If you have a question that is not answered below, please email info@theidealhandlaundry.com .

Do you have a brick and mortar store?

Not at this time.

Do you sell your products in any other stores or websites?

We don’t sell to any other stores or through any additional channels on the web.

Where do you find the products you sell?

We search everywhere for unique, functional, era-specific housewares, with a particular love for products from the 1940s to the early 1980s, and our nostalgia meter goes into the red when made in the USA in the 1950s to early 1970s.

Who Owns The Ideal Hand Laundry?

The Ideal Hand Laundry is owned and operated by its sole proprietor, Heather Prince.

SOAPS


Do you manufacture your soaps yourself?

Yes. I use the cold process soap method for hand making all of our soaps.

How long have you been making soap?

I have been making soap since 1998.

How do you make your soaps?
In the simplest terms, I make soap using the cold process technique and are created through saponification. Saponification is the chemical reaction between an acid (vegetable oils) and a base(sodium hydroxide) to form salt (soap). I formulate recipes using quality veg etable oils and pure essential oils. Each oil used has a unique “saponification value” that determines the precise amount of sodium hydroxide (lye) needed to create a mild bar of soap. First, lye is dissolved in water, then the vegetable oils are heated. When both the lye/water mixture and the oils reach the same temperature, the lye/water mixture is added to the oils and stirred for a period of time until the lye-fat mixture is fully mixed and the oil
and water is emulsified. This is indicated when the soap batch becomes like cake batter and when a bit is drizzled on top of the surface it stays in place (also called “trace”). Next, the soaps are poured into molds and insulated to allow for the saponification process to finish, then after about 24-48 hours, the soaps are unmolded and cured and allowed to harden for about 4 weeks.

Can the sodium hydroxide be harsh on my skin?
No. Even though sodium hydroxide is very caustic in its natural state, once the chemical reaction between lye, fat (vegetable oils) and water occurs and the soaps are allowed to cure and harden, what trace amounts of sodium hydroxide are left essentially evaporates leaving no sodium hydroxide left in the soap.

What is that thin layer of white stuff on the surface of my soap?
That is called soda ash and is totally harmless.

Can you tell me about the Palm Oil used in your soaps?
I source palm oil from Columbia. It is certified organic, Rainforest Alliance Certified and RSPO(Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) Certified.

Does The Ideal Hand Laundry do wholesale orders of its soaps?
I do not wholesale soaps at this time.

PRODUCTS
What is Gold Tone Jewelry?
"Gold Tone" refers to a base metal that has been colored gold on the surface, but has no measurable gold content. Gold Tone jewelry is not recommended for people with sensitivity to nickel or other types of metals, as it can cause a rash.

Necklace Sizing
To determine the best necklace size for you, take a tape measure and wrap around your neck to get its circumference. Take that number and add 2" to 4" to determine the best minimum necklace length for you. For a regular necklace, choose the second size up from your neck size as a minimum. For example, if your neck measures 15" around, the minimum necklace size you should choose would be 17"  to 19". If you want a choker, stick with your exact neck measurement for the necklace size. Standard necklaces sizes, common to most people, come in the following sizes:
● 14" to 16" is a standard choker length
● 16" to 19" falls just below the throat at the collarbone
● 20" falls slightly below the collarbone and is a good choice for low necklines
● 22" falls at or just above the neckline
● 24" falls below the neckline
● 36" can be worn as a long single opera length or doubled up
● Children's necklaces are usually between 14" to 16"

Necktie Sizing and Maintenance
Sizing: The widest point of the tie should evenly match the widest point of a jacket's lapel when buttoned. A 58" long necktie fits most people but the width varies depending on personal style. An ultra-skinny tie is 2” wide and a classic skinny tie is 2.5” wide. A 3” wide tie is suitably modern and 3.25”-3.5” is a more traditional width (and works well for big or tall men). When tied, the bottom of the tie should hit the middle of your belt buckle.

Cleaning and Maintenance: To keep ties looking their best, remove the tie by reversing the steps taken to tie the tie. Hang ties up on a tie rack or clothes hanger to allow any wrinkles to ease out. Treat stains by blotting (not rubbing) the affected area with water or seltzer or, if it's a grease stain, talcum powder. Wait a few hours then brush off and clean with a cloth. Avoid ironing your tie. If there are wrinkles, hang it up in the bathroom while taking a shower or use a steam iron for deeper wrinkles.

How Do You Assess the Condition of Your Books?
I follow the grading system from the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA):
● AS NEW; FINE : Without faults or defects.
● NEAR FINE : a book approaching FINE (or AS NEW) but with a couple of very minor defects or faults, which must be noted.
● [NOTE: From here on, there may be “+ (Plus)” or “- (Minus)” in a grade, which will mean that it is above the grade noted but not quite to the next higher grade for “+”, and that it is below the grade noted but not quite to the next lower grade for “-“, i.e., Very Good + (or Plus)/Very Good – (or Minus). Which means the book is better than Very Good and the dust jacket grade is less than Very Good.]
● VERY GOOD : A book showing some signs of wear. Any defects or faults must be noted.
● GOOD : The average used book that is totally complete (as issued) and intact. Any defects must be noted.
● FAIR : A worn book that has complete text pages (including those with maps or plates) but may lack end papers, half-title page, etc. Any defects or faults must be noted.
● POOR or READING COPY : A book that is sufficiently worn that its only merit is the complete text, which must be legible. Any missing maps or plates must be noted. May be soiled, scuffed, stained, or spotted, and may have loose joints, hinges, pages, etc.
● EX-LIBRARY : Must always be designated as such no matter what the condition of the book.
● BOOK CLUB : Must always be noted as such no matter what the condition of the book.
● BINDING COPY : A book in which the text block, including illustrations, is complete but the binding is lacking, or in such poor condition it is beyond realistic restoration efforts.
● REMAINDER MARKS, BOOKPLATES, PREVIOUS OWNER’S NAME : These are faults and must always be noted, if they apply.

What is an ISBN number?
ISBN is an abbreviation for “International Standard Book Number” and it is essentially a way to track stock and sales for each version of a published book. The ISBN is a 10-digit number (if assigned before 2007) or a 13-digit number (if assigned on or after 1 January 2007) that is assigned to each edition and variation (except reprintings) of a book. The 4 (10-digit number) or 5 (13-digit number) parts of an ISBN according to ISBN.org are: Group or country identifier which identifies a national or geographic grouping of publishers; Publisher identifier which identifies a particular publisher within a group; Title identifier which identifies a particular title or edition of a title; Check digit is the single digit at the end of the ISBN which validates the ISBN.

How do you choose your books?
I choose books in good condition, stated first editions, or reader’s copy paperbacks published since the
1940s.

Gift Cards
Can a gift card be used more than once?
Yes, provided there is still a balance remaining on the card.

Can more than one gift card be used towards a purchase?
Yes.

How do I check the balance of my gift card?
The balance is displayed beside the gift card when applied to a cart during checkout. You can also check your balance by visiting the unique gift card link sent via email.

Can a gift card be used to pay for shipping and taxes?
Yes, gift cards are applied to the final order total which includes shipping and taxes.

Can I receive a physical gift card?
Not at this time.