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Traditional laundry methods alive and well at The Vintage Wash House

Linda Peake set up The Vintage Wash House at Skipton’s Handpicked Hall in May of 2013. The shop is now located at 12 High Street, Skipton BD23 1JZ. The 1940s-inspired store sells nostalgic homeware gifts and a range of traditional cleaning and laundry products. From her store, complete with authentic washboard and mangle, and blitz-style paper-tape crosses on the windows, Linda demonstr...
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Where have dry Soap Flakes gone?

You may well have noticed that the original dry soap flakes are no longer available on our website and are increasingly hard to find in stores. Dri-Pak was the last remaining manufacturer of Soap Flakes - including the Lux brand. The machine that 'flakes' the soap was made by Vickers and is now well over 100 years old. Not only has it reached the end of its service life, it is extremely ine...
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How to Clean a Leather Handbag

Looking after leather handbags There’s nothing like a great leather handbag for an instant style boost. Aside from making a stylish statement, and whether it’s structured or slouchy, a great handbag can help you look pulled-together and do double duty for work or the weekend. The thing is, as they're often placed on floors, dirty tables etc, then they are prone to picking up dirt and stains. Here...
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5 Vintage Spring Cleaning tips

We know, that you know, that traditional cleaning methods & products are just as good (if not better) than modern ones! So to help kick off your Spring Clean, we’ve put together 5 of our top Vintage Spring Cleaning tips tackling the jobs that often get forgotten in the regular cleaning routine. Windows  Spray White Vinegar onto windows and mirrors, & buff with scrunched up news...
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Make Mum Smile!

There's no denying it, Mum's are just plain awesome! They're always there with helpful advice, whether it be about love, parenting, or how to unblock that sink - in fact most of the top cleaning tips on www.dri-pak.co.uk came from Mum's passing down the tips their Mum taught them!   If you're stuck for a present this Mother's Day we've got some thoughtful ideas to make your Mum smil...
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Protecting your Vintage Clothes

  Fashion from yesteryear was made to last, but as garments get older the fibres begin to weaken and many modern-day washing techniques and products can cause damage. By following these gentle maintenance techniques using traditional products, you can preserve your favourite vintage items and enjoy wearing them for years to come! Removing odours Vintage items can have a musty smell due...
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For Horse Lovers!

  Owning a horse can be a fantastic, if expensive, hobby! From the horse itself to stabling, vets bills and tack, everything costs money but are essential to the well being of you and your four-legged friend. But there are a few ways you can cut down on costs, without having to comprise on performance or peace of mind. There are plenty of purpose-designed cleaning products promising ...
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Sensitive skin needs gentle care

Fragrances, enzymes and optical brighteners in many common household laundry products can irritate sensitive skin. Itchiness, redness and eczema can be triggered when residues of laundry detergents are transferred from clothing onto the skin. Suffers can struggle to find an alternative laundry product that doesn’t contain ingredients that cause irritation, but luckily a traditional laundry pro...
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Soap Flakes for a Successful Scent Free Hunting

Everyone knows that when you're hunting game it is important to be camouflaged from your prey. But what many people do not relaise is that for many animals their sense of smell is they main defence against predators. So if you are hunting, what is the point of wearing camouflage if animals can smell you coming?! To eliminate odours from hunting gear, simply hand wash clothes in a warm Soap Flakes ...
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