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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10 Ironing Tips

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1) Iron Temperature

Progress from garments needing the lowest temperature to those requiring the highest.

2) Ironing in the Bedroom

Ensures you’re handy to drawers, closet and hangers. Items on the bed helps with easy selection for lowest iron temperature garments to highest temperature garments.

Tip: Hang up or fold your garments immediately after ironing them.

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3) Clothing Care

Always read your clothing labels for care. Turn your garment inside out, if it isn’t already, because ideally they should be inside out for washing machine and line drying process. Iron fabrics inside out to protect them from becoming shiny.

4) Pressing Cloth

Iron delicate fabrics with a pressing cloth — a clean cotton cloth or pillowslip will do just as well.

5) Ironing Board Cover & Soleplate

Keep your ironing board cover/pad clean and in good condition. Damage to the pad may transfer to your garments. Ensure the soleplate is clean.

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6) Direction

Always iron in back and forth movement, not circular, which can stretch out clothes.

7) Regularly Clean Water Reservoir

Remove mineral deposits from the water reservoir when the steam action begins to decrease. In an unplugged cold iron pour 100ml Sonett Decalcifier into the water reservoir. Plug in the iron and heat, let it steam for about 15 minutes. Unplug the iron, and position it, soleplate down, on a small glass dish that has been placed in a larger shallow pan. Allow the water to drain from the vents for about an hour. Drain away any remaining solution, and flush the reservoir with filtered clear water before using the iron again.

Tips:

  • Using filtered water in your water reservoir helps with less build up.
  • When you’re finished ironing, empty the water from your iron while the iron is hot. This will reduce the moisture that remains in the water compartment. Allow the iron to cool before you put it away.

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8) Cut your ironing time in half

Place, foil, shiny side up, under your ironing cover of your ironing board. The heat reflects, meaning while you’re ironing one side of the garment you shouldn’t need to iron the other side.

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9) Sonett Starch Spray & Ironing Aid

Starches, smoothes, and cares for all textiles made from cotton, linen and fabric blends. It makes ironing easier, even with dry and crumpled laundry. Your garments stay free from creases, are dirt-repellent, and retain their shape for a longer period of time.

  • Organically grown Rose Geranium and Lavender – aromas that definitely help with the ironing job!
  • No need to use steam when using Sonett Starch Spray & Ironing Aid.
  • Spray about 20cm away from clothing.
  • Don’t get spray on the floor or it may cause a slippery floor.
  • Unlike conventional ironing starches, Sonett Starch Spray & Ironing Aid does not contain petrochemical silicone as friction-impeding ironing aid. We use purely plant ingredients, mostly from organic cultivation. Has to be a better choice for you, your family, your skin, the air you breathe and your clothes.
  • Also comes in economical 1 litre refill.

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10) Many garments can be hung on hangers to dry, especially those from a delicates wash and not require ironing at all.  Hang other items as soon as possible after bringing in the laundry anyway, it’s better than having items crumpling and creasing in the ironing pile, and making more work.

Use Sonett Laundry Rinse in the final rinse of the wash cycle, to make garments easier to iron, as it smoothes fibres and softens fabrics.

Sonett Laundry Rinse
Suitable for all types of fabrics and washing programmes. Add to the final rinsing water. Sonett Laundry Rinse helps to rinse out any laundry liquid or powder residue and neutralises the rinsing water (important for allergy-prone people). It brightens up colours, smoothes fibres and softens fabrics.

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Laundry Rinse also comes in bulk 10 litre.

 

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