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!A group of people walking down a dirt road

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!


DIY Laced Up Laundry 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. Works great and now I’m wondering if I’ll ever need a new one! Joan


Quick Dry!

I keep a thick, clean bath towel in the clothes dryer at all times. It helps to quickly absorb moisture from a load of wet laundry. That means clothes dry much faster and that reduces my energy bills.

I read this hint on Mary’s column years ago and (of course) it works!! I actually did some comparison testing out of curiosity. That clean dry towel in the dryer shaves about 20 minutes per load from my drying time!

Easy Peasy.


A Lint Hint

To clean the lint from your dryer trap quickly and easily, swipe it with a used dryer sheet.

Like magic, the lint comes off cleanly in one swipe and non of it sticks to the screen!

cleaning a dirt filter



If you take Mary’s advice and do not use dryer sheets (old habits are hard to break), you can use a bit of the lint itself with the same results.

clean filter


Please vote for my tip.  I had to do 6 loads of laundry to demonstrate it. Thanks.


DIY Dryer Sheets


I make my own fabric softener “sheets” by mixing liquid fabric softener with water. Here are the steps I follow to fill a 16-ounce bottle:

Step 1.  I mix 2 tablespoons of the cheapest liquid fabric softener I can find with 2 cups of water.

Step 2.  Next, I soak a washrag in the solution.

Step 3.  Then I  squeeze out what I can and throw it in the dryer.  Easy solution for softer clothes and towels!  Linda

Note: I was having a problem with mildew forming in my fabric softener mix. I began adding 2 tablespoons of vinegar to my mixture and I have not had any more problems with mildew.