101 Uses for Soak | 041 Scented bubble baths

We received a funny facebook message from Marianne from BraChic regarding another fun use for Soak.


She wrote in her message,

“Hi Jacqueline, We heard a funny story this week. Our customer arrived home from work to find her husband in the bath soaking in SOAK. He said, ‘hon do not buy this stuff again as there is not enough bubbles and I have used half the bottle.’ Needless to say she was a little upset with him.”

Funny enough, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of customers using Soak for bubble baths or just to add a little bit of aroma therepy while they relax in the tub at the end of the day.I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since we do always say that Soak is so gentle, you could even take a bath in it.

I have a pretty quiet Friday night planned, so perhaps I’ll pamper myself this evening in Celebration.


101 things to do with Soak |040 dolls and toy animals.

Dolls, toys, and fake acrylic hair.


This wonderful photo was posted on our facebook wall by one of our customers. She had filled her bathtub with water and Soak and let her dolls take a nice relaxing swim.

During the holidays, I had a ‘my little pony’ that I wanted to include with a friend’s gift. They’ve completely changed the way these ponies look and I wanted one that was similar to the one he used to play with as a kid. I bought a used one online and wondered if the fake acrylic pony hair would make it through a shampoo. I figured if worse came to worse, I could buy another pony so I grabbed my Soak and a toothbrush and got to work.

The tooth brush was great to get into the little crevices and in the pony ears. I put a tiny bit of Soak in the pony hair and gently lathered.

I gave the hair a quick brush when it was drying to detangle it and left it standing on a towel to air dry.

Once the pony dried, she looked as good as new! The hair was soft and shiny and smelled delicious! Thank you Celebration Soak.

He had a good laugh when he opened his present and saw the pretty pony sitting on top.


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?


stocking stuffers
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.


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!


101 things to do with Soak | 035 Sand Socks

Author: Ngoc

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.