Carrie and Phil in the Soak Warehouse

 

Carrie and Phil in the Warehouse

Carrie and Phil in the Warehouse

Here at Soak, we care about growing a sustainable business and minimizing our negative environmental impact. In everything we do we carefully consider our actions and how they affect the world around us. This is why Soak is dye and phosphate free, biodegradable, non-toxic, and our 3oz bottles are made out of 100% post-consumer resin. We are very proud to have created such a high quality product; however, creating that product is only a small part of what it takes to run our business.

We believe it’s important to maintain these values throughout all aspects of what we do.  Every day we ship products from our home in Toronto to destinations around the world. When it comes to stuffing our boxes and protecting Soak through the shipping process, we always opt for the first step in the magic triangle of reuse – reduce – recycle. We want our products to arrive safe and sound whether the destination is Los Angeles, Berlin, Melbourne or Vancouver. It would be easier to use crisp new paper, boxes, bubble wrap, and foam peanuts.  Instead, we collect shrink wrap from skids, scrap paper, used boxes and anything else that can be reused to keep Soak safe on its way from us, to you.

The most difficult thing about using recycled leftovers in our packing is trying to keep all the odds and ends that come through our warehouse orderly and in one place. After brainstorming to find a solution, we realized the answer was right in front of us! We now employ a host of Carrie and Phil basins to keep our packing supplies neat and tidy. We found this to be quite the testament to the innumerable uses of the versatile Carrie and Phil.

 

 


Weekly Affirmation: Costuming with Soak

Every Thursday we post a comment, tweet, email or secret message we’ve received from one of our Soakworthy customers (stores, fans, consumers, friends). Sometimes, on a rough day, it’s really helpful to read an inspiring message from someone in our community. Someone who appreciates what we do. Someone who is as passionate about Soak as we are. We appreciate all the love that comes our way. Really we do.

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Our friend Virginia from the Boston based shop Gather Here is currently doing some costuming for the film industry. We have had a lot of fun keeping up with her finds on twitter and instagram, as well as her uses for Soak products at work!

“Wrapping costumes this morning. Using @soakwash for the vintage undergarments. http://instagr.am/p/WUVvnqTF7-/

“After 14 hours shopping for clothes I need to testify that @soakwash #handmaid is awesome. Handling fiber really does a number on my hands”


Here we grow again!

We are hiring. You may have seen our teaser post on Facebook, or heard it through the grapevine. We are growing and we need you!
Job Title: Central Intelligence, a.k.a. office support, customer expert, assistant to everyone.

At Soak Wash Inc., we develop and market leading products for laundry and skin care. Soak, our primary product, is modern care for the laundry you love. Our office environment is fun, fast-paced and friendly. The role of Central Intelligence will be filled be someone who is always on top of business. They are the hub of information on customer needs, Soak production and inventory.

We’re looking for a candidate that can gracefully manage the administrative and book-keeping functions of our fun-spirited fast-paced office and (no pressure) interact positively with customers, suppliers and current employees. The ideal candidate will have an interest in customer service (a positive, professional and outgoing personality) as well as a desire to grow with the organization.

This position is part-time. 3 days per week. M, W, Th. at our lovely Mississauga office. Soak front office

Ongoing duties include:
• General office support, with attention to detail
• Provide exceptional customer service for current and new customers
• Meticulous database management for customers and orders
• Basic bookkeeping including A/R, A/P, collections, invoicing, etc. using QuickBooks software (a must for the job)
• Salesforce.com data entry
• Overseeing consumer orders
• Preparing expense reports
• Shipping and customs documentation for inbound/ outbound freight
• Preparing orders for shipping
• Overseeing the flow of the office and its supplies
• Greeting couriers, customers and callers with grace

Must-haves:
• Excellent working experience with QuickBooks
• Excellent working experience with Microsoft Office, Acrobat
• Ability to multitask with grace and ease
• Strong English written and verbal skills
• High level of attention to detail
• Independent working habits

Wishful thinking:
• French language skills (or another second language)
• Experience in sales or customer service
• An interest in knitting, quilting and/ or fashion
• Experience with shipping software, brokers or the likes
• The keen ability and interest to work on other office/ warehouse tasks as needed

Please visit our website soakwash.com to learn about our company and products before applying for the position. We are all as passionate about our products as we are our jobs. If filled by the perfect candidate, this position has the potential to evolve into full-time employment.

Please submit CV with a letter of intent outlining how both your experience and personality are ideal for our fast-paced, fun, growing environment. Please also include your favorite thing about Soak.

We appreciate your interest in this position, however, only the candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Send intent to: hireme@soakwash.com No phone calls, please.

Thank you for choosing Soak. Have a lovely day.


Weekly Affirmation: White Quilt Rescue

Every Thursday we post a comment, tweet, email or secret message we’ve received from one of our Soakworthy customers (stores, fans, consumers, friends). Sometimes, on a rough day, it’s really helpful to read an inspiring message from someone in our community. Someone who appreciates what we do. Someone who is as passionate about Soak as we are. We appreciate all the love that comes our way. Really we do.


Anonymous posted on the blog a while back.

“At the Guild we had a white quilt with marking pencil tracings that would not come out despite trying several different methods that usually work. We had a small sample of soak so decided to try it. We diluted it with a bit of water and dabbed it on the lines. Magically they disappeared leaving no residue and we had a much relieved quilt maker.”

So glad to hear that the quilt was saved! You can hop on over to our 101 Soak Uses to check out other creative uses for Soak products.


Weekly Affirmation: Travelling with Soak

Every Thursday we post a comment, tweet, email or secret message we’ve received from one of our Soakworthy customers (stores, fans, consumers, friends). Sometimes, on a rough day, it’s really helpful to read an inspiring message from someone in our community. Someone who appreciates what we do. Someone who is as passionate about Soak as we are. We appreciate all the love that comes our way. Really we do.


From Karen, in a comment on the blog.

“As much as I overall suck at packing the one thing that I always pack now is Soak soap. A lingerie store in Toronto got me on to it. I use it for all my hand-washables at home but took it with me when I travelled to Europe. I can wash tanks and camis in the sink and throw them over the shower rod to dry. In Europe we used it to wash socks, underwear and sweaters.”

Thanks Karen! Soak is a great way to stretch your clothing a little further while on vaction. It is especially handy now that we have our minisoaks and  flight friendly 3oz sizes.

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Spot cleaning with Soak.

Tonight I’m spot cleaning my dining room chairs, with Soak. I’ve got my favorite bottle of Aquae, a wash cloth and a bowl with Soak diluted in warm water. I’ve got a few stains. They’ll soon be gone. Some patience, elbow grease and Soak ensures my chairs are clean and smell great.

Directions: Dilute a cap full of Soak in a mixing bowl with warm water. Dip the cloth in water. Clean the material with quick firm circles removing dirt from the surface. Try not to over saturate wih water Allow the cushion to dry for at least 24 hours before reassembling chair.

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I also keep a bowl of clean water handy to wash the cloth, and to ensure I’m not using too much Soak and to make sure I’m not simply spreading the stain around. It’s not fancy, but it is simple, environmentally friendly and it works!

Happy Sunday cleaning!


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!


Exciting delivery.

We received an envelope this morning and much to our enjoyment, it was the April Spring issue of Martha Stewart Living. Flip to page 38 and you’ll find Soak featured under “75 Spectacular Spring Things”!


It’s been an exciting day for us media-wise as we’ve received news that we’re also in Chatalaine for the April Issue as well on page 89! We haven’t seen it ourselves yet but you can bet we’ll be picking up the issue.

I have been reminded of Spring all morning. First it was the brightly coloured fabrics shown on Red Pepper Quilt’s blog. And then these magazine spring issues. Not to mention the sunny skies and melting snow. If you’re anything like me, and can’t wait for spring cleaning time (not because I enjoy cleaning, but because it means warmer weather is just around the corner) than perhaps a brightly coloured Carrie or Phil basin can help you with a few jobs around the house.

Spring uses for Carrie and Phil

Clean your blinds. Fill up a basin with some warm water and Soak and dip a wash cloth in the water to wipe down your blinds. It’s amazing how much dust can accumulate on each blade. 

Wash your winter accessories. Carrie’s larger size makes her great for hand washing several pairs of mittens, scarves and hats all at the same time.

If you are a big gardener, the basins are great for outdoor use. They are great for holding soil and fertilizer or to keep your bulbs and roots in one place.

Do you have any other ideas of uses for our vibrant basins? We’d love to hear them.


101 things to do with Soak – 039 Finishing touches

Tomorrow marks the first day of December. For a lot of families, that means it’s time to put out the decorations and pull out your holiday shopping list. Why not include a Soak gift to add the finishing touch to your gifts this season?


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For our knitting friends, we know you all have the best of intentions, but even for the fastest knitter, there have been times when we’ve had to give someone their unfinished gift on knitting needles. How about giving them a tub of Heel with their sock IOU. Or a bottle of Soak for them to take care of that sweater when you finally manage to finish it.

How about those of you who are giving away a finished quilt that you have lovingly laboured over for hours? Giving a bottle of Soak and a little instruction sheet to will help keep the quilt looking great for longer.

Does your holiday tradition include filling up stockings? How about Heel for the jogger, sock knitter, mall walker, or yoga enthusiest in your family?

Do you know a new mommy? How about some dye-free, fragrance-free, biodegrable Scentless Soak to wash baby clothes?

Scentless Soak is also great for your loved ones that have sensitive skin or are sensitive to fragrances.

Do you know a world traveller? Travel packs and mini-soaks are great for washing clothes in their hotel sink.

Read our other 101 uses for Soak posts for other fun items that you can wash with Soak.

Remember to place your online order within the next week to ensure that they are delivered before the 25th.


If you get a new winter jacket or boots this season, please consider donating your old winter wear to be reused by others in your community.


101 things to do with Soak | 038 Halloween costumes

Author: Ngoc

Lions, goblins, princesses and super heroes. These are a few of the interesting characters that you may have seen roaming the streets a week and a half ago (or perhaps you were one of those interesting characters).


If your house is anything like mine, then you’ll have an endless supply of single sized chocolate bars, chips and jujubes. Discounted candy after Halloween gets me every time. I am also notorious for not taking down decorations once the occasion has passed (this is reinforced by the ‘Season’s Greetings’ banner that still hangs in my mom’s house from the time I wanted to decorate in Gr. 10. Let’s just say I’ve finished highschool… and University… and that banner still hangs. It’s a running joke now amongst my friends).

I digress, let’s get back to the topic at hand. If you have kids or you chose to dress up yourself, I’m sure you have a crumpled up costume either thrown into your laundry basket or in the corner of a room somewhere. It’s been a week and a half, it’s time to wash and put it away for either next year or to be donated to your local Goodwill shop for someone else to enjoy. Or maybe you have a toddler at home that loves being a princess or superman more than just 1 out of the 365 days of the year. Or perhaps, you had on a slightly risky costume (a mistress Claus? Wonder women?) that may be pleasing to your partner on days other than Halloween. Either way, it needs to be washed.

Many of the store-bought costumes aren’t made to the highest quality and may not survive a trip in your washing machine. A lot of the time you will see costumes with lace, satin, nylon, sequins and other fun materials, that need extra care. A nice gentle wash in Soak is exactly what your costume needs.

Washing your Halloween costume

  • Check the label of your costume for care instructions. A general rule is, if it can get wet, then it can be wash with Soak.
  • Make sure you take out any left over candy that may have found its way into the pockets. If your costume was battery powered, make sure you remove the batteries and the hardware.
  • Fill up your sink with cool water, add some Soak.
  • Put your costume in to soak for 15 mins. 
  • Give it a gentle squeeze to remove excess water. Roll in a towel to remove more excess water. 
  • And as always, hang or lay flat to dry.

I also made a Where’s Waldo costume this year. Can you do me a favour? If you have young kids in the house, can you ask them if they know who Waldo is?  I walked by a boy who looked about 12 and he looked at me with zero recognition of who I was dressed up as. Do kids still look at Where’s Waldo books? Has Waldo gone the way of cassette tapes? 

I love home-made costumes and would love to see your wonderful craftmanship. Send your photos to ngoc@soakwash.com.