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September 26th, 2014

Tops of two-piece outfits are usually the first to go to the cleaners, mostly due to odors and sweat stains. But sending tops and bottoms out separately can cause a disparity in the fabric, says Johnson. The item that’s more frequently dry-cleaned can become lighter in color than its mate. Always dry-clean both pieces together to keep […]

How to Sew a Button Easily

September 12th, 2014

We all have that one favorite shirt or jacket that is missing a button in our closet. Here’s how to remedy that situation and fix it without having to pay someone else. 1. Take twelve inches of thread, knotted securely at one end, and thread your needle. Make a single stitch in the shirt in […]

Eco-friendly Laundry Tips

September 5th, 2014

Small changes can add up over time. When you wash clothes, be energy smart with these laundry tips: Wash full loads. It saves water, energy and time. Pay attention to the amount of detergent you use. Too much detergent reduces a washer’s efficiency and dumps more pollutants into local ecosystems. Always read and follow the directions on […]

Your Measuring Cups Are Wrong

August 28th, 2014

Consumer Reports has found in its tests that liquid detergent measuring cups are often impossible to read, leading to overdosing of detergents, which itself can leave detergent residues that make your clothes look dingy. They suggest marking the fill line with a permanent marker so it’s easy to see. And when it comes to actual […]

Laundry Detergent Tips

August 20th, 2014

Before you add your clothes, add your detergent, allowing it to dissolve in the water fully before adding your clothes. Your soap will work more effectively and, if you’re using powdered laundry detergent, there’s less of a chance for powdery residue on your favorite black jeans.

Wash Clothes In Cold Water To Save Energy

August 13th, 2014

Heating water to do laundry is one of the largest users of energy in a typical home. So, switch to washing in cold water – it gets clothes just as clean as hot water, while using less energy and money. Energy Star states that almost 90% of the energy consumed by a washing machine goes […]

How To Remove Ink Stains

August 7th, 2014

Iodine is great for treating kids’ scrapes and cuts, but if it gets on clothes, the stains can be severe. Iodine is a dye, so you need to get to it quick and follow these steps to remove the stain. How to remove iodine stains from clothing Start by immediately flushing the stain in plenty […]

How to Make White Socks White Again

July 30th, 2014

If I didn’t know better I’d think my boys run around school all day without shoes. Every day I send them off with pristine white socks and every afternoon they come skidding through the door with socks that look like they’ve been through a war zone. Encrusted with dirt, sand, leaves and grass, they’re stiff […]

How to Cut Your Laundry Time in Half

July 23rd, 2014

With piles and piles of clothes to sort, soak, wash, hang and iron, a mum’s laundry is never done. It seems that as soon as it’s finished you need to start again. So when Shannon Lush, co-author of Speed Cleaning (ABC Books) promised to cut our laundry time in half, we let out an almighty […]

When To Wash It Laundry Guide

July 17th, 2014

Putting clothes in the washing machine too often can actually lessen the lifespan of your clothes — all that agitation breaks down the fibers and wears things out. But if excessive washing can ruin your clothes, then exactly how often should you wash bras, jeans, towels and other household items? Kidspot has put together this […]

5 Reasons to Line Dry Your Washing

July 9th, 2014

We have gadgets for all manner of domestic chores – imagine life without a vacuum cleaner, dishwasher or washing machine? But while labour-saving gizmos have made our lives invariably easier, there is one chore that is still worth doing the old-fashioned way – hanging out the washing. Here’s 5 great reasons to ditch the clothes dryer, […]

Removing Grass Stains From Clothes

June 25th, 2014

Grass stains will come out with prompt laundering and stain treatment. Some other techniques to remove grass stains include: Rubbing alcohol – or methylated spirits or white spirits – can be a quick no-wash treatment for a grass stain, though such stain treatments can “bleed” the colours of the fabric, so it’s worth trying using […]

Tips for Easier Laundromat Trips

June 18th, 2014

There are ways to make trips to the laundromat or public laundry room easier and even less costly. 1. Sort Your Laundry At Home If you sort your laundry at home, you’ll save time and have more work space than at the laundromat. Use pillowcases or different colored laundry bags for whites and dark clothes. […]

Remove the sweat stains

June 11th, 2014

It’s hard not to sweat the second you step out in California’s hot heat. If your shirts are marked with sweat stains that won’t disappear after a regular machine wash then put these tricks to the test. Baking soda Create a stain-removing paste by mixing ¼ cups of warm water with four tablespoons of baking […]

An Ink Stain Removing Combo

June 4th, 2014

Who would have thought that the humble hand sanitize and a spritz of hairspray would be kryptonite to ink stains. Apply hand sanitize and hairspray to the stained area and leave it for 10 minutes. The ink will bleed out; wash as normal. credit: homeheaven  

Cut Dryer Sheets in Half and Reuse

May 28th, 2014

Dryer sheets do a pretty good job of reducing static cling on items in the dryer, plus they can add a bit of freshness to the smell of clothes and other articles. Still, the cost of these sheets adds up. For “name brand” sheets, you’re going to be paying about five cents per sheet. For […]

Best Laundry Detergents

May 22nd, 2014

Good Housekeeping took 74 formulas — 49 liquids, 19 powders, and six single-use tabs — for a spin to see how well they removed 20 common stains (oil, coffee, mascara…) from polyester and cotton to decided which are the best laundry detergents. Surprise: Powders packed the most power. For even better results on laundry day, […]

Speed up your drying time

May 1st, 2014

To speed up your laundry’s drying time, place a dry towel along with your wet clothing in the dryer. The towel will help absorb water. Just pull it out after about 15 minutes so it doesn’t continue to contribute to the water in the machine. credit: homeheaven

Earth Day Laundry Tips

April 22nd, 2014

The sun and wind are very effective at drying clothes throughout the year (it even works in the winter, unless we hit long periods of below-freezing temperatures or snow and rain), and when drying clothes outside wasn’t an option, we used clothes racks to dry them inside. We didn’t ever buy or build a clothes […]

Get Cleaner Laundry!

April 17th, 2014

Add about 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar to the last rinse. The acid in white distilled vinegar is too mild to harm fabrics, yet strong enough to dissolve the alkalies in soaps and detergents. Besides removing soap, white distilled vinegar prevents yellowing, acts as a fabric softener and static cling reducer, and attacks mold and […]

Mark your Measuring Cup

April 3rd, 2014

Consumer Reports has found in its tests that liquid detergent caps are often impossible to read, leading to overdosing of detergents, which itself can leave detergent residues that make your clothes look dingy. They suggest marking the fill line with a permanent marker so it’s easy to see. And when it comes to actual amounts, […]

Learn How to Sort

March 26th, 2014

You thought it was just about whites, darks, and delicates, but your clothes will wind up much cleaner if you separate them not just by color, but also by fabric type and water temperature. Green recommends you make five separate piles for colors: whites (entirely white), light colors that include striped whites, darks (blacks, blues, […]