Friday, 23 May 2014

Brabantia The Secret Life of Laundry



Brabantia asked me if I and my readers are loving the 'Laundry season?'
For me, the warmer weather means I feel slightly happier about the laundry, I can put out a line of washing and the most detested of my household chores, ironing is far easier.
The breeze blows a lot of the creases out, fresh from the line, the job is easier and I am less grumpy.
My family give me a wide berth when ironing, I can then grumble and curse away to myself.
Brabantia have made this dreaded chore slightly easier by sending me the an amusing infographic about our laundry habits and one of the new Geometric ironing board range to help out, they like me, they really do!!

Have you seen our new Love the Season infographic? Over 1,600 people took part in ‘The Secret Life of Laundry’ survey. Click the link to see the infographic and find out more about the ironing, laundry and clothes washing habits of the Europeans!

In actual fact the infographic, is rather interesting and for me, quite revealing to read the secret laundry habits of British, Dutch, French and Belgian fans.
You’ll certainly be amused at some of the laundry secrets  it revealed!”

90% of all people surveyed across all four countries revealed that laundry was their most important household task.
So exactly who irons what and why? 

Brabantia’s research showed that Brits love soft, freshly ironed bed linen, while French ladies prefer to iron their skirts and the Dutch always insist on crisp shirts! The Belgians however love their underwear and proudly press their pants!

The UK spend the most time drying their laundry compared to other countries but spend the least time ironing out of all four countries!

3/4 of laundry is washed and folded by the female of the house.
For me this is self explanatory, have you seen a male fold washing, if you can even use the term fold, my teen son I would call it 'dumping' as opposed to ironing! My husband is rather domesticated but his folding, usually has the same effect as the dumping!


A family running a tumble dryer on average 200 times a year can create the equivalent CO2 of an airplane flying from Aberdeen to Amsterdam!* * Which Magazine

A typical family can save £139 on tumble drying costs by drying laundry in the great outdoors, so maybe it’s time to get greener and save money and the environment too


The Brits love fresh bed linen, 

I agree totally, nothing nicer than freshly ironed  sheets and duvet covers, but boy do I struggle with a king size, being small I have found it a real chore. Hmm pressed pants for the Belgians...life is too short for me!! The Dutch and French certainly have the right idea too, I don't mind ironing shirts but have struggled with my cruddy board.



British blokes can handle an iron!! 

Well mine certainly can , my teens too now. Paige had to as going to uni and I felt it time to make Conor do his own as well! Apart from the French it seems the men have got the knack.


My new Brabantia board has so many cool features that all help remove the irritation. One that stands out and is not mentioned on the packaging or website but I think makes life easier is the size of cover is clearly on a neat little label on the top, it won't fad like it does on the daft little nylon labels. I hate not knowing what size cover I need and my board was an odd shape, never fit a universal. Then the brand decided not to stock anywhere. 



Easy height adjustment the board raises without notches, just adjusts to what I like. Chris was pleased that it suits his tall height. If you are the only one who irons, this can be set permanently. I have also discovered its suited to sitting, I like this idea, I may invest in a seat. 



If you were wondering about the red dangly, its a child lock, so safety is guaranteed if a you are ironing with little ones about. Or teens in my house who have a tendency to hurtle past you at any given moment!!


This is just a fab idea, a heatproof mat for resting the iron on, it can be positioned anywhere on the board. Again stops the teens or children knocking the iron.

There is cord binder and stretch system, another handy feature for ensuring the cover is on flat and well fitted. The cover itself is a Geometric pattern, great for this years trend and is made of 100% cotton, this really has a good effect when ironing as the clothes don't stick to the cover, allowing easy movement. The viscose underlay is nicely padded and also adds to ease of ironing.

I have ironed a few mounds of clothes,  I never really thought the experience could be improved by the board, I mean I like a board that is height adjustable, but the material of the cover and the size and shape are really good, there is room for a large duvet which when you are small in height is fab, no fighting to keep it off the floor and faster with the amount of area I can iron.


For shirts, most boards I have bought, have a narrower end, but the Brabantia has a special 'narrow shoulder shape' which gives real good results, a shirt fits perfectly all or the yoke, front and back!!

I have no real love of ironing as I mentioned before, but the right ironing board, certainly makes my life easier.
The Brabantia is such a board.

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24 comments:

  1. I agree with the survey results: As a Belgian person, I used to spend a considerable amount of time ironing EVERYTHING. After living in the UK for 12 years, I do not spend a single minute on ironing anymore, a bit of careful folding does a good trick - admittedly neither my hubby nor I have to wear office shirts and trousers, and who cares about unironed jeans and tee shirt? ;)

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    1. Yay more time for other essentials. I have to iron, I care for my Granny who is old schoold and my husband is office based so shirts are a must!

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  2. I don't mind ironing (although not for long periods) but it's one of those jobs I don't seem to have much time for, I'm forever thinking that today is the day I'll get through it all but invariably it's just the uniforms I have time for but I would never contemplate ironing underwear!!

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    1. Yes its seems forever ongoing, I think the amount I have is what gets to me.

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  3. Love the patterns on the ironing board covers. I hate ironing! I don't iron duvet covers or sheets - just pillow cases.

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  4. Those ironing board covers are amazing! One of your photos has gone HUGE! btw x

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    1. Lol just seen it, nearly same size as the actual board, thanks.

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  5. Love the ironing board covers! Interesting post!

    AShleigh

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    1. They are gorgeous, aren't they, love the union jack one!! Thank you.

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  6. i love buying new pegs and peg basket in spring and actually enjoy hanging me washing out, well untill the newest wears off ll

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  7. It's interesting to know the board makes such a big difference. I'll definitely bear it in mind next time I need one. :)

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  8. Haha you'd be lucky to catch my ironing anything unless I absolutely have to. I'm more inclined to hang it up really quickly as its out of the dryer so the creases drop out. My OH is more likely to be in front of the ironing board though! X

    justrach.com xo

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  9. I don't mind washing and ironing but enjoy it more during the Summer when I know I can get it dried and then ironed quickly. There is nothing worse than having washing hanging over drying racks or radiators for ages during the Winter. The only items I hate washing are wool jumpers or cardis that say hand wash and dry flat! I have to give them to my mum, who I'm sure just put them in her washing machine on a short and cool spin!

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  10. It's right about Brits loving fresh bed linen - nothing better!

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  11. I really don't like ironing, so anything to make it easier or less of a tiresome job and I'm in :)

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  12. Interesting post- some really lovely looking ironing patterns too! makes ironing a little more fun

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  13. We have a Brabantia ironing board, it is really cool- but I still hate ironing! x

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  14. I really need one of those pad thingys for standing the iron on!

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  15. I use the tumble drier too much!

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  16. The only problem with Laundry is that it never stops, I prefer tasks where you can stand back & have a sense of achievement for at least a day before it's just as bad as it was.

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  17. At least with this weather I am using the tumble drier less=lower electricity bills!
    Felicity kelly

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  18. The shoulder shape end is a stroke of genius!

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