How To: Rid Shirts of Underarm Stains.

Chris Gardner

Summertime inspires light, airy clothing, and nothing beats a basic fresh, white shirt to feel fun and carefree. But, admit it, with white shirts comes the risk of underarm stains. To deal with basic white t loss, try these tips from Men's Flair. From homemade recipes of borax and baking soda, to the simple science of drying white shirts in the sun and storing them in a light, airy place, some combo bound to work for your gear.

 

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Create Fresh Summer Scented Linens Year Round.

Chris Gardner

I was born in 1982. We ALWAYS had an electric clothes drying machine, and I admit the only times I've used a clothesline to dry my clothes have been outside the United States.

But, I've read the poetry. I know the images. I've seen the commercials. The smell of the sun on your bedsheets is, apparently, an amazing thing. And with THESE tips, apparently even folks like me, can get in on it. All year long.

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Make Your Own Fabric Softener

Lilybee

created on: 08/13/08

 

Some people firmly believe that fabric conditioner is very bad news.  According to the these folks it's full of scary chemicals that don't biodegrade and it's bad for your health. Now, I have no real standpoint on this, I just don't like the way it makes things feel, I like my towels CRUNCHY.

Here's a recipe on how to make your own fabric softener from Wikihow:

You'll need:

  • 1 cup vinegar (white)
  • 1...

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How To Make Wool Dryer Balls.

Chris Gardner

These wool dryer balls are a natural, handmade alternative to chemical fabric softeners or commercial dryer agitation products. They're a clever way to use extra yarn, and are a guaranteed way to keep your laundry habits easy and ethical.

Materials:

•    Wool Yarn:
•    Old Pantyhose or sock
•    Cotton or Acrylic Yarn or String
•    Scissors
•    Small Crochet Hook
•    Measuring Tape
•    Natural scents

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Wanna Hang Out? Clotheslines YAY or NAY?

Lilybee

"There's a whole generation of kids growing up today who think a clothesline is a wrestling move," 
    Dalton McGuinty, Ontario's Premier, (on lifting Ontario's clothesline ban.)

created on: 06/30/08


Clotheslines have a lot going for them, they're free, they make things smell nice, they don't use fossil fuels, you don't have to plumb or plug them in, you don't have to sit in a non-air conditioned laundry room guarding them so no one makes...

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How to Properly Fold a Fitted Sheet

Diy Maven


Okay, I’ll admit it. My folded fitted sheets look more like rectangularly shaped pillows rather than neat squares. Here’s a 4 stage method to help me make folding these confounding pocketed contraptions do-able, which will also make my linen closet look more orderly. The steps, according to BHG, go something like this:

“1. Folding fitted sheets works best on a flat surface, such as a table or bed. Lay the sheet right side down, elasticized corners...

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Free Vintage Laundry Bag Pattern

Diy Maven

Go old school with this vintage laundry bag pattern. Besides being a great place to stash your dirty undies, it would be a perfect way to keep diapers at hand in the nursery.

Materials needed:

  • 3/4 yard printed cotton
  • J. & P. Coats Percale Bias Trim, single fold
  • one coat hanger
  • thread

Directions for cutting:

  • cut one piece of the cotton into 18" x 36"
  • cut two pieces of the cotton...

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Laundry Room Must Have: Fels-Naptha!

Diy Maven


Say ‘Fels-Naptha’ to your mom or grandma and see what kind of reaction you get. It will probably something like, ‘Oh, yes! They used to use that in the olden days on laundry day.’ Why the bar soap isn’t still popular today is a mystery, because it is one of the best–if not THE best–pre-treater/spot removers on the planet. I know this because I picked up a bar at my local grocery store a while back to give it a try.

Using it:
To use Fels-Naptha as...

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Low Cost Ways to Conserve Water at Home.

Chris Gardner

Save money and save the planet with these tips from YahooGreen:

Reduce water use from showers and faucets

  • No cost: Limit shower time to 5 minutes or less.
  • Less than $10: Install an on/off valve between the shower arm and showerhead.
  • $10-$50: Install a low-flow (less than 2 gallons per minute) showerhead. 
  • $20-$50: Insulate all accessible hot-water pipes, especially those within 3 feet of the...

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DIY Clothes Drying Rack.

Chris Gardner

My wife is short, and a high school teacher, so when we find school-appropriate clothes that actually fit, we keep ‘em as far from the dryer as possible. So, tired of having her wardrobe spread all over our living space while drying, I decided it was time for a drying rack. (Our back ‘patio’ has no space for a clothesline.) Problem is, commercially available drying racks may advertise 15 sq. ft of drying space, but that only works if you hang...

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25 Alternative Uses for Fabric-Softener Dryer Sheets

Chris Gardner

created at: 03/28/2013

1. Dusting: used dryer sheets can knock the dust off nearly any surface, including furniture, blinds, car interiors, baseboards/molding. Also works for sawdust and drywall compound.

2. Keep bugs away: Tuck some in your picnic basket or under lawn furniture to repel bees from your juicy flesh and encourage them back to the flowers, where they belong. You can also rub a sheet directly on your bare skin to...

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Would you have multiple laundry rooms?

Diy Maven

In the 80's laundry rooms moved up from basements to first floors. In the 90's they moved from first to second floors to be near bedrooms. Now the trend is to have multiple laundry rooms. And not just two but three. The third servicing walkout basements that lead to pools and guest areas.

So, this is the question, if you had the space and the cash, would you have multiple laundry rooms?

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