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How to Prevent Your Clothes from Shrinking or Stretching Out

Even if you follow all the rules of doing laundry, your clothes can still sometimes feel either too snug or too loose after a washing – and the answer lies in the fabric itself.

In fact, clothes react to different temperatures and chemicals in different ways, and this reaction is already in place long before you even decided to buy that particular item. For instance, while natural fibers like cotton and wool can handle a better amount of stretch than other types of fabrics, such as polyester and acrylic, but they can shrink just as easily or tighten up when exposed to factors like water and heat.

While reading the care label is a good start, it’s also important to keep a few things in mind so you don’t have to keep looking for the tag when cleaning your favorite shirt or blouse – especially when there isn’t one. Here’s what you can do:

Look closely at the label. Some clothing manufacturers have a practice of using less fabric by stretching the fibers in garments as far as they can, so if the fabric itself is already shrunk beforehand, you don’t have to worry as much about any further shrinkage.

Use cold or warm water. Most clothes are fine being washed with cold or lukewarm water, since these temperatures don’t always affect the fabric. While they don’t always prevent shrinkage, they are far less damaging to your clothes than hot water.

Use the gentle setting. While the lowest setting isn’t always the quickest way of getting your clothes and other types of fabrics cleaned, it’s much less damaging than the other types of wash cycles that use higher rotations and have longer agitation.

Let clothes air dry. Air drying is perhaps the gentlest drying method that helps prevent shrinkage or stretching in fabrics, and is definitely the best option in the case of fabrics with loose weaves or knits.

Shrinking or stretching clothes on purpose. The reverse of shrinking or stretching clothes on purpose is possible depending on the fabric as well as a combination of the following: using hot water, setting the laundromat or washing machine on a higher cycle, and using a hot drying cycle for your clothes.

However, keep in mind that this won’t always work for all types of fabrics since they can shrink, stretch, or warp in ways that you won’t be able to expect.

If you need to make certain clothes fit your size better, the best option is to take them to a professional tailor and have them altered to fit you. This not only gives you a better end result, but it also saves the fabric.

How to Save Time on Your Laundry in 3 Easy Steps

Doing your laundry can be a really difficult task, especially when your clothes could get dirty really easily and you need them again in a short span of time.

When you often find yourself taking hours just so you could separate clothes and wash them on different settings, it’s time to look for ways to save you more time on doing your laundry.

Here are a few easy steps you can take to do just that:

1. Set up a set schedule for when you do your laundry
Be sure to discuss with your family members or your flat-mates the exact day or time that you would be doing your laundry. This way, everyone will know when to place laundry in the basket and save you time running throughout your home collecting dirty clothes for washing.

2. Place different colored clothes on different baskets
One of the biggest reasons why laundry can take so long is because of having to sort the white clothes from the colored ones, and the different colors based on how dirty they are. You can solve this by keeping different baskets in your home to place different types of clothes in.

You can even label them to keep everyone from being confused as to which clothes go in which basket, and as soon as you see the baskets fill up, you will know that that’s the time to do your laundry.

3. Turn all clothes inside out
Because darker clothes can fade a lot more easily and prints on shirts can easily get damaged when washed, turning your clothes inside-out when placing them in the basket will save you a lot of time and will keep your clothes better-looking for a lot longer, even after multiple washings.

To make things a lot easier (and save more time), you can also ask everyone at home to tie their socks together before placing them in the laundry basket. This way, no sock gets lost and no one has to dig through piles of laundry just to look for that one missing pair, and your days of having to suffer mismatched socks are finally over.

Calling Your Laundry Service
Having a laundry service in Singapore do the work for you saves you a lot of time and frees you up to focus on more important tasks, and you can count on them for quality service and bring your laundry to your doorstep on time so that you’ll never have to run out of clothes to wear for your next meeting or event, or even uniforms for work.

5 Tips for Adapting to a New Environment

Whether for work or for school or just merely getting some new perspective, moving to a new place can really be a possibility. Getting away from all that’s familiar can be both an adventure and an anxiety. When you’re on your own, it can get both exciting and scary. And it’s just more than choosing how to feel. It’s reality speaking to you, and there’s no denying its tangibility.

So before your anxiety eats you all up, here are a few tips to get you going as you start a new chapter of your life in a new place:

1. Research as much as you can. Since we have online access to most things nowadays, getting ahold of all vital information for your move is a click of a button away. List down important details of the neighborhood you plan to reside in, the basic directions, the nearest grocery and the like. We have apps to help us get through all logistic-related hassle so you’re halfway to adjusting to your new home. List down important phone numbers you might need in your new place. Take note of the schedules you might need such as last trips of buses, operating hours of establishments near you, etc.

2. Be polite to those around you. One step important to letting you adjust to the new environment is to mingle with the people around you. Whether in the neighborhood, school or work, making yourself familiar with and to the people milling around these areas can be a great advantage. It assures them you aren’t a threat to their safety, and vice versa. It allows you to establish networks as early as you can. Who knows, the person you’ve been smiling politely to may be the President of the company you work for or the owner of the building where you reside at.

3. Stay healthy. Since you’re new to the place, you could always be busy with something else other than yourself. You might want to check yourself in the mirror every now and then and ask yourself whether you look more tired and thinner than you usually did. If yes, make time to take care of yourself. Make food a priority, as well as sleep. You can have all the time adjusting once you’ve gotten your health down pat.

4. Go out and explore. One way get to know unchartered territory is by doing ocular visits yourself. Navigate your way throughout the radius of your neighborhood and familiarize yourself with the route. Again, it’s handy to use map apps for this task as you may get lost at one point or another. It’s also a wise move to have someone with you, for safety and navigation purposes. But it’s sometimes good to go see the world in your own pace; it’s always great to tackle a complex task such as navigation all by yourself.

5. Don’t take things personally. Whether in the neighborhood, at school or at work, don’t take things too personally when practices don’t meet your expectations. Remember, you just came into the system, one that’s been established for a number of years before you even set foot in that place. So forgive easily and blend with the norm. Unless the fault is a hazard to your well-being and safety, it’s best to let things slide. Besides, you can always inform them if you can’t take it anymore; nothing can’t be settled over a decent conversation.

3 Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas

The holiday season is a season of giving—but sometimes it can get a bit too hectic. With all the things that you need to keep track of, chances are you’re going to forget a gift for a friend of a friend. But don’t get your tinsel in a twist; here are four DIY gift ideas for your last-minute needs.

1. Personalized Mugs
Give your loved ones something that they can (and will) actually use, with the bonus of a creative, personal touch. Not only are personalized mugs cheap– requiring just an oven, a sharpie and, a mug– they are also very flexible.
To make your own personalized mugs, simply take an oil-based sharpie to a plain ceramic mug, and let sit for a few hours. Then place the mug in an oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.

To make your mugs extra special, draw things that are special to the person you are giving the mugs to. If you’re not very confident with your illustration skills, you could write out a few lines of songs or poetry. You could even use their favorite book quotes, or lines from their favorite movies.

2. Teacup candles
Teacup candles are a bit more hands-on, but they’re cute and quite cheap. While they take a few hours to make, most of this is spent waiting for the wax to dry (which you can use to do other holiday stuff).

To make teacup candles, all you need to do is to melt candle wax in a pan over medium to high stove heat. Then add a bit of water, candle scent and dye. After the wax has melted, add a candle scent and color.

While the wax is melting, put a barbeque stick on top of the teacup. Tie a wick to the barbeque sticks, making sure that its end is flush with the bottom of the cup. When the wax dries, simply cut off the wax. Simply put your teacup in a box, and voila! You have the perfect holiday gift.

3. Potpourri
For particularly crafty givers, chances are you already have the materials you need to make potpourri. All you need are some dried flowers, an essential oil of your choice, herbs, and spices. Simply add all the dry materials inside a glass container, then add a few drops of essential oil.

For those who want to be extra crafty, try to create a theme to your container. You could make a rose-scented potpourri by using dried rose petals and rose essential oils. You could even make a lavender potpourri of lavender flowers and lavender oil. If it’s looking a little sparse, you could add other trinkets like stones or twine.

Groom’s Guide to Weddings: Practical Tips to Buying an Engagement Ring

Buying an engagement ring means you’re choosing an object that will symbolize the love and commitment you have for the woman of your life. However, this also means that you’re spending a lot of money on a thing that you might find unreasonable for such a hefty price. To make sure your romantic act intertwines with practicality, keep in mind these five considerations when shopping for a proposal ring.

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1. Her Style
Notice what she commonly wears at work, when hanging out with friends, or even when staying home. Look at the colours, the fabrics, and the prints and patterns of the clothes in her closet, as well as the shoes and jewelleries she usually wears. While most women can be fickle-minded when it comes to fashion, most women would like to get proposed with diamond engagement rings in Singapore although each of us has our own style that we gravitate towards more often.

2. Her Lifestyle
When searching for the perfect engagement ring, remember that she will be wearing it each day for many years. As much as possible, find a ring that doesn’t require her to take it off to do her daily activities to avoid the risk of forgetting or losing it. Consider her lifestyle. If she’s athletic or a busy type of woman, who often takes care a lot of things with her hands, avoid rings with elevated diamonds. Instead, look for ones with diamonds sunken into the setting.

3. Her Ring Size
Perhaps, this is just a minor detail for many—after all, you can always have the ring resized if it doesn’t fit her well. While this is possible, it’s also important to know that the style and design of the ring plays an important role in determining whether it’s possible to resize or not. Some ring designs are difficult to adjust, which in turn may cost more than getting a ring in the right size; and there are also some that are just impossible to resize at all. It can also be disappointing and a bit discouraging to have the ring sent back to the jeweller after the big proposal.
To know her ring size without her knowing, borrow a ring she typically wears on her left-hand ring finger and bring it to a Singapore jewellery store to serve as your size reference.

4. Protection
Purchasing an engagement ring is an investment. Like buying a car, don’t spend a fortune on a ring that doesn’t come with insurance or warranty. Especially that a ring is small and valuable, consider possible of loss, may it be due to damage, theft, or some strange disappearance (bathroom toilet and sinks are common places to losing diamond rings). Make sure to buy your ring from a trusted jeweller that offers warranty and includes insurance cost to the package.

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5. Budget
If you have no idea how much an engagement ring costs, prepare to be surprised; it always costs more than you expect it’s going to be. Fortunately, with today’s technological advancements, it’s easy to find ring design options for every budget. And sometimes, finding the right ring for your price is just a matter of prioritizing different factors.

Figure out how much you can shell out without breaking the bank. Remember that, especially if going for an instalment plan, you’re going to finance for this expenditure long after you are engaged or even after getting married. This could even be the first debt of your married life. Do not put your finances at stake with this purchase.

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After the wondrous decision of proposing has been made, the next step is finding the perfect ring to pop the question with. With these tips in mind, searching that special ring for the love of your life won’t have to be as mystifying as you thought it would be.

6 Tricks to Keep Bugs Away From Your Picnic

 

With Singapore’s sunny season all-year round, picnics are among the fun things we do with friends and family, although sometimes uninvited guests find their way to sneak into the feast. We’re not talking about passers-by and strange neighbours, but insects that bite, sting, and annoy you. How can we avoid these unwelcomed visitors? Follow these five all-natural tips.

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1. Smell Like Vanilla: Bugs are not fond of vanilla scent. To keep them away from your picnic, dilute a tablespoon of vanilla extract with a cup of water and wipe the mixture on your exposed skin, as well as spray some on your picnic tablecloth, to discourage ticks, flies, and mosquitoes.

2. Avoid Wearing Scents and Perfumes: When going out on a picnic, skip heavily scented shampoos, deodorants, body sprays, and perfumes. The strong fragrances attract bugs, as well as the sting that follows.

3. Skip the Sticky Sweets: Insects are particularly attracted to foods like peaches, soda, fruit juices, and grapes—to them, these foods are like flower nectar. They can easily detect these foods and will be persistent in the pursuit. Though these may be terrific summer foods, keep them in well-sealed containers or avoid them altogether.

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4. Plant Mint, Garlic, and Rosemary: Ward away bugs in the most natural way by planting mint, garlic, and rosemary in your outdoor garden. These plants keep bugs away, plus they are very useful for cooking.

5. Spray Mint Mouthwash In the Area: Insects don’t like mints, so they can be used as weapons against them. Transfer a mint mouthwash into a spray container and spray it around the area where you will be having your picnic. Re-spray every now and then to keep the minty smell around and the bugs away.

6. Set Up Portable Fan: Make use of portable fan facing the food and eating areas. Turn it on in a calm breeze setting while you’re serving and entertaining guests. The wind from the fan will make it hard for bugs to fly in and pester you and your company.

From spraying vanilla to using portable fans, there are numerous ways to get rid of pests. These six tips are just a few of the many more you can do to enjoy an insect-free picnic.

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