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Soak

SKOOP SOAK

Soaking: Mix 1/2 – 1 lid of powder with hot water (approx. 7 litres) and soak between 1 hour (minimum) and 24 hours (maximum). Remove and wash with SKOOP WHITE powder/liquid.

Washing: Add 1/2 lid of SKOOP SOAK powder to washing machine.

DO NOT soak in stainless steel tubes or bowls.

KEY TAKEOUTS AND BENEFITS 

  • Cleans, brightens, softens, sanitises and deodorises white and coloured fabrics.
  • Soak is a stronger agent so take care when using with delicates or delicate fabrics
  • Save on drycleaning – use as a soak on heavy bedding (eg) duvets
  • Enzymes help break down and dissolve dirt and stains
  • Biodegradable and grey water friendly 
  • Effective and designed to be used  in hot water

What does it mean to be biodegradable?

Biodegradable products are those which can be broken down and absorbed into nature.

Soak has biodegradable surfactants that will break down and can be absorbed back into nature.

Why are biodegradable surfactants better

  1. Better for the environment 
  2. Works well in cold water 
  3. Better for your skin

What are laundry enzymes?

Enzymes in laundry products can be naturally occurring or chemically processed elements.

Different enzymes target specific soils, and the catalytic action breaks the soil into smaller molecules to be washed away. They power up the efficacy for effective washing and stain removal.

Why is chlorine bleach bad in laundry detergents?

Chlorine bleach can be harsh on the fibres of clothes, contributing to deterioration and colour-fade.

What are the benefits of being phosphate free?

Phosphates are chemical compounds which are hard to break down and carries into water systems 

Phosphates contribute to environmental hazards.

What is grey water?

Greywater is used household water, it normally comes from baths, showers, bathroom basins, and laundry. It does not include water from the toilet  (this is called ‘blackwater’).

How does choosing an environmentally friendly laundry product affect your grey water?

Choosing an environmentally friendly laundry detergent means you can safely use the rinse water from the  washing machine in your garden. A win for the environment and your garden!

What does a laundry soak or pre-wash soak do?

  • Laundry soakers whiten whites and brighten colours. 
  • Use as a pre-soaker to treat heavily soiled or stained clothes. 
  • The active enzymes act on materials that make up stains and soils

Summary of frequently used terms

  • Surfactants – the major ingredients responsible for cleaning
  • Alkalis increase the pH to enhance oily soil breakdown
  • Buffering agents maintain a stable pH
  • Enzymes – aid removal of specific stains (including immovable stains on tiles)

TIPS AND HACKS

Ways to use

  • Use a diluted solution to soak clothes 
  • pre-treat stains by making up a paste before throwing into the wash
  • Mix ‘Soak’ with ‘White’ (50/50 ratio) and use for a power wash combination

Stain remover into washing machine 

Pour about half a capful either directly into the load or into the bleach compartment of your washing machine to help remove any extra dirt or minor stains that regular detergent wouldn’t get out.

Know your stains

Stains belong to one of 3 general categories:

  • Protein – includes anything meat-based or dairy, like yogurt or milk.
    • These need to be initially rinsed our with mild soap, if the stain looks as if it has come out after this initial treatment, throw it in the wash as usual, to finish it off.
    • Protein stains can be set in by heat, so NEVER use hot water on them.
  • Tannin – think teas, coffee, juice, berries, chocolate, red wine and condiments like sauce
    and mustard….anything that is rich in color.
    • Treat these by rubbing in ‘Soak’ and wash in hot water.
  • Grease – oils, including salad dressings, and butter.
    • To remove these types of stains, rub a heavy-duty detergent directly into the stain (you can also use a pre-treatment stain remover) and wash in hot water.

Know your mixture ratios

  • Concentrate – 1 tablespoon of product to 2 tablespoons of water
  • Soak – 1/2 cup of product to a gallon of water
  • Spot Cleaner – 1 tablespoon of product to 1 cup of water

Sooner rather than later

If it is heavily soiled, wash it sooner rather than later as soils become harder to remove when allowed to ‘set in’.

How to get rid of grass stains

  • Soak the garment in cold water before applying any product
  • Make a paste and work it into the fabric with your fingers or a soft-bristled brush. 
  • Set aside for 15 minutes and then wash as usual.
  • For more stubborn stains, soak overnight.
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