101 things to do with Soak | Roller Derby

My only frame of reference when it comes to Roller Derby is what I saw in the previews for Whip It. So when one of our customers posted on our facebook wall that she used Soak to wash her roller derby pads, I was quite intrigued.


When I started talking asking around about roller derby, I was surprised at how many people actually knew someone that played. After watching a few videos on youtube, I think I’ve gathered a basic understanding of the rules. What I really loved though, were the bright colours of the uniforms and the fun names that teams have come up with. Any sport where you can wear bright coloured socks is a-ok in my books.  Give Em Hale of the Jewel City Rollergirls sent me these great photos taken by Justin Brock. She keeps her protective gear clean and smelling fresh by giving them a bath in Soak. As always, leave your garment to soak for 15 mins, squeeze out excess water and lay flat or hang to dry.

I think I’ll have to rent Whip It tonight and curl up with a big bowl of popcorn to finish up my roller derby research.

Thank you so much for sharing your fun use for Soak!

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101 things to do with Soak | 037 The walking cast

Author: Ngoc

Our ankles have been having a bad summer here at the Soak office.


A few months ago, just as the weather was warming up, Chris showed up to work with a broken ankle. Since it is illegal to drive with a cast, Jacqueline graciously acted as Chris’s chauffeur, driving her to and from work, and on small errands for a good 2 months.

Chris was just absolutely ecstatic when the 2 months was up, and she could walk around in her walking cast without crutches, and drive herself wherever her heart desired. Jacqueline’s duties as a chauffeur were finally over. But as luck (or bad luck?) would have it, shortly after, Jacqueline limped into our office with a defeated look and tells us that she too has broken her ankle.

Crafty Jacqueline decided to spruce up her cast with racing stripes, and pretty fabric straps.

She had thought that when Chris said, “I owe you one for driving me” that her favor would be repaid in the form of a delicious meal. Never would she have guessed that her favor would be repaid in the form of a chauffeur. How ironic.

Now whenever we have visitors to the office and they hear our ankle stories, they always look at me and jokingly say “looks like your next”, where I then let out a very nervous laugh and quickly look around for some wood to knock on.

If you’ve ever worn one of these walking casts, then you will be familiar with that indescribable odor that builds up after wearing one of these. Imagine walking around all day with your leg wrapped in foam, in the middle of the summer. Needless to say, the cast is often drenched in sweat by the days end. Luckily for Jacqueline and Chris, (and for me too!), we work in an office where Soak is readily available.

How to: wash your walking cast.

The foam in the walking cast is hand-washable, and you can wipe down the hard exterior shell with a gentle detergent. It is best to do it in the evening before you go to bed so the cast has time to dry overnight.

  1. Remove the foam piece from the exterior.
  2. Fill a basin/sink with water and some Soak.
  3. Leave the foam in to Soak for about 15 mins. Give it a dunk every once in a while if it is floating.
  4. Gently squeeze out the excess water, then press between a towel to absorb the rest of the excess water.
  5. Hang to dry or lay flat on a drying rack.
  6. Take a soft cloth, dip it in some water and Soak and gently wipe the hard shell of the cast.

 

If you find yourself in the situation where you have to wear one of these, I wish you luck and hope that you recover quickly!


101 things to do with Soak | 036 Hand wraps and bag gloves

This week’s story is submitted by my friend Benson. He gets his weekly workout by sparring and working his punching bag.  


He uses hand wraps and training gloves that he has admitted to not having washed since he bought them over a year ago. They’re at the point where he’s about ready to retire them so he figured he might as well try washing them with Soak. The gloves were still in really good condition but your hand sweats in them during a work out, and after a year of sweating, they have developed quite a distinct odor.

Make sure you read the washing instructions to see if it is ok to wet your gloves before attempting to wash your gloves.

Fill your sink with warm water and add some Soak. Put in your hand wraps and gloves. The gloves will likely float so give them a dunk and swish them around every now and then.

Leave to soak for about 15 mins. Squeeze gently to remove most of the excess water. Benson chose to hang his to dry but you can also lay them flat on a hanging rack.

There was still a faint lingering scent left in the gloves, though it was a significant improvement. Keeping your gloves clean will help prevent the build up of bacteria and germs that can develop in warm moist material.

Thanks for the story and the photos Benson!

Do you have a unique use for Soak? Send me your fun stories along with some photos and we’ll feature it on our blog!


It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 21. The DryCast

Author: Chris

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!


Two weeks ago today I rolled my ankle, and with nothing to hold onto, I fell.  I fell hard and broke my right ankle.  It happened suddenly and remains a blur.
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The doctor in the emergency room said it was a clean break though I would be on crutches for 2 months. He put a plaster splint on my leg that was heavy, awkward and kept me immobile at my parents’ home. I had this monstrosity for 5 days while the swelling went down. A lot of knitting happened in those 5 days; so much knitting that my mother kindly went back to my apartment to get more yarn for me. My home is almost an hour from her home and the yarn was her only reason for going, just in case my mother’s sainthood was in question.

At the fracture clinic later that week, I got my fiberglass cast. Apparently they don’t make white casts anymore so mine is orange. I could have had soccer balls but I’m not that big a fan, World Cup or not.

I had a lot of questions for the doctor at the fracture clinic. As a single girl, how was I supposed to survive at home on crutches for 2 months? It isn’t really going to be 2 months, is it? Driving was out of the question, right? (I knew the answer to this one but sometimes I like things to be reinforced.)  How was I supposed to shower?

The night before I broke my ankle, I was giving my almost 5 year old niece a bath. While I was washing her hair, I said “one day when I’m rich I’m going to have someone wash my hair for me every day”. My mother washing it in the kitchen sink isn’t exactly what I had in mind.
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I didn’t get all the questions answered to my liking though I did get told I could purchase a watertight bag for my cast so I could shower. The DryCast Waterproof Cover is pretty simple but it has made me feel so much better about the next 6 weeks. I’m back at home and feeling less dependent on others, even though Jacqueline is driving me to work every day and the girls in the office are fetching water for me.

It isn’t exactly how I’d planned to spend my summer. I’ll be well ahead of my Christmas knitting by the time it’s over, though.


It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 15: The yoga bag

Author: Ngoc 

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!


Mother’s day is just around the corner and Dafina brought in this sweet plant that her son lovingly grew for her to show his appreciation. For those of you who don’t have a green thumb consider giving your mom a gift certificate to take some yoga lessons. 

 

Yoga is meant to be therapeutic and unite the mind, body and spirit. There are many physiological, psychological and biochemical benefits of practicing yoga. Visit the ABCs of yoga to learn more about how yoga can enhance your life. 

 

CNIB is running a national yoga campaign, the Great Canadian Yoga Stretch, for the month of May in support of blind and partially sighted Canadians. Soak is great for washing yoga gear so we’ve been asked to contribute mini-soaks to be given out in the goodie bags to all of their participants. 

As I was exploring their site and reading about yoga, it was interesting to learn about all the products offered to enable those who are visually impaired to safely learn how to practice yoga. With a VIYM and a cd with step by step instructions geared towards those with little no sight, even someone who has never tried yoga can easily learn.