Making Rag Rugs – Tutorials and Tips

Have you ever tried making a rag rug? They are perfect for recycling old clothes and fabrics, and are easy to make. Fall is a great time to cozy up with a new crafting project like this! Here are some of our favourite tutorials and ideas to make your own rag rug this fall:

This is a great no-sew version, and reuses old t-shirts:

If you want to try a crochet version, you can make a beautiful doily floor mat rag rug:

Here’s a colourful idea that uses up lots of bright t-shirts:

Looking for a simple woven rug? This one is probably perfect:

Want a fluffier rag rug? This is a cute version for a kid’s room:

If you have a lot of old denim, you can make some amazing rag rug crafts, like this runner:

Rag rugs can also be done in a limited colour palette, and by wrapping fabric around rope, like in this great tutorial for the rug below:

And who says these techniques can only be used for rugs? Check out this great tutorial on making storage baskets, using the same process:

Looking for more rag rug ideas? We have a Pinterest board full of them! Find it here.

Caring for Your Rag Rug

When you spend time crafting a rug, it is worth taking some extra care when washing it, even with Using Eucalan in your washing machine with a rag rug, set your washing machine to the delicate cycle  and run as usual. You may need to add an extra spin cycle if the rag rug is dripping wet when you take it out. Smaller rugs can be hung to dry, but larger rugs should be laid flat to dry, turning them over regularly to ensure even drying.

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Best of Eucalan: Our Top Spring Posts

Ah, spring! A time when everything feels fresh and new, or at least you want it to feel that way! Spring is indeed a great time to freshen up your home and wardrobe, but that doesn’t mean it has to be all work. Here’s a round-up of our top spring posts to get you in the mood to freshen up your wardrobe, your home, and your routine!

Click here for great Tips for spring cleaning your wardrobe.

Click here for the best tips for spring cleaning your home to get it feeling airy and fresh.

With Earth Day upon us, here are 4 ways to celebrate Earth Day all year round.

But it’s not all cleaning – you have to make time for a bit of fun! Click the links below for crafts, recipes and fun decor ideas.

Washi tape tutorial to upcycle old Eucalan bottles

Think Spring – Time for a bit of fun!

Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without our most recent spring post, all about the best way to shift your wardrobe from winter clothes to spring.

Happy Spring, everyone!

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Sustainable Tourism & Eucalan

Sustainable tourism is an emerging trend in the world of travel: destinations which support the local economy and preserve the pristine environment can be enjoyed in a number of ways, from backpacking trips to eco resorts. Many of these destinations have specific instructions for what types of personal care products are allowed – for instance, Mexico has restrictions on certain sunscreens which are commonly used in the rest of North America. These measures are aimed at keeping the water supply and surrounding environment pure & clean.

Maya Bay, Thailand

Maya Bay, Thailand

Our biodegradable formula meets the European Union’s strict guidelines for detergents, which means that Eucalan will not negatively impact the environment anywhere in the world. That’s great news for travelers, especially since washing lingerie and bathing suits in between uses is recommended to extend the life of the piece. Packing a Getaway Gang or a few Eucalan single-use pods will safely clean your clothes, wherever your travels take you.

Different scenarios require different clothing, but you’re limited by the size of your suitcase. The little extras you put in your checked bag can make the difference between wearing the same pair of jeans for days or being able to pack a few more wardrobe options for any occasion which may come up. While our single use pods and 100mL bottles are the perfect size for carry-on luggage for a weekend getaway, a longer trip will require a little more planning to quickly and easily keep all of the items in your carefully-packed wardrobe ready to wear.

Eucalan Single Use Pods - Great for a Quick Getaway

Eucalan Single Use Pods – Great for a Quick Getaway

Your best bet is to check your luggage, which allows you a lot more leeway when it comes to liquids you can take on your voyage. Our Getaway Gang is a portable pack of garment care essentials that you can easily slip into your suitcase. Inside the clear vinyl zip bag, you will find ten single-use packs of Eucalan’s signature no-rinse delicate garment wash (two each in the five scents of lavender, grapefruit, eucalyptus, jasmine and unscented) along with exclusive handy products that you can tuck into your purse or pocket: a sewing kit, a nail file, and 6 Stain Treating Towelettes. Carrying one with you while you’re on the go is like having an insurance policy for your clothes–you can deal with that spot or spill immediately after it happens.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that Eucalan wash is only for delicates! It will freshen anything in your travel wardrobe that can be immersed in water and allowed to dry – as we already mentioned, Eucalan is great for rinsing out your bathing suit after each use to keep the colors vibrant. We have even more easy-care washing tips for quick reference here on our website or here on our YouTube channel.

The Eucalan Getaway Gang

You will be ready for whatever adventure  (or wardrobe emergency) your journey brings thanks to Eucalan and the Getaway Gang!

Click here for your chance to win a Getaway Gang of your own! You’ll just need to sign up for our newsletter by entering your email address on the signup form. If you already subscribe, simply enter your email address for us to confirm (don’t worry, you won’t receive duplicate emails from us)!

 

Washi Tape Craft Ideas to Upcycle Your Empty Eucalan Bottles

How to upcycle empty Eucalan bottles with Washi TapeWith Earth Day just around the corner, we found ourselves thinking about creative ways to repurpose the everyday objects around us – and, as you can imagine, there are quite a few empty Eucalan bottles in our recycling bin. Recycling is great, but why not upcycle them into something fun & useful instead? Here are some ideas for creative ways to reuse empty Eucalan bottles in both our small 100mL and large 500mL sizes:

  • Pencil holder (works best with the large bottle)
  • Small flower vase
  • Organizing office supplies such as paper clips, push pins, and binder clips
  • Great containers for craft supplies, too – buttons, safety eyes, notions and other small items commonly used by crafters
  • Starter for seedlings for your garden
  • Flameless candle holder

…the possibilities are endless!

Follow these simple steps for making your washi tape containers with your empty Eucalan bottles:

How to upcycle empty Eucalan bottles with Washi Tape

First, assemble your supplies. You’ll need some empty Eucalan bottles, plenty of washi tape, and some strong scissors.

How to upcycle empty Eucalan bottles with Washi Tape

Next, decide how tall you want your finished container to be, and make a score mark so that you know where to cut off the top of the bottle.

How to upcycle empty Eucalan bottles with Washi Tape

Next, carefully cut off the top of the bottle.

How to upcycle empty Eucalan bottles with Washi Tape

Now for the fun part! Begin to wrap your  container in washi tape in concentric layers or bands, starting at the bottom. You could even alternate washi designs to create stripes!

How to upcycle empty Eucalan bottles with Washi Tape

When you reach the top, add one final layer of washi tape with the top half above the edge of the container. Cut the tape at intervals so that you can fold it over the top edge to create a neat finish.

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Ta-da! Now you have  lovely containers to use however you like!

 

Winners & Holiday Gift Guide: Babies & New Parents

GiveawayFirst off, we’d like to reveal the winners for our holiday giveaway announced earlier this week:

We’ll get in touch with you to arrange for the delivery of your prizes. Thanks for entering our contest!

Chances are, you know someone who’s welcomed someone new into their family this year. Eucalan is gentle enough to use on baby items, and it’s especially great for washing nursing bras, diaper covers, and other baby items (click here for more info on our website). In our final installment of the Holiday Gift Guide series, we share some of our top picks for new parents. Enjoy!

 

BabyGifts

This sweet Cuddle Bear is made from 100% Australian sheepskin, which helps calm and nurture babies. It’s sure to delight your little one!

Lulujo Muslin Security Blankets feature adorable animal prints on breathable muslin cotton with a smooth satin edge.

A Eucalan Gift Pack includes 100mL bottles in each of our 5 scents, and it’s a great way to make sure that you always have a bottle of Eucalan at the ready. Eucalan is wonderful for treating wool diapers covers, and it’s also great for spot treating stains, spills, and other messes that invariably pop up.

This stylish necklace also gives teething babies relief! Made from 100% silicone, the Chewbeads Jane Necklace is soft on baby’s gums and emerging teeth. It’s easy to keep clean, and contains no No BPA, phthalates, cadmium, lead, metals.

Keep track of every magical moment with these Milestone™ Baby Cards, which are great for snapping shots for your baby book as well as your Instagram feed.

Every little one needs Sofie the Giraffe, an adorable toy designed specifically to cultivate and nurture baby’s senses (and it never hurts to have a back-up Sofie, we’re told).

Eucalan Stain Treating Towelettes are a great add-on for any gift, and they’re essential for any diaper bag. These pre-moistened wipes will take care of stains while out and about.

Choose a diaper cover with a cute, colourful print for a thoughtful gift you know they’ll use. The clever design of the Omaïki Ö Sleep shown here will keep baby dry all night – even newborns!

A wrap or a sling is a wonderful alternative to strollers, and this gorgeous Sakura Bloom Wrap (shown here in Tulum and Sea Glass) is made in Massachusetts from the finest Indian dupioni silk. The unisex, reversible design is machine washable and easy to use.

Spring Clean Your Wardrobe

We know some parts of North America are still dealing with wintry weather, but now is the perfect time to think about spring cleaning your wardrobe to make sure you’re ready for summer…whenever it decides to arrive!

Women's clothing on a clothesline on wood background

First and foremost, we recommend washing all of your winter woolens in either Eucalyptus or Lavender Eucalan before you pack them away for the season. Both of these scents contain essential oils which are naturally moth-repellent; our formula also contains lanolin will soften and condition even the most delicate fibres. Cleaning your your garments before storing not only prevents discoloration, it will also help to keep moths and other pests away since they are often attracted by body odors on garments.

viennemilanoWhile many folks choose to forgo hosiery in the summer months, now is still a great time to check in on your stockings and knee-highs: be honest, when was the last time you washed them? We actually recommend cleaning hosiery in Eucalan after each use, so now is a great time to start this habit if you prefer to wear hosiery year-round. For those who have heavier-weight tights for winter or skip hosiery altogether when the temperature rises, we encourage you to give them a wash in either LavenderGrapefruit or Jasmine Eucalan, all of which are naturally antiseptic.

While we’re on the subject, slips and camisoles can also benefit from a hand wash session with Eucalan – again, these are delicate items which are probably not washed as frequently as the bras and other undergarments worn on a more frequent basis.

896cc-6a0120a6d87c1f970b0162ff3d62bf970d-piIf your workout routine went into hibernation over the winter months, now is the time to pull out your sports bras, yoga pants, and other high-tech workout gear. Hand washing these garments will keep them looking and performing like new, and since you already have some Eucalan lying around, there is no additional investment on your part!

Last but not least, those lightweight linens, silk and cottons can probably use some freshening up after sitting in the back of your closet (or in storage) for the season. Many of these items are probably marked dry clean only; luckily you can safely and effectively clean these items with Eucalan, which will save you a trip to the dry cleaner and leave money in your pocket!

For more spring cleaning ideas and tips using Eucalan, click here.

Happy Spring!

4 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Year-Round

This year, Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, but we believe that every day is Earth Day when it comes to conserving, reusing, and recycling! Though there are many ways to raise awareness and make a difference – too many to fit into just one blog post! – we’d like to share four of our favourite simple ways to celebrate Earth Day, every day!

  1. monarchGreen your laundry routine. Run back-to-back loads in the dryer to take advantage of the fact that the dryer is already hot. Better yet, let your laundry line dry or lay flat to dry! For more eco-friendly laundry tips, click here.
  2. Create a habitat for struggling populations. You may have heard lots of stories in the news about the declining bee and Monarch Butterfly populations, but did you know that you could simply plant milkweed or wildflowers to do you part? Click here for more information on ways you can save the bees and here for more information about Monarch butterflies.
  3. clothdiapersUse cloth diapers for your newborn instead of disposable diapers. Besides the fact that over 90% of single-use diapers end up in landfill, they also require a significant amount of resources to manufacture: over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby each year (source: RealDiapers.org).
  4. Recycle more than just paper, glass bottles, and aluminum cans. This blog post from the Design*Sponge archives has some fantastic resources for finding ways to recycle everyday items such as electronics, clothing, non-standard plastics and more which would otherwise end up in a landfill.

We’d love to know what you do to reduce, reuse and recycle year-round, so leave your eco-friendly tips and tricks in the comments on this post!