Washing Sneakers or Merrell

Washing Sneakers or Merrell in a washing machine

Whenever you need to wash your shoes, it’s still important to do some preparation work to keep your sneakers/Merrell from getting damaged by the machine. Here are the steps you have to follow to get your sneakers to look bright and clean in above 40 minutes.

Washing sneakers:

Dirty sneakers; a washing machine; liquid detergent; 3 tablespoons of baking soda; a pillowcase or wash bag; a sneaker brush cleaner; several towels(preferably the ones you’re no more using)

Steps to follow:

Firstly, sprinkle sneakers with three tablespoons of baking soda in each shoe the night before and leave it overnight. Remove it in the morning.

 Secondly: Remove the laces and put them inside a pillowcase or wash bag to prevent them from getting tangled—place them in the washer. Wipe as much mud and debris off your sneaker as possible with a brush cleaner or an old toothbrush.

Thirdly: Next, add your shoes to the washer along with some towels. We recommend about 4 to 6. Putting towels will help to balance the load and prevent your sneakers from slapping loudly against the inside of your washer.

Furthermore: Choose liquid detergent, run the washer on a cold delicate cycle. According to your washer, the wash time may take from 30 to 40 minutes.

Finally: Let your sneakers air dry after removing them from the washer. AVOID putting shoes in the dryer, as the heat may warp them or damage the glue that keeps them together.

 ∎ Five tips for Washing Merrell Shoes

When your Merrell shoes are looking a little dirty to wear lately (and maybe are smelling bad), you might be tempted to put them in the washing machine to clean them. Before adding the detergent, check out our tips below on safely cleaning your Merrells shoes so you can get your shoes looking nice and new again without damaging them. Merrell officially recommends hand-washing for all of their shoes. However, some people successfully wash their Merrells shoes in the machine even though it’s not recommended.

 Here are some pieces of advice:

  • Put your shoes into the machine with a load of clothes and add the usual amount of detergent. Choose a warm or cold water cycle. When you finish, let your shoe air-dry overnight.
  • Feel free to remove the laces/ insoles or not; they’ll get clean if you leave them as is.
  • To cushion your shoes, make sure you add clothes or a couple of towels to the machine.
  • To get your shoes dry rapidly, prop them up in front of a fan or under the sun.

The following shoes are not suitable for washing machines and should be given to professionals:

 Leather or dress Shoes; Suede; Rubber boots or wellies.

Tips for Hard-to-Wash Household Items

5 Tips for Hard-to-Wash Household Items: Shoes, Pillows, and More

You wash your clothes every week or two, but there are plenty of other items around the house that need regular care and cleaning as well. From curtains to rugs to shoes, these items are often lost in the shuffle or simply put off because they are harder to clean. But we can help demystify the process. Here are 5 tips for washing hard-to-wash household items.

Pillows. Pillows should be washed every three months. They can usually be machine washed. It is important to wash an even number of pillows– two, four, six, etc– so the washer’s drum will be balanced. The best water temperature can depend on the filling as well as the material of the casing, so check the care label for specific instructions. If the pillow doesn’t have a label, err on the side of caution and use cold water.

Curtains. Although often overlooked for years (or decades) at a time, curtains should typically be washed every six months. If you have pets, you may need to wash them more often. Curtains usually need to be washed using a machine’s “Delicate” cycle, in cold water. Depending on the fabric, though, you may need to put the curtains in a washing bag or hand wash them. Like clothes, curtains come with labels, so check the care label for specific instructions to ensure they come out of the washer as bright and hole-free as they went in.

Small Carpets and Rugs. Rugs that are used often, like bathroom rugs and front-door carpets, should be washed weekly, or monthly at least, to prevent a buildup of bacteria or fungi. First, check the label to confirm that it can be machine washed, as some carpets have synthetic backings that can’t handle the wear and tear of a machine. Treat any stains and wash in cold water. Unless the label indicates otherwise, it is best to air dry rugs rather than put them in the dryer, as heat can cause them to shrink.

Sneakers. When was the last time you cleaned your shoes? For most people, the answer is “never,” aside from wiping off dirt or mud on the outside. But the inside of the shoe is exposed to sweat and oil frequently, so it should be cleaned as well. Fortunately, with a little extra care, you can wash sneakers in a washing machine like your other clothes. First, sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda inside each shoe and leave them overnight to disinfect them and help remove stubborn odors. Clean the outside as best you can with a damp cloth or toothbrush. Take off the laces, place the sneakers in a washing bag, and wash them in cold water on a delicate cycle. Air dry them, either inside or outside in the sun, as the heat from a dryer can warp or damage the material in the shoes.

Sleeping bags. Unlike most other household items, it is fine to go months or years between fully washing sleeping bags. Full washes reduce the “fluffiness” of the stuffing inside the bag and wear down the material of the shell. It is best to spot treat sleeping bags in the hood and collar areas, which have the most frequent exposure to skin and hair. Use a non-detergent soap and a toothbrush to clean visibly soiled areas. However, if your sleeping bag has an unpleasant odor or is just very dirty, you probably need to wash it completely.  Use a large front-loading washing machine like the commercial machines at laundromats. Home units, especially ones designed for energy efficiency, may not give the sleeping bag enough room to tumble properly during the wash. Wash cold on a delicate cycle.

Consult an expert. With years of experience under their belts and an extensive knowledge of fabrics and detergents, cleaning professionals know the best way to clean hard-to-wash household items without damaging them in the process. Some even have specific services for carpet cleaning and sleeping bag laundering. Consult your local laundromat to see if they offer pick-up and drop-off services to make your laundry life even easier.

5 Natural Stain Removers

The Top 5 Natural Stain Removers You Already Have at Home

Let’s face it: stains are a pain. A small spill or accident can lead to your favorite clothes being ruined. To have the best chance of removing a stain, you should wash it as soon as possible and use a pre-treatment on the affected area. But what if you don’t have a stain remover on hand? Here are five of the best natural stain removers you probably already have at home.

White Vinegar. White vinegar is effective for removing sweat stains, mildew stains, and grass stains, among others. Its mold-killing properties also make it effective at removing odors. If you accidentally leave clothes in the machine overnight, you can add vinegar to a cycle to help prevent the musty smell that usually develops.

It is best to pre-treat the stained area of clothes with vinegar before adding them to the washer. Additionally, you should add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle. Adding vinegar any earlier in the wash can interfere with the detergent’s cleaning ability. Most laundry detergents are basic in nature. Since vinegar is acidic, adding it to the washer when soap is still present will neutralize the soap.

Note that white vinegar should be used rather than apple cider vinegar, as apple cider vinegar’s coloring can create a stain of its own. 

Baking Soda. That’s right, baking soda can be used for much more than bread and desserts. In addition to serving as a strong stain remover, baking soda boosts detergent’s effectiveness and acts as a softener. Even better, it is an effective odor removal agent as it helps kill odor-producing fungi.

Hydrogen peroxide. Commonly used as a disinfectant for first aid treatment of cuts or scrapes, hydrogen peroxide is also effective at fighting stains. Like bleach, it is an oxidizing agent, but it is much safer to handle. You can use hydrogen peroxide to remove red wine stains, sweat stains, mold stains, and stains from vegetables or fruit juice.

For best results, apply hydrogen peroxide to the stained area and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before placing it in the washing machine. Additionally, you can put a cup of hydrogen peroxide to the washer before adding water or other clothes. 

A word of caution: never combine hydrogen peroxide with chlorine bleach, ammonia, or other household cleaners. The chemical reaction can create dangerous odorless gases.

Lemon Juice. When life gives you lemons, use them to remove stains from white clothing. The acid in lemon juice serves as a natural bleaching compound. You can use it on white fabric– for example, removing sweat stains on the collars of white T-shirts. It is much safer and easier to handle than chlorine bleach. As an added bonus, your clothes will have a fresh lemon scent. 

One word of caution: because the citrus fruit’s acid functions as bleach, you should not use it on colored fabrics. If you accidentally get lemon juice on a nonwhite garment, you should rinse it under a facet immediately and then wash it.

Bonus Tip: Always spot test a stain remover on a garment before treating the stained area or using it in a wash. As with any cleaning solution, there is always the possibility that it can make the color bleed or cause discoloration. To do a spot test, dip a Q-tip into the stain removing solution. Press it onto an out-of-sign area of the garment you plan to use it on, such as a hem or inner pocket, and rub it gently against the cloth. If dye comes off onto the Q-tip, it’s a good sign you shouldn’t use the stain remover on that piece of clothing.

Stains can be frustrating, but when they are treated swiftly and correctly, you can save your favorite clothes from the donation pile.

Tips for Washing Jeans to Keep Them at Their Best

Tips for Washing Jeans to Keep Them at Their Best

Jeans are a staple of every wardrobe: they’re durable, comfortable, and they can be a part of almost any casual outfit. When properly cared for, they can last for many years without wearing out or losing their color. Here are seven tips for washing and drying your jeans to ensure they have the longest lifespan possible.

Wash jeans every 5-10 uses.  If you largely wear jeans during sedentary activities or social gatherings, you can go longer between washes.  However, if you wear your jeans in hot or humid weather, or during strenuous activities (such as landscaping or cleaning up the yard), you will need to wash them more often. Additionally, you should always wash jeans right away if they begin to have an odor or become visibly dirty. 

Turn jeans inside out before placing them in the washer. This ensures  that the part that has the most contact with your skin—and therefore dirt, oil, and sweat—has the most exposure to soapy water, and the side with the most blue dye as the least exposure. It may seem like an inconvenience to stop to turn them inside out every time, but this simple step helps the color of your jeans last longer without fading.

Zip up your jeans completely before putting them in the washer. This prevents the zipper’s teeth from tearing or fraying the fabric. You should also button them to ensure the zipper doesn’t come undone while the washer is running.

Use cold water. High temperatures can damage lycra and spandex, materials commonly used in stretch jeans. Hot water can also cause colors to fade more quickly. It is best to wash jeans in cold, or at least lukewarm, water at all times.

Use a Delicate cycle. Although denim is regarded as a sturdy fabric, it is best to wash it using the machine’s “Delicate” cycle to ensure your jeans last long, retain their color, and hold their shape. Keep in mind that denim typically shrinks after the first wash or two, but it should stay the same from then on.

Air dry jeans rather than putting them in a dryer. Like wool sweaters, heat causes jeans to shrink significantly. You should put them on a hanger or dry rack in a well-ventilated area instead of putting them in a dryer. If you must put them in a dryer, use a “no-heat” setting. Even a low-heat setting like permanent press can cause jeans to shrink enough to become unwearable.

Wash jeans with like colors. You may be nervous about washing new jeans with other clothes, but it is safe to wash them with similar colors, such as black or dark blue. However, be careful not to wash them with clothes or items that will shed lint, such as towels or sweaters.

Use a clip to keep fraying edges or holes from worsening. If your jeans have holes, rips, or frayed areas—whether from wear or a fashion choice— a washing machine will make them worse. Fortunately, there’s a simple trick you can use to avoid taking a trip to the tailor before washing them. Use a clip to hold the edges together. Sock clips, created to keep matching socks together in the washing machine, will do the job well. In contrast, clothespins will come off in the wash cycle, so you should not use these to prevent tears from growing.

How to Use Chlorine Bleach Safely

How to Use Chlorine Bleach Safely

In our last blog, we shared best practices for using oxygen bleach, commonly known as All-Fabric Bleach. However, sometimes you simply need chlorine bleach for the job. For difficult stains, heavy-duty disinfecting, or odors that won’t go away, chlorine bleach may be the best option. However, it is much challenging to use correctly: it must be carefully measured, added at exactly the right time, and handled with caution to get optimal results. Here are seven tips for using chlorine bleach when washing your clothes.

Use the right amount. It is important to add the correct amount of bleach to the wash. Adding too much can not only prevent them from being cleaned properly but also damage your clothes. Clorox recommends using ½ cup of its bleach products, such as its Splash-less Bleach, in a full wash. However, depending on the brand, the type of bleach you use, and the size of the wash, the amount of bleach needed may vary. Always read the directions on the container to be sure.  

Add bleach at the right time. To get the best results, you should first add detergent to the water, put in the clothes, and run the wash for five minutes. Then add bleach. This will give you the best outcome because adding bleach too early can lower the effectiveness of the detergent. To ensure you don’t forget after starting the wash, set a timer on your phone. However, if you would prefer not to risk forgetting to add bleach (or adding it too late in the process), you can add it right after you add detergent, before putting any clothes in the water. Let it run for 10-15 seconds to ensure the bleach is mixed thoroughly into the water.

Handle with care. Bleach is an extremely strong chemical and can damage your skin if not removed quickly. If you get bleach on your hands while pouring or measuring, stop what you are doing and wash it off with soap right away—don’t wait until you’ve finished getting the load ready to take care of it. Additionally, make sure it is kept and handled in a well-ventilated area. Always close the bottle firmly whenever you are not actively pouring from it. A buildup of chlorine bleach fumes can also cause health problems.

Never mix with other bleach. Never mix chlorine bleach with all-fabric bleach or other household cleaners. This can cause a chemical reaction resulting in a deadly odorless gas. The only thing you should add to a wash along with bleach is detergent—and, of course, your clothes.

Only use it on sturdy clothes. Since it is a stronger chemical, chlorine bleach can damage delicate fabric such as silk. Use it on sturdier material, such as cotton towels and t-shirts. If you are unsure whether a piece of clothing is sturdy enough to stand up to bleach, check the label. Garments that cannot handle bleach will be clearly marked with “Do not bleach” on the washing instructions tag.

Spot test clothes before washing them in bleach. If it is your first time washing an article of clothing with bleach, it is important to make sure the material will not react poorly to the chemical. Synthetic fabrics are particularly prone to damage: white polyester turns yellow when bleached. 

Never apply bleach directly to a garment, however—remember that you dilute it in the wash, so you should do the same for the test. Mix a teaspoon of bleach in two teaspoons of warm water. Then use a cotton swab dipped in the solution to dab an out-of-sight area of the garment, such as an interior pocket or inside seam. Wait for the spot to dry completely. If the color changes at all, or if the color comes off onto the cotton swab, then you should not bleach the garment, as it will come out discolored. You will have to use another method of removing the stain or odor. 

Use a professional. From years of experience, cleaning professionals are skilled in using bleach to get the best results whitening clothes, removing stains, or getting rid of persistent odors. Just let them know the outcome you would like for your clothes when you drop them off, and they can take care of the rest. For additional convenience, you can inquire about pick-up and drop-off services so you can spend less time handling bleach and have more time for things you enjoy.

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