Laundry

Soap for Mothballs

Rather than using mothballs use left over soap slivers.

Place the soap slivers in a vented plastic bag.

Then place the soap slivers between your seasonal clothes before packing them away.

Using soap is great as it repels the moths, you do not have to worry about mothball odours on your clothes and your clothes will smell great.

Cleaning your hat

1. Firstly please take a note of the material of your cap.

2. Wool caps will shrink a little in water (and when you sweat too) so dry cleaning is your best bet for 100% wool hats.

3. Most cotton, polyester and cotton/polyester blends should be alright to wash in the dishwasher or washing machine.

4. The first step in washing your hat is to spray your dirty hat with a cap cleaner or deodoriser and let sit for 10 or15 minutes.

5. Then wet your cap with water and gently scrub with a clean dry sponge or brush and then Rinse.

6. Now place your cap in the top rack of your dishwasher (Please DO NOT use dishwashing detergent!).  Or you can place your cap your washing machine on a delicate cycle.  Gentle washing powder can help get out difficult stains, but always test for colourfast.

7. Remove and let air dry.

Disinfecting Clothes

This is a great tip for emergency disinfecting of clothing items that have come in on contact with germs or head lice etc

To use your microwave to disinfect clothes you will need to a make sure that no item of clothing has any metal on or inside it i.e.

  • Zippers
  • Buttons
  • Rivets etc

Place a cup of water next to the item of clothing so that it absorbs the heat.

Turn the microwave on to a high setting for about 1 or 2 minutes or until the water is steaming.

Stiff zippers

To help your zipper slide up and down more smoothly, rub a bar of soap over the teeth.

Tights, Hold-Ups and Stockings

To stop your Tights, Hold-Ups and Stockings from running dab a spot of nail polish over the run.

I would recommend you clear polish is best, for obvious reasons, but any color will do.

Also to strengthen Tights, Hold-Ups and Stockings spray them with aerosol hair spray when you first put them on.

Baking Soda

Baking Soda will soften your clothes, boost your washing powder properties, and keep your whites white.

Just add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your washing powder.