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Making laundry into exercise

When you're doing laundry you can increase the number of steps you take by taking one item at a time out of the hamper and putting it in the washer. That's a lot of walking back and forth especially if you move the hamper further away from the washer. If you are unbundling socks or checking pockets and haven't finished by the time you reach the washer, walk around in front of it until you're ready to put the item in the machine.

- Submitted by MATHMAGICIAN 3/9/2013 in Around The House | 1 Comment
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Use a clothes line

I've gone back to the old fashioned method of drying laundry.
I use an umbrella clothes line and clothes pins. This doesn't work for everyone who doesn't live in warm climates but even if you switch to it only when weather permits it will help.
Also it saves energy and is good for the environment!

- Submitted by FITSUNE 10/9/2011 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Laundry detergent trick!

I have a great trick to save money while getting your clothes clean: You use 1/2 of what the detergent says to use. I know a lot of people do this but it really does work and it gets your clothes just as clean!

- Submitted by SUNSHINE192DAY 7/16/2011 in Saving Money | 3 Comments
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Clean your dryer lint trap with a used fabric softener sheet.

After drying your laundry, you should always empty the lint trap. Yet when you do, it tends to fly everywhere. Take a used fabric softener sheet out of the laundry and use that to collect the lint. The anti-static properties will keep it from flying everywhere and the fibers help grab all of it in one swipe.

- Submitted by 1STATEOFDENIAL 7/10/2011 in Around The House | 1 Comment
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Stretch your laundry detergent!

Laundry detergent usually says "Fill cap to line 1," but it's impossible to see line 1, so we just fill up the cap, right? This uses 4x as much soap as you need! Take a permanent marker and mark line 1 inside the cap (you'll need a bright light to find it). Only fill to that line -- even for extra-large loads. Your clothes will get just as clean, and you'll save tons of money!

- Submitted by SNOWMENTALITY 6/28/2011 in Around The House | 4 Comments
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Fluffed laundry

To fluff up jackets you have just laundered put 2 or 3 tennis balls in the dryer with them,helps them dry faster too. Also works on pillows and other items you want fluffed.

- Submitted by KBUCKMASH 5/9/2011 in Around The House | 2 Comments
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Fabric softener substitute

did you know you could use plain vinegar rather than fabric softener & save tons? your clothes don't smell like vinegar when done either. Just use in your fabric softener dispenser or Downey ball. Also if you place a couple of crumpled up balls of aluminum foil in your dryer with your load of clothes you remove the static cling- basic science & it really works! emoticon

- Submitted by BETTYK44 4/17/2011 in Saving Money | 6 Comments
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Clothes Hanger Round-up

Got hangers lying tangled waiting for a laundry-day explosion? I had one of my fella's install a towel bar (cheap) UPSIDE DOWN under the cabinet over the dryer. I collect emply hangers and hang them here neatly until needed. emoticon

- Submitted by DANILOTT 3/19/2011 in Everything Else | 1 Comment
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Murphy's Oil as stain remover

I learned this one from my sister (who was a kindergarten teacher). If a clothing stain has an oiliness to it (examples: tomatoes, oil based salad dressing), gently rub some Murphy's oil over the stain, then launder as usual. Do NOT put this article in the dryer...let it air dry. That way, if the stain needs another round of Murphy's oil (it rarely does by the way!), the dryers' heat won't have heat-set the stain.
This product has saved many an article of clothing at my house over the years!

- Submitted by AZURELITE 2/5/2011 in Product Reviews | 4 Comments
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Laundry $$

Put two used dryer fabric softener sheets in one load of laundry, it works as well as one new sheet. A box of fabric softener sheets will last twice as long.

- Submitted by LINA742 1/27/2011 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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Sort laundry as you go

I have color coded pop-up laundry hampers for my kids clothing. A red one for reds (& pinks), black for dark colors, and white for whites (and towels). Saves time on laundry day because everything is already sorted! Just grab the hampers and go.

- Submitted by TRANSFORMWE 1/2/2011 in Organization | 3 Comments
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Cleanest loads of laundry

Add a cup of Baking Soda to you washing machine when doing laundry. This will really get the dirt out & actually makes your clothes softer.

Also add Vinegar to the Downey ball instead of liquid fabric softener. This rinses your clothes clean and is a natural fabric softener for the dryer.

Two VERY cheap alternatives that really work! Oh, and because of the Vinegar, if you forget your load of laundry in the machine all day...you won't get that mildew smell. That's a bonus!

- Submitted by WATCHMELOSE100 9/4/2010 in Around The House | 6 Comments
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Exercise clothing laundry

Wash specialty exercise clothing with a baby detergent such as Dreft or Ivory Snow. They are formulated to rinse away thoroughly & leave clothes almost residue free. Also, don't use softener sheets if you dry them. These steps will make them last longer & retain ability to wick away moisture.

- Submitted by DRAGONPEARL 8/7/2010 in Around The House | 2 Comments
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Laundry

I include a bag when doing laundry. If something is stained too badly, I toss it. If it doesn't fit or I'm not crazy about it, it's in the bag to donate. I don't have to put away anything but what I keep. It saves going through clothes another time.

- Submitted by KEENTINA 8/3/2010 in Organization | 1 Comment
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Getting kitchen linens clean

I soak kitchen linens [towels, rags, cloths] overnight in my washer. Regular detergent + Borax + non-chlorine bleach. Gets out grease, coffee/wine/berry stains, general kitchen yuck. If ya wanna be healthy, ya gotta cook. This means kitchen mess. Clean kitchen linens = a more cheerful cook!

- Submitted by SCRIPTDUCK 7/29/2010 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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Double your money on dryer sheets

I read somewhere that when you use half as much of anything, you're earning 50% on your money. No bank accounts pay that kind of interest! So I tear my dryer sheets in half when I do laundry and get two loads out of each. Our clothes are just as soft and smell just as good.

- Submitted by HLANGLOYS 7/9/2010 in Saving Money | 7 Comments
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Incidental Fitness

We just got a puppy, and he gets walked at least 5-6 times a day. That adds up, as does running up and down the stairs doing laundry, parking a distance from your destination and walking, and running to all the bathrooms because you're drinking your water! Never give up, it all counts emoticon

- Submitted by PRAYDANCRUNLOVE 6/29/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Sock Sorting

To save time on matching socks from laundry, first make sure mates go in laundry together by folding their cuffs together. Then when I put them in the washer, I un-cuff them and hook them with a clothespin. Once they come out of dryer, they are already matched. emoticon

- Submitted by KRISPYKRITTER1 6/23/2010 in Around The House | 1 Comment
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There's Nothing Like Clean, Fresh Workout Clothes!

After you work out, wash your sports bra in the bathroom sink and drape it over a towel to dry. The next day, you'll see it hanging there all fresh and clean, and you'll be motivated to put it on and work out again!

- Submitted by TURBO-GIRL 6/16/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Laundry Mayhem

We put shelves in my laundry room. I bought 6 baskets & labeled w/our names. Every morn/eve I put a load of laundry in the washer. What's in the washer goes in the dryer. What's in the dryer comes out & gets sorted into the right basket. When someones basket is full, they have to put it away!

- Submitted by SUZMOMOF3 5/18/2010 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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My Laundry Soap and Softener Recipe

My all natural, money saving, laundry detergent recipe: 1/4 Castille soap, 1/4 cup Washing soda, 1/4 Borax. In a very dirty load, I also put 1/4 cup OxyClean.
Fabric Softener: 1/2 cup of White vinegar with a few drops of lavendar essential oil added.

- Submitted by BUDRFLY31 5/14/2010 in Around The House | 2 Comments
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New Clothes - Wash With Vinegar to Set The Dye

I love bright colors & black clothes, but I don't like seeing them fade and get dull. What I do is on the first wash, I put the new garment in the washer with 1 cup of white vinegar. This sets the dye and prevents fading. You can but don't have to use detergent--it's all about setting the dye.

- Submitted by SAVANNAHJESSICA 5/5/2010 in Around The House | 6 Comments
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Dryer Sheets - Cut them in HALF or Not at All for Bath Towels

Dryer sheets are chemicals that melt in the heat of the dryer that then coat your laundry. Use half or none at all for your bath towels and wash cloths, etc. This coating is what makes your towels less absorbent. This goes for liquid fabric softener, too!

- Submitted by SAVANNAHJESSICA 5/3/2010 in Around The House | 5 Comments
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Laundry Sorter Secret

Fold laundry directly from the line, and sort it too.

- Submitted by URBANLOTUS 4/26/2010 in Around The House | 5 Comments
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Laundry smelling of Mildew?

Add a cup of regular vinegar to your laundry when you throw your towels in your washing machine. It zaps the mildew smell out of your towels and leaves behind a fresh scent.

- Submitted by KDLYNB 4/22/2010 in Around The House | 2 Comments
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