In new machines there is sometimes an anti crease function which intermittently tumbles your laundry until you are ready to remove it from the machine. This works in the same manner as rinse hold in that it doesn’t let the fabric settle, which is when deep creases form. In addition to decreasing the amount of ironing necessary this programme also reduces tangling.
Have you been around long enough to hear of laundry soap bars? I thought not! They were the precursors of the powder and chip forms. These bars are usually made from tallow or a combination of coconut oil and tallow. Borax and other builders are added to help soften the water and improve performance.
Consider this for a moment. Every time you fail to use eco friendly laundry products you are contributing to the pollution of your world. It may not seem like such a major problem to some people. After all, what can one little load of wastewater really do? Surprisingly, one load of water from your washing machine will still add pollutants and chemicals to the environment. If millions of people choose popular brand name detergents over eco-friendly laundry products then the problem will multiply exponentially.
So many people have been using strong laundry cleaners over the years that few bother to consider the effect of these household items. In fact advertisers just have to claim a new product makes your clothing look better and there is a virtual stampede of consumers racing to the grocery shelves so they can try it for themselves.
Over the past twenty years, many industrial laundries have switched from conventional washers to tunnel washers, also called continuous-batch washers. Since tunnel washers don’t have to be stopped for loading and unloading of linen, they provide a more continuous flow of clean laundry. Higher-volume facilities, which may process over 15,000 pounds of linen per day, often rely heavily on tunnel washers.
You usually find people either love or hate ironing. It can either be seen as a tedious chore which is usually left to the last possible minute, or a kind of semi-meditative relaxation technique, done to the sound of sea washing onto the beach! In either case, here are some words of wisdom for tackling the most monstrous of clothes piles:
One of the main culprits for putting creases into your clothes in the first place is the spin cycle on washing machines. Some fabrics are prone to creasing if your spin cycle has a high rpm.
If you iron your clothes whilst still slightly damp, this will usually give better results and they will be easier to iron. Tumble driers are good for getting a lot of the creases out of your items but it can be expensive to use them all year round.
Bear in mind you could be stood in one place for hours on end depending on the amount of ironing your prepared to do, so make sure you’re wearing suitable footwear that is comfortable and preferably non slip. Take regular breaks if you need them but make sure you switch off the iron at these times, taking care that the flex isn’t left hanging where someone can trip on it.
For large piles of laundry, a good quality steam generated iron from a reputable manufacture helps immensely. The iron is fairly light as all the water is in the base and you will get better effects as the steam output is usually higher than a normal iron. This also means you will get through your ironing much quicker too.
There are ironing boards especially designed for steam generated irons, although a normal board can be used and the base put onto a table or countertop, as long as there is no pulling of the flex involved, and the iron can reach the furthest point of your ironing board easily. The iron should have non slip feet but placing onto a damp tea-towel will also help.
The iron can build up with mineral deposits after a time, so check if it’s clean or it could cough up a load of brown gunk just when you’re in a rush to iron that blouse before you have to rush off to work. Following the manufacturers’ instructions as to the frequency of cleaning is always a good idea, and even better if you can get into the habit of doing so after each use.
It is a good idea to use an ironing board with a reflective cover that reflects the heat from the iron. This basically means you are ironing the item on both sides at once as the heat is transferred through the fabric. If you need more padding on your ironing board, you could use a normal ironing board cover and then a reflective one over the top. Padded under-covers are also available to buy.
After use, especially after large loads, give your ironing board a wipe underneath. If left damp, any water from the condensed steam can run into the joints and start to rust them.
Don’t use an iron where the cord has been damaged or worn through. If you hear any kind of ‘sparking’ noises, switch of the iron immediately as they have been known to burst into flames (seriously it HAS happened!)
Leave out ironed shirts or blouses for a while before putting them in a closet to make sure they are completely dry.
Make sure you do your ironing well away from children and pets. Don’t leave the iron on unattended or have the cord where it could be caught by someone walking past.
And last of all,why not just get an ironing service to do it for you, while you sit in the garden with a nice cold glass of Pinot Grigio.