Thursday, 25 April 2013

How to de-bobble a jumper

The time of year has come to evil your knit wear and jumpers and run towards your sun dresses (or so we hope). With this comes the discipline of packing away all winter related items to make way for those summer clothes in the wardrobe.

As you regular readers know my discovery of vacuum bags has meant I am now thinking the time has come to be organised (and space saving). With this new outlook I have decided to make sure all my winter clothes that I am packing up are in tip top condition, no missing buttons, not fallen hems and no bobbles..... oh no bobbles allowed on my watch.

I have taken this fight against bobbles to the street and explored two differing manners to rid the blighters which both happen to be budget friendly.

First being the bobble off lint roller/machine from pound land for you guessed it a pound! This is essentially two spinning blade behind a metal grill. It is battery operated and makes one hell of a racket but it works well. Previously I have tried a more expensive version and although it did work slightly better they are essentially the same. The one drew back of the machine is the fact it can catch fabric if you are too heavy handed; as shown below

Now the method I am most excited about is the razor, which I have never tried before but boy do I love it! Simply take the cheapest disposable razor you can find (one without any moisturising strip). Here I have used a cheap Bic razor but 'own brands' would work just as well.
Gently glide the razor over the bobbled area a few times and you will see the bobbles disappear and a fine fuzz appear as in the photo below;

This means it is working! Keep going until all the bobbles have disappeared. If you think I am kidding on how good this works just look at the after photo;

Definitely try the razor method I urge you! Happy debobbling!

Do you have any tricks for clothes maintance? 

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

BEAUTY MYTH: Shaving makes the hair grow back quicker and thicker...

Every time I hear this it makes me cringe! Shaving does not make hair grow back thicker or any quicker. It may appear thicker but this is due to the hair being cut at an angle when you shave opposed to a hairs natural tapered end.
 Also I feel once you have shaved you notice the hair growth easier as you are more aware of it appearing and growing than when it is left to do its thing undisturbed...if that makes sense.

Waxing on the other hand pulls the whole follicle out (or should!) meaning any regrowth will have the natural tapered end unlike shaving.

But if you do not believe me let science debunk this old wives tale!

Children's health researcher Rachel C. Vreeman and assistant professor of pediatrics Aaron E. Carrol put this myth to rest:
Strong scientific evidence disproves these claims. As early as 1928, a clinical trial showed that shaving had no effect on hair growth. More recent studies confirm that shaving does not affect the thickness or rate of hair regrowth. In addition, shaving removes the dead portion of hair, not the living section lying below the skin's surface, so it is unlikely to affect the rate or type of growth. Shaved hair lacks the finer taper seen at the ends of unshaven hair, giving an impression of coarseness. Similarly, the new hair has not yet been lightened by the sun or other chemical exposures, resulting in an appearance that seems darker than existing hair.

Beauty myth: Shaving makes the hair grow back quicker and thicker is busted!

Do you know any myths that prove to be wrong? 

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Moving house : Holy grail product

A dash through Asda and I came across Vacuum pack storage for £4 pounds (for 5; 2 big, 3 medium). I thought why not give them a try. My gosh these were a god send in the move, they really did reduce the size of the clothes by a third!!!

Pop the clothes in, seal it up, then pop the hoover nozzle into the plug. Turn it on and the clothes reduce dramatically.

Although they worked brilliantly at the time a couple of the large ones (we brought 3 loads) did leak but this could be due to us being rough with them. All in all I would recommend them for anyone moving as a cheap, quick trick to make the process easier.

 I have heard mixed views on using vacuum packs for long term storage as some say mould can grow in them over a long period :/ (maybe adding a anti-moisture sachet may help with this. ) I must admit with two sharing a small-ish wardrobe one might need to employ some vacuum packs for off season items regardless of the possible risks!