Many people think laundry is easy. Just dump in clothes, soap and water, right? In fact, doing laundry well so everything gets clean and garments are preserved is a careful process. Here are some common mistakes people make and how you can avoid them.
1. Washing too hot – Unless you’re scouring off some tough mud or something, there’s no need to wash everything on hot. This wastes energy and you’ll wear out your clothing. Typical rule: wash colored clothing on cold and whites on hot.
2. Putting everything in … Read more
PH values are expressed in a range of 0 through 14, where 0 is acidic and 14 is alkaline. The normal range of most biological things (like plants, animals, you and me) is between 5 and 9. 7 is considered neutral and the sweet spot for most organic things to exist (water is neutral, for example).
Most brands of laundry detergent are highly alkaline. This means they have a high PH. Sure, they may destroy organic matter like dirt, sweat, and germs, but that same mechanism they use also harms … Read more
Most people pump their water out of the ground through a personal well. As the water travels through soil and rock, it picks up minerals (like calcium and magnesium). Even if you’re on city/town water, that water still mixed with rock at one point.
Water with lots of minerals is considered “hard water.”
How can you tell if you have hard water? You may notice…
- A film on your bathtub or shower tiles. It can cause dry hair and skin.
- Higher water heating costs. When minerals in the water become
If you have soft water, count yourself lucky. While there’s some evidence that drinking harder water is better for your health, you want to wash your laundry (and your body) in soft water.
Soft water is water with a low concentration of calcium and magnesium, as well as other harsh elements. It feels slippery and lathers easily. You also won’t see mineral deposits on your pots and pans.
Its opposite, hard water, deposits those minerals in your pipes, on your cookware, and in your washing machine. This “scale formation” creates … Read more
Sports should be an integral part of everyone’s life. They give you a chance to get some exercise without feeling like work (seriously, who wants to spend an hour on a treadmill?). They also teach us valuable lessons about winning and losing to help keep us grounded. For kids, those lessons are even more important.
Speaking of kids, if you have any, a lot of your time is probably eaten up with sports. You make 4 PM practice pickups and spend your Saturdays at one field or another.
No matter … Read more
Laundry is a chore, but it has to be done. Most of us don’t enjoy washing load after load, but there’s no avoiding it. We can, however, speed up the process. Here are some tips for fast laundry.
1. Never sort laundry again
Use a three hamper system to separate clothes when you take them off so you never have to sort through a pile. One hamper is for colors, another for whites, and a third for delicates. If you’re not a family with a lot of delicate items, you … Read more
When it comes to keeping your home clean, we are constantly searching for the fastest, most efficient ways to do so. Luckily for our laundry, the washing machine reduces the amount of time and energy that it takes to clean your clothes by an incredible amount. You may not know this, but there are also a bunch of other household items that can be washed in this more effective manner. Here are some items you didn’t know are machine washable:
As we all know, kids are the messiest … Read more
Believe it or not, most stains can be removed.
People ruin clothing everyday (well, not ruin, just make unpresentable) by improperly treating stains. They fail to act and tossed a stain garment untreated into the wash or they attack the stain immediately with improper methods.
When it comes to removing stains, information is 90% of the battle. You have to know the properties of the substance and the tools you have at your disposal.
Here are two pieces of essential advice:
1. Act quickly – You probably know this. … Read more
There’s a science to do your laundry. Many people don’t bother and just throw everything (unsorted) into the machine. They use cold water and shake in a random amount of detergent. These people spend more money and time washing their clothes than they need.
In order to get the best clean and reduce the amount of energy you consume, you need to understand how water temperature affects your clothes. Sometimes there’s no need to spend the energy on hot water; other times you have no choice.
You can’t wash everything … Read more