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.
I recently revamped my laundry/craft room and one of the projects that did for this room came straight from an inspirational post I recently found on Curbly posted by Sarah from the blog Sarah Wandering. Sarah beautifully hand painted an interlocking floor mat and I couldn't help but be inspired to run out and get my own mat to paint. With Sarah's inspiration, I took the project in a slightly different direction and I spray painted...
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.
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.
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 clever
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...
We have a friend who loans out her pressure washer like it's a garden hose. Not so fast! Besides damaging decks, siding, brick or driveways, a wayward jet stream across a leg can cause serious, if not permanent, injury. According to Mary Pat McKay of the American College of Emergency Physicians,
As we speak, a very large damp coverlet is draped over my banister. If I had a clothesline, it would be hanging outside, of course. But not only do I not have an outdoor clothesline, I don't have an indoor one either. Although, my coverlet wouldn't fit on this wall-mounted indoor clothes line, my unmentionables certainly would. If you have an unused corner somewhere in your diggs, you just might want to make one. Here's the supply list:
Once you've bypassed the fragrances and concentrated sudsing, what's left to show for it? You have clean clothes, but no good smellum. Instead of dumping in your own essential oils, which was my first thought, better order some eco friendly aromatherapy laundry soap from Etsy's LotusSoap. For a mere $3.50, you can try a sample pack of just about any fragrance you can imagine.
Bored at the the laundramat waiting for your undies to dry? Try biding your time with some strategic folding to create expressive faces and profiles to entertain your fellow laundry doers. Crooked Brains blog has
If you haven't given up drier sheets yet, you really should. (They're icky...for a lot of reasons that I won't go into here.) The best kind of fabric softener to use is the liquid kind, and this formula from Recipezaar is not only environmentally friendly it's CHEAP! All it takes is.......
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.
A vintage chair + an Orla Kiely laundry bag= adorable chair makeover!
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A trip to World Market or Pier One and you can't help but get inspired by the gorgeous placemats they stock. Cut and finished pieces made from vibrant fabrics, and oh, the many ways to use them! Over on Dollar Store Crafts I found this makeup brush roll made from a sequined placemat with straight stitching and grosgrain ribbon. See more ideas of things to make using placemats