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Anyone used those vacuum bags which are meant to reduce all your clothing to the size of a peanut?

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MrsThierryHenry Sat 02-Aug-08 21:10:03

Am I the only one who appears to have overstuffed the bag? It hasn't burst or anything, it just hasn't reduced very much. Looks like I'll have to buy about 20 of them to cope with the amount of clothing our DS had!

Dragonbutter Sat 02-Aug-08 21:13:43

I'm not that impressed with them either.
I guess there's not that much air in clothing, maybe they work better for duvets, pillow etc

Glad your saturday night is as exciting as mine grin

SueW Sat 02-Aug-08 21:17:27

Haven't used for clothing but it did a great job on duvet and two pillows.

(Saturday night here: Don't Forget The Lyrics or mumsnet. No contest grin )

SueW Sat 02-Aug-08 21:18:06

Mind you, I am still recovering from yesterday/last night. grin

DiscoDizzy Sat 02-Aug-08 21:18:53

we used them a while ago. They were good really, but made them heavy when putting them in the loft. Only problem was that as time has passed by, they've reinflated themselves.

Dragonbutter Sat 02-Aug-08 21:21:01

saturday night here: we've got a woody allen film on, a bottle of wine and a cheesecake. it's not so bad really.
but i will not be clicking on any more threads about laundry.

mrsTH, i'm disappointed in you.

onepieceoflollipop Sat 02-Aug-08 21:21:05

Dizzy they may have a "slow puncture" - that's what happened to ours. We found that they are rather fragile and delicate, they rip/tear very easily.

paolosgirl Sat 02-Aug-08 21:23:09

Save your money - stick everything in a black bin liner (or a double layer), put an elastic band tightly round the top and stick your hoover noozle in to suck out the air.

expatinscotland Sat 02-Aug-08 21:23:51

they're all shite.

OurHamsterisevil Sat 02-Aug-08 21:24:11

If it is cotton clothing then not much air to take out. Jumpers would vacuum well. I use them mostly for pillows, duvets etc. But i do have baby clothes in them too and it makes a bit of difference

Sidge Sat 02-Aug-08 21:24:39

They're good for duvets and pillows but not so good for clothes.

They tear easily as well.

onepieceoflollipop Sat 02-Aug-08 21:25:14

Trouble is expat (ime anyway) is that if you spend £18 on two from Lakeland, you kind of expect a bit more than glorified binbags (cos that is what they are really)

expatinscotland Sat 02-Aug-08 21:45:56

well, i did, onepiece.

but had to admit to being had.

sad

onepieceoflollipop Sat 02-Aug-08 21:51:10

We still have one of our 2 bags remaining - stuffed full of duvet in the loft. I shriek at dh when he goes in the loft - I just know that it is waiting to pop if we nudge/bump into it!

Generally impressed with other Lakeland stuff, but this was a lame duck (or whatever the phrase is)

expatinscotland Sat 02-Aug-08 21:54:33

lakeland's website now allows for customer reviews.

i'd write one in, onepiece.

i check them now whenever i want to buy stuff from there.

onepieceoflollipop Sat 02-Aug-08 21:56:12

Thanks for that tip expat.

I look at that bag and think "that cost £9 that did" and it makes me a bit angry

(but I don't lost sleep over it! wink)

expatinscotland Sat 02-Aug-08 22:00:19

i bought cheap cotton laundry bags in £Stretcher and put cedar balls in them and store the duvets in there so they can breathe.

onepieceoflollipop Sat 02-Aug-08 22:02:06

You are full of good ideas.

tbh I did wonder if they might get a bit damp in all that sweaty plastic. You are meant to open the bags and shake the stuff about a bit every 6 months or so, then reinflate. I can barely look at the bag as I know it is waiting to puncture itself.

pamplemousse Sat 02-Aug-08 22:03:17

I thought I had reject ones but am relieved to hear that others are reinflating themselves willy nilly.
They do tear very easily, particularly when applying 'firm' pressure with that stupid plastic thing for sealing them.
I had such high hope for tiny bags of flat clothes being stacked on top of my wardrobe.

expatinscotland Sat 02-Aug-08 22:05:05

it can damage a non-synthetic duvet, one, if it's not able to breathe.

the cheapo laundry bag is the way to go with cedar or lavendar balls tossed in so beasties aren't attracted.

then air them out every quarter or so on the line.

i have to have our heavy ones laundered because they won't fit in the machine here. make sure you launder them before storing as that makes them less attractive to beasties.

then air them before putting the cover back on.

SimpleAsABC Sat 02-Aug-08 22:07:12

If the lo wasn't sleeping i'd go and take a photo of his bag like this!

Was stuffed to the brim and has reduced massively... Now have no where to put the damn thing tho!

onepieceoflollipop Sat 02-Aug-08 22:08:16

rofl at "reinflating themselves willy nilly"

Pre-dcs most of us would have been out partying on a Saturday night, but here we all are exchangine very interesting tips about duvet storage. grin

I like to launder ours at the launderette expat when it is a boiling hot day, then dry them thoroughly on the line before storing. They are still fresh and white when I get them out of storage, but as you say best to air them before putting the cover on.

princessglitter Sat 02-Aug-08 22:11:01

Mine burst. None too impressed...

expatinscotland Sat 02-Aug-08 22:11:25

if you have a feather one, it's actually better to finish it off in a tumble dryer and it really gets the air going inside the sewn pockets, which is great for a down duvet.

and then give it a good air before using it again - it's quite airy here so i just pick a nice windy day.

the girls' winter duvets are synthetic and far less hassle, but i love our down one. have had it for over a decade and it's going strong. it's been well looked after.

nah, i wouldn't want my old Saturday nights pre-moving here, DH and kids for any amount of money.

don't remember a lot of 'em .

suedonim Sat 02-Aug-08 22:21:59

I've been lured in by the claims for these bags and, as others found, they reinflate themselves. I've also used the travel ones and the stresses of cases being chucked about on/off planes meant they tore or were otherwise unusable a second time. However, hope still wins over experience and I've just bought an M&S version, to see if that's any better. grin

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