Tuesday, 12 February 2013
So when I was asked to test SoakWash, a fancy new way to handwash clothes, I was genuinely excited. (Welcome to my world. Being 33 means you can admit to looking forward to a Sunday afternoon clothes washing session.) It was originally designed for knitwear but you can use it on anything.
So why SoakWash as opposed to whatever washing powder you've got in your cupboard? Well, the main bonus is that you don't have to scrub your clothes. Add a teaspoon to a sinkful of water, stick your dirty clothes in, leave them for 15 minutes and they're magically clean. "It's also," as the covering letter explained, "beautifully sluttish in that it doesn't even need to be rinsed." Now, I might be a fan of cutting corners, but I'm not quite such a filth hound that I can't be bothered to rinse soap off my clothes.
I tested it on some dresses and my inappropriately tiny sweater (see below). Here's how it went:
18:59 - fill the sink, add SoakWash, throw in clothes.
19:00 - turn on Man Vs. Food and watch Adam Richman attempt to eat a 6lb, 2 foot long burrito. YOU CAN DO IT, ADAM!
19:15 - in the ad break, run upstairs, squeeze water out of clothes, fling them over a clothes horse.
19:30 - watch Adam fail with 1lb of burrito left. Today, food wins. BOOOOO.
The verdict? It's brilliant. I don't know how it does it, but it works. No scrubbing or swishing or rinsing, yet it managed to leave my clothes clean and fresh - even the armpits, which can get a bit ripe on the inappropriate sweater. I love it. I didn't think I'd be that fussed about it, but it makes my handwashing pile much easier to get through. And my clothes don't have a soapy residue despite not rinsing them. IT'S ACTUAL MAGIC.
SoakWash isn't particularly cheap at £15 for a 400ml bottle from Purlescence. It comes in 90ml and 120ml bottles but at £9 and £11 respectively, you may as well get a big bottle. You can get over 80 washes out of that so it'll probably last you a year, even if you're as obsessive about handwashing as I am.