Season Shift: Transitioning your Knitwear from Summer to Fall

Seasonal shift: Summer to Fall | Eucalan.com

With the changing of seasons, much of our summer wardrobe will be set aside and our fall and winter clothes will make a comeback.  Most people either have their clothes in their closets year round regardless of the weather, while others pack  things away when the seasons shift. Regardless of your storage preference, it’s worth taking some time to properly care for the clothes that you probably won’t wear again for another six months.

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Moths are a harsh reality for some. Even if you have never had any, there’s always a chance they could happen. As it’s extremely difficult to get rid of moths once they discover your closet, preventative care is really worth it.  If you store out-of-season clothes somewhere outside of your home (for example,  a garage, shed, or storage locker), you will definitely want to use storage containers that are airtight and cannot easily be opened by temperature shifts or even clever critters.

To Prep your Summer Clothes:

  1. Gather together all the clothes that you are unlikely to wear until next spring.
  2. Wash everything. For your summer dresses, swimsuits, blouses, and any other specialty fabric you might only wear in the summer, wash with Eucalan.  Spot treat any stains or marks.
  3. Make sure everything is dry before returning it to your closet, or store in air-tight storage containers. Vacuum seal storage bags can also be great for this. If hanging items, do not hang any heavy long sleeved items, as the hangers will leave dents in the shoulders when hung for a long period of time.

What about those fall and winter clothes you are about to revisit? Chances are, they are wrinkly and looking tired, possibly even showing food or drink spots you never knew were there, if you forgot to clean them before setting them aside for half of the year.  Sweaters in particular can look rather rumpled after being in storage, and benefit from having their fibers plumped through washing. Time to get them looking fresh and ready to wear for fall!

To Review your Fall/Winter Clothes:

  1. Pull out anything you haven’t worn in the last 6 months from your closet or storage containers.
  2.  If there are any items that don’t fit well or you don’t love anymore, put them aside to donate to a local charity.
  3.  For the remaining sweaters and clothes,  wash gently with your favourite scent of Eucalan. Lay them flat to dry, reshaping your knits if necessary.

Now you are ready to wear your beautiful fall clothes! Knowing that they look their best should help take some of the sting out of the fact that summer is on its way out.

The photos in this post are all from our Eucalan Instagram account. If you haven’t taken a look at what we’re sharing, you’re missing out! We also often repost from other beautiful Instagram accounts when they are using Eucalan, too. You just might find your new favourite feed!

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Tutorial: How to Wash a Stuffed Toy with A Battery Pack

 

How to Wash a Toy with a Battery Pack | Eucalan.com

When your child falls in love with a special toy, they drag it with them wherever they go! They don’t just cuddle and play with their favourite soft toys, they often use their stuffed toy as a napkin or a tissue. If you are lucky enough that the toy is machine washable, you can easily keep it clean by convincing your child that their beloved stuffed animal needs a ‘bath’ now and then, just like they do.  But what do you do when the toy your child loves best has an electronic, non-removable battery pack? How do you wash it?

Stuffed toys with non-removable electronics are increasingly common, so that they can play music or ‘talk’ to your child when certain parts of them are squeezed, like a paw or a foot.  But if you put this kind of toy into a washing machine (or even a tumble dryer), the damage to the electronics is usually swift and permanent.  But today, we’re going to show you exactly how you can clean your child’s favourite singing sheep, or talking puppy, or chatty Elmo!

Our example toy sheep was getting grey with grime. the mittens, slippers, and bow are a particular weave of fabric that seems to magnetize dirt, even more than the white parts of the lamb. There were even a couple of marks on the face from … who knows. Kids, right? Probably better not to know.  Let’s get down to business!

How to Wash a Toy with a Battery Pack | Eucalan.com

You Will Need:

Step 1:

Before beginning, remove the batteries from the stuffed toy and make sure that the fabric of the toy fully covers any access to the battery box.

How to Wash a Toy with a Battery Pack | Eucalan.com

Step 2:

Add about one tablespoon (or one packet, if using individual packets of Eucalan) of Eucalan to the bowl, and then fill the bowl  with warm, clean water.

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Step 3:

Dip the cloth into the water and, beginning at the head (usually the dirtiest part of the toy), gently scrub the outside of the toy.

How to Wash a Toy with a Battery Pack | Eucalan.com

Step 4:

Repeat as often as necessary, scrubbing gently over the entire surface of the toy.

How to Wash a Toy with a Battery Pack | Eucalan.com

Step 5:

If there are any stubborn areas or stains, scrub them with the Eucalan Stain Treating Towelette.

How to Wash a Toy with a Battery Pack | Eucalan.com

Step 6:

Allow the toy to thoroughly air dry. Do not put it in the dryer (this will damage the electronics inside).

How to Wash a Toy with a Battery Pack | Eucalan.com

 

Step 7:

Watch your child’s face light up with happiness at their wonderfully clean and fresh toy! Well, they would probably light up with happiness even if the toy was still dirty, but you’ll be much happier knowing that singing sheep is now clean.

How to Wash a Toy with a Battery Pack | Eucalan.com