A little room with a big purpose - YOUR LAUNDRY DETOX

Your laundry room might not be your home's most-visited spot, but here's how to make sure it's squeaky clean whenever you're using it. Doing the laundry today is easy when compared with days gone by. You separate whites and colours, toss one of the bundles into the washing machine, add detergent and come back in half and hour. Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers had to perform each part of the washing cycle by hand. So, we think your workhorse room deserves a little Spring Detox. 

Cut clutter and use baskets to keep your Laundry in order. We love wicker baskets because they are durable and last for ages. (Just as our Ha-Ra® Clothes!) :-) 

Before you put your clothes into the washing machine, you need to sort them. Begin by sorting into different fabric types, then separate whites from colours. After sorting, check pockets, close zippers and do up buttons. The ideal order for washing is to begin with whites. Then wash all reds, including pinks, brugundies browns, oranges and red shades of purple. Because these colours are more likely to run. Know how long it takes for your washing machine to go through each cycle so you can plan your routine around it. 

If you have new clothes and you're not sure if they are colourfast, test and an inconspicuous part of the garment. Immense a cloth in white vinegar and wring out, place it over the garment and iron it. Colour will transfer to the cloth if it's not colourfast. Alternatively, dampen a white cloth with white vinegar, wring out and pinch it over and inconspicuous part of the garment. The colour will trasfer if it's not colourfast. Always be extra careful with red clothes. 

Be mindful when selecting laundry detergent, particularly if you use grewater of if anyone in the family has sensitive skin. Avoid the ones that are high in phosphorous (it causes algal blooms) and salt and those with petrochemical-based ingredients. Opt for plant-based detergents that are fully biodegradable. And don't be seduced by claims of extra cleaning power. It generally means more chemicals are added to the detergent mix. Saponella is manufactured from a naturally occurring soapstone that is ground to a powder and combined with an extract from the Saponella plant. It is highly concentrated, extremely effective and economic and does not contain any lighteners, bleaches, starch, enzymes, foam regulators, synthetic fragrances, chlorine-based compounds and perborates and foam regulators - ideal for people with young children as well as for allergy and eczema sufferers. 

Washing machines and dryers can be noisy. Minimise sounds by placing sponges under the corners where they come into contact with the floor. The will reduce the echo and stop your washing machine or dryer walking across the floor. Make sure the doors enclosing the laundry are solid and can be closed. 

Only use a dryer if you absolutely have to. Hanging clothes in the sun is the best way to dry them because UV light is a great antibacterial. Clothes dried in a dryer wear out faster than clothes dried in the sun because the direct heat and tossing action places more stress on the fibres. The fibres are further strained when they go form a hot to a cold environment rally quickly. And, of course there is the higher electricity bill to consider. If you must use the dryer, speed up the drying process by adding a dry tea towel or hand towel to increase the surface area. Check and clean your dryer vent and ducts to remove lint build-up. If the ducts get clogged with lint, it can be a fire hazard. 








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