One of my favourite locations in Toronto (and there are many!) is Ashbridges bay. The park is constantly filled with people jogging, biking, having bbqs, relaxing on the sand and playing beach volleyball.
Volleyball is the only sport that I am not completely terrible in. I’ve played court vball for years and I thought I’d try my hand at beach volleyball this year. I joined a random team for a tournament and quickly learned that although the concept was the same, my ability to move quickly and smoothly on sand needed a lot of work. I played for a team that was supporting Senhoa, a non-profit organization.
Senhoa supports victims of human trafficking by providing income-generating opportunities, social reintegration and programs for self-empowerment.
Many of the friends I met wore sand socks when they played. I never understood why they were necessary until I found myself playing at noon, in the middle of the summer. The sand became so hot that it would leave you with little blisters on the bottom of your feet.
You can imagine after a day of running, jumping and just sweating due to the heat, that these socks would need a good cleaning after every use. Sand socks are made of a neoprene and lycra material (similar to the materials in a wetsuit) and cannot be thrown into the washing machine. I was a little grossed out when my friends told me that they couldn’t be bothered to hand wash their socks every time and that one of them actually hadn’t wshed their socks all summer. I took his word for it when he told me that they smelled really bad. Instead I gave him some mini-soaks and begged him to give Soak a try.
The following photos were sent to me from my ecstatic male friend who washed his sand socks with great success, and is now searching around his house for other fun things that he can soak.
Dirty sand socks.
Add one mini-soak packet.
Leave to soak for 15 mins.
Good as new and ready for the next game.
We often get questions related to the effects of using Soak on less common textiles. These requests usually come in the form of ‘well, I’ll try, I’ve got nothing to lose and if it doesn’t work, it was ruined/ old/ garbage anyhow…’. Sometimes it’s ‘can I soak the veil from my grandmother’s wedding gown? It’s old and yellow, and if it doesn’t’ work, it’s garbage anyhow’. Fortunately, these letters are often followed by raving success stories of lovely weddings including gramma’s veil, or otherwise destitute fabrics getting a second life.
This week, I had my very own ‘I might as well try Soak, or I throw it out anyhow’ moment with our spare room carpet. The artistically inclined teenager moved out and left a myriad of purple spotted stains on my favourite throw rug. I knew I was taking a risk leaving the rug in the room, but I neither had anywhere else to put it, nor wanted to move it from its destined home. Plus, she liked the rug, and it’s just a rug.
Luckily I had taken a bottle of Unleash from the ‘friends and family‘ shelf just the other day. So, I got down on my hands and knees, well, sort of, as I am still with a broken ankle and cast, so it was more of a sideways sit and started to scrub. I put some Soak on a scotch brite pad, and off I went. To my shock and pleasure, the agitation caused by the scrubbing was just enough to gently open the fibers, squeeze in some Soak and release the ‘purple spots’, whatever they were, from the rug. I used a damp cloth to blot the spot, gave it a quick rub to restore the threads and was off to the next spot.
I didn’t rinse it out or work it for very long- just long enough to saturate the fibers in question and loosen the stain right on out. Who knew? Wool is wool after all, and Soak worked just as well on my carpet, as it does on my favourite sweaters.
Send us your Soak ‘who knew it would work’ stories. We’ve got a favourite from a friend’s mom who Soaked her living room curtains new again. Sadly she forgot to take the before and after photos, so don’t forget those when you send in your submissions! We look forwarding to sharing your stories too.
I had been searching for a place to volunteer when my friend suggested that I look into the Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario (DSAO). They are a great non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing people living with a disability the opportunity to learn about and enjoy sailing.
I had no idea when I walked into the small office at the beginning of the summer, that I would want to spend every single evening down at the Harbourfront volunteering for them. I volunteered as a sailing companion and was able to learn how to sail, spend my summer surrounded by water, and hang out with some of the best company I’ve ever had. I met more inspirational and positive people this summer than I have in my whole life. They showed me that you can overcome any obstacle with the right mind set. One particularly amazing person that I met was Joseph Chessari who had both of his legs severed last year in a work place accident while cleaning a machine. Visit his site www.walkingwithnewlegs.com and learn more about his story and his initiatives to support and encourage other amputees.
Sadly, the sailing season is coming to an end and the time has come to lift the boats out of the water and store all the equipment away until next summer. While putting away the life jackets, I noticed that they had become extremely dirty and had a slight musty smell to them. Of course the first thing that came to my mind was, “These could use a good wash in Soak.”
Washing your life jacket.
There are several types of life jackets out there so take a look at the care tag before washing. Make sure you do this early enough in the day that the life jackets will have enough time to dry completely.
- We had a lot of life jackets to clean so we laid them out on the grass and hosed them all down.
- I filled up a Carrie basin with some cool water and some Soak.
- I used a soft cloth and dipped it in the Soak water and gave each life jacket a gentle rub down.
- Hang them up to dry.
- Make sure they are completely dry before storing.
There are many great activities in Toronto dedicated to providing activities for those living with a disability. If you have someone special in your life that has a disability, I would strongly encourage you to tell them about disabled sailing, or perhaps disabled skiing for the winter. If you or anyone you know has questions about disabled sailing, feel free to contact me at email@example.com and I’d be happy to help you in any way I can.
I am also looking for another interesting place to volunteer. Let me know if you know if any great organizations in need of helpers.
I love everything that comes with travelling: exploring new places, trying new foods, experiencing new cultures, and meeting wonderful people. I have been lucky enough to travel to many different cities around the world for both missionary work and for pleasure. My trusty bright green suitcase has been the perfect companion during my trips to Seoul, Puket, Vancouver, Torreon, Monterrey, Tampico, Nava and most recently, New York City.
I’ve had this suitcase for years and the once bright vibrant green fabric is now decorated with stains and has dulled in color due to the thin layer or dirt and dust. Having a brightly colored suitcase makes it easily spottable when it circles the luggage conveyor belt. After returning from my latest vacation, I decided that my suitcase needed a good cleaning.
How I cleaned my suitcase:
Please remember to empty everything out of the pockets.
I put the suitcase into my bathtub and poured some Soak directly on the heaviest stains and used a slightly wet brush to gently scrub away the dirt. I gave the bag a quick rinse and was amazed at how dirty the water was.
Open up all the pockets/compartments and leave it to air dry.
I left it in the bathtub overnight to dry and when I went to check on it in the morning, it looked brand new. I forgot how bright and vibrant it used to be. My green suitcase is now clean, smells great and is ready for our next great adventure together.
Sometimes you just have too many tomatos.
While making our third batch of sauce we finally ran out of pots. Mini-Carrie came to the rescue storing chopped tomatos and basil pre-cooking. Yum. The Carries and Phils are non-toxic and food safe, so cook away!
Orientation week. Frosh week. Welcome week.
Summer has finally come to an end but for these students entering college/university for the first time, this week has been highly anticipated. If your son or daughter is heading off to post-secondary school this week, don’t forget to send them off with a bottle of Soak or a handful of mini-soaks.
In honour of all the students going back to school, I’d like to dedicate this week’s post to the lessons I learned during my time at university and how Soak can help.
The freshman 15 is very real. After being the same weight for 5 years, it only took 2 weeks with a prepaid meal plan for me to put an extra 10% on my body weight. Being able to have a full meal at 1 am is both glorious and awful. Whether you are enjoy yoga, swimming, intramural sports or lifting weights; exercising will help you stay healthy, combat the freshman 15, keep your mind alert, and is a great way to meet other students. Use Soak to keep your workout wear clean after every use. You can use it on your swimwear, yoga wear, jerseys, and even your gym shoes. Just soak for 15 mins and lay flat or hang to dry.
Your backpack will be used to carry more than just books. At least once during the school year, your bag will be soiled by either a drink explosion, a squished banana or a thousand chip crumbs. Not to worry, a good soaking in the sink with some Soak will clean that bag right up. Just flip your backpack inside out and shake over a garbage can. Make sure you empty all the pockets. Fill up the sink, add Soak and leave your bag in there for 15 mins. Squeeze out as much of the water as you can and hang to dry.
There is always a shortage of quarters. I would let my dirty laundry pile up until I didn’t have a single clean garment left. I’m embarrassed by the amount of times I’ve picked up a shirt from my dirty laundry basket, gave it a sniff and deemed it appropriate to wear. A mini-soak would have been just what I needed during moments. If you know that you will need an outfit for the evening but don’t have time to put in a load of laundry, don’t fret, just use Soak. Throw the outfit you want to wear in the sink with some Soak, leave for 15 mins, squeeze out the excess water and roll in a towel to absorb as much of the water as possible, and hang to dry. In the summer, hanging by an open window will help to speed up the drying process.
- Even though you had 8am classes every day in high school, waking up for an 8am class in university is significantly harder.
- 1 hour break between classes means you can take a good 45 min nap.
- 500 dollars a course divided by 12 weeks of school means you are paying approximately 42 dollars a week per course. Go to them.
- Text books are really expensive. Check to see if your school has a used book store, or use online classifieds to buy from other students. Often the older edition will suffice. Ask the prof.
- University isn’t easy. It isn’t as hard as you first think it is either. You will survive.
- Any food that is free is delicious.
- You will look forward to visiting your parents, or having your parents visit you. There is always something home cooked involved.
- Living in residence is fun, exciting, unpredictable, memorable, and also something that I couldn’t handle doing again. Good luck and enjoy.
Do you have any other fun tips from your University days? I’d love to hear them.
I adore the look of plunging back lines, and curve hugging silk dresses. I remember watching How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and falling in love (as I’m sure many girls did) with Kate Hudson’s bold yellow dress.
I’ve never been brave enough to try wearing one of these myself until I walked by a clearance rack and saw an amazing royal blue silk dress with an open back in my size for only $20 (down from $198!) because it was last years style, the strap was broken and it had a small stain. Nothing that a sewing machine and some couldn’t fix. Appropriate undergarments are a must with this style of dress. This is where the backless strapless bra, and the strapless panties come in.
These are photos provided by Shibue of the same dress comparing the traditional panty vs the strapless panty.
The strapless panty is a new discovery I made earlier this year when Jacqueline came back from a tradeshow with a few pairs for us girls at the office. Made by Shibue, these panties are held in place by a strip of silicone gel adhesive across the front and back of the panty. Since they don’t have straps around your waist, you don’t have to worry about the slight indent caused by panty lines.
This is the same with backless bras, they are two cups that are held on to your body with a silicone adhesive. No shoulder straps or back straps to worry about.
These undergarments are reusable and with proper care can last for several uses. Jenny, the creator and designer of Shibue, recommends using to properly care for your silicone adhesive undergarments.
2. Leave to air dry and then place back on the protective film that accompanies the panties and bras when you purchase them. This prevents lint, dust and other contaminants from sticking to the adhesive while in storage.
Every year, my friend’s family graciously opens up their house for our annual weekend reunion. They’ve been building this beautiful cottage for the past five years and we’re all very lucky to be able to catch up in such a relaxing and beautiful place. We’ve been going once a year since high school and it’s an annual trip that is eagerly anticipated by all. It’s the one time of the year where I get to see my friends that have moved away for work.
Carrie and Phil happened to be in my car so I decided to leave them out on the dock to see how my friends would use them. I snapped a few photos of them in action.
Phil holding some cottage essentials: dry towels, a good book, sunscreen and a pair of binoculars. We were lucky enough to spot a beautiful loon and haron while we relaxed on the water.
Carrie flipped upside down made a great foot rest.
The water was beautiful and we spent a lot of time hanging out on the floating dock. We kept sending one person in to grab drinks and snacks but with only two hands, you can only carry so many at a time. This is when Phil jumped in and graciously helped out. We were able to pile a bunch of drinks and chips in him and float him across the water! Once he made it to the floating dock, we used him to throw our garbage in so they wouldn’t fall into the water. How handy!
All in all, it was a very successful weekend with my new cottage companions, Carrie and Phil. Can’t wait to do it all again next year.
Grab a coffee or tea and join us each Friday, to learn how these Soak worthy bags came to be. Are you bagged? Send us your favorite bag. If we feature it here, we’ll send you a Soak gift pack, in a pretty bag, of course!
Last week there was a great party, with a super fantastic swag bag.
The folks from Ravelry travelled across the ocean to host an event at Knit Nation, the UK-based knitting event. As we’ve just re-launched in the UK, we were a proud sponsor. While we haven’t got our hands on one of these decadent bags, we assure you, they are lovely! The party, as well as the entire Knit Nation event are rumored to have been fantastic!
We look forward to great success with leading yarn shops and haberdasheries in the UK market.
If you are a UK based shop and would like some more information on Soak please contact our UK sales rep, Alice.
One of our customers sent us these fun photos from her latest weekend at the cottage. Feeling refreshed and ambitious, she decided pull out the canoe that hasn’t been used in far too long, and spend the evening out on the water.
With every intention of pulling out the big red canoe and dropping it in the water, she came upon a small hiccup. After being stored away for years and years, the canoe had collected a good amount of dust, dirt, mud, cobwebs and many tiny little critters.
Taking a look at all her cleaning supplies available at the cottage, she decided that she really didn’t want to put any of those cleaning solutions into the same water that she would be swimming in. So instead, she grabbed her favorite bottle of Soak in the nice fresh citrus scent. Soak is gentle and biodegradable so she felt assured that it wouldn’t be toxic to herself, or the friendly ducks that have joined her in the lake.
Using a sponge, Soak, and some elbow grease, she got her bright red canoe into tip top form.
Do you have a fun Soak story? Send in your Soak experiences to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!