Tips for Dressing Warm This Winter


Tips for Dressing Warm This Winter

As we get deeper into November, the colder weather is starting to approach. Luckily, there are plenty of ways that you can stay warm and avoid the winter chills. We’ve put together a list of clothing tips to help you take on winter!

Layer Up

Dressing in multiple layers is a perfect way to retain your body heat and stay warm. On your upper body, a great way to layer up is by starting with a t-shirt as the base layer, adding a long sleeve shirt on top of it, and topping it off with a thick sweater. With your legs, a longer pair of underwear along with a pair of long johns or tights and warm pants on top of that should do the trick for your lower body! Also, always remember a pair of warm socks, gloves, and a hat so your whole body is covered.

Pay Extra Attention to your Hands and Feet

Often our hands and feet get the coldest the quickest, and there is nothing worse than freezing cold fingers and toes! That’s why it’s important to pay extra attention to keeping them warm. Besides just one pair of gloves, a great way to keep your fingers warm is to wear a pair of thin gloves underneath your normal gloves for extra layers. You can also put a pair of mittens on top of your gloves to really keep in the heat. For your feet, wear thick, fuzzy socks that will keep in the heat. You can even double these up by wearing a thin pair of socks underneath the thicker ones. Top it off by wearing insulated winter boots and you won’t have to worry about cold feet!

Plan Outfits the Day Before

When we’re running late in the morning, we tend to try to get dressed as quickly as possible which often results in forgetting to add layers. To avoid this problem, lay out the layers you plan on wearing for the day the night before. This way you won’t need to stress about finding and pulling out all the different pieces of clothing you’ll need to stay warm!

With more layers comes more laundry! Here at WashDay Laundry Centre, we can take care of all your winter laundry needs so you’ll always be prepared to tackle the cold with clean clothes!

Are You An Expecting Mother Making Trips to the Laundromat?


Are You An Expecting Mother Making Trips to the Laundromat?

For all the moms out there that also take on the task of running a household, your plate is already full; however, combine that with expecting a child and it can be daunting. One of the most time-consuming chores would be laundry. Although it’s very necessary, no too many people enjoy it and it only becomes more physically taxing during pregnancy. The following, are tips to reduce the amount of time and energy expecting mothers spend on laundry.

Divide Up Large Laundry Loads

Pregnancy takes a lot of energy from the body and makes it much easier for expecting women to become exhausted. To avoid overexertion, it’s important to avoid lifting heavy weight.

Now, when your goal is to complete laundry for the entire family, it’s likely you’ll have heavy laundry baskets to carry. So, to minimize the weight you’re carrying, divide your laundry into several smaller baskets. This same thinking can be applied with detergent as well. Bringing multiple smaller containers is an effective way to lighten the amount you’ll have to carry at one time.

Go At Off-Peak Hours

If possible, visiting the laundromat around the busy time is ideal. During less busy hours, more washer and dryers are available, which allows you to do multiple loads at once. This helps optimize your time at the laundromat.

Bring Relaxing Activities

When you’re expecting, there’s so much planning that has to happen for the new member of your family and having to juggle that with household chores is a lot for anyone.

While you’re waiting for your clothes in the washer or dryer, use this time to take a breather and just relax. Consider unwinding with a good book or magazine. For those that enjoy this, shopping for baby clothes online can be a productive way to relax while waiting for your laundry to finish.

Take Advantage of Our Wash ‘N Fold Service

At WashDay Laundry Centre, we strive to provide services that are very convenient for our customers. If you’re an expecting mom, you shouldn’t even have to deal with trips to the laundromat! Our Wash ‘N Fold service allows you to just drop off your laundry and leave the washing and folding up to us! With loads over 20 lbs, you can utilize our pick-up and delivery service.

Differences Between Dry Cleaning and Regular Laundry Cleaning


Differences Between Dry Cleaning and Laundry Cleaning

If you’re anything like me, you hear the term ‘dry cleaning’ being thrown around a lot; however, you probably don’t fully understand what it entails. Turns out dry cleaning is very different from just washing your clothes in the machine and it comes with a whole different set of benefits that the washing machine just doesn’t offer.

How is Dry Cleaning Different from Regular Laundry Cleaning?

Washed with Chemical Solvent:

This washing process is called ‘dry cleaning’ because the water that is commonly used to clean clothes is replaced with a chemical solvent to rinse the garments. Perchloroethylene is a common chemical used in the dry cleaning process to help with stain removal.

Dry Cleaning Machines Are Used in the Drying Process:

Typically, our clothes are dried in a drying machine; however, in dry cleaning moisture is removed with the help of specialized dry cleaning machines, specifically for the dry cleaning process.

Clothes Are Steamed or Ironed for Straightening:

The final step in the dry cleaning process is having clothes steamed or ironed. This removes any wrinkles from the clothes and ensures the owner of the garments receives them back in pristine condition.

What Are the Benefits of Dry Cleaning?

All the steps in the dry cleaning process work together to create an end result that provides a unique end result to this cleaning style. So, the following are benefits that you can expect to receive from having your clothes dry cleaned:

  • Effective removal of grease and difficult oil stains;
  • Minimal fabric shrinkage and distortion;
  • Protection of fabric texture and increased lifespan.

If you’re looking to reap the benefits that superior dry cleaning offers your clothes, look no further than WashDay! We even offer an eco-friendly alternative that ensures both your clothes and our environment are treated with the best possible care. For more information on our dry cleaning services, click here!

Keeping Your Child Entertained at the Laundromat


Keeping Your Child Entertained at the Laundromat

Laundromats serve as convenient outlets to wash high volumes of clothes at once (as you have access to multiple washing and drying machines at once) and allow customers to access additional services such as alterations or dry cleaning. They’re also great places to catch up with other individuals in the community and have discussions.

But what about on those laundry days where your children are at home, you have nobody to watch them and the and they must accompany you on your trip to the laundromat? As entertaining and lively as young kids can be, their short attention spans and constant need for entertainment can make them a real challenge to navigate while completing laundry. Fortunately, these tips will keep your little one looking forward to the trip and help you keep your sanity throughout it all!

Involve Them in the Process

Delegating basic tasks to your children, keeps them engaged during your laundromat visit and gives them a sense of importance with their ability to help you. Furthermore, being involved in the laundry process helps instill a sense of work ethic in your child and shows them the importance of being an active participant in completing household chores.

So, on your next laundromat visit, consider letting your child help you load the machines or add the soap to the washer. This goes a long way in making them feel valued and included.

Bring Items to Occupy Their Attention

Once clothing is in the wash or drying cycle, this is where the waiting game comes into effect and many young kids struggle. To keep them occupied and curb potential meltdowns, here are some avenues to explore:

  • Bring their favourite books to read;
  • Have a tablet or laptop with TV shows you’d have them watch;
  • Allow them to express their creative side with colouring books or puzzles.

All of the above options can be constructive forms of entertainment while at the laundromat. At worst, pull out your smartphone and let them play their favourite game!

Does Your Child’s Favourite Stuffed Toy Need a Trip to the Laundromat?


Does Your Child's Favourite Stuffed Toy Need a Trip to the Laundromat

For many kids, stuffed toys are a source of comfort and with their favourite one in hand, they fear nothing. Their stuffed toy accompanies them outside to play in the dirt, goes on long car rides with them and then finds its way back in their bed for a good night sleep at the end of the day.

Having an item that provides your child with comfort and encouragement is awesome; however, the dirt and bacteria that accumulates on its surface are far less awesome. Every now and then your child’s partner-in-crime (or in fun activities) needs a good cleaning to avoid transferring bacteria to your little one and getting them sick. So, here’s how to wash your child’s stuffed toy at the laundromat!

Examining Stuffed Animals Before Putting Them in the Wash

Examine for loose threads and tears that could cause the toy to rip open in the machine. Also look for loose parts, such as eyes, noses or an arm, as they could also tear off in the wash. To avoid damage in the wash, make sure to sew on any loose ends prior to placing the item in the wash.

Also, make sure to remove any electronic parts from the toy, prior to throwing it in the wash. If electronic parts cannot be fully removed, it’s best to wash it by hand to avoid damaging its mechanics.

Using the Laundromat Washing Machine

If you’ve examined the toy and confirmed there are no fragile parts or electronic components, the stuffed toy is now ready to be washed in the washer. Opt for a front loader–they are gentler and will prevent damage to toys.

Placing the stuffed toy in a mesh laundry bag prior to putting it in the washing machine also goes a long way to keep it in good condition. For colourful toys, use cold water to prevent colours from running.

You’ll want to AVOID PUTTING STUFFED TOYS IN THE DRYER, as the temperature is too hot and can ruin them.

Utilize the Laundromat to make the Most of the Summer Season


Utilize the Laundromat to Make the Most of the Summer Season

For many families, summer means more dirty laundry. With kids participating in summer sports and playing outside in the sun, going through multiple outfits in a day isn’t uncommon. Although this is a good sign your kids are having fun and making use of the warm weather, it also means more laundry that needs to be done. So, if you’re looking to have fun in the sun and avoid spending your time doing laundry, let us help you!

Create a Schedule

Having a consistent laundry schedule in place, helps maximize your free time throughout the summer. Set aside time for at least one laundromat visit a week. The frequency of your visits will vary depending on the lifestyles of your family members and the number of members in your family; having said that, a schedule helps prevent laundry from piling up, which leads to you having to spend more time playing catch up.

Bring the Kids

Now, for parents the laundromat may seem boring and mundane; however, kids can view a trip to the laundromat as a whole new experience. Take advantage of their excitement by involving them in the process. Kids are more than capable of tasks like loading machines, putting money in the machines and measuring detergent.

Also, while you’re waiting for your clothes to finish bring along a book or games for your kids to play. Not only does this keep them occupied but you can read to them or play along with them, which provide valuable opportunities to connect with your kids.

Implement Strategy

It’s important to remember, Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance! This means having a plan is a must. Taking the time to sort your clothes prior to leaving the house (or even the night before), opting to use the biggest washers to reduce the number of loads you’ll need to do and separating washing loads into smaller amounts for the dryer (to reduce drying time) will cut down on how much time you spend at the laundromat.

Tips for Longer Lasting Clothes


Tips for Longer Lasting Clothes

Did you go to wear one of your favourite shirts only to notice that it’s looking rather faded? Our clothes are a representation of who we are, they can embody our personality and even our interests. So, since our outfits can be such great tools in displaying who we are, how can we ensure our best garments are kept in top-notch shape?

Invest in Quality

The higher the quality of the garments you buy, the greater their longevity will be. This doesn’t mean you have to spend ridiculous amounts of money on your wardrobe and only opt for brand-name garments, but by investing in a few high-quality seasonal pieces, you’re creating a strong base for a wardrobe with longevity. With quality clothing forming the base of your wardrobe, you can then invest in cheaper, trendier garments for specific seasons.

Another aspect you may want to continue is quantity vs quality. Instead of buying a ton of cheaper items, maybe invest in a smaller amount of high-quality pieces that you know will last for years to come. To effectively achieve this, consider creating a budget for how much you feel comfortable allocating towards your attire.

Look at Laundering Instructions

Paying attention to the laundering instructions for your clothes goes a long way in maintaining their quality for as long as possible. For instance, if you know that hand-washing and line-drying are things you’re not into, then it’s best to opt for items that fit your style of care. Some basic laundry tips to keep in mind are:

  • Wash dark clothing inside-out;
  • Utilize a color-safe cleaner (unlike bleach);
  • Minimize how often you wash your clothes.

Practice Proper Hygiene

Proper hygiene (i.e., daily showers, wearing deodorant and using correct undergarments) are all apart of keeping your clothes clean longer. Another valuable tip is wearing the right clothes for an event. If you know you’re going to an activity where you will get dirty, it’s best to wear clothes you’re okay getting dirty and nothing you want to keep clean.

What Does Your Laundry Say About You?


What Does Your Laundry Say About?

For many of us, laundry is seen as a necessary evil. In order to have clean clothes to wear and to remove stains and allergens from clothing, laundry is essential. Despite its importance, many of us take vastly different approaches to the activity. So, what do your laundry habits say about what kind of individual you are?

“So Little Time, So Much Laundry to Do”

This tends to be the most common category and many of us may fall under this. Life can be so busy and we often have so many responsibilities, with work, schooling, family commitments and trying to have a social life, finding time for laundry can be a struggle.

Individuals in this category care about their appearance and want to look clean and tidy, so multitasking is an important skill to develop.

“If It Can Wait Until Tomorrow, Don’t Do It Today”

If you belong to this group, you don’t feel any sense of urgency when it comes to laundry. If you’re a laundry procrastinator, you’ll likely find any excuse to put off the chore or to get someone else to do it for you.

To become more diligent and develop a routine with your laundry, consider the following tips:

  • Don’t overstuff the washer or dryer. This will cause your clothes to come out more wrinkled and less clean.
  • Place clothes in color-coded baskets as soon as you take them off. This prevents you from having to sort them come laundry time.

“Dirty Clothes never Hurt Anyone”

If you’re in this category, you view dirty clothes a bit differently than the rest of us. A pile of dirty clothes doesn’t bother you in the least and you’re totally comfortable wearing the same clothes numerous days in a row.

Regardless of what approach you take to your laundry, here at WashDay Laundry Centre we can make your laundry an easy and convenient process! Not only do we offer over 60 coin laundry machines but our friendly staff also provide dry cleaning, full wash and fold services and much more! Come check out Durham Region’s premier laundry facility to see how we can best meet your needs!