Free Dryer Balls

Since we live in the U.S. Midwest, we all wear wool socks. When they are too worn to wear, I roll them into sock balls and use them in my dryer, free woolen dryer balls!

Laced Up Basket

I had hoped that my plastic laundry basket would last until the next half-off sale. No such luck. It split right down both sides. I wondered what Mary Hunt would do. The answer was easy. I laced it together with a piece of rope and tied it with a bow. It works great and now I’m wondering if I’ll ever need a new one! Joan

Keep ’em Zipped!

Most of us launder and or dry jeans and dark-colored t-shirts in the same load. And that’s a disaster just waiting to happen. It’s the zippers.

When metal zippers are left unzipped to flop around in all that tumbling and agitation in the washer and dryer, those little zipper “teeth” are like chainsaws tearing up other items of clothing in the washer and dryer, creating little holes and tiny tears.

The solution is to always remember to zip up jeans and other garments that have metal zippers before laundering them. Francesca

Faster Bedsheet Changing

The first time using new sheets, I take all the time necessary to line the top sheet up “just so.”

Then, I grab a permanent marker, or using contrasting thread do a quick running stitch, to mark the bottom corners and again near the top (but under where it’ll be hidden by the blanket when done) at the mattress edge.

From then on, I can so quickly and with only one trip around the bed lay the sheet on just the right way.

Bed sheet with marking indicating which way it goes on the bed

Laundry Bag Danger

Laundry bags are great to use to keep small laundry items together while being washed and to help protect finer items. What I discovered last week about my laundry bags helped me understand why some of my laundry items were getting damaged: Each of my bags had a damaged zipper pull! This created a sharp metal object to pick at my clothes.

I used a pair of wire cutters to remove the zipper pulls. Now the bags still have many more uses . . . and my clothes are no longer in danger of damage!



Reuse Squeeze Bottles!

I LOVE Mary’s many recipes for spot and stain removers, but always struggled with what to keep them in and how to apply them without making a mess. Until I thought of saving my squeeze bottles from a variety of condiments!

They are the perfect sizes, reusable and have an applicator tip! and best of all. . . free! I also write the recipe on the bottle with a Sharpie so I never have to search for it again!

Stinky Outdoor Gear

My son is an outdoor enthusiast and has A LOT of gear that cannot be washed without ruining the protective treatments applied to the materials.  That stuff gets STINKY!

Tennis balls and essential oils to the rescue!


Spray a few tennis balls with your favorite oil and put in the dryer for 20 minutes and … smells are gone!


My Miracle Go-To

In addition to Mary’s wonderful suggestion of Lestoil, I have found that Fels-Naptha laundry soap is the absolute best for blood stains. Of course, it works best to attack the stains when they are fresh. But even on dried stains, Fels-Naptha is the only thing that has worked.

I run the bar under warm water and then just rub it right on the stain.  If the stain is bad, I rub soap on both sides.  I then throw the dirty garment into the washer and 99.9% of the time the stain has come out completely. One time, I had to repeat the steps and it was all gone. For less than $2 a bar at most grocery stores, this is a bargain you can’t miss!