Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How do I wash this?!?!

I don't know about you, but when I buy a new piece of clothing I'm baffled by all the washing symbols on the tag.  Triangles, dots, circles...the only thing I can figure out is the iron, but even those may have additional markings.  I finally had enough and googled "washing instruction symbols" and found this page: Guide to Common Home Laundring and Drycleaning Symbols  I printed off the .pdf version and plan to post it near my washer.  Who knew there were so many symbols?!?
This one is my favorite because it looks like "No Candy", but really it's "Do Not Wring".
95% of my laundry (which at this point is all RTW clothes) gets treated the same though.  I always use cold water with cold water detergent and then in the dryer with those dryer balls instead of dryer sheets.  A few things get hung/laid out to dry and sheets do get fabric softener mainly because I love the smell.  LOL!

Now that I'm sewing and will hopefully be adding some handmade items to my wardrobe I thought I better find a better solution for delicate items.  I've heard several of my favorite sewing bloggers rave about SOAK.  I loved the idea of not having to rinse the item since in the past I could never seem to get all the soap out.  So I picked up one of their Aquae gift packs with the assorted mini's so I could try out most of their scents. 

It smells awesome!!!!  I actually washed the doll clothes in it and they came out beautifully.  They also sell cute washing labels so if you're giving away/selling  your handmade items you can add a tag and they know exactly how to take care of their new clothes.

And look it even has the "Don't Wring" symbol on it!!!  By the way, I'm just a fan of SOAK, I wasn't paid for these comments or given a free sample. 

How do you wash your handmade clothes?


  1. Hello Mia, I've never heard of that brand before, but I use a brand called Earth which apparently, is good for the enviroment. My washing machine has a hand wash cycle and I usually place hand wash only garments into a pillow case then pop them into the washing machine.

  2. Thanks for the comment Marie! I'll check out that brand. A hand-wash setting sounds brilliant, unfortunately my current washer is no-frills, so when I get a new one I'll be looking for this setting.