Who wouldn’t rather do laundry in a laundry room that looks like this one? What makes it so special? Well, that Robbin’s egg blue is spectacular as are all the cool storage ideas that keep everything in its place. Julie Edwards at Home Improvement tells us how to implement these elements and others in our own homes to make laundry day a bit less taxing.
TipNut scores with another excellent household top ten: Using vinegar to make your laundry efforts a bit more successful.
1. Color Brightener.
2. Color Protector.
3. Whiter Whites.
4. Restore Whites.
5. Preserve Linens.
6. Yellowed Items Reviver.
7. Heavy Duty Pre-Soak.
8. Lint Busters.
9. Fabric Softener.
10. Ring Around The Collar Remover.
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:
- 1 cup vinegar (white) … Continue Reading
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.
• Wool Yarn:
• Old Pantyhose or sock
• Cotton or Acrylic Yarn or String
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Here's a clear chart for intepreting and deciphering those cryptic and esoteric little pictures on your fabric tabs... Keep the codebreaking out of the laundry room....well, unless you're inclined to do puzzles while you do the wash, then best of luck! Via.
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,… Continue Reading
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.
- 3/4 yard printed cotton
- J. & P. Coats Percale Bias Trim, single fold
- one coat hanger
Directions for cutting:
- cut one piece of the cotton into 18" x 36"
- cut two pieces of the cotton into 7" x 17… Continue Reading
Okay, so I wasn't yet hip to this phenomenon: spindle-y contraptions allowing one to invert plastic bags (presumably of the ziptop variety) to help dry them after a wash for reuse. Like a dish strainer or a clothesline for sandwhich baggies.
Of course, that $20 price tag always hits where it hurts, especially when it's clear that the materials all came from the unfinished wood section at the craftstore. (the little vase gives it away). So,… Continue Reading
Lifehacker users have compiled a list of creative uses to recycle your disposables, namely those that cannot be recycled in obvious ways. They include old standbys like the CD spindle bagel holder and placing fabric softener sheets in drawers to keep your clothes smelling fresh, but also some clever tips for yogurt containers, wine corks, bum CD-rs, and a link to a great Flickr group entitled, "How Can I Recycle This?"
- CDs/DVDs and their… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Forget your iron? Dissatisfied with the harmful chemicals in commercial products? Then, mix up your own.
- 1 tsp fabric softener
- I cup distilled water.
Add the ingredients to a small spray bottle and mix to combine. Spray and hang.