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Reader Question: Laundry

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice, Reader Question

18892590_SMy laundry smells less than fresh. Why?

Smells in your washer and dryer can be transferred onto the clothes that you are washing. You can get rid of those odors and keep your laundry smelling clean and fresh by following these tips:

Use hot water – hot water kills those odor causing bacteria. While you may be washing most of your clothes in cold water to save money, you should wash at least 2 loads a month in a hot cycle.

Don’t use fabric softener in the washing machine – although fabric softener will make your clothes smell good in the short run, over time it can build up in your machine. The residue from fabric softener is a breeding ground for mildew.

Let your washing machine air dry – if you are not going to use your washing machine for a day or two, keep the door open. Even though your machine might be empty of wet clothes, there is still a significant chance that there is water under the basin. By keeping the door open you let the basin air dry and stay free of musty and mildew odors.

Clean your washer – that’s right, you have to clean it. Once a month run an empty machine on a hot cycle using two cups of vinegar. This will kill any bacteria that have been developing.

Clean the lint trap on your dryer – after every load remove lint from the lint trap. Once a month clean the lint trap in hot, soapy water. Use the hose on your vacuum to clean any lint that may remain in the dryer. Excess lint can become damp and cause yucky smells.

Wipe down the inside of your dryer – mix one cup of bleach with a gallon of hot water. Using a clean cloth, gently wipe down the inside of your dryer.

Use vinegar – dampen a few towels with vinegar and run them in the dryer. This will eliminate any nasty odors that are starting to develop.

Household Tasks: Ironing

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Hints and Advice, Tips

5470803_SAmong the common household tasks and chores, ironing is perhaps the most dreaded. With many fabrics today being designed to be anti-wrinkle, there is a lot less ironing to be done. This doesn’t mean we can escape ironing all together, at least not most of us.

For the most part gone are the days where sheets required ironing to lay flat and feel smooth. Linen napkins and sheets are still best if ironed as they wrinkle so much out of the wash. Line drying linen sheets will not only prevent major wrinkles but make them smell fresh as well. A quick tumble in the dryer can help release wrinkles and soften linens so the task of ironing is easier to tackle.

If you do have ironing to be done, where you do it can influence how you feel about it.  Keeping the ironing board in the basement laundry room will make ironing feel like more of a chore. There is no reason that the ironing board needs to be set up at all times. Watching television while ironing is a great way to make this task go by more quickly and be more pleasurable.

Some laundry rooms have built-in ironing boards. If this is where you do your ironing, make the laundry room more enjoyable by decorating it. An area rug will warm up cold tile or wood floors. Colorful walls, appliances and accessories can all work to liven up the laundry room, and might even help make ironing more fun.

The Mountain of Laundry

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Family

How often have you used or heard the phrase: “mountain of laundry”? This is how most of us feel when faced with the daunting challenge of keeping up with our family’s laundry. It is a mountain to be climbed and tackled. How can we get ahead of the laundry and turn the mountain back into a mole hill?

Having a pretty laundry room can be a starting place. A room that we want to spend time in, instead of dashing in and out, is a good place to begin. Paint the walls a happy color. Put in pretty flooring that can stand up to the traffic and is appropriate for the room. If your laundry room is in the basement, consult with your flooring professional about the best flooring for the space if it is below grade. Cabinets and shelves can make storing laundry detergents and bleaches more organized and pretty.

Before the laundry even makes it to the floor of the laundry room, create pathways that sort the laundry as it is collected.  We all have someone in our family that has more dirty laundry on the floor than in the hamper. Have a system for sorting laundry into colors, whites and darks in the bedroom so that you don’t have to sort it as you wash it.  Three separate hampers or a large hamper divided in three can make this task easier. Create rewards for kids who sort their laundry into their hampers to save mom the extra work.