Get Organised for School by Cleaning Up Kids’ Uniforms
One of the trickiest things about this time of year is finding replacements for all of the school essentials that became a little worn out or stained over the last school term. Rather than buying new things, one of the best back to school ideas for kids and their parents is to remove stains and clean up garments. The most common of these stains is ink – so if you’re struggling to remove a stubborn splodge, here are some handy hints:
- For water-based inks (found in your everyday writing pens), the best method begins by flushing the stain out with water. Begin by blotting the stain with a damp cloth to remove as much of the ink as possible, before applying a stain remover or small amount of liquid laundry detergent directly to the stain. Let it soak into the fibres, and gently massage the stain to really work the product deep down into the fabric. Wash as normal in the washing machine with your favourite detergent, like Surf excel. As always, when using any new cleaning or laundry product, it’s important to read both your garment tags and the clothing label, and to test them on a small, inconspicuous area first.
- For oil-based inks (found in marker pens), water won’t work to help remove the stains, as it won’t penetrate the oils. Instead, the best option is to apply some rubbing alcohol. If you don’t happen to have any, acid-based nail polish remover should do the trick nicely. Be sure to use on an inconspicuous area first to make sure they won’t cause any damage. Use these products the in same way as the stain remover above – apply a small amount to a cloth and blot the stain. Then, launder the garment as usual, following the advice on the care label.
Clean Backpacks to Get Ready for the Back to School Season
If your kids have been using their backpacks over the school holidays, they might be a little dirty, particularly if they’ve been used during the rainy season. Sending our kids back to school with a satchel that’s covered in mud stains isn’t ideal – we all want our little ones to look bright and clean on their first day – so here are some tips for getting those bags clean:
- Thankfully, many backpacks can be washed in the washing machine, especially those made from nylon or canvas. If you’re unsure if a bag can be washed or not, check the care label – this should tell you the optimal temperature and setting for getting the item clean. If you’re dealing with a leather satchel, check out our tips on how to clean leather here.