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Sun, fun and summer laundry

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When the days get hot and the world gets a little more colourful, it’s time to ensure your summer bests are at their very best. Here’s how…

A picnic blanket with a bright red sauce stain, a dress adorned with an ice lolly drip and a jacket scented like barbecue smoke are not uncommon in summer but you have to admit – your clothes look better without them. To ensure your summer wardrobe dazzles as brightly as the sun, here are a few of our top laundry tips and tricks:

Look after your bathing suit

Bathing suits endure a lot during summer. Saltwater, chlorine and sunscreen all affect the colour and fabric of your swimming garments. In fact, perspiration and body oils both break down elastane, which is why it’s so important for you to wash your suit regularly.

As your bathing suit goes through a lot already, you should not put any extra strain on it when washing it. In other words, do it by hand or, if you’re short on time, put it in a special bag for delicates and throw it in the washing machine on the gentlest cycle using a mild detergent.

Top tip: SA8 Delicate laundry detergent is suitable for both machine and hand washing and uses biodegradable cleaning agents to protect fabric fibres.

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Keep the colours bright

As nature bursts into colour, so does your summer wardrobe. That’s why in summer you should give your coloured clothes some extra love.

When washing colours, turn them inside-out and don’t overload the washing machine, to ensure a thorough rinse. Since colours are prone to fading in high heat, wash them in cold water. But beware: not all detergents perform well in low temperatures, so make sure you choose one that you can trust to do the job. Finally, avoid tumble drying and hang your clothes on a line instead.

Top tip: All SA8 liquid detergents are effective at temperatures as low as 15°C but for optimal results, choose SA8 Color as it was specifically designed to be tough on stains but kind to colours. For hard-to-remove stains , pre-soak your clothes in SA8 All Fabric Bleach or add it to the drum as a detergent booster.

Stay fresh while staying active

In the summer, the call to the great outdoors is louder than ever. And no matter whether you’re working on your backyard garden , taking a breathtaking nature hike or exercising in the fresh air, the summer heat is bound to make you sweat. Luckily, this shouldn’t be a big issue if you know how to take care of your activewear.

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Although it can be tempting to add extra detergent when washing sports clothes, it’s actually counterproductive. Too much cleaning product can lead to soap build-up in your clothes, which traps bacteria. Minimal detergent, a gentle cycle, and cold water is the ideal recipe for fresh and clean activewear.

Top tip: For best results when dealing with dirty sports clothes, use SA8 Liquid Concentrated Laundry Detergent. This detergent is effective at lower temperatures, suitable for all fabrics, and doesn’t leave behind a harmful residue. The highly concentrated formula ensures that your clothes will look like new even if you only use a small amount.

Protect your skin

If you have sensitive skin, you have to be extra careful during the summer. That’s because higher temperatures and increased sun exposure can cause dryness and air conditioning can lower the humidity of the air. So during the summer, your skin will love you for wearing light clothes made of natural fabrics, such as cotton or linen. When washing these, opt for cooler wash settings, do not overdose with the detergent, keep the colours segregated and ensure towels stay well away from lighter fabrics.

Top tip: If you’d like to be extra careful, wash your clothes with SA8 Baby laundry detergent. It is powerful enough to tackle ingrained dirt but will remain gentle on colours, fabrics and your skin.

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