We’re giving away 4 Skip hampers containing Skip’s new Darks, Whites and Delicates detergents, as well as a white camisole or t-shirt from Margot Molyneux.
For over 50 years, Skip has been the leader in garment care in South Africa, and they have once again pioneered a major advance with the announcement of three specialised products for three different types of clothing.
- Skip Darks: With fibre care technology to keep dark clothes dark for longer, remove bobbles and help prevent fading
- Skip Whites: With additional brightening ingredients to remove stains and keep white clothing white for longer
- Skip Delicates: Delicately designed to be used for hand or auto washing so it’s soft on silk and lace items and gentle on hands
80% of South African women already do sort their laundry into white clothes, and the rest. But most are not taking this essential laundry planning far enough.
Research has shown that colour fading and the greying of whites are our major concerns about the clothes washing process and, to avoid those fates, experts advise a new approach to organizing your wash before you start.
The goal is to extend the life of clothing as this makes massive sense economically. We invest a significant amount of money in our clothes (around 8% of our total expenditure on average according to FNB research) and if we also invest in the proper cleaning processes, we can extend the life of favourites and get a real payback in the long run.
The five key steps for longer clothing life are:
- Always read and obey the clothing label instructions. Warnings like ‘do not tumble dry’ or ‘hand wash only’ are to be followed to the letter.
- Divide the wash three ways into darks, whites and delicates. Skip now has different liquids for each of those categories with specially formulated fibre-care technology for each load.
- Hand wash delicates if possible but, if you want to machine wash them, place them in a mesh bag to protect them from snagging. (Skip Delicates can be used for hand or machine washing.)
- Turn dark items inside out to prevent fading which can come from garments rubbing against each other.
- Avoid spin/tumble dryers if possible. Air drying is best but make sure your clothes don’t spend too much time in a baking sun.
- Hang or fold clean clothes with care. Never crush clothes together in a cupboard. Fold bras properly to maintain the cups.
- Wash properly in order to wash less. If you wash your clothes in an organized way, following all the steps above, and occasionally use airing, steaming or wiping instead of a wash, you will be able to wash less often and save water, electricity and wear on the clothes. (Note that denim, in particular, needs far less washing than most South Africans think – jeans can go months without a wash if they are aired occasionally and hung properly).