Save on Suds: 6 DIY Soap Recipes

By: Craftmel Mar 13, 2012

created at: 03/13/2012

It's an essential part of keeping a tidy and fresh existence: Soap.  Hands, clothes, dishes... they all need something to keep away the grime and germy germs (I have small children; I'm allowed to say germy germs).   If you are anything like me and find yourself cursing money spent on soap and detergents when it could be going toward things that are way more fun than cleaning supplies, then you might appreciate these DIY soap recipes.Continue Reading

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Survey: What Are Your Laundry Habits?

By: Chrisjob Mar 13, 2012

created at: 03/12/2012

This month we're talking about cleaning and organization, so we're doing a few surveys to get an idea of how clean and organized you guys are (or aren't). Last week, we asked about your general cleaning habits and frequency, and today's installment is about that most dreaded of household chores: the laundry.

Read on to cast your vote!   Continue Reading

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Survey: How Often Do You Clean?

By: Bruno Mar 05, 2012

Is this how your dryer's lint trap looks? Take our survey and tell us! 
This month we're talking about cleaning and organization, so we're doing a few surveys to get an idea of how clean and organized you guys are (or aren't). Our first one, today, is about how often you do the little recurring maintenance things that make cleaning such an annoying (and important) chore.

Read on to cast your vote!Continue Reading

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Happy Laundry: Washing Machine Before-and-After

By: Craftmel Feb 28, 2012

created at: 02/28/2012
What? A washing machine makeover?  Most of use wouldn't have the guts to take a paint brush to my washing machine, but if you're doing laundry all the time, it would be better to have a happy, cheerful washing machine than the mismatched doldrums you see pictured above.  And nothing makes me happier than...     Continue Reading

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A Fresh and Clean Scandinavian-Inspired Laundry Room Makeover!

By: Capreek Feb 09, 2012

created at: 02/09/2012

Going along with our basement and sleeping themes today (because you sleep in clothes/pajamas and washers and dryers are often in basements?  I know, it's a stretch...), I thought I'd share this lovely laundry room* makeover from Curbly fave Charles & Hudson!   Continue Reading

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$10 Washer & Dryer Makeover

By: Diy maven Dec 12, 2011

created at: 12/12/2011

It's rare that a washer and dryer go on the fritz at the same time, which is why there are so many miss-matched duos in the world. Brooke has the antidote for such odd couples as well as those old, boring sets too. The prescription isContinue Reading

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How to Turn Washers into Cheap Wall Art

By: Diy maven Oct 19, 2011

Kristy wanted some big cheap art for her studio. Her solution was a 24" x 32" canvas and 6-25 count packs of washers in various sizes. She tired quite a few dry runs, as far as designs were concerned. She nixed the giant scissors, a peace signContinue Reading

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Make It: DIY Dryer Vent Pumpkins

By: Capreek Oct 12, 2011

created at: 10/12/2011

What's that you say?  Pumpkins made from dryer vents??  Yes, indeedy.  Turns out, this unexpected material makes for some pretty fantastic pumpkin-ry!   Continue Reading

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Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets: Free Cheat Sheet Download

By: Bruno Jul 21, 2011

Alternative uses for dryer sheets from Curbly.com

As part of this month's emphasis on thrift, recycling, and creative re-use, we're giving away a series of alternative uses cheat sheets. These are simple, smartly-designed PDFs based on some of our most popular alternative uses blog posts. Print them out and put one on your pantry door, fridge, or in your junk drawer for easy access. 

Today's download: Alternative uses for Dryer Sheets

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The DIY Spirit

By: Conmoderndiy Mar 25, 2011

created at: 03/15/2011

Photo is a reproduction of Anni Albers' original washers necklace taken from the DIY Anni Albers Washer Necklace Kit available here from San Francisco's Museum of Craft and Design.

For me, the DIY spirit boils down to crafting something meaningful out of accessible materials and reconfiguring everyday objects for a different (and perhaps inspiring) use.  Here's two objects of art that typify this spirit:

Artist Anni Albers'sContinue Reading

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New Use for Old Drawers: A Laundry Room Re-Vamp

By: Craftmel Mar 18, 2011

created at: 03/16/2011

We recently moved into a rental condo where, among a bazillion other rules, we can't paint our walls.  Which is unfortunate, because the last tennants "touched up" with flat paint over the existing eggshell finish.  It makes for an interesting pattern on the walls, but I digress.  Our drab laundry room not only was white beyond all sterile imagining, but it had zero shelving or storage.  The solution to our blah laundry room was found in a few castaways.   Continue Reading

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Laundry LIES (and Truths)

By: Diy maven Dec 07, 2010

created at: 12/07/2010

The Queen of Clean! Does she wear a cape made of dryer sheets? Does she leap laundry hampers in a single bound? I have no idea, but she does de-bunks laundry myths faster than a speeding bullet. (The busts are brought to us by Vaska, thus the shout out). So here they are, straight from the Dirt Buster's mouth:

 

If the clothes are really dirty use more detergent.

This is not a good idea; too much detergent doesn’t rinse out, attracts dirt and is hard on the fibers.  Use the recommended amount per load. Continue Reading

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How-To: Make Your Own Bedroom Dress Boys

By: Capreek Dec 02, 2010

created at: 12/02/2010

Okay, show of hands.  Who actually knows what "dress boys" are?  Admittedly, I had never heard of them but apparently they're a 'thing'... and people use them.  Basically, you take an old chair, saw it in half, and attach it to the wall.  Presto!  A new place to drape your clothes.   Continue Reading

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Make a "Check Your Pockets" Laundry Sign

By: Diy maven Aug 26, 2010

I cannot tell you how many times I've washed a tube of Burt's Bees. (Although, the weirdest thing that's ever gone through my washing machine was a t.v. remote, but I digress.) So you can imagine how delighted I was to spot this cute and cleverContinue Reading

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How To Remove a Greasy Stain

By: Modhomeecteacher May 18, 2010

created at: 05/18/2010

PHOTO: ApartmentTherapy

Don't you just love it when you hear about a cheap and easy solution to a common problem? Think about it, a greasy stain can ruin a favorite shirt or pair of pants faster than you can drop a piece of greasy pizza in your lap. But hold on, don't toss it in the Goodwill pile just yet...Continue Reading

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