Saturday, 29 May 2010

Solving the washday blues with Lakeland

Do you think washing and ironing is dreary? Well, in that case you haven't taken a look at Lakeland's range of innovative products. Well, OK I still think it is dreary but Lakeland's selection of wonderful products certainly makes life easier. Whatever my household troubles Lakeland always seems to have a product able to solve my dilemma. I LOVE Lakeland.

My washing is cheerily blowing in the wind and it's all thanks to Lakeland. Here are the dilemmas I had that Lakeland managed to solve with its products:

Dilemma number 1:

My ironing board was too heavy and I always managed to jam my fingers in the catch. The ironing board was bumpy and this produced creases and lumps in my clothes. How did I solve this problem?

Leifheit Airboard Fusion Ironing board. (£69.99 from

As my ironing board is on display against the wall each and every day whilst not in use I was first of all looking for something with an attractive ironing board cover. So the first thing I noticed was the beautiful sky blue cover with butterflies, it had a dreamy feel, was soothing on the eye and looked great in my kitchen. Opening the ironing board was a breeze and the lightweight board meant that I didn't have to struggle to open it. For me the key thing about this ironing board was how much easier it made ironing as the thermo-plastic material which it is made from reflects the steam which makes ironing much speedier. No more sweltering over a hot iron, as it seems you only have to pass the iron over gently and clothing is pressed so much easier.

Another great thing about this ironing board is that you can adjust it to a height that is suitable for whilst you are sitting it down. This is perfect for me as I can now watch TV whilst getting the ironing done. There is also a large curved end which makes ironing blouses and shirts so much easier. I must mention the fact that the board seems much bigger than my old ironing board and so this also is a great factor when it comes down to ironing duvets or anything big. The adjustable iron rest means that you can place it anywhere it suits or you can completely remove it, giving yourself even more ironing space.

Problem solved. Rating 5/5

Dilemma Number 2:

One small baby who hates being in the garden whilst I peg out. It got to the point where I just used the tumble drier all the time, but with rising electricity prices this was something I had to put a stop to. So I had to think of ways in which I could minimise my time in the garden pegging out. I tried giving various new toys to my baby but this didn't work, so how could I solve this problem?

OK, there were two products that made a major difference to the amount of stress I endured each time I needed to peg out.

Two words; life-changing! You thread these Hook-Ups on to your line. Then all you need to do is put all the washing on hangers whilst in the house. It takes literally seconds whilst outside to hang the hangers on the hook-ups. Not only does it obliterate most of the time that I need to spend outside but it has a number of other huge benefits.

  • Clothes need much less ironing, as the way they are hung on the hanger (Hook-Up) is much the same as how they would fall on the human form.
  • Takes much less time to get the washing in if it rains.
  • No peg-marks.

The Magic Hanger is another brilliant invention. I can peg all the underwear or small items on this in the house and then hang straight on the line. It is much easier to keep socks paired with the Magic Hanger too. It also saves space on the washing line. When it is time to get them off the washing line you just open the end peg and all the pegs open. Any parent will agree that when you have children any minute you save is precious.

Dilemma 3

I'm fed up of pegs snapping and dangerously lunging in certain directions. Last weekend my husband was injured in the eye by a wooden peg that snapped off in to his eye. Any ideas what I can do?

This was solved by using Lakeland's Soft Grip Pegs (£3.99 for 20). I've been using these for a few months now and not one single one has snapped. Besides that they don't leave any marks on the clothing and the summer colours that they are available in, make it a pleasure watching the clothes blowing on the line. It might sound trivial, but I am sure you will agree that it's often the little things that make such a huge difference. You also don't need to worry about getting splinters of wood in your fingers.

I hope you have enjoyed my round-up of these products which really have rid me of my washday blues.

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