Friday Favorites–Laundry

I know, laundry isn’t a very sexy topic for TGIF, but we all have to deal with it.  I’ll tell you what has me zeroed in on this topic today - my husband and I are big fans of “How It’s Made” on the Science channel.  It’s all Mr.-Rogers-in-the-pencil-factory, and we’re both a little fascinated by how things come to be.  We recently saw an episode about how car batteries are recycled.  Turns out, one of the byproducts of the process is used for making laundry detergent.  I realize they aren’t dumping battery acid into my All, but that shook me a little and made me start thinking about how I could have a little more control over what is touching our clothes.

I actually tried this recipe for No Grate Homemade Laundry Soap from One Good Thing by Jillee.  I’ve been using it all week, and so far I’m impressed.  The only thing I miss is the smell of our old detergent, but for the cost savings and simpler ingredients, I can make that sacrifice.


If you’re looking for something a little fluffier, try this Homemade Laundry Mousse from Raising 4 Princesses.  And put it in a pretty jar.


If you have kids, or have ever been within 50 feet of a kid, you’ve had to remove a stain or two.  One Good Thing by Jillee to the rescue again, with a solution for armpit stains, homemade Shout and diy OxyClean.


Not to leave out the dryer side of the lovely laundry couple, Homemade Mamas shares a tutorial for Reusable Dryer Sheets.


I’m curious to try felted dryer balls, and came across a tutorial using wool roving from Crunchy Betty, one using wool yarn and roving from The Pickled Herring and one from just wool yarn from GoodMama.  FIY – it takes about 5 – 8 dryer balls per load and you can add 1/2 cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle if you have trouble with static.  Good to know.


I’m A Lazy Mom has a brilliant tip for keeping each family member’s socks together before, during and after washing.  My solution was to make my kids start doing their own laundry when they were each about 10, but I like her idea even for just my husband and I.


I love this drying rack from Centsational Girl.  My husband’s head might explode if I present him with one more thing to make around the house right now, so maybe it’s time to acquaint myself with some power tools.


While I’ve got the tools out, I might as well also make this cute hamper from IkatBag.


Here’s a bonus stain removal list from Martha Stewart to frame and hang in your laundry room.  There should be something pretty in there.  Unless your laundry room already looks like this, in which case I’m green with envy.