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Cleaning & organization are tough jobs. However, finding cleaning & organization tips on Hometalk will help you complete your projects faster and with less elbow grease. Check out ideas for ecological and green cleaning like making your own cleaning products from non-toxic items already in your home. Also, share photos of your latest organization success and inspire others who are looking to organize their homes. If you have a helpful cleaning & organization tip, share it with Hometalk members who have posted cleaning & organization questions.
These oversized barn doors are functional and stylish while keeping all your laundry materials together. Your laundry room will be hidden from sight and accessible in a second! A great way to have stylish doors incorporated into your design space.
I know, I know. . . it looks like Ma, Pa and Lil Junior have their laundry out to dry, but save the jokes and share the clothesline love. Drying clothes outdoors is great for the
environment, pocketbook and clothing, and now I finally have one.
My laundry room is right off my kitchen and on hot days I can really heat up the house if I'm feeling particularly domestic (okay, so maybe it doesn't happen very often, but the point is that it does happen). While I finally have a main floor laundry, I don't have direct access to the backyard without trekking through the basement. It was my husband who suggested a deck-sized line might work, and that was the all the urging I needed to locate a small 20 foot retractable line for about $13.00 at Home Depot. They also carry a 40 foot version for under $20.00.
The line was super easy to install and is small enough to stay unobtrusive (unless it's strung out across your tiny deck with swimwear pinned along it). I was so excited to hang my laundry on the line for the first time, no matter how it looked (thankfully the neighbors don't have a clear view). Maybe it's because I know it's a great alternative to heated drying or because I can't help but think of my Nannie and her old clothesline; but for whatever reason, it makes me smile. . . and this is laundry we're talking about.
I made this recipe of laundry detergent for $2.49, which lasted a month for my family of 5 - roughly 40 loads of laundry. I have been very happy with how clean out clothes are and it's great for my kids who have skin allergies.
This is a great multi-purpose soft scrub type cleanser because it is easy to make, inexpensive, gentle on your hands, smells great, and stores well. You can use it to clean sinks, counter-tops, toilets, the shower and so much more!
I brought out my summer sandals and found that the suede insoles were very soiled looking. See below.
I remembered my mother saying that you could clean suede with sandpaper. I thought, 'Wow, that's weird' and it stuck in my head. So I tried it!
Guess what? It WORKS!!
Has anyone ever tried this?
I think it will work on any brushed leather (suede)... but be careful when trying this... try an inconspicuous place first. In my case, it didn't matter because I was ready to throw these sandals out. So whether I ruined them, it didn't matter. But it worked!!! YAY!