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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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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FDA Bans Chemicals in Antibacterial Hand and Body Washes

The Food and Drug Administration has washed its hands of the antibacterial products, saying there is no scientific evidence that they are better than plain soap and water.

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With a new ban on antibacterial soap, the US government is finally acknowledging that it’s not just ineffective, it’s also dangerous.

Plenty of marketing for antibacterial hand washes and body washes, however, the problem was there wasn’t ever really any science. For years, researchers have been trying to convince consumers that soap and water does just as good a job as antibacterial products when it comes to protecting you from disease. Worse, some of the antibacterial chemicals have proven ill effects: they contribute to the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, cause health problems by destroying helpful bacteria that live on our bodies, and have the potential to disrupt our hormones and after they flow down our drains, they cause environmental damage to animals and plants.

“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Centre for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”

All Sonett products are FREE from triclosan and triclocarban.

FDA Press Announcement

ABC News – FDA bans chemicals in antibacterial wash

Huffington Post – FDA Bans Antibacterial Chemicals From Consumer Soaps

The Guardian – Antibacterial soaps banned US FDA

The New York Times – FDA Bans Sale of Many Antibacterial Soaps, Saying Risks Outweigh Benefits

NZ Herald – Hand wash does more harm than good warn scientists
…As well as triclosan, the authors led by Erica Hartmann of the University of Oregon listed other common anti-bacterial chemicals including triclocarban, and methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, and butylparaben.

 

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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist – Bathroom

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Step by Step – Bathroom Spring Clean

Toilet: Use Toilet Cleaner under the rim and leave. Spray the toilet seat, lid, rim, base and cistern with diluted Orange Power Cleaner in a trigger bottle and wipe with a paper towel.

Shower: Spray a liberal amount of Bathroom Cleaner and leave it for several minutes.

Bath, basin etc: Also spray with Bathroom Cleaner and leave for the time being. Bathroom Cleaner is particularly effective at removing dirt as well as limescale deposits.

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Walls: Use diluted All-Purpose Cleanser or diluted Orange Power Cleaner in a trigger bottle, mist and wipe.

Grout: Spray grout with water. Wearing gloves, make a paste using Bleach Complex and Stain Remover and water. Spread along the wet grout. If the grout seems particularly stained, mix the Bleach Complex with lemon juice instead of water. Leave for 30 minutes and remove with a wet microfibre cloth.

Shower Rose: Remove the rose, add approximately 100ml of Decalcifier to 500ml of boiling water from the kettle into a bowl, place the shower rose in the mixture, allowing it to act for 30 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly and return the shower rose.

Alternatively pour 1 cup white vinegar into a plastic bag, fasten around shower head with a rubber band and allow to sit overnight. Remove bag in the morning and rinse shower head.

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Shower curtain: Place in the washing machine with a large towel to aid cleaning and Lavender Liquid Laundry. Hang outdoors to dry.

Drawers and cabinets: Remove everything from the drawers, getting rid of outdated and/or empty product containers, re-organise.

Extractor fan: Clean vent fan covers at least once a year. Turn off power at the circuit breaker and remove the cover. Fill a small bucket with warm water and a few squirts of Dishwashing Liquid Lemon or Calendula and let the fan cover soak for 10 minutes. Scrub, rinse and air dry on a paper towel.

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Mirrors: Spray and wipe down your mirrors. For no streak mirrors clean with Multi Surface and Glass Cleaner and a clean microfibre cloth.

Back to the Toilet: Scrub with toilet brush.

Back to the Shower and wherever else you have used Bathroom Cleaner. Using a sturdy cloth wipe clean and rinse. Now go over any glass in the shower with Multi Surface and Glass Cleaner for a streak free finish.

Shower, Bath, Basin: If need be use Scouring Fluid or Scouring Powder, powder is the best choice for limescale deposits, in basin/bath.

Floors: Vacuum and then mop floors with diluted All-Purpose Cleanser or Floor Mopping Fluid.

We love Sonett’s range of Liquid Soaps, one for the shower as a body wash and one for the basin. Your choice of Rosemary, Rose, Citrus, Lavender, Neutral or Épure which is a combination of seven herbs for a special aromatic fragrance. Both kids and adults alike love Foam Soap Calendula.

Finish with a pretty vase of fresh flowers, freesias for their fabulous aroma or tulips are another favourite at this time of year.

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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist – Kitchen

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Start by preparing the night before…

Oven: See the Baking Soda Paste Overnight Recipe

Walls: Use either diluted Orange Power Cleaner or diluted All-Purpose Cleanser, working your way around, spray and immediately wipe with a microfibre cloth.

Windows: If you only have a small area of windows to clean we recommend using Multi Surface & Glass Cleaner, for bigger areas use diluted Sonett All-Purpose Cleanser and wipe with a microfibre cloth that won’t leave lint for streak free clean.

Countertops and appliances: Spray all countertops and appliances, both large and small, with Multi Surface & Glass Cleaner, then wipe with a microfibre cloth.

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Rubbish bin: Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda in the bottom to neutralise smells and add a drop of Orange Power Cleaner. Add hot water. Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes, then swish it around and give it a scrub. Rinse with clean water. Use paper towels to dry or air dry upside down.

Dishwasher: To clean, remove any baskets and racks. Spray the interior of the dishwasher with diluted Orange Power Cleaner or diluted All-Purpose Cleanser. Wipe down door, sides and bottom using a clean cloth or sponge. For a thorough rinse, run the empty machine on its highest temperature setting with the addition of 1/2 C white vinegar.

Waste disposal: Clean by running about 12 ice cubes through it with cold running water. Next, cut a lemon into 4 and pop it into the disposal. To clean the underside of the rubber lip, wash with the scrubbing side of a white vinegar-soaked Eco Sponge.

Microwave: Place 1/2 C water and 1/2 C white vinegar into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for several minutes to a rolling boil. Allow microwave to cool, wipe away grime with paper towels.

Cabinets and drawers: Clear out cabinets and drawers one at a time, and clean with Multi Surface & Glass Cleaner and paper towels or the sponge side of your Eco Sponge.

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Pantry: Remove all food from pantry, clean up and organise. Spray all surfaces, doors and shelves with Multi Surface & Glass Cleaner, wipe with a microfibre cloth or the sponge side of Eco Sponge.

Fridge: Clear shelves and drawers. Wipe shelves with Multi Surface & Glass Cleaner. Wash drawers in lukewarm, soapy water with Dishwashing Liquid Lemon or Calendula. Rinse, dry with paper towels or air dry and return to fridge. Clean grooves, using Multi Surface & Glass Cleaner with an old toothbrush to remove stubborn particles. Wipe outside of door with damp microfibre cloth.

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Floors: Vacuum any rugs and then hang them out on the washing line for a dose of UV and fresh air. Mop the floors with diluted Floor Mopping Fluid or All-Purpose Cleanser.

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Finally, place fresh flowers in your beautiful, clean, fresh smelling, organised kitchen! 

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Using eco friendly, skin friendly, synthetic chemical free products in your kitchen is the best choice to ensure your kitchen environment is friendly. No unnecessary synthetic chemical residues is particularly important in food preparation areas.

What to do about limescale deposits?

Decalcifier is to be used wherever heavy limescale deposit is encountered on fittings, cookware, coffee makers, dishwashers etc.

Use undiluted: on fittings where the Decalcifier cannot be heated – allow it to act for a few minutes, depending on the thickness of the limescale, then thoroughly rinse off with clear water.

Use diluted: on cookware and for decalcifying machines – where Decalcifier may be heated and is therefore more effective rapidly.

Kettles: Add approx. 100 ml of Decalcifier to 500ml water, heat up to approx. 60 °C, allow it to act for 20-30 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly.

Coffeemakers: Fill 200ml of Decalcifier and 800ml of water into the water container and descale according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Afterwards run fresh water until the water is clear.

Dishwasher: Add 1 litre of Decalcifier to the main washing cycle of the longest programme (once the pre-washing cycle is finished!) – with or without dishes. Let the programme run until the end.

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