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Monday, March 14, 2011

Can someone teach me to do laundry?

Considering the amount of laundry I do, I really ought to know how to get things clean.   But I think there is some  kind of special education that I’m missing.   Clothes get stained on a regular basis over here.  Lucky I have a few tricks up my sleeve.

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I added some big fat lace on the edges of this  Target sweater.  

Cute, right?  I get compliments on it every time I wear it.  It’s unique.  It was easy.  It makes me feel like “Fancy Nancy”.

Cue: blue circle stain on the left, right next to the pretty lace.

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I ripped up some scraps from a pretty maternity shirt that had frayed and was un-donatable.  The upside down “V” shape covers the stain, and the fabric flower is attatched with a pin back.    Honestly, I’m not sure this is going to get worn…the fabric flower is a little much for me, but I wasn’t ready to throw the sweater away yet.

 

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Subject #2:  Kaylee’s thrift store dress

I got this Children’s Place dress for about $2 at the Salvation Army on Black Friday.  My neighbor and I wanted to go out shopping, but couldn’t stomach the mass hysteria at the malls, so we went to the Salvation Army.  Everything was half off for Black Friday!

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It was in perfect condition, but of course that didn’t last long.   It looks like chocolate down the front of her dress.  I thought chocolate would just come out in the wash.   I’m wrong, huh?

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I found a long ribbon and rolled it up into a flower sort of thing and then hand sewed it onto the front of the dress.  

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Anyone have laundry tricks that I should know?

I wash all the kids clothes together and the adult clothes together.   I don’t separate out any colors or any fabrics….it all gets lumped in together.  I’d like to say this works for me, but uh…it doesn’t really.

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5 comments:

Suzie said...

Ha I love your blog! I only wish I had an ounce of your creativity :-)

Neabear said...

I always separate my colors into darks, lights and whites. The whites I include bleach. I also put towels in with the whites regardless of the color. Sometimes towels I do separately, but usually don't have a big enough load for that.

But recently I have started using Oxi Clean instead of bleach. There is even a Oxi Clean prewash spray. My lab coats are getting dirty all the time and I find that spraying with Oxi Clean and then added a liquid Oxi Clean in with liquid detergent really helps a lot. I was able to get a chocolate stain off one of my husband's shirts using the Oxi Clean prewash spray.

I have a front loader washer so that is why I use liquid detergent designed for front loaders.

Hope that helps!

~Linnea

mom said...

hmm..well I know it saves time to just throw all in together...but I do seperate....whites, darks and lights....add bleach to the whites..and Shout it out to spray on stains...but actually I like the creative alternatives you come up with!!!

Donna said...

I agree with separating whites, colors, darks, and I do a separate towel load..I hate towel lint on my clothes. I use a spray treatment on stains like chocolate, blood, coffee..pretty much anything I don't think will come out with a regular load (mostly based on my experience). I also do a double pre-treatment for really tough stains. I have this old fashioned bar laundry soap with a really weird name (starts with a Z, but I can't remember..but it's at Wegmans) that I'll use first then I'll spray with oxiclean or some equivalent. It's not a perfect system, though..I've ruined my share of clothes and I always turn Phil's undershirts yellow.

carole said...

I'm awful with laundry, too. I mean, I separate lights and darks, and always wash darks on cold. But I still get those grease/food stains on my kids clothes - and sometimes on mine! It's so frustrating! We use Charlies Soap for our detergent - and I think it's helped to a degree, but ....

Felz Naptha is the laundry bar Donna's thinking of. That does work pretty well. But the thing is - those greasy looking stains don't show up until AFTER when you've already put them through the dryer (am I right?). So what do we do? Treat each and every item of clothing?

Best wishes!!

 

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