutes. Then wash as normal! Don’t allow the paste to dry though before washing!
- Try the sun as a natural bleach! Hang you whites in the glaring sun and it may just whiten your whites and bleach out your stains!
- Pour boiling water through the inside of the fabric for fruit and wine stains.
- For ball point pen stains try rubbing vinegar and rubbing alcohol into the stain then coating with table salt. Leave for 5 minutes then rinse with boiling water. Or try soaking the stain in a bowl off milk.
- Rust stains? Try lemon juice and salt. Wet the offending stain, put a layer of salt on, then drizzle the lemon juice over the salt.
- Use white wine to remove red wine! Or rub the area with lemon juice and place in the sun. or try pouring salt on red wine spilt on the carpet. The salt should soak up the wine.
- Crayon stains? Try spraying WD4O, then leave for 5 minutes. Then rinse with hot water and dishwashing liquid. (make sure you check on a small area as this may not be suitable for all fabrics.
- Glue? Try smearing Vaseline on it until your able to peel it off. Once the glue is gone, rub dish washing liquid on the Vaseline and rinse with warm water until the Vaseline is gone. Then wash as normal
While we try our best to provide tips that work, please proceed carefully with your own common sense.
How to fold and iron a fitted sheet
Watch this youtube video.
Wish there was an easier way to iron? Try these tips!
- Add 1 tea spoon of lavender oil to 1 litre of water in a spray bottle. Hang your garment on a hanger, spray and leave to hang! Not only will it get the creases out it will leave your clothes with a soft scent!
- Want to know how to iron a fitted sheet?! Check out this youtube video!
Try filling the sink with tepid water and add a generous squirt of hair conditioner. Soak the sweater for 15 minutes, gently squeeze, then lay flat on a towel. With any luck the conditioner will have relaxed the fibres and you can gently stretch and re shape the sweater!