Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Laundry in my Home

Its Works For Me Wednesday again and I thought I'd share a few laundry tips that work for me.

1. I am always utilizing the air conditioning/heat vents in my house for drying laundry. I often put my drying rack over a vent. If I wash any shoes I just put each one upside down on top of two different vents and the next day they are dry.

This week I washed my black dress pants and black blazer on the delicate cycle, hung them on hangers and in order to expedite their drying I hung them on the end of the ironing board, you guessed it, over a vent.

Our heat has been running at night so these clothes dried pretty quickly. Heck, here in North Carolina the heat was running one night and the air conditioning the next day. So, there's usually some kind of air coming out of there. Why not make more use of those energy dollars?

2. My ironing board is up all the time in my little sewing room which is located right beside the laundry room. I don't always get it done, but its really convenient to iron hubby's shirts straight out of the dryer. My iron is usually on for sewing purposes all day on Saturday anyway.

3. I recently set up a drying rack in our bedroom. This is a picture of the drying rack and laundry basket located in an out of the way place outside the door of our bathroom. The bathroom we use is very small and we don't have too many towel racks. Since there are three of us using this bathroom on a regular basis, hanging the towels over the shower rod to dry gets complicated. Who ever is taking the next shower might not be the person who wants to reuse those towels. So I have started hanging mine and hubby's towels on the drying rack. Its also nice to hang some laundry on to save electricity, especially if its something that doesn't really need to go in the dryer. I hung several pairs of black trouser socks on there this week that were washed with the above pants and blazer.

4. I learned from experience to always wash whites/lights that are going to get bleach LAST. That way I don't have to worry about a little tiny speck of bleach that splashed on the side of the washer getting onto an article of colored clothing.

5. I'm still cutting my dryer sheets in half. Honestly, this works and saves a little money. The main thing to me is that I don't have to worry about running out as soon. They last a really long time when you double the number of sheets.

6. I saw on the "A Home With a Smile" blog that Rhonda is making her own fabric softener and I want to try her recipe soon. Here's the post about the recipe. She also did an update here.
7. A lot of our towels are white and this is good because a little bleach in the water occasionally keeps them smelling fresh.

8. I do a few loads of laundry during the week, but to be honest, its less stressful to me to just wait until Saturday to do the majority of it. I don't necessarily like to be pressured to keep the laundry going ALL the time. Also on Saturday if the weather's nice I can hang some of it outside on the line.

9. I almost always stock up Purex Laundry Detergent because its often on sale at a good price and there are usually coupons available to combine with the sale. It just so happens to be on sale this week at Food Lion for Buy One Get One Free and I'm using my last bottle. I hope we have coupons! FH (Frugal Hubby) is checking as I type!

For more Works For Me tips, go to Rocks in My Dryer!


Terri said...

Thank you for sharing. Unfortunately we don't have air vents otherwise, I would be doing the same thing!

Myra said...

Thanks for the tips, esp homemade softener. I will have to try it.

ancient one said...

I've been doing the tear the dryer sheets in half for years...I just wish I could find one that is unscented... I sniff all the boxes at the store and choose the least scented..

Frugal Finds said...

Great tips!!!

Anonymous said...

Debbie, you have a nice efficient system going there! It's so neat and tidy.

I have a little tip that might help. I make my own fabric softener spray. I usually fill a spray bottle with give or take 1 inch of fabric softener. Add water to the rest of the bottle. I use cloths I specifically have for this job. Shake the mix well and spray a few sprays on the cloth. Throw in the dryer. It works well for us and ends up being very frugal! A bottle of fabric softener will last a really long time this way.

These days I'm all for not buying products if I don't have to!

Lindy said...

Good idea of using the drying rack for towels! I'm still in a constant reminder mode to my family to "hang up that towel"!

Lori Harris said...

Our air vents are in the ceiling, but maybe I could rig something where I hook the hangers into the vent up there? That could work... Love you Mama.

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie,
I think it was this time last year you were stocking up for the winter. Are you doing that again and how did it work out last year?


Alexandra said...

Great tips! I have two racks, and a rolling clothes rod in the house now under some vents. it's too cold to go out to the line now.

Debbie J said...

Hi Coleen, It was very helpful last year to stock up for winter. I think this winter it will be even more beneficial due to the economy. I hope to do a post soon about the things I have been stocking up on.

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