If you're not lucky enough to have a dedicated laundry room, and your washer and dryer share a home with your office, hallway, or another space, try concealing them with a curtain. A curtain can add a bit of color and pattern and will instantly neaten up the space, letting other focal points take center stage. If you have a front-opening washer, you can even set a shelf on top of it, creating a surface for much prettier furnishings and accessories. You can do the same to hide your dishwasher or dated kitchen cabinets, too. Abracadabra!
My eyes are always peeled for alternatives to chemical cleaning solutions. So, when I came across a DIY for making dryer balls from wool yarn rather than the blue plastic PVC alternative, I had to share. If you've got some spare yarn in the house, you'll likely have all the ingredients necessary to rid your garb of static cling, so check it out!
- 100 percent wool yarn (use scraps!)
- Old pantyhose or a sock
- Cotton or acrylic yarn, or string
- Small crochet hook
- Measuring tape
To learn the steps, read more
Ask the Decorator online home-improvement and decorating show host Meghan Carter interviewed Alan Jesseman, the creative director at Anichini, to learn the right way to wash your sheets. He offered some expert tips on the task, some of which may make you realize you've been doing it all wrong! I've summarized a few for you:
- Sheets should always be washed; you don't want dry-cleaning chemicals close to your body.
- Use a mild detergent or soap, something that doesn't have any whiteners or brighteners, and something that has minimal fragrance or colorings to it.
- Test oxygen bleaches on a corner before using to make sure it won't take the color out.
There's more where these came from and a video of the interview, so read more
We've all gotten better about ditching plastic bags and using CFLs, but there are plenty of other simple ways to be "green" and save money that we often overlook. One of these is to make a habit of only running full loads of dishes in your dishwasher and full loads of laundry in your washer and dryer. This is particularly true for your dishwasher, because most dishwashers don't have a "small" option. It'll save water, money, and energy, not to mention detergent. Stay tuned for more energy saving tips!
If you leave your clothes in the dryer after the cycle has ended, your clothes will wrinkle. Since you probably don't want to sit around and watch that pot boil, and most dryers aren't equipped with a loud siren to let you know when the time's up, wrinkles are kind of inevitable. To smooth out the wrinkles, throw a slightly damp, white towel in your dryer with your clothes. Then, turn the dryer back on for 20 minutes. The wrinkles should disappear. How about that for a magic trick? It's too bad this trick doesn't work for your skin . . . Oil of Olay would totally be out of business.
Instead of buying a box of disposable dryer sheets, make your own! Just take an old kitchen towel and soak it with liquid fabric softener. Wring it out, let it dry, then throw it in with your laundry the next time you dry some clothing. This "fabric sheet" will be good for at least 40 loads of wash!
To help dry your clothes quicker, and to make your laundry fluffier, throw a couple of tennis balls in with your drying clothes. The balls will create air pockets in the dryer, which will speed up the drying process and fluff up your drying garments.
After a day of playing out in the snow, you're bound to come in soggy from the snow. And no one wants to slip on wet boots or gloves the next day.
The solution? The Winter Gear Dryer from Frontgate.
Use it to dry your boots, hats, mittens, gloves, socks, or helmet. It even includes boot extensions for knee-high boots. Now your gear will be dry and ready for you to use the next day. Not to mention that getting rid of the moisture will keep your boots from smelling.
You can even use it to warm up your gear. How nice would it be to slip on a pair of toasty warm boots and mittens before heading out into the bitter cold?
If you live in a place where it rains or snows in the winter, $94.50 seems like a small price to pay.