If you are like me laundry day does not bring a smile.  I have discovered several great tips that help make the chore less of a job.  You can get it done easier and quicker.  That will leave time to enjoy the more delightful things, like a bowl of yummy ice cream with the kids.

How To Wash & Whiten Yellowed Pillows

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2013/02/how-to-wash-whiten-yellowed-pillows.htmlAt first I hesitated doing this post because it teeters precariously close to over-sharingbut the more research I did, and the more I asked around, I realized that pillows that become yellow over time is a pretty common thing! One of the most common reasons why pillows can turn yellow is sweat. Depending on the type of fabric your pillowcase is made from, sweat can seep through the fabric.

One of the most common reasons why pillows can turn yellow is sweat. Even when you’re sleeping your body continues to sweat to keep your body at a comfortable temperature. Depending on the type of fabric your pillowcase is made from, sweat can seep through the fabric. As the sweat dries, it can leave a yellow stain on the pillow. Even if you use pillow COVERS underneath your pillow CASES, the yellowing can still occur.

In the past when the yellowing got really bad, I would simply toss the pillow and buy a new one. But I hated doing that because the pillow was still perfectly good. Recently I came across an old article from Martha Stewart Living that suggested pillows should be WASHED at least twice a year. Wow. I hope I’m not the ONLY one who didn’t know that! I have washed an occasional pillow in the past but usually because something was spilled on it. Not only did this new whole pillow-washing process turn out to be much easier than I anticipated, it worked like a CHARM!  Continue to find out how easy this is….

 

How To Un-Shrink Clothes

http://www.thetoddanderinfavoritefive.com/how-to-un-shrink-clothes/While I recognize this is probably foolish, I didn’t really care until I shrunk my Juicy Couture velour pants.  The most comfortable item I own!  I wept until I found this brilliant solution. It does work, as evidenced by by Juicy sweatpants.

Fill a sink with lukewarm water and add a capful of baby shampoo into the water. (Many tutorials I read said to use CONDITIONER…but this made more sense to me…so this is what I used.)

Let the item soak in the baby shampoo water and gently work it through. This will relax the fibers in the clothing.

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One of the worst things about laundry is knowing what the costs of laundry soap and softener.  Grrrrrrrrrrr .  Well keep reading I have discovered some amazing ways to also save money on the supplies you use for doing laundry.  if you are conscience about chemicals in your home, you can also rest easy with these natural methods.

 Cheaper AND Better! DIY Laundry Detergent

DIY Laundry DetergentIt took me a while to come around to the idea of making my own laundry soap. I tend to be very particular about my laundry detergent. I need it to not fade my colors, smell good, and most importantly clean well…I have never opted for just the cheapest, non-smelling detergent. I love my clothes and was always worried that, by paying for the cheapest detergent possible, I would “get what I paid for”. My favorite detergent was Gain’s “Liquid Apple Mango Tango” with the coordinating fabric softener.

t met my every need, with the exception of the price tag. We always bought the size that says it contains 48 loads for $10.97 and that was just the detergent. The fabric softener was $4.47 for 52 loads. Both lasted us around 3 months based on our 4 loads of laundry a week. That brings the total to around $60-$65 a year. I don’t know about you but I would like to have all the extra money I can get…

I was seriously a huge skeptic when it came to homemade laundry soap but when I realized the price difference, I just had to try it! I did a ton of research and looked up so many varying recipes and then determined what I thought would be best. I tried one smaller batch, thought it was okay but knew there was room for improvement so I went back and did more, yup you guessed it….research! I’m thrilled to say that it was all worth it and I love our homemade laundry detergent. So what do I have to do to entice you to run to the store and get these ingredients? How about I share how much it cost….are you ready? Try approximately $28…A YEAR! That’s based on 6 loads of laundry a week. We normally only do around 4, which means this will last around 18 months!)
Now let’s get started…  Continue reading to see how you can save money and get your laundry cleaner by  making your own laundry dtergent…

 

DIY Fabric Softener | Clean My Space

http://cleanmyspace.com/diy-fabric-softener/Who doesnt love a good DIY cleaning recipe? The good news is, you can make your own, residue-free fabric softener for a few cents! Try making your own for a very few, teeny tiny cents. Ive got two options in case you dont like or cant find white vinegar.

The good news is, you can make your own, residue-free fabric softener for a few cents!

Fabric softener is designed to remove static cling and soften the clothing so that when it comes out of the dryer, clothes are fluffier and softer.  Traditional fabric softener leaves a waxy-like coating on the fibres which is designed to repel static cling.  This also leaves residue behind on the clothing and the innards of the machine, not to mention the strong and sometimes irritating scent it leaves behind.

Don’t sweat it!  Try making your own for a very few, teeny tiny cents.  I’ve got two options in case you don’t like or can’t find white vinegar.

Attention: Fear not, your clothes will NOT smell like vinegar when done.  Add 10 drops of essential oil of your choosing to 1 litre of white vinegar.  That’s is, so simple!  Essential oil usage is optional and won’t affect the scent of your clothing, but it can help with brightening, stain removal or will act as an antibacterial agent.  I am going to add a mixture of lemon and rosemary to mine, but feel free to research the various properties of essential oils and add whichever you wish to your vinegar.  Vinegar on its own will work just fine

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Stay tuned for more great tips.  I am always out looking for ways to make our lives easier.  The Happy Homemaker is definitely your friend when it comes to helping you save money, time and making your life easier.