BEHIND THE SCENES
The Tao of Laundry
Laundry can be quite the hassle in our home. With three adults and eight children we make a lot of laundry. We all work together. I sort and run loads. I hang dry the items that need to be hung to dry. My mom helps me hang and fold. The kids also help fold and put away laundry. It can be kind of fun working together. If you don't quite love laundry day, here are some tips that will lighten your work load.
The Way We Wash Liquid dish soap works well (and often better) than pretreatment sprays. A lot of times I'll try that and if it doesn't do the trick then I'll call in the big dog. I like Spray-n-Wash's spray with Resolve in it. Hydrogen Peroxide works wonders on blood stains! Even on the carpet. Speaking of carpets...I have little ones who are good at getting Silly Putty on carpets and clothes. Alcohol will dry it up so that you can crumble it up and get it out. If you've washed a stained garment, examine it before you toss it in the dryer. The heat will set the stain in. If the stain is there treat it again and wash. Separate clothes by fabric type (and by color) before you wash. Heavyweight jeans and silk blouses don't wash well together. Add a quarter cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle for a wonderfully natural and inexpensive fabric softener and to also reduce lint. We've been doing that for years. (And you'll be happy to know that the clothes don't smell like vinegar after drying.) Turn silk screened shirts inside out to reduce wear and tear on the designs.
In the Dryer Straighten out wadded up clothes before tossing them in. Give it a few snaps even to prevent as many wrinkles. Just as you should wash like fabrics together, you should dry like fabrics together also. Drying two loads back to back is more efficient than drying them at different times because the dryer only needs to heat up once. Clothes will fade less if you dry them inside out. Throw in a large fluffy towel to absorb extra moisture and reduce drying time when drying heavy items such as blue jeans, rugs, and blankets. Reduce static cling by removing items from the dryer before they are bone dry.
The author, Susan Waggoner, also gives wonderful tips on drying outside and ironing! But I'll close with a few of her twelve good reasons to line dry.
* Clothes last longer. Those gobs of lint you pull out of the dryer filter are actually bits of your clothes, fluffed and shredded from continuous rubbing together.
* Say goodbye to shrinkage and set-for-life stains.
* Sunlight has a gentle, natural bleaching effect.
See my post on how we dry laundry HERE.
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* photos courtesy of Country Living