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.

HEMP

  • Breathable fabric that wicks moisture away from the body and doesn’t hold odours.
  • Hemp is more durable than any other natural fabric, meaning it has a much longer lifespan.
  • An environmentally friendly fibre as it doesn’t require pesticides, insecticides or fungicides to grow..
  • Very good anti-bacterial properties, making it extremely resistant to mould and mildew.
  • UV resistant.
  • Softens with each wash, without fibre degradation.

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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 Cossie Care TIPS

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How to make your favourite swimsuits last longer

Let’s face it swimsuits aren’t cheap and the perfect one is hard to find. So when you do find a couple you love, you definitely want them to last.

Swimsuits are made from stretchy materials which don’t like harsh chemicals such as conventional laundry powders and chlorine, nor do they like heat.

TIPS for longer lasting swimsuits

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1. RINSE ASAP

Salt, swimming pool and hot tub chemicals, sunblock and body oils – rinse your swimsuit in cold water as soon as you can, if you’re not able to wash it immediately after use.

2. Wash

We recommend hand washing in cool water, or cool water delicates cycle in a front loader. Agitators are too harsh.

3. Laundry Liquid

Gentle and effective Laundry Liquid Colour is formulated for sportswear and outdoor apparel, including swimming costumes. It’s also colour protective. You can use this product in a hand wash or the delicate cycle of a front loader. Rinse well.

4. Drying

Gently squeeze excess water, don’t wring, that’s likely to damage the fabric. Lay your suit on a towel, roll up the towel and squeeze gently to remove excess water. Unroll the towel and leave your swimsuit to dry flat on that, in shade because UV will damage colour and hanging by straps may cause the fabric to stretch.

5. Keep it cool

Swimsuits don’t like heat it weakens the fabric, so hot tubs and hot water washing is not recommended for long lasting swimwear.

6. Two to alternate

Alternate between two swimsuits. That way each suit has 24 hours to bounce back into shape. Spandex is a memory fabric.

7. Watch where you sit

If you’re sitting around the pool or anywhere that can snag, tear or damage the fabric, sit on a folded towel or sarong instead.

 

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9 Items You Shouldn’t Put In The Dryer

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The clothes dryer offers convenience but it can damage some garments. Here are some items to avoid throwing in the dryer.

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Lingerie

Lace, clasps, straps, padding, under-wiring, camisoles… dryers aren’t kind to undies or any elasticity. Air drying is a must.

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Swimsuits

Swimsuits are easily damaged in the dryer. Hang them on a washing line instead, they dry in minutes anyway.

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Pantyhose, tights & leggings

Tights are notorious for shrinking in the dryer.

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Delicates – Silk, wool, rayon/viscose

Hand wash or use the delicates cycle on your washing machine and wash with gentle Olive Liquid Laundry for Wool & Silk, which maintains elasticity, and with its high-grade pressed olive oil soap, it provides outstanding cleansing properties that are nurturing for woollen and silk fabrics and restore their protective hydrolipidic film

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Sportswear & activewear

Laundry Liquid Colour Mint & Lemon is recommended for outdoor apparel, sportswear and activewear. Dryers are too harsh for fabrics containing elasticity.

Sequins or any other embellishments

Way too delicate for the dryer. Best dried and stored flat too, because the weight of embellishments can stretch fabric.

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Trainers, casual shoes

No for the dryer, stuff them with newspaper and dry them in the hot water cupboard.

Rubber backed bathroom mats

The rubber won’t stand up to the intense heat of a dryer, and overheating could occur.

Care tag instructions

Anything that says no dryer on the care tag. It may sound obvious, but not everyone remembers to check care tags.

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Tips On How To Care For Your Bath Towels

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After your shower there’s nothing nicer than wrapping yourself in a fluffy towel. You don’t want to use a towel that looks drab and doesn’t smell so great.

Wash and dry bath towels before using them for the first time. Most towels have silicone or other finishes. Washing the towels removes these and aids absorbency.

Don’t cram too many towels in at the same time into your washing machine, as the water and Laundry Liquid or Powder need to be able to surround and move freely.

Always hang your towels to dry properly after each use on a heated towel rail as they’re vulnerable to bacterial growth and mildew quickly.

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Thanks to the use of citrates and soap in combination, no extra addition of softener is necessary, irrespective of the prevailing water hardness.

Towels should be washed in warm water with gentle and effective Laundry Liquid Lavender or Laundry Liquid Colour is gentle on colours. You don’t want chemical residues on your towels from conventional laundry products, particularly optical brighteners, that remain on your skin.

Use gentle and effective Bleach Complex and Stain Remover only when and if required.

Avoid conventional fabric softeners as they contain silicon that will coat the fibres leaving a waxy layer and make the towels repel water which compromises absorbency, and the washing and cleaning process.

Towels are crunchy when they have detergent residue left in the fibres. You’ll find Sonett Laundry products leave towels reasonably soft anyway, however for extra softness add Laundry Rinse to the final rinsing water. Laundry Rinse helps to rinse out any laundry liquid or powder residue and neutralises the rinsing water (important for allergy-prone people). It brightens colours, smoothes and softens fibres. Laundry Rinse is fragrance free for sensitive souls, but if you like fragrance just pop in a few drops of your favourite essential oil into Laundry Rinse.

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Give your towels a shake when taking them out of the washing machine. This will help fluff the loops that aid absorbency. Don’t iron towels as this will reduce absorbency.

Wash your towels once or twice a week and don’t leave your towels sitting in the washing machine, get them out on the line absorbing antibacterial UV rays for prompt drying. We’re not keen on using the dryer, it’s hard on towel fibres.

How to fold a towel 

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Good-quality bath towels can last for 10 years with proper care. Always check the label on your towels for particular care instructions before proceeding with washing and drying.

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Of course we support organic cotton towels shopping. Search for ‘organic cotton towels Australia’ and you’ll find plenty of suppliers.

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