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5 Ways To Keep Your Socks Together In The Wash

Tired of having mismatched socks after doing the laundry because somehow the other pair went missing in the wash? Fortunately for you, there are several solutions that will keep your socks together when you put them into the wash.

5 Ways To Keep Your Socks Together In The Wash

  • Mesh Bag

One simple way you can keep your socks together during the wash is by putting them into a laundry mesh bag- the same one you use to put your delicates in. Your socks will be secure and will still get cleaned properly. 

The mesh bags also come in handy when organising socks per family member as you can designate a mesh bag to everyone and socks can easily be put away.

  • Safety Pins

Before putting your socks into the laundry basket or straight into the machine, pin them together with a stainless steel safety pin that you can find in a sewing kit. The stainless steel won’t rust in the wash overtime and it won’t ruin your socks, provided that they’re properly secured.

  • Tie them together

Use a rubber band or a plain hair band to tie them together before putting them into the washing machine. Then your socks will sure go in and come out of the wash together. Make sure it is tied together well enough though so that the agitation of the washing machine doesn’t pull them apart. Alternatively, you can half tuck them in together to keep them paired.

  • Sock locks

An alternative to using rubber/ hair bands are sock locks, sometimes known as sock clips. This laundry gadget comes in different designs and features. Some sock lock designs are made only to be for the wash while others come with pegs that you can use to hang dry after washing. 

  • Sock dock

This is another handy laundry gadget that those with large families might find super useful. The sock dock is a sock ‘organiser’ for the wash as well as for your wardrobe. It is this rope like accessory that comes with adjustable sliders, allowing you to attach as many socks as possible. 


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5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Clean In The Washing Machine

We are all aware that the washing machine cleans our clothes, bedding and covers. Some of us know that it’s okay to put nylon sneakers in there too. Believe it or not, many things can be put into the washing machine for a good cleaning.

Here are 5 things you didn’t know you could clean in the washing machine:

1. Exercise Mats

A majority of exercise mats (or yoga mats) are machine washable. Just remember to check the label. Maybe you give it a wipe after each session, but you know that doesn’t clean it thoroughly. 

  • Use a delicate and a low temperature cycle wash and avoid the spin cycle. Then let it dry naturally.

person rolling green gym mat

2. Stuffed Toys

Your childs cute little furry toys need a good washing too (obviously!), so you can put it inside the washing machine. Kids, especially toddlers, love to take their stuffed toy with them everywhere around the house. Who knows how much germs have accumulated onto their favourite sleeping buddy?!

  • Wash on a gentle cycle at a low temperature. You want to be careful not to melt any glued on features, so feel free to put it into a mesh bag for extra care and all to dry naturally!

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3. Backpacks

Backpacks are put through everything. It’s not hanging up somewhere, then it’s usually kept on the ground. So you can imagine how dirty the base of a bag must be. Cloth and vinyl material bags are completely safe to be put into the washing machine.

  • Turn the bag inside out and wash on a regular, warm cycle with heavy duty laundry detergent and dry naturally.

alone backpack bag commuter

4. Curtains (Home and Shower)

Your home curtains need an occasional clean too, as it accumulates dust particles over time. The curtains fabrics are safe to put into the washing machine, just be sure not to include the curtain rings, whether it’s your living room or shower curtains!

  • Wash as normal on a cold cycle and hang to dry naturally.

contemporary cozy curtain decoration

5. Pillows 

Both synthetic sofa pillows and down pillows are washing machine friendly! You don’t know how much dirt particles, germs, sweat and dead skin cells they’ve been collecting. So you need to clean it every few months or so.

  • Wash on a normal warm cycle and do a double spin cycle to get rid of excess water. You can put your pillow in the dryer on lowest heat possible or hang dry naturally.

red throw pillow on gray fabric chaise lounge near gray window curtain

And there you have it, 5 things you can put into the washing machine!

Just remember NOT to add extra laundry liquids such as fabric conditioner or bleach as it may very well ruin them. Oh and always check the label for extra care!

If you’re scheduling your laundry or dry cleaning with us, why not schedule a collection with us for your home and bedding washing too? We’ll have it looking as good as new when we return it to you.

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How To Clean Your Washing Machine

Is it just me or isn’t it quite ironic that you have to clean a machine that’s made for cleaning? Well, yep, it’s vital to maintain the cleanliness of your washing machine to: 1) clean your clothes properly, and 2) preserve its cleaning life.

So, just how can you banish that awful smell and disgusting mould? Let’s find out:

  • Manual instructions: Be on the safe side and read the manual for instructions on how to clean your washing machine, as some manufacturers may not allow you to use products or cleansers in your machine.

  • Maintenance wash: In more simpler terms, clean the drum! Let your machine self clean by putting it through a hot temperature cycle (without clothes, of course) at least once a month, with a cup of vinegar thrown into the drum to help it sanitise.

  • Let it breathe: Leave the door of the washing machine open every so often to let the air circulate in the drum and prevent bacteria from growing. I would also recommend you do the same for the detergent drawer- you can never be too careful when it comes to cleanliness.

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  • Wash out the detergent drawer: Simply remove the detergent drawer and give it a good sponge clean! Scrub away any detergent residue that has been built up. Give it a thorough rinse and let it dry before putting back into the machine.

  • Wipe the rubber: Give the rubber door seal a good clean with a damp cloth on a regular basis, being sure to completely clean out any hidden residue.

  • Clean the filter: The filter is the one that collects debris in order to protect the washing machine pump from blocking. If that doesn’t sound germ ridden to you, then I don’t know what does. So, what must you do? Empty it regularly to remove the dirt that has been gathered. The filter can be found at the bottom corner of the washing machine behind the removable plate/tab.

Oh and one more thing, you can leave your laundry to Laundryheap whilst you clean your washing machine.


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5 Signs You Need To Replace Your Washing Machine

Do you hear that aggressive noise coming from your washing machine? Did you almost slip over the leaking water again? Well, without going into technical terms and explanations, here are 5 signs that tell you it’s time for you to replace that old thing.

  1. It’s having a concert: Okay, so not literally having a ‘concert’, but the noise is so over-powering that you can barely hear the TV. It’s spinning so fast that it becomes unbalanced and makes loud thumping noises. This probably means that you have to re-arrange your load or that your motor mount may be loose.
  2. It’s leaking, EXCESSIVELY!: Another obvious sign is an overly leaky machine. The problem results from either overflowing water because it doesn’t match your load size or there’s a loose connection in one of the several hoses connected to the washing machine.
  3. The water hasn’t drained: If your cycle has ended but your clothes are still soaking wet when you go to take them out, it’s clearly because the water hasn’t drained and there’s most likely a problem with your water filter.
  4. There’s a funky smell: If you open your machine and almost get knocked out by an awful smell, that’s because, over time, your machine has been collecting soap scum, dirt and other debris. This causes bacteria and mould to grow in your machine. 
  5. You bought it before 2010: Like all appliances, they are subject to eventually wear out. Typically, you want to replace your washing machine every 8-11 years depending on how high-tech it is. Anything over this period will cause problems to arise with your laundry. So if it’s been 8 years, it’s about time to upgrade.

 

If you notice any of these signs, parts of your washing machine have begun to wear out. The first thing you can do is get it checked and repaired by a professional or replaced asap! Meanwhile, whilst you’re waiting to resolve your washing machine issue, you can leave your laundry to Laundryheap! (We’ll probably get your clothes delivered back to you before your washing machine is replaced 😉)