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Holiday Laundry – Whilst You’re Away!by Carla Ditzel, Jun 2018
You don’t have to over-pack for your holidays. You can just as easily wash clothes as you go, which is ideal when travelling with children.
Here are some tips for washing your clothes on holiday: –
Get savvy with your laundry equipment
They might not be the top on your packing priority list but universal sink plugs, such as those available at very low prices on Amazon or the innovative multi-ring Wirquin plug and a travelling clothesline which mean you don’t have to remember to pack pegs, prepares you perfectly for washing clothes no matter where your location.
Filling your suitcase or backpack with light, thin clothes (if suitable for the climate and weather of the place you’re travelling to) sets you up for an easy laundry experience. Garments made from polyester and nylon boast handy anti-wrinkle properties and are speedy when it comes to drying, saving you from the very un-holiday-like task of ironing!
Think outside the box when it comes to detergent
When aboard or on the road, you don’t just have to stick to the branded and pricey travel wash, or detergents that you would usually use at home. Save money for holiday treats, by using handsoap or even shampoo. These will wash your clothes just as effectively as conventional washing powder. Alternatively, multi-purpose liquid soap can be great for washing clothes, dishes and even yourself on short trips.
Ensure where you’re washing your clothes is clean to begin with
It may sound obvious but it helps to make sure the sink or bathtub you decide to hand wash your clothes in is free of dirt and grime before you tackle your laundry pile. If you have a large load of clothes to get through choosing a bath to wash them in is wise as you can avoid washing each garment separately, saving you valuable time.
Don’t neglect your hands
If you can, wear latex gloves to protect your hands. If not, avoid soaking your hands in the water for a prolonged period of time and always wash your hands after you’ve done your laundry.
Don’t ignore the garment label
Although most of us dismiss instructions, when it comes to laundry it pays to follow them. Most clothing labels will say hand wash in cold water, meaning you can simply add your chosen soap to the water that is filling the sink/bathtub and wash them by swirling the clothes around in the water, rubbing each garment’s material against itself to help eliminate stains.
Wash similar clothes together
Opposites do not attract when it comes to handwashing clothes. Though the water won’t be as warm as when a washing machine is used, the colouring on clothes is still susceptible to running, especially if they are new. Not what you want when you’re on holiday!
Clean clothes are no good if they still have soap suds on them, which can give them an unpleasant greasy feel. Drain the soapy water and rinse the items thoroughly under a running tap to get rid of any excess soap. For added ease leave clothes to soak for ten minutes in clean soap-free water, then rinse again.
Dry… then relax!
To save you from having to bust out your hair dryer to remove excess moisture from your laundry, squeeze and wring them out as best you can. Placing your damp items in a single layer on your travel towel and then roll the towel up can help squeeze out further water. Hang the washing outside if you can or on your hotel balcony. If this isn’t an option, hang them as close to the air conditioning or fan as you can and leave the windows open to avoid creating a damp smell.
Now… enjoy your holiday!