How to Properly Fold a Fitted Sheet

by DIY Maven

How to Properly Fold a Fitted Sheet

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

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Free Vintage Laundry Bag Pattern

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"

Directions of assembly:

Head on...

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Make a DIY Plastic Bag Dryer.

by Chris Gardner

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, for a...

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Laundry Room Must Have: Fels-Naptha!

by DIY Maven

Laundry Room Must Have: Fels-Naptha!

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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The Body Dryer

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The Body Dryer

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 conditions...

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