Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Reducing Laundry

A smaller laundry pile is something we all hope for! Especially those of us with large families. But there is a way to do it by following these steps:

~Hang towels to dry after each use. A towel is still usable a second and third time if permitted to hang and dry properly.
~Instead of placing lightly worn garments in the hamper, spot-clean them and permit them to dry.
~Protect your clothing by wearing T-shirts, dress shields, camisoles, or slips under shirts, blouses, and dresses.
~Protect your clothing with an apron or smock when you clean and cook.
~Use good bed manners to save laundering of bed linens and blankets. Wash your face and hands before going to bed. And make your bed in a traditional way.
~Teach your children to wear a shirt or pair of pants more than once, if they are still visibly clean and smell fresh.

Cheryl Mendelson offers some other ways for caring for your laundry and home in the book Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House.

As you can see along the right bar of the blog, I have added a store where you can purchase your ingredients for homemade laundry soap. Scroll to the bottom of this page, and you can find the recipe. I also have a laundry article in that breaks down the savings. If you decide to give it a try, make sure your clothes don't begin to gray. If so, you may not be using enough soap in your wash.

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