Commercial fabric softeners are filled with chemicals and have strong artificial scents. Now you can skip the in store alternatives with DIY natural fabric softeners that are non-toxic and inexpensive. If you are using the chemical softeners and have some clothing that has worn easily, there might be something contributing to that. There are heaps ... read more.
Cotton is the most widely used natural fabric for apparel manufacturing across the world. It is estimated that more than 25 million tons of cotton bales are produced each year. Being a natural fibre, cotton is a renewable resource and is biodegradable. It is a shrub fibre with a protective case that surrounds the seeds ... read more.
You already know a dryer uses up lots of energy and racks up your electricity bill, but it can also damage your clothing. Between the high heat and the rapid motion, some garments shrink, warp, and can simply be destroyed. It’s all just another reason to have a clothesline handy! Not all fabrics are alike ... read more.
With spring and summer coming soon, us Kiwis will be out in the good old outdoors more from camping to tramping to BBQing at home. So we put this brief stain removal guide together so you don’t end up with frustrated with ruined clothing! GREASE STAINS: It seems self-explanatory, but these stains are from oils ... read more.
You depend on the reliability of your washing machine on a regular basis, so you need to be confident that it’s working to peak performance every time you use it. There are however many common problems with washing machines and we’ll help you determine if you need a new one! Noise – When items ... read more.
One of the worst laundry moments you can experience is putting a brand new garment into the wash for the first time, then taking it out and seeing to your horror that the fabric has bled dye onto other parts of the garment (or other items in the machine). Along with colour bleeding, there’s also ... read more.
On the list of dreaded household chores, ironing falls somewhere in between cleaning the toilet and mopping vinyl floors. The whole process is mentally draining – from setting up the board, waiting for the iron to heat up, trying not to melt your hands off and then having a hot flash at the thought of ... read more.
Those of us with pets will testify to the tremendous amount of love and joy they bring into our lives. Our pets bring affection, happiness, and excitement to our homes, but what is not exciting is the amount of pet hair around on our clothes, carpet, and blankets. There are ways around this so let ... read more.
Summer is long gone and Winter has hit us with it’s chilly mornings and nights by the fire. This change of season for most of us is the ideal time to revamp our wardrobe with some new winter essentials. However, for those of you who do not have time to go shopping or perhaps want ... read more.
One of the most energy-hungry appliances in your home, a tumble dryer can rack up that energy bill. So it’s no surprise that our thoughts turn to line drying. The idea of linen billowing on a washing line on a sunny day is a seductive one, but the truth is line-dried washing all too often ... read more.
Getting up extra early on a cold Monday morning because you don’t remember where your work shirts are gets annoying, but is easily remedied. Organising your wardrobe and planning your outfit the night before will allow you to stay in bed for a while longer. To help you, we have prepared a list of easy ... read more.
Should you wash your regular clothes with towels and sheets? The short answer: Definitely not. You are probably wondering what’s the harm in it. They’re all dirty items that need to be laundered, right? If you wash all of your laundry together regardless of type, keep reading. We want to show you the better laundry ... read more.
It seems like children’s clothes get out of control so quickly! It is always the worst when we are in between seasons (like now), when it’s not consistently hot or cold. It’s really not easy keeping our children’s clothes in check. Here are some methods that can help keep you sane. Hopefully you can use ... read more.
Ah Nelson, where the sun is always shining, the vibe is always laid-back, and the outdoor activities are always exciting! In Nelson alone there are over 50 walks to choose from – whether it’s beach, bush, or city, there’s an option. We’ve asked around and these are some quick favourites amongst locals – short enough ... read more.
Following up from our last post on Wellington, it’s now time we dive into Swiftform’s hometown. Laundry breaks are just as fulfilling and fun in Christchurch with an abundance of parks, gardens, and natural reserves. The following are our recommended centrally located short walks to easily squeeze in between cycles. Panako Walkway – Located ... read more.
Line drying in the winter is economical, ecological, and yes…it is possible! Some of us are fortunate to have drying machines, but why waste energy, spend more money, and shrink your clothing? If you look back in history before the days of drying machines, all laundry was line dried…all year round. Think about it, the ... read more.
There are many options for laundry detergent – powder, liquid, eco friendly, sensitive, etc. Most of us just opt for the cheapest, but clearly there is more to the decision. We want to use a detergent that treats our clothing well leaving them soft, clean, and smelling fresh. We narrowed down our favourite powder detergent ... read more.
While your clothes are washing or while your clothes are drying, you may find yourself bored and wanting to kill time so why not get some exercise in? Over the next few months, we’ll fill you in on three walks you can complete under one hour in various New Zealand towns. First one up is ... read more.
Over the past few years, people are becoming more creative with waste, to be sustainable and environmentally friendly. What is garbage to one can be transformed into a treasure to another. From recycling clothing into new garments to recycling pallets into furniture pieces. We caught up with Dan from The Pallet Project in Wellington who ... read more.
Almost anyone who has ever shopped around for a washing machine has asked Google (or a salesperson) what the difference is between a top loader and a front loader. It can boil down simply to preference, but there actually are reasons why you would choose one over the other. After doing our research, we realised ... read more.