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Back to School Uniform Washing Tips

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Whether you miss your home being full of the noise and chaos that only kids can bring or you’re grateful for the peace and quiet, there’s no escaping it, the summer holidays are over and the ‘back to school’ feeling has well and truly set in. Now it’s all about the school run, signing those school trip letters, helping with maths homework…and not to mention that mighty pile of uniform laundry to clean each week.

But don’t worry, with our simple uniform laundry tips you’ll have the right tricks up your sleeve to take on even the most stubborn stains!

Golden Uniform Washing Tip #1: Blazers

It may sound obvious but when it comes to blazers and other school uniform garments always check and follow the instructions on the label before kicking off the washing process (you’ll be surprised at how many people don’t!). If you’re trying a new washing powder or detergent test it on a discrete and small area of the item beforehand just to be safe.

It can be hard enough keeping up with kids’ growth spurts when they shoot up faster than an F1 racer drives and replacing uniforms accordingly. To ensure that uniforms avoid that faded look and to make them last longer following repeated washes, use cold water and select a delicate wash cycle for blazers, jumpers and skirts.

Some blazers’ care tags instruct you to ‘dry clean’ only. With our professional and specialist dry cleaning services, Brighouse Dry Cleaners can help you wash blazers that require expert cleaning. Alternatively, home dry clean kits are available from most stores, enabling you to wash your children’s blazers at home. Tips Bulletin offers some great advice for dry cleaning at home, including what is better off being cleaned at a professional dry cleaner.

Golden Uniform Washing Tip #2: Stains

white laundry, uniform washing tips, back to schoolIf your child comes trailing through the door covered in scary looking stains the best thing to do is to tackle them straight away or as soon as possible. Do this by soaking the guilty garment in water for a minimum of 15 minutes or half an hour if possible.

Children can arrive home covered in all sorts of stains. To remove ink stains, we recommend using alcohol-based solvents such as hand sanitizer or hairspray or, for smears and smudges left by blood where kids have been in the wars, washing the affected garment in cold water straight away is advised and then again with soap. Where the blood stain is refusing to budge cover it in a paste of cold water and salt for a quarter of an hour.

In the case of marks made by mud, often seen on sports kits, allow the mud to dry before you attempt to wash it. That way you can scrape off as much as you can then dab the stain with a shop-bought stain remover or laundry liquid, without having to soak the entire item of clothing.

Where grass stains are a concern, soak the stained piece of clothing in cold water and use an appropriate stain remover or laundry liquid. It’s worth giving alcohol or hairspray and try on more stubborn stains, rubbing them into the marked area.

Golden Uniform Washing Tip #3: Natural washing ingredients

Sometimes ordinary washing detergent or soap just won’t cut it. Some of these kitchen ingredients may seem a little unorthodox but they really can combat stubborn stains when used while soaking the dirty item of clothing and most of us will have them in our homes, right under our noses! uniform washing tips, tomato juice, back to school

Mixing baking powder with water to create a paste and rubbing the resulting paste in a circular motion using a clothes brush onto stains can rid white clothes of marks left by mud. Meanwhile, soaking stained clothes in half a cup of vinegar and water mix for an hour and then scrubbing the stain with a clothes brush can work wonders on stains on white clothes.

Even tomato juice, which is a natural bleaching agent, can be utilised to wash white school clothing during the soaking process- just don’t forget to strain the juice beforehand!