How to Wash LuLaRoe Clothes

LuLaRoe clothes are rapidly gaining popularity, thanks to their unique designs, soft buttery feel and trendy patterns and prints. These comfy knit fabric items, made exclusively in the United States, need the best care so that they do not shrink or lose their softness.

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As such, it is essential for you to know how to wash LuLaRoe clothes! Below are the steps to follow when washing your LuLaRoe collection!

1. Preparation

  • Get the correct laundry detergent: Gentle or non-concentrated detergent works best for LuLaRoe clothes.
  • Clean the sink: Your kitchen sink should be free of any greasy residue. If you are using the bathroom sink, clean it to remove any traces of skin care products.
  • Separate your garments: Light and dark-colored clothes should be washed separately to prevent color damage.
  • Turn garments inside out: Check for stains before you turn the clothes inside out so that you can pay special attention to those spots. In addition, if you intend to dry your clothes outside, they should be turned inside out to prevent sun damage.
  • Get the drying area ready: Get your pants hangers, drying rack and clean towels ready.

2. Washing Your LuLaRoe Clothes

  • Prepare the washing water: Fill your kitchen or bathroom sink with lukewarm water, to just about ¾ full.
  • Put in laundry softener: If the water you are using to wash the clothes is hard water, you will need to use laundry softener. Two ounces of laundry softener pellets are sufficient.
  • Pour in the detergent: A ¼ capful of laundry detergent should be enough.
  • Mix the wash water well: Stir the washing water until both the detergent and laundry softener are completely dissolved. If you omit this step, you may find soap residue on your clothes after rinsing.
  • Put the clothes in the water: Submerge four to five items of similar colors in the washing water until they are completely soaked. Leave them to soak for at least five minutes.
  • Agitate the garments: Agitate or swish your clothes in the water so that they can get clean. If the clothes have stains or heavily soiled sections, scrub these areas lightly.
  • Soak for a few more minutes: Let the clothes sit in the water for ten to fifteen minutes, so that any residual dirt comes off.
  • Gently agitate the garments in the water once more: Swish the clothes again to make sure they are clean.
  • Remove the garments from the washing water: Take the garments out of the water one by one, as you hold each one in a ball and press out the water. Do not squeeze the garments.
  • Drain out the soapy water: Drain all the soapy water out and rinse the sink in preparation for the next step.
  • Rinse your clothes: Fill the sink with clean rinsing water and then put the garments in. Swish them gently to remove any traces of soap. Remove the clothes from the water, and drain the rinsing water in preparation for the next rinse. Repeat this step until there is no visible trace or scent of soap in your clothes.
  • Prepare your clothes for drying: Gently press out excess water from the clothes one by one, and place them on a clean towel as you prepare to hang them.
  • Dry your clothes: You can choose to hang your LuLaRoe garments outside, lay them flat on a towel inside or outside, or put them on the drying rack.
  • Machine washing: If you feel confident enough to put your precious LuLaRoe clothes in the machine, choose the delicate or gentle wash cycle. Be sure to use cold water and a mild detergent.

LuLaRoe clothes will give you excellent service if you treat them well. Take good care of your LuLaRoes, and they will continue to look as good as the day you bought them!

How to Hand Wash Clothes

Did you know that hand washing can make your garments last longer? Hand washing is the ideal option for cleaning delicate clothes, or when you have just a few items to wash at a time. Coming up are the steps to to help you learn how to hand wash clothes.

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1. Preparation

  • Check the garment care label: On the care label, you will find instructions for washing, drying and even ironing the garment. Some labels also have instructions on the type of detergent to use and the ideal water temperature for washing.
  • Clean the sink: Traces of grease in the kitchen sink or traces of skin care products may damage your garment. Clean the sink before you begin.
  • Test the colorfastness of your garment: Get a white cloth, dip it in water, and then dab it on a corner of the clothing to see if the color runs.
  • Sketch the shapes of knitted garments: Sketching the shape of your knits will help with reshaping them after washing.
  • Separate the light and dark items: Light and dark clothes should not be washed together, as the chances of a dark item damaging a light-colored one are high.
  • Get the recommended detergent: The garment care label usually has recommendations on the best soap for your garment. If there are no suggestions on the label, use a mild detergent.

2. The Hand Washing Process

  • Fill the sink or tub with a sufficient amount of water: Use cold or tepid water – a maximum temperature of 85oF or 29oC. Note that hot water makes colors run, and causes some materials to stretch. Put in the water before you add the clothes, as the force of running water may damage them.
  • Put in the detergent in the water: Add a teaspoonful of the soap or liquid detergent to the washing water, and then stir until it dissolves completely. If the water does not have enough lather, you may add a little more of the detergent.
  • Soak the garments in the water: Submerge the garments in the water, and let them soak for between two and five minutes. Lightly soiled clothes will only need a two to three-minute soaking.
  • Swish the garments in the water as they soak: Delicate items require minimum handling during washing, so swishing is ideal. For your knits, a light kneading action will do. Swish the garment gently through the soapy water until it is clean. Avoid scrubbing, rubbing, twisting or wringing your garments.
  • Drain and Rinse: Lift the garments out of the water as you let the soapy water drain away. Do not squeeze or wring the items of clothing. After the soapy water is all gone, fill the sink with clean rinsing water, put the garments back in, and gently swish them in the water. Repeat this process with clean water until all the soap suds are gone. To confirm that your clothes are well rinsed, sniff them to make sure the soapy scent is all gone.
  • Fabric Softener: If you want to add fabric softener to the rinse, pour two teaspoonfuls into the rinse water. Check the care label first, though, so that you don’t damage your garments.
  • Drying the garment: Depending on the material your clothing is made from, you can choose either to drip dry or towel dry. Light, delicate garments can be hung up to drip dry or laid flat on a towel to dry. Knits should be put on a towel, rolled up in the towel to absorb the water, and laid flat to dry. Make sure you reshape knitted items before they start to dry.

Hand washing a garment is easier than it looks. Once you get the hang of the whole process, you will find it only takes a few minutes and saves you money on laundry bills! Happy hand washing!

How to Become A Laundry Expert

Dislike doing laundry like me? I would rather pay someone else than do laundry. I come from that part of the world where washing machines are a luxury item and people around here wash their clothes by hand.

I came across this infographic here by shipitappliances.com that give you tips on how to do your laundry like a boss…

Other clothes-cleaning tips that shipitappliances.com offer include:-

  • When washing new clothes for the first time, using white vinegar instead of detergent can help to ‘set’ the dye and prevent colour loss.
  • Using white vinegar in the rinse cycle can also help keep your whites whiter.
  • Rub grease stains with white chalk to help it get absorbed in the wash.
  • Lay clothes flat as soon as possible after using the dryer – act fast enough and most materials should stay wrinkle free (which means no ironing!)
  • Save money on dryer sheets by rolling up a ball of aluminium foil instead. You can even reuse it – one ball should last six months.

How to Clean an Iron

Irons get dirty all the time, even if you try to keep them squeaky clean. The soleplate gets dirty when dust accumulates on it and scorched when clothes get burnt.

The result? A nasty black stain on your precious iron. An iron that is not clean makes the ironing process slower, as heat is not distributed evenly on the soleplate. There is also the risk that your clothes will be stained during ironing, especially if you are using a steam iron.

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So, if your iron looks like what has been described above, is there any way you can clean it? Yes! Check out these 3 effective ways on how to clean an iron.

1. Clean Your Iron with Baking Soda

Baking soda is an excellent cleaning agent. Follow these steps, and your iron will be as good as new.

  1. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda and one tablespoon of water to make a paste. This paste should be slightly runny, but thick enough to stick to the soleplate.
  2. Apply the paste on the iron’s plate using your fingers, or a spatula. If your iron is filthy, you will need to put lots more of the paste, to cover the stains completely. Let the mixture sit on the soleplate for a few minutes, especially if the iron is very stained.
  3. With a clean wet cloth, remove the paste after it has stayed on the iron long enough. Squeeze the cloth, and then gently wipe the paste off.
  4. For users of steam irons, it is important to clean the steam holes as well as the soleplate. A cotton swab comes in handy for this purpose. Dip the swab in distilled water and clean the holes one by one. Change the cotton swab each time you notice that the tips are full of dirt.
  5. Filling the iron’s reservoir with filtered or distilled water is the next step. Pour out any old water from the reservoir, and refill it to one-third with fresh water. Note that if your iron tolerates vinegar, you can make a stronger cleaning solution using white vinegar. Simply mix a ¾ cup of water with ¼ cup of white vinegar.
  6. Switch on the iron, put the temperature settings to the highest point, and turn on the steam. The combination of steam and heat will clean out the dirt and mineral deposits inside the steam holes. Be careful during this process, as the steam can easily burn you.
  7. Get a clean cloth or kitchen towel and iron it. As you do so, you may notice brown streaks on the fabric. These marks are a sign that the dirt in the vents has been released. If your iron has a manual steam button, press it often to release more steam. More steam makes the dirt loosen and come out faster.
  8. Finally, turn off the iron and let it cool slowly. Protect the surface under the iron with a cloth, as the remaining sediments will seep out during the cooling process. You can also pour out any water that is left in the reservoir.

2. Clean Your Iron with Vinegar and Salt

Vinegar and salt are excellent cleaning agents. Imagine, therefore, what they can do when combined!

  1. Mix the vinegar and salt in the following proportions – one part salt to two parts vinegar. Put this mixture on the cooker and heat it until the salt dissolves. Use medium heat, and do not let the mixture get to boiling point. Note that the smell of the mixture may be a little strong, so keep your windows open.
  2. Let the mixture cool until warm. The smell of vinegar on the hands can be quite unpleasant, so be sure to use dishwashing gloves.
  3. Get a clean rag and dip it into the mixture, then rub it on the soleplate. Some people prefer to use a soft brush. A brush is quite useful in getting rid of scorch marks, but cannot be used on a Teflon-coated iron.
  4. The next step is rinsing the iron. The mixture is bound to leave some residue, especially if there was lots of staining. Clean this residue off the plate gently using another clean cloth dipped in white vinegar. Next, get a clean, old cloth, turn on the iron and iron the cloth. The result? Any residue will be burnt off and cleaned up on the old cloth.

3. Clean Your Iron Using Other Methods – Toothpaste, Newspaper, Dryer Sheets

The methods listed below are not commonly used, but they work just as efficiently as the ones above.

  1. Toothpaste is a good alternative to baking soda. Put some of the paste on the scorched areas of the iron and leave it there for a while. Make sure the iron is cold. After a while, rub the toothpaste off with a clean cloth, turn the iron on and steam a cloth for around five minutes.
  2. Are you in the habit of throwing away your old newspapers? Why not keep them to use when cleaning your iron? If your iron has something sticky on the bottom, turn it on, put the heat all the way up, and rub it on a newspaper until it is clean. Sticky substances can be stubborn, though. If your iron is all sticky, put some salt on the newspaper, heat up the iron again, and rub it on the salt.
  3. Do you have dryer sheets in your kitchen? You can also use them to clean your iron. Put on your iron, adjust the setting to cool, let it heat up, and then rub it on a fresh dryer sheet. Rub patiently until all the dirt is gone.
  4. Lastly, you can use a mixture of white vinegar and distilled or filtered water to clean your iron. Put this mixture in your iron’s reservoir, turn on the iron, activate the steam setting and iron a piece of thick cotton cloth for five minutes.

When you are satisfied with the result, pour out the vinegar solution and clean the bottom of the iron with another clean cloth. Confirm with the owner’s manual if you can use vinegar in the iron’s reservoir.

Choose the method that works for you, and make sure you have the cleaning agents required, loads of patience and several clean cloths! Best of luck!

How to Clean an Iron – Video

How to Make Iron-On Transfer

Iron-on transfers are a fun way to decorate items of clothing like t-shirts, as well as fabrics in your home. When you make your own iron-on transfer, you get to choose which image to use, and whether you want to craft it yourself or download it from the internet. This guide gives you detailed steps on how to make iron-on transfer for your projects.

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Iron-on transfers give you the freedom to create unique and personalized images that you can transfer to your clothes and fabrics. Does the idea of personalized t-shirts for your family sound good? Keep reading!

So, what exactly is an iron-on transfer? Well, an image that can be impressed onto fabric using direct heat is called an iron-on transfer. You simply print your image on one side of the transfer paper and then run over the other side with a hot iron.

The image, under the influence of heat, transfers from the transfer paper to the fabric. After the material has cooled off, peel off the paper, leaving the image imprinted on the fabric. Cotton and cotton-blended fabrics work best with iron-on transfers.

For your transfer to come out just right, there are some steps you need to follow.

1. Making the Iron-on Transfer

To make an iron-on transfer, you will need some fabric or a plain item of clothing, transfer paper, the transfer image and of course, an iron. Note that a steam iron is not necessary for this process.

a) Purchase the essentials for the transfer

There are packaged transfer kits containing transfer paper, image software and even a t-shirt available at art and craft stores. Alternatively, you can buy the transfer paper, make your own images and transfer them to a t-shirt of your choice.

b) Select the right transfer paper

There are two main variations of transfer sheets, those for light-colored and dark-colored fabrics. Light-colored fabrics are those in white, yellow, light gray and other similar light colors. Dark-colored fabrics include blacks, dark blues, and dark grays.

If you make a light-colored design for a light-colored fabric, the image will appear discolored after transfer. For a bold, clear and eye-catching image, use a design with medium to dark colors.

Transfer sheets for dark-colored fabrics are much thicker than those made for light-colored fabrics. They also have a white backing, making the light colors of your design stand out against the dark fabric.

Do your research, and find out which transfer paper is strong, of high quality and long-lasting. There are plenty of reviews on transfer paper available on the internet.

c) Create your transfer image

What kind of images can you use? Options include designing your own image using software (like Photoshop) on your computer, scanning your favorite image, or downloading an image from the internet. Picture this – a transfer made with a picture from your baby’s first birthday!

When making your choice of image, however, note the following:

  1. The majority of home printers do not print the color white. Any white areas on your image will appear clear after printing, hence allowing the fabric color to show through after transfer. Your image will therefore not look very tidy.
  2. Dark-colored images stand out better than light colors on most fabrics. They are also much easier to print using a home printer.
  3. Be careful when downloading pictures from Google, as you can get into trouble for using copyrighted material. Look for websites that have copyright-free images for download, and select those without watermarks. You can download an image and manipulate it into the picture that you want.

d) Edit your Image

After choosing the image you want to transfer, you will need to edit it until it is just right for your t-shirt.

Use the image editing software on your computer to change the size, colors, appearance, and special effects of your image. If you downloaded an image that has mistakes in it, correct them.

Also, browse the internet for ideas on how to make your chosen image look trendy and professional. There are many online tutorials available for this purpose.

You are just about to print your transfer, so make sure you have legal rights to use the image before you put any more work into it.

e) Mirror the Image

The image must be mirrored so that it faces the right way after the transfer is complete. This step is essential if you are making a transfer for a light-colored fabric.

To mirror your image using your image editing software, select the ‘Flip Image Horizontally”, “Reverse Image” or “Mirror Image” options. If you cannot find any of these commands on your program, do a search in the help section on how to mirror an image.

Flip your image so that it appears to be facing the wrong way on the computer screen. Neglecting this important step will result in an image that is not facing the right way. That would be a disaster!

For instance, if your image has the word “COOLEST,” you must flip the image so that the word faces backward. That way, when the transfer is complete, the words will be facing the right way.

f) Print the Transfer

At this point, confirm that the image looks exactly the way you want it to look. Images on a computer screen often look different when printed out.

Do a test run by printing your image on regular paper. This test run will show you how the image will look once it is printed. The colors must be bright and well defined. Also, check the printout to see how big the actual image is, and if any part of it is cut off.

Before you do the test run, mark one side of the sheet of paper with an ‘X.’ Set your paper to print the image on the unmarked side, and do your test run. If your image appears on the unmarked side, you are on the right track.

The transfer sheets have the non-printable side marked, and the printable side unmarked. Utilize the same technique as you did with the regular sheet of paper –set the image to print on the unmarked side of the transfer sheet.

Finally, inkjet printers are the best for making transfer images. If you have a laser printer, you will need to purchase the transfer paper specifically made for laser printers.

2. Ironing on the Transfer

a) Find a suitable surface to do the transfer on

Ideally, whichever surface you choose should be hard, flat and heat resistant. Examples include a Formica-covered kitchen surface, a wooden cutting board, or a wooden table. There should be enough space on the surface to fit the entire area of the transfer. An ironing board is, therefore, unsuitable for this purpose.

b) Trim the Transfer

Cut around the edges of the image with a pair of scissors or a razor blade. You will then see the exact shape of your image, and figure out how to position it on the fabric.

Trimming the transfer also removes the transparent areas around the design. If these transparent edges are left on, the base fabric will be seen through them, and this will distort the image. Nobody wants to see a cleverly designed image spoilt by spots of fabric here and there. Finally, make sure you trim the edges as close as possible to the design.

If you are printing letters, find a way to cut out the space inside each letter neatly so that the fabric shows through. Alternatively, you can use a white background for the letters, but you will still have to trim the edges around each letter. Remember that white backgrounds do not always work well on dark fabrics.

c) Protect the fabric of the item where you want to place the transfer

Ironing on the transfer requires lots of heat. If you are putting the transfer on a t-shirt, protection of the side underneath the one receiving the transfer is crucial. Protect the other side by putting a thick brown paper bag or a piece of cardboard inside the t-shirt directly under the place where you will position the transfer.

The above protective measures also prevent the transfer of the image to both sides of the t-shirt. If you do not use any form of protection, it is likely that you will have a burnt, sticky or double-sided t-shirt!

d) Put the transfer image in position

Position the transfer image exactly where you want it to be, with the image facing down. Get the positioning right, because once you start the ironing process, it will be impossible to move the transfer.

e) Prepare to iron on the transfer

To transfer your image successfully, you need lots of direct heat. This direct heat comes from an iron set to the highest setting. Be careful not to burn yourself during the process.

The amount of heat used for the transfer demands that you use a firm and heat-resistant surface. Wooden and Formica surfaces are not only heat resistant, but they also retain heat well, thus speeding up the transfer process.

Do not use steam or water from a spritz bottle when ironing on your transfer. Steam will prevent the transfer from sticking to the fabric.

f) Iron on the transfer

Finally, you get to the part you have been waiting for – ironing your favorite image onto a fabric or garment of your choice.

First, focus the iron on the outside edges of the transfer, then work your way to the center. Move the iron in large circles, applying pressure evenly so that the image attaches on all sides. Repeat this process for around three minutes.

You must keep the iron moving all the time so that the transfer paper does not scorch, and so that the image does not burn.

Keep checking to see if the edges are stuck. If they are still loose, run the iron over them several times until they finally stick. Do not try to remove the backing paper before the edges of your image are firmly in place.

g) Let the transfer cool

Once you are convinced that the picture is firmly in place, turn off the iron and give the transfer time to cool. As the image cools, the glue behind it adheres more firmly to the fabric. Peeling off the backing paper too soon interrupts this important process.

h) Remove the backing paper.

Peel off the paper gently, starting from one of the corners. Once again, you must wait for the image to cool before you remove the paper. Admire the results of your hard work as you remove the paper.

Now that you have successfully made your own iron-on transfer and applied it to one of your garments, the challenge of making the image stay intact lies ahead.

Are there special care instructions for items with iron-on transfers? Yes, there are, as listed below.

3. How to Care for Fabrics with Iron-on Transfers

a) Wait for the image to set

Before you even think of washing your newly transformed item of clothing, wait for 24 hours after application. The image needs to set so that there is no chance of it coming off during the wash.
Once the 24 hours are up, you can opt to hand wash your item or put it in the machine.

b) Clean your item

If you choose to use the washing machine, please set it to wash and dry on a cool setting. Some machines have a gentle care cycle, which would be ideal for your item.

Items of clothing should be turned inside out before washing so that the image is on the inside. To protect the transferred pictures on pieces of fabric, place them inside a cotton pillowcase and put into the machine.

Hand washing is also a good option for items with iron-on transfers. Wash the item gently in light detergent. Do not be tempted to use bleach, unless you want to see your image fade away before you get to show it off.

After washing, put the item out to drip dry. The image is still quite sensitive and may be damaged by the heat of a dryer.

c) Secure your image

Iron-on transfers may start peeling off after a while. You can secure them by stitching a border around the edges using a machine, or by hand. If your image is stuck on a piece of decorative fabric, you can use decorative stitching or embroidery to secure it. For garments, use stitching that is barely visible, preferably in a neutral color.

Note that high-quality paper hardly ever peels off at the edges. Online customer ratings will give you a good idea on the brands of high-quality transfer paper available.

There you are – the steps on how to make, apply and care for your iron-on transfer. Before you go ahead, however, quickly recap the main points as listed below.

  1. Choose the right transfer paper for your image. The color of the fabric should influence your choice, as well as durability of the paper itself.
  2. Not all types of transfer papers go with inkjet printers. Owners of laser printers will be happy to note that there is special transfer paper for use with this printer.
  3. Cotton material responds better to iron-on transfers than other materials.
  4. Care for your image, and it will give you excellent service. Consider how much work you have put into the transfer. The sensible thing is to make it last as long as possible.
  5. Direct heat is the key to successful application of the transfer. If you are scared of very hot irons, this job is not for you. Keep little children as far away as possible when ironing on the transfer.
  6. You cannot use your ironing board as a base for the actual transfer process. The intense heat from the iron will damage it.
  7. Dark-colored images look much better than light-colored ones.
  8. Open spaces in your image may not turn out the way you want. To avoid having the color of your fabric peeping into your image, fill in the spaces with a different color.
  9. Many inkjet printers do not print the color white.
  10. The transfer must cool at its own pace. Do not try to hurry the cooling process by removing the backing paper.
  11. ‘Mirroring’ or ‘flipping’ your image is important. If you skip this step, your image will turn out differently from what you intend.

The uses of iron-on transfers are quite varied. Once you learn the process, you can make a fully-fledged hobby out of it, making t-shirts for birthdays, school concerts and scout camping trips.

Also, you can make transfers out of your favorite family photos and use them to decorate cotton throws around your house. Moms can even design trendy nametags for their children’s’ uniforms and backpacks.

The best part is, the same hot iron that you use to transfer your image is the same one you can use to remove the image when you are sick and tired of it. Either way, you will have learned a new skill that you can use! All the best in your new endeavor!

How to Remove Ironed-on Letters

Ironed-on letters are a trendy way to accessorise your clothes and show off your personal style. Although it is very easy to iron on letters and labels, it can be quite tricky removing them. Below are a few hints on how to remove ironed-on letters and labels.

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1. Use Heat and Steam to Remove the Letters.

  • First, place the garment on a flat surface. The surface should be heat resistant.
  • Get a small towel or rag and place it inside the garment, between the two sides. The idea here is to protect the other side from being damaged by heat. If you do not have a towel, or you find that a rag is too soft for this task, use a piece of plywood or cardboard.
  • Look at the garment care instructions to make sure that your garment can withstand high temperatures. Note that some materials melt when exposed to intense heat.
  • Heat the ironed- on letters using a hairdryer. Set your dryer to its hottest setting and turn it on, and hold it close to the letters. After a few minutes, the adhesive on the characters becomes malleable, making them easier to remove.
  • If you don’t have a hairdryer, steam off the letters using an iron and a wet cloth. Get a small cloth, wet it, and put in on top of the letters. Put your iron on the highest setting and place it on top of the cloth. The steam will heat the adhesive on the back of the letters.
  • With a sharp knife, try to pull off the letters one by one. Scrape off the edges of the letters, going round each one slowly and carefully. Once part of each letter has been pried up, pulling up the rest of it will be a simple task.
  • Keep heating small sections of each letter and scraping them off. The area you are working on has to be very hot for this to work. Be patient and catch up on your favorite music as you do this job.
  • Once you remove all the letters, there may be a little adhesive left on the garment. To remove this residue, use an adhesive remover or rubbing alcohol. Test each of these chemicals on a tiny corner of your garment first, so that you don’t ruin your favorite item.

Lastly, wash the garment as usual. Give the garment a through washing especially if you used any chemicals on it. Rinse several times, and then hang it up to dry!

2. Use an Iron to Remove the Letters

  • Lay your garment flat on an ironing board, with the letters facing up. If you don’t have an ironing board, use any flat surface in the house. Cover the surface with a thick piece of cloth to prevent heat damage.
  • Put a small rag or towel on the inside of the garment, to prevent the other side from being scorched. You can also use a tiny piece of plywood or cardboard, especially if you find that the towel keeps moving.
  • Study the garment care instructions before you begin. Your garment may be made of a material that is not heat resistant and could be damaged.
  • Put on your iron, and make it as hot as possible. Use another method if you are worried that your garment will burn. Alternatively, start with the iron on medium heat, and then increase the heat gradually until you see the letters are coming off.
  • Start with a corner of the letter. Put the iron on it, and see if the heat melts the letter. If the letter melts, continue around it with quick strokes. As you keep ‘attacking’ the letter with heat, it will either peel up or burn off completely.
  • Continue this process until all the characters are gone. Reduce the heat if you notice that the garment is being damaged.
  • If the letters are made of vinyl, remove them by placing wax paper over each one, and then ironing. The letters will melt and stick to the paper. When you lift the paper, the letters will come up with it. This only works for Vinyl letters, though.
  • Check the garment to see if there is any adhesive left on it. The adhesive is removed using an adhesive remover or rubbing alcohol. Test the chemicals on a hidden bit of the garment first.

Finally, wash your garment as usual. Wash and rinse thoroughly to remove any traces of chemicals you may have used.

3. Use Chemical Solvents to Remove the Letters.

Chemical solvents for removal of ironed-on letters are readily available in the shops. You could also opt to use household solvents like nail polish remover, adhesive remover or rubbing alcohol.

  • Place your garment in the dryer (if you have one), on high heat. This first step heats up the glue behind the letters and loosens them.
  • Turn your item of clothing inside out so that the letters are on the inside. The side of the garment with the letters behind it should be facing up.
  • Find out how well your garment will tolerate the solvent by testing it on a hidden area. If there is no damage, go on to the next step.
  • Saturate the fabric with the solvent, so that it soaks through, loosening the adhesive between the garment and the letters.
  • Peel the letters off carefully, so that you don’t damage the fabric. You may need to use a knife and some additional heat from a hair dryer to hasten the process.
  • After the letters come off, there may be a little residual adhesive left on the garment. To remove the remainder, use rubbing alcohol or adhesive remover. Make sure you test the remover on a tiny corner of the garment before use.
  • Wash and rinse the garment thoroughly, using extra detergent to remove the solvent completely. Your garment must be washed on its own so that the solvent doesn’t damage your other clothes.

Here is a video tutorial from Youtube showing how to remove printing on clothing

There you go – three ways on how to remove ironed-on letters. Now you can change the appearance of your clothes whenever you want to!

How Often Do You Need to Clean Clothes? [Infographic]

Doing laundry is not a dreary experience but its a necessary part of adult life. There are certain clothes that need washing after use like underwear and socks but there are some that can be washed after a number of use.

If you’ve been wondering when to clean everything in your closet, this guide from business insider is for you.

 

How to Wash Clothes – Step by Step [Infographic]

Came across this interesting infographic from moritzfinedesigns.com that gives simple instructions on how to wash your clothes…from separating dark colors and the temperature of water to use for different colors

Its instructions are straightforward and easy to understand.  A good chart to show your husband who might one day find himself doing laundry 🙂

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