Monday, 25 April 2011

Washing a wool coat

Most Woolen clothes are dry clean only as stated at the labels, but I have washed a couple of woollen clothes myself, mainly coats and jumpers using a washing machine and it turned out ok. The wool material on the coat has not been affected or damage with how I washed it myself and here is how I do it:

• Put your wool coat or jacket inside a white pillow case and tie the tip of the pillow case. If you coat is too big to get into a pillow case you can use an old yet clean white bed sheet to wrap your coat, the best thing to do is make a sack out of it and put your coat inside then tie the end of the sack.

• Put it inside the washing machine.

• Put a little amount of washing machine detergent and a tiny amount of fabric conditioner.

• Wash it in the most gently setting on the washing machine and should be washed on cold water. Some new washing machine has this wool wash feature, so if you got this, you might as well use it using the same procedure above.

• Spin dry. Do not use the tumble dryer machine as this might cause shrinkage.

• Once done, take it out of the washing machine and open the sack or pillow case to get your coat out and leave it to dry indoors.

• You can iron it when it is almost dry by using an old white bed sheet. Put it over or on top the coat, and then run the iron on the sheet on top of the coat.

But be aware that woolen materials are very delicate as it could shrink when not properly washed or the worst you could ruined it, so I would advise that if your coat, jacket or sweater is very expensive, you could just have it professionally washed so you will not regret if anything happens to it!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Using a fabric dye for hand wash

I recently Dye my daughters hat using a fabric dye for hand use and it turned out great! It was a lovely hat made of cotton and a polyester lining, the outer shell which is cotton has totally absorb all the color, but sad to say the polyester lining was not that great. Anyway, if you want to dye a piece of cloth using a fabric dye for hand use it is best to know that there are some fabric that are not suitable to dye and these are fabric that are pure polyester, acrylic, nylon, and fabric that has special finishes. A fabric hand dye for hand use is usually suitable for cotton, linen and viscose, wool and silk and here is the direction of how to use it.

• You will need a 250g of salt and a rubber gloves.

• Weigh dry fabric to check that you have sufficient dye. Wash thoroughly, even if new, to remove stains or dressings which may not be visible to the eye. Leave damp.

• Wearing rubber gloves, empty full contents of pack into 500ml of warm water.

• Fill bowl/stainless steel sink with approx. 6 litres of warm water (40 degrees c).

• Stir in 250g (5tbsp) of salt. Add dye and stir well.

• Submerge fabric in water

• Stir for 15mins. Then stir regularly for 45mins

• Rinse fabric in cold water. Wash in warm water and dry away from direct heat and sunlight.

• Wash separately for first few washes to remove any excess dye.

• Then hang it and leave it to dry.

Note that one pack will dye up to 250g of dry weight fabric (e.g. shirt) to full shade or larger amounts to a lighter shade.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Taking burns off a pan

Getting rid of burn’s in a pan is a bit of a hustle, and you could even spend lots and lots of hours scrubbing them which would sometimes leave a lot of scratches on your pan. There is actually a good solution for that, try using cheap cola, put your burnt pan in a cooker and pour a cola just enough to cover the burn part, it usually takes about two minutes, but depending on the burn, then the acid in the cola will lift off the burnt stuff. After that you can then easily wash it and rinse with water.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

To clean a LCD monitor

These are the things you need in cleaning your LCD TV or computer monitor:
• White vinegar
• Distilled water
• 100% pure Cotton cloth

You will not need much of it to clean 1 monitor, so in a small container put a quarter of vinegar and a quarter of distilled water and mix them together. If you do not have distilled water, you can use some ice from the refrigerator and heat it in a pan to make distilled water out of it. Once you’ve mix them together, get a piece of cloth- a pure cotton cloth, and put a little amount of the mixed vinegar and distilled water on it, just enough to make a damp of the cloth. Then wipe it on your LCD TV or LCD monitor. I have been using this procedure for a year now and it does a very good job in cleaning my LDC monitor and best of all, it does not leave any traces of water or dust mark on the monitor.

Friday, 1 April 2011

How to take a gum off kids hair

I know many kids and teenagers have already been in this sticky situation and what parents do, is just snip it out, well I guess it is OK to snip it out if the gum is sticks on the end part of the hair, but what if it sticks near the root of the hair? Well, there are some solutions you can do to get the gum off the hair. Try using a peanut butter, all you do is put peanut butter on the area around where the gum got stuck, then rub it into your hair and around the gum, then you will see the gum crumble as you rub it. Use your finger to tug gently at it until it comes out, and lastly use a fine tooth comb to get the last bits off. Now if you don’t like the smell of the peanut butter on your hair, you can also use coconut or almond oil, baby oil, or sun block. If you don’t have this stuff, you can also use a mayo or butter and use the same procedure.