The Best Fabrics for Keeping Cool

Keep cool, calm and collected in the heat with your choice of fabrics.

 

Go natural fabrics, preferably in organic quality.

 

LINEN WOVEN

  • Linen is a natural fabric made from the flax plant.
  • Keeps you cool and comfortable in heat and humidity.
  • Linen keeps your body free of moisture as it can absorb as much as 1/5 of its weight. Moisture is both absorbed and evaporated by linen.
  • Linen is loosely woven which also aids in keeping you cool.
  • Linen conducts heat through the fabric which further improves cooling.
  • Woven linen doesn’t cling so it has high air permeability, allowing your body to ‘breathe’.
  • Linen doesn’t like being washed in hard water, so if you have hard water, soften with Sonett Water Softener.
  • Linen likes gentle, synthetic chemical and petrochemical free laundry products, use fabric caring Sonett Laundry to ensure longevity of your linen garments.
  • Linen doesn’t like harsh laundry detergents and chemicals.
  • Linen does crease but this can be minimised by using softening Sonett Laundry products that don’t crisp your fabrics. You may also like to add Laundry Rinse which smoothes fibres and softens fabrics further. Wash in delicates cycle and hang immediately to dry, preferably in shade.
  • Feeling fresh in linen, a classic and elegant fabric.

LINEN KNIT

  • Breathable and lightweight, fluid with superb drape.
  • Not as cooling as woven linen.

COTTON WOVEN

  • Cotton is made from the cotton plant.
  • Keeps you cool by resisting static cling.
  • Cotton allows your body to ‘breathe’ because it allows moisture to evaporate.
  • Good choice of fabric for those with sensitive skin or allergies.
  • Cotton is lightweight, crisp, clean and fresh.

COTTON KNIT

  • Very comfortable breathable fabric, just not as cooling as woven cotton.

CHAMBRAY

  • Chambray is like denim, which is a very tightly woven cotton, however, chambray is much lighter in weight, therefore another cool option for the heat.

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7 TIPS to Reduce Ironing Time

1) Delicates wash is your friend. As soon as the load is done hang garments immediately to dry, preferably out of UV if possible. This technique definitely reduces ironing, in fact you’ll find many items don’t require a iron at all.

Always, always hang clothes as soon as possible, whether with pegs or on hangars, whether out of the washing machine or dryer, or once ironed.

2) Another handy TIP is hang your wrinkled garment in the bathroom while you take a shower. Steam often negates any need to iron at all.

3) Have to give ourselves a pat on the back here, because you’ll find using Sonett Laundry Liquids and Powders your laundry will be much softer, less creasing, meaning less ironing time than conventional products. Everyone wins, including the environment.

4) Almost as soon as you’ve turned your iron on is the time to iron anything delicate that requires ironing. No point waiting about for your iron to come to full heat, get on with the really creased items once the iron is hot.

5) We don’t need to be perfectionists, many items really don’t need to be ironed. For instance I wouldn’t dream of ironing 100% cotton sheets, they’re not that creased anyway, however I have a friend who has meticulously ironed her sheets for years. Each to their own. I’ve found that once a good linen garment has softened over many washes and it’s hung on a hanger straight out of a delicates wash it doesn’t need ironing.

6) I’m told that using a steamer, rather than an iron, makes pressing much quicker and easier.

7) Having the correct tools for the job always helps, as does watching tele or playing your favourite music while you iron. A solid ironing board, with a pretty cover, a good iron, and use Sonett Starch Spray & Ironing Aid with aromatic Rose Geranium and Lavender and you’re away. Also available in 1 litre refill.

P.S. A packed to the rafters wardrobe may cause creasing.

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7 TIPS to make laundry a more enjoyable experience

Feel inspired when it comes to doing your laundry.

1) Keeping on top of it

Particularly if you have a family do load(s) during the week rather than having a mountain to get through in the weekend. Cutting a big job down to bite sizes always helps.

2) Pretty things

Use things that you enjoy using, like a long-lasting jute, woven, vintage look laundry basket or a very large French market basket works well too. My latest laundry find is a gorgeous, and useful, canvas peg bag picked up from Eumundi Markets.

3) Wool dryer balls

Wool dryer balls are eco-friendly, they help fluff up your laundry as they bounce around in the dryer with your clothes. The wool balls help reduce drying time, static and soften laundry. If you like a little scent in your laundry, you can add 1 or two drops of your favourite essential oil on each ball.

4) Caring for your lingerie

Get in to the caring habit of using a mesh bag, or even a pillow slip will do,  to give extra care to your lingerie. This helps lingerie to keep in shape and last much longer.

5) Delicates

Use your delicates wash cycle and hang up items to dry. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how little ironing you need to do.

6) Mindfulness and folding laundry

Sometimes it’s just all about attitude. Folding washing becomes more enjoyable with some favourite relaxing music on or enjoying a moment of silence and quiet meditative time.

7) Putting laundry away

A quick and easy job if…your linen cupboard, wardrobe and drawers have been de-cluttered.

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8 Cleaning Resolutions for the New Year

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For a positive impact!

1) Small jobs done regularly

Cut cleaning down to small jobs you can squeeze in here and there. These changes to your routine will keep help to keep your home clean and orderly throughout the year.
For example you’re spraying and wiping for after dinner clean up anyway, so also pop into the bathroom, spray, walk away to let the product do its work, then come back and wipe down surfaces (with your bathroom cloth) for a cleaner start to the morning.

2) Make beds every single morning

A made bed makes a bedroom look tidy, instantly and it doesn’t take much more than a minute to do. It’s much nicer to sleep in that night as well. Get the kids in the habit of making their beds every morning too.

Lavender Laundry Liquid is perfect for bed linen.

3) Put clothes/shoes away

Always put your clothes and shoes back in their place or in the laundry basket at the end of the day. It takes less time to do this than it does to deal with a mountain of clothes over a chair by the end of the week, or the time it takes to run around in the morning frantically trying to find a garment or the other sock to a pair. Not even mentioning unnecessary frustration.

4) Let your cleaning products do the work

Choose your cleaning products wisely. If you have a big job that involves cleaning grease, oil, soap fat in the shower – then use Orange Power Cleaner undiluted to take away the elbow grease or scrubbing.

5) Clean the bathroom weekly

Cleaning the bathroom weekly is much better than letting it become a daunting job. Regular cleaning means mould, bacteria, soap residue is kept under control.

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6) Spray, walk away, then wipe

Some products need a little time to do their work for you, check the instructions. You’ll find those products more economical when being used correctly also. For instance Bathroom Cleaner needs a little time, walk away and do something else for a while, then come back to wiping.

Toilet Cleaner, with cedar and citronella, is particularly good at adhering to the loo bowl. Squeeze it under the rim and leave it to work overnight. Then just a quick scrub in the morning is all that’s required.

Use Multi-Surface and Glass Cleaner, with lavender and lemongrass or diluted Orange Power Cleaner or diluted All Purpose Cleanser in a trigger bottle for a quick after dinner clean, remember to spray, walk away then come back and wipe, because you’re letting your products do the work.

7) Cleaning products you actually like to use

Cleaning is much more enjoyable when you use products that smell lovely when you’re using them and leave nature’s aromatics behind as well. Natural and organic essential oils, as opposed to synthetic chemical fragrances, which are just pollutants.

8) Begin the New Year organised

This is a great time of year to tackle rooms, one by one, and clear the clutter, which means it’s quicker and easier to clean during the year. Put your favourite music on and if there’s kids about get them involved too. Have 3 drop off points: rubbish, recycle, donate.

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Christmas Cleaning Plan

Not long to go, so it’s time to make a plan. There will be enough to get done closer to the date without having anything more on your plate!

1 • Garden and BBQ area

Garden tidy and planting. Think about potted colour and hanging baskets. BBQ and outdoor area clean up.

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2 • Lounge and Bedrooms

Get the kids involved too, donate or reuse, recycle wherever possible.

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3 • Kitchen

The fridge needs to be spotlessly clean, and you’ll need all the extra space you can get. Baking Soda on a saucer will keep your fridge free of odours, change it weekly. Pantry tidy up time and oven clean too.

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4 • Bathroom

A thorough clean required. Love the aroma of Toilet Cleaner at this time of year with essential oils of cedar and citronella.

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5 • Dining and/or Outdoor Area and Last Minute Jobs

Wash glassware, cutlery and crockery. Wash and iron your Christmas linen.

Last minute bathroom and loo clean, dust, vacuum and wash floors with a small amount of Orange Power Cleaner, just because the residual smell of oranges works well at this time of year. Fresh towels in the bathroom, Hand Soap and guest towels.

Done!

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Products featuredOrange Power CleanerAll-Purpose Cleanser – both super economical used in dilution except for the toughest jobs, Multi-Surface and Glass Cleaner (also in 1 litre refill), Bathroom Cleaner (also in 1 litre refill), Scouring FluidToilet CleanerLaundry Liquid Lavender (also in 10 litre refill), Hand Soap Rose (also in 1 litre refill) and Hand Soap Rosemary (also in 1 litre refill).

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10 Items you shouldn’t put in the dishwasher

  1. Cast Iron Skillet – all cast iron should be rinsed with warm water, no detergent, otherwise you’re undoing the seasoning.
  2. Wooden utensils and wooden cutting boards – really hot water and heat drying is likely to cause warping.
  3. Vintage crockery – definitely hand wash, dishwasher detergents are way too harsh for delicate crockery, particularly gold/silver trim or hand painted work.
  4. Garlic press and graters – best to wash by hand in warm soapy water. 
  5. Quality Kitchen Knives – good practise is to hand wash so as not to blunt the sharp edge.
  6. Silver cutlery – hand wash.
  7. Pots with burnt on bits – the dishwasher won’t cut it. Instead sprinkle a teaspoon of Bleach Complex & Stain Remover (handy in the kitchen as well as the laundry), pour over boiling water, leave it to soak overnight and it should easily wash out by hand in the morning.
  8. Crystal – dishwasher is too risky, hand wash.
  9. Copper pans – dishwasher detergent is likely to dull copper.
  10. Non-stick pots and pans – may lose their non stick quality when washed with the dishwasher.

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TIPS for winter coat care

Your winter coats, or coats, are investment garments so great care will ensure they last you for years and years.

Wool Coats

Always read your garment’s care instructions on the label, however, a wool coat can easily be cared for without dry cleaning.

  1. Do up buttons or zips, turn inside out.
  2. Treat collar and end of sleeves, armpit area, for any stains with gentle and effective Stain Removal Spray. Leave it for 10 minutes.
  3. Hand wash or use cold water delicates cycle with Laundry Liquid Wool & Silk, also available free from natural essential oils fragrance Laundry Liquid for Wool & Silk neutral. These products use high-grade olive oil which is processed to obtain soap for outstanding cleansing properties that are also nurturing for woollen and silk fabrics, restoring the protective hydrolipid film.
  4. Roll excess water out with a towel and turn outside in, dry on a sturdy hangar that will hold the shape of your coat.
  5. Be ever so careful with the iron, if indeed it even needs ironing. Iron inside out with a cool iron, or hold the iron slightly above the wool and steam any wrinkles out.

TIPS:

  • Don’t use your pockets for keeping your hands warm, use gloves, or fingerless gloves instead. Once pockets stretch, that affects the line of your coat.
  • Always use sturdy hangars for coats.

DON’T 

  • Use conventional fabric softener
  • Soak or bleach
  • Allow a damp or wet coat to dry crumpled

Down Jackets

  1. Check instructions on the garment.
  2. Treat collar and end of sleeves, armpit area, for any stains with gentle and effective Stain Removal Spray. Leave it for 10 minutes. Laundry Liquid Wool & Silk is very well tolerated by down.
  3. Close all zips, buttons and turn inside out.
  4. Hand wash or use delicates wash cycle cold to 30 °C.
  5. Rinse thoroughly, or rinse twice in cold water.
  6. Keep shaking the down every now and then when drying on the washing line.

DON’T 

  • Use conventional fabric softener
  • Soak or bleach

GORE-TEX®, NGX®, Softshell®, blends or fleece jackets

  1. Follow the care instructions.
  2. You can machine wash your jacket in warm water (30-40°C)
  3. Use delicates cycle and use a Laundry Liquid rather than powder. Specifically for these type of jackets Laundry Liquid Colour is recommended.
  4. After washing, thoroughly rinse your jacket to remove all laundry product residue.

Don’t use fabric softener or bleach as it may damage your jacket.

For coats and jackets, sometimes spot cleaning may be more appropriate, rather than cleaning the entire garment.

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