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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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 Stain Removal

6 Basic Rules

  1. Attend to stains as soon as possible, much more likelihood of success when it’s fresh, as opposed to 24 hours old or more. 
  2. When tackling a stain, always start with cold water especially on stains of unknown origin. Hot water sets protein stains like milk, egg or blood, cooking the protein into the fibres. Hot water is fine for oily stains like butter.
  3. Flush the stain from the inside of the fabric to push the stain out of the fibres.
  4. Treat stains from outside in.
  5. Dab stains on delicate fabrics, do not rub or brush.
  6. Test the colour fastness on a small hidden area before treating the stain.

Sonett products for stain removal:

Gall Soap
Gall Soap Liquid 120ml and 300ml
Stain Removal Spray
Laundry Rinse
Orange Power Cleaner
Bleach Complex and Stain Remover 450g and 5kg An incredibly effective product, completely FREE from any petrochemical bleaching agents It’s effective in the washing machine from 50°C + however if it can act for longer, e.g. having the laundry soak overnight in Bleach Complex, it’s effective from 30°C. Removes all oxidisable stains such as fruit, red wine, tea, coffee, grass, blood, etc. Prevents greying of white fabrics. Brightens yellowed and greyish laundry.

Types of stains and treatment

Fruit, grass and vegetable stains

Apply Gall Soap/Gall Soap Liquid, leave for a few minutes, rinse out and wash as normal. Please test the colour fastness of the garment on a small hidden area before treating the stain. 

Fat, oil and grease stains

Apply some undiluted Orange Power Cleaner, leave for a few minutes and then wash out. This is ideal for removing grease stains on delicate garments. Alternatively treat with Gall Soap/Gall Soap Liquid or Stain Removal Spray, see above.

Pen and ink 

Generally effective removal with Gall Soap/Gall Soap Liquid or Stain Removal Spray.

Milk, blood and egg-white stains 

Thoroughly rinse protein stains using cold water, then, if necessary, treat with Gall Soap/Gall Soap Liquid. Hot water sets protein stains.

Coffee and tea stains 

Pre-treat the stain with lemon juice or Laundry Rinse, rinse thoroughly and then wash as normal. Light fabrics can be washed as normal with Bleach Complex and Stain Remover 50°C, without any pre-treatment.

Cocoa and chocolate stains 

Spray on Stain Removal Spray and leave on to be effective for 10 minutes, then rinse or put garment straight into the washing machine.

Wax stains 

Place blotting paper on the wax and carefully warm with a hair-dryer. Remove the remaining wax with a solvent. Be careful with using a hot iron as the wax liquefies too quickly and can become fixed to the fibres.

Rust and old blood stains

Place the stain in Laundry Rinse, rinse with cold water and then wash as normal using Bleach Complex and Stain Remover, if possible.

 

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12 TIPS to Detox Your Home

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Indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air, simply because of conventional common household fragrance and cleaning products, skin care, hair care and body care products. These are being found to have negative health effects on nervous, immune, reproductive, endocrine and respiratory systems.

Many conventional cleaning products are full of synthetic chemicals that aren’t even listed on the ingredients label, same with personal care products.

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Here’s a few things you can do to reduce toxin exposure in your home

  1. Open windows and doors when you can and allow the fresh air in.
  2. No shoes in the house.
  3. Ditch conventional chemical cleaners, same with skin care, perfumes, body care, make-up and personal care. We recommend using high quality, rapidly 100% biodegradable, Sonett for household and laundry cleaning, Dr. Hauschka, NATRUE certified natural and organic (biodynamic and wild harvested) for premium skin care and make-up, SPEICK Men Care and Cosmos certified SPEICK MEN ACTIVE for superb natural shaving, skin, hair and body care, Less is More for organic haircare, and for babies and kids, Organic Babies.
  4. No conventional air fresheners, they’re just home pollutants, as are many fragrant candles, use natural beeswax candles and pure essential oils instead. Baking Soda neutralises odours. Place a small dish with a couple of teaspoons Baking Soda anywhere around the home, fridge, car, a sprinkle in the rubbish bin.
  5. Always use a moist cloth for dusting that you can put in the laundry afterwards. Dry dusting just moves dust particles around in the air.
  6. Be really stringent about cleaning where mould has a tendency to grow.
  7. Think about getting a shower filter and a tap filter.
  8. Use natural wool carpets instead of synthetic, and cotton rugs
  9. VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are chemicals that have a high vapour pressure at ordinary room temperature. Typical indoor VOC sources include paint, cleaning products, sofas, beds, glues, permanent markers and printing equipment. Levels can be particularly high when there is limited ventilation. Use low VOC, low odour latex water based paint, think about latex and organic cotton mattresses, and check out alternatives for sofas.
  10. Be wary of plastics and avoid BPA plastics all together and microwaving food in plastic containers. Choose glass or BPA free plastic for baby bottles.
  11. Avoid non-stick cookware, use stainless steel or cast iron instead. Lodge, America’s oldest family-owned cookware manufacturer, refers to its cookware as ‘natural non-stick’. Cast iron is extremely durable and can be pre-heated to temperatures, on oven top or in the oven, well above what is considered safe for non-stick pans. Both are also extremely long lasting, as opposed to ending up in landfill very quickly.

Why I chose to avoid non stick cookware

What’s the deal with non-stick cookware? Is it safe?

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12. Use plants to help detox your home. According to the NASA Clean Air Study some of the very best plants for air filtering are:

  • Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’) filters benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene & toluene, ammonia.
  • Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’) filters benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene & toluene.
  • English Ivy (Headera helix) filters benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene.
  • Florist’s chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium) filters benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene & toluene, ammonia.
  • Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata) filters benzene, formaldehyde, xylene & toluene.

All of the above are toxic to dogs and cats.

  • Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii) filters formaldehyde, xylene & toluene.
  • Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii) filters formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
  • Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens) filters formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.

The above are non-toxic to dogs and cats.

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20 TIPS for longer lasting clothes

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1)  Fading colour is one of the first signs of wear, if possible hang your clothes to dry in the shade, away from harsh UV.
2)  Use colour protective Sonett Laundry Liquid Colour.
3)  Turn all clothes, especially jeans, inside out for washing, drying and ironing.
4)  Use good hangers that won’t snag fabrics and keep the shape of your garments.
5)  Store your clothes in a dark, cool place.
6)  Button up and zip up! You don’t want zips, buttons or velcro to snag on fabrics and damage other items in the wash load.
7)  Use a protective laundry bag for your lingerie, swimsuits and delicates.
8)  Front loaders are much more gentle on your clothes than agitators and use the delicate cycle plenty.
9)  Iron less as ironing is hard on clothes, another reason to use delicates cycle which won’t crease clothes as much and use hangers to dry.
10) Shop for quality and classics from brands that care about longevity and use quality fabrics. Disposable fashion won’t last, no matter how well you care for it.
11) Read the labels and follow care instructions.
12) Dry cleaning is harsh on clothes.
13) Remove stains as soon as possible. Sonett Stain Remover is effective yet very gentle to delicate fabrics. Spray, wait 10 minutes, then pop in the delicates wash or hand wash. For tough stains, particularly with an oil or grease content use Sonett Gall Liquid 120ml or 300ml or long lasting Gall Soap.
14) Sort your laundry, whites do stay whiter when washed without coloured items. If white need a fresh up use a Bleach Complex & Stain Remover 450g or 5kg and do an overnight soak before washing.
15) Change from your work clothes when you come home.
16) Always use an apron when cooking to protect your clothes.
17) Avoid dryer use.
18) Don’t overload your washing machine.
19) Fragrance free Sonett Laundry Rinse, revives the brightness of colours, rinses out any laundry liquid or powder residue and it smoothes fibres. Smooth fibres need less ironing and ironing is hard on clothes.
20) Use effective and gentle Sonett Laundry products, kind to your clothes, your skin and our environment.
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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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