Wash those grubby school bags and backpacks

School holidays is a chance to wash those grubby school bags, backpacks or smelly lunch bags.

Simply empty out the pockets, clip together any straps & place in one of the big front loaders on a delicate (cold water) wash. I easily fit my daughter’s primary school bag and lunch bag in a Double Loader ($6 including free detergent automatically supplied).School bag washing at Snap Laundromats Taringa Paddington Brisbane

In just 25 mins, out pops some clean & fresh-smelling school items.

Let the items completely dry in a shady spot.

It really is that Fast, Easy & Clean.

Michelle – author, mum & owner Snap Laundromats

How to wash and dry a sleeping bag

Many of us enjoy using the Easter long weekend to go camping, relax, and spend some quality time with family and friends.

As it is such a busy holiday period, it’s a good idea to do some pre-checking of the tent and camping essentials, such as the sleeping bags and linen, to make sure everything is ready for the big trip!

Washing the sleeping bags keeps them feeling fresh and in top condition.

So, how do you wash and dry a sleeping bag? Easy!

At Snap Laundromat, all you need is your sleeping bag, one of the large front loaders and one of the express dryers, and a couple of tennis balls!

Wash and dry sleeping bags at Snap Laundromat Brisbane
Use one of the big front loaders at Snap Laundromat to wash your sleeping bag in a snap!
  1. Always check the washing and care instructions. Most sleeping bags can be washed but you need to be sure before you proceed.
  2. Select a large front loader washing machine. Do not use a top loader, as the drawstring and straps of the bag can get caught or tangled on the agitator.
  3. Zip the bag up and place in the front loader.
  4. Select Cold Water (gentle) wash. At Snap, we installed an automatic dosing system which automatically injects high quality mild detergent into the machines with every wash, so there is no need to add detergent.
  5. Avoid fabric softeners and bleach, especially with down bags.  Don’t expose yourself and the environment to the chemicals in softeners and bleach if you don’t need to.
  6. When complete, get the sleeping bag carefully out of the machine, place in a basket, and allow it to drip dry outside for a few minutes.
  7. Do not wring the water out; instead, just press the water out where possible.

For many sleeping bags, it is possible to use a large dryer like the ones at Snap, where the bag can freely tumble around. While this is suitable for most sleeping bags, read the label carefully before you proceed.

  1. Set the tumble dryer setting to low.
  2. Ensure that the bag is not still soaked (allow drip drying first).
  3. Placement of one or two tennis balls in the dryer can assist in ensuring even distribution of down or filling while the bag dries.
  4.  Tumble dry at low setting only. Check regularly and remove as soon as it has dried.

    Get ready for camping - wash and dry your sleeping bags at Snap Laundromat Brisbane Taringa
    Wash & dry your sleeping bags at Snap – and enjoy your camping trip!

Make sure your bag is completely dry when packing in it’s bag.

Happy sleeping bag washing and enjoy your camping trip!

Michelle & Ian – authors, owners & campers – Snap Laundromat

10 ways your kids can help with the laundry these holidays

School holidays provide an opportunity for parents and children to see and do lots of exciting things together. The necessities of everyday life and household chores still continue, including the inevitable laundry chores. Encouraging my children to assist me with these chores is a great way to interact with them and still enjoy the holidays, while also teaching them important life skills.

School holidays: Your children can help do the laundry , Sbap Laundromat Brisbane
Children enjoy the independence of assisting you with laundry

Here are 10 ways your children can help you with the laundry these holidays, with your supervision:

  1. Carry the laundry bag or laundry basket. Even young children can help with carrying the basket or bag of clothes to be washed. My kids help me by carrying our laundry bag from home to the car, from the car into the Laundromat, from the washers to the dryers – and then back home! The empty laundry basket inevitably then gets turned into a ‘boat’ or similar during play time at the laundry.
  2. Loading clothes into the washing machine. If your kids can access the door to the washing machine, then they will love placing clothes into the machine. I set challenges for my daughters at the laundromat where they need to load darks in one machine, whites in one, linen/towels in another. I also like to educate them about the different types of fabric, and what makes some clothing items ‘delicate’, so should be washed separately and gently.
  3. Pressing the machine buttons. Children love to press buttons, and this seems to be my children’s favourite part of helping with the laundry. With your supervision, they can select the correct water temperature, cycle and the all important ‘Start’ button.
  4. Remind you of the remaining washing time. If your washing machine displays the remaining time, your kids will love to attempt to read this and make regular announcements. It’s a fun way for them to learn more about numbers and the meaning of time.
  5. Tell you when the washing is complete. Kids seem more in tune to the beeps and noises of a washing machine. My daughter loves to announce to me that the washing is finished!
  6. Moving clothes to the dryers. When I use the dryer, I ask my kids to help me take the washed clothes from the washing machines over to the dryers. We talk about the most efficient way to dry, based on what we have washed.
  7. Hanging clothes on the air dryer.  As long as they can reach, even young kids will enjoy hanging wet clothes to dry on an air dryer, especially their own clothes.

    Kids can help with the laundry - Snap Laundromat Taringa Brisbane
    Children love to help with the laundry
  8. Sorting the dried clothes.  If your kids enjoy puzzles, then they will enjoy sorting the clean clothes into the relevant piles for each family member. You’ll find this results in the inevitable comments and jokes about daddy’s undies or mummy’s bras.
  9. Fun Folding. Folding the clothes is a great way to spend time and chat with your kids. I love the random conversations that we have while folding the clothes. It’s also an opportunity to teach them about how to fold their clothes neatly and how to look after them.
  10. Putting their clothes away. My kids are responsible for putting their own clothes away in their wardrobes. I let then choose what goes where in their wardrobes. It’s a surprisingly easy way to ensure they keep their wardrobe neat and tidy, as they feel responsible for that part of their room.

Michelle – Author, Mum & Owner – Snap Laundromat Brisbane