Posted on 16 Dec 2015

If you’re lucky enough to have a ‘linen’ closet you’ll know they tend to accumulate more than just linen.  But that’s okay: you can organise your linens (plus whatever else is in there) and keep this notoriously messy cupboard neat with just a few simple tricks.

1. Take stock

First things first: you need to take a look at what’s currently inside your linen closet.  This is going to help you with the next step.  To see what you have, it may be best to take everything out of the closet to get the full picture of what’s hiding in there.

Posted on 21 Oct 2015

Not all items can be tossed in the washing machine and survive the hot water, soap and tumble dry cycle.  Then again, some unlikely items CAN go in the wash that you didn’t think could!  They just need a few precautions.  Here are seven types of items that should be treated with a little TLC.

(Note: these are general guidelines – always defer to the directions on your clothing’s tag.)

Posted on 19 Oct 2015

Laundry is possibly the world’s most boring chore (you’re probably getting bored just reading this).  But it’s something we all have to do every week – or day – and so it makes sense to do it better and faster if possible. 

Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in!

Posted on 30 Jul 2015

Nothing’s worse than dirty, smelly gym clothes; here’s the ultimate guide to washing them properly

Nothing beats a good workout - and nothing smells worse than the perspiration that comes with it.  But slow down before you chuck your shirts and leggings in the wash. Sports gear takes a beating, and it doesn’t come cheap, so it’s worth taking the time to give them a little extra TLC in the laundry.  Nothing like a seam coming lose at the wrong time during Pilates to make you wish you had!

Don’t how how to properly care for your sports clothes?  Don’t sweat it: we’ve got your ultimate guide right here.

1.    Detergent danger

Posted on 23 Apr 2014
For an industry which prides itself on clean, the laundry aisle holds some pretty big dirty secrets.  For example, did you know that in 2011 researchers discovered that clothes washed in some of the top-name scented laundry detergents and then put through the dryer, emitted hazardous – even carcinogenic – chemicals, such as acetaldehyde and benzene?

That’s just one of the amazing secrets we’ve discovered… and there’s more.   If you’re keen to minimise your family’s exposure to chemicals in the laundry (but still get great wash results), here are a few facts and truths you really need to know.
Posted on 23 Apr 2014

For particularly nasty stains, sometimes a regular detergent just can’t cut it. That’s why most of us have those ‘extra helper’ products around, or have used them in the past – stain removing soakers, soaps and scrubbers promising to wave a magic wand and disappear dirt in an instant.

But what price are we paying for these results and could those ‘miracle ingredients’ be doing more harm than good?

Posted on 23 Apr 2014
Are you a fan of liquid detergents in the laundry? Whether you use liquids because your mum always did or you prefer their solubility, economy or performance, you might be surprised to learn that liquid formulas can have just as many toxic ingredients as powders.

When you consider that the average family does around 400 loads of laundry per year, it’s important to know what’s actually in each capful of that liquid and its true impact on our skin, our health and the environment.

Posted on 23 Apr 2014

Almost 9.5 million Australians or 76% of grocery shoppers purchase laundry powders in an average year, according to Roy Morgan statistics (2011). But for such a frequently used household product it is surprising how little knowledge we have about what we’re really buying. What is actually in each scoop of that powder and what is its true impact on our skin, our bodies and the environment?

Posted on 23 Apr 2014

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the average family washes around 400 loads of laundry a year. That’s up to 20kg of commercial laundry powder sifting through your clothes and sheets – its residue in close contact with your skin almost 24 hours a day.

And what about the various fabric softeners, pre-washes, stain removers and soakers we also use?  Very few of us even know what’s in them, let alone stop to consider exactly what all those chemicals may be doing to our skin, our family’s health or the environment.

Posted on 07 Jan 2014

With around 6 million of us likely to suffer eczema at some stage and its incidence tripling in recent years, it’s no wonder Australians are getting smarter about what we put on our skin, from soap to moisturisers and makeup.1,2

But there’s one area that often skips scrutiny, and that’s products used in the laundry.