Make Your Own Fabric Softener

By: Lilybee Aug 13, 2008

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:

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How To Make Wool Dryer Balls.

By: Chrisjob Jul 31, 2008

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
•    Scissors
•    Small Crochet Hook
•    Measuring Tape
•    Natural scents


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Complete Fabric Care: A Chart.

By: Chrisjob Jul 30, 2008

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.


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Wanna Hang Out? Clotheslines YAY or NAY?

By: Lilybee Jun 30, 2008

"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 makesContinue Reading

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How to Properly Fold a Fitted Sheet

By: Diy maven Jun 04, 2008

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 cornersContinue Reading

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Free Vintage Laundry Bag Pattern

By: Diy maven May 16, 2008

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 into 7" x 17 1/2"
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Make a DIY Plastic Bag Dryer.

By: Chrisjob May 14, 2008

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

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Laundry Room Must Have: Fels-Naptha!

By: Diy maven Mar 27, 2008

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 asContinue Reading

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Low Cost Ways to Conserve Water at Home.

By: Chrisjob Mar 24, 2008

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 waterContinue Reading
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DIY Wrinkle-Release Spray.

By: Chrisjob Feb 29, 2008

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.

From, via Lifehacker.

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The Body Dryer

By: Diy maven Jul 31, 2007

The Air Robe Luxury Body Dryer takes the public hand dryer to new heights–literally. Just mount the unit to the ceiling of your bathroom, stand under it soaking wet, use the handy remote control to adjust the dryer’s heat and power to your satisfaction and then let the resulting wind to all the work. The retailer, Ability Answers, suggests that the dryer (£ 389.00 or about 790 U.S.) is the perfect solution for those suffering from skin conditionsContinue Reading

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Bike Pedal Powered Washing Machine

By: Chrisjob Jun 23, 2007

Ride on over to Homeless Dave's website and check out how he built a manual clothes washer out of a bicycle and an actual washing machine.




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DIY Clothes Drying Rack.

By: Chrisjob Jun 21, 2007

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 hangContinue Reading

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25 Alternative Uses for Fabric-Softener Dryer Sheets

By: Chrisjob May 17, 2007

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 toContinue Reading

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Would you have multiple laundry rooms?

By: Diy maven Apr 06, 2007

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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