The Health, Energy and Money Saving Benefits of an HRV
Posted by August 10, 2017 at 3:31 PM under Home Living Tips

An HRV, or a heat recovery ventilator, is a home add-on that may be new for many people. When it comes to HVAC systems, most only are familiar with the common options like air conditioners, furnaces and heat pumps. However, the benefits of having an HRV in your home can be tremendous. Whether you are concerned with indoor air quality, saving energy or lowering your carbon footprint, an HRV could be exactly what you need.


How Does It Work?

Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRV) is designed to accomplish two main functions. The first is to assist with energy recovery and the second is to act as an air exchanger. An HRV can be connected to an existing HVAC system or built as a standalone unit.


Many homeowners find that HRVs work very well in spaces such as converted attics and other tight spaces, which may not be properly ventilated. HRVs are thus designed to either be connected directly to a HVAC system or can be installed completely independent from a home’s HVAC system.


A cross plate heat exchanger works to recover some of the heat that passes through the device. When combined with the HRV’s overall low energy requirement, there can be significant heating cost savings. The HRV also works to cycle in fresh air while pumping out old potentially polluted air. The one-two punch that HRVs provide help to make it an increasingly interesting device for home owners.


HRV and Indoor Air Quality

Buildings are getting tighter and tighter every single year. As regulations require homes to be better insulated and homeowners want to save on energy, homes are becoming increasingly well sealed as a result. Insulation, weather stripping and building codes are all combining to improve home energy efficiency but often at a cost; this is where an HRV can be a valuable home improvement choice.


Tighter homes may be more energy efficient, but that efficiency often produces a considerable drop in indoor air quality. Indoor air quality is usually several times worse than outdoor air quality. In the past, the traditional leaky homes, while not as energy efficient as many of today’s homes, may have been drafty but that issue did allow for more natural air flow.


One of the key benefits of an HRV is that can help bring fresh air from outdoors into the home and pump out polluted air. Of course, that isn’t the entire picture. HRVs use filters, such as HEPA filters, to clean the outdoor air that is being brought into the house before it is circulated throughout the home. Without this feature, HRVs would essentially just be pulling in outdoor air.


The Radon Factor

The fact of the matter is that HRVs can do more than provide cleaner air in tighter homes. As an HRV is venting indoor air, it is also possible for HRVs to help reduce radon levels. Radon is a colorless, odorless noble gas that has been linked to diseases like cancer when exposure lasts for a long duration.


Of course, this is not to state that an HRV should always be used as a replacement for a radon remediation system when warranted; however, an HRV can be a valuable tool for helping to reduce radon levels since indoor air is constantly removed from the home and fresh air is pumped in.

Improving indoor air quality can have a range of health benefits. When selecting an HRV it is prudent to look for one that incorporates a HEPA filter.


HEPA filters remove more than particulate matter as they also trap bacteria and even viruses. Improving your indoor air quality can lead to fewer colds, flus and potentially other illnesses. Recent studies have shown that there may be a link between Alzheimer’s and poor air quality. Other studies have linked air pollution and lower I.Q.s. If you start to connect the dots it quickly becomes obvious that we should do all that we can to ensure that our families enjoy the best air quality possible.


HRV and Energy Savings


HRVs can save homeowners a great deal of money, especially in cold climates. If you live in a climate that is cold for a large percentage of the year then an HRV may very well be a device worth considering. Since HRVs recover a considerable percentage of the heat that passes through them those living in cold climates may see a marked drop in heating costs. Additionally, many HRVs are designed to consume very little energy.


There are models that use as little operational energy as a 40-watt light bulb. The cost savings an HRV represents when factored over the lifetime of a home can be considerable, especially in colder climates.


Additional Benefits and Features

HRVs can also be used to control humidity, thus helping to reduce the chances of developing mold. Many HRV units come with a variety of features such as an air circulation mode that strictly takes advantage of the HRV’s ability to purify air and a high-power mode that increases the amount of air being circulated from outside.


Operating an HRV isn’t a “set-it-and-forget-it” situation. Filters have to be changed and cleaned and a moderate degree of annual maintenance is required. It is important to remember that an HRV brings in potentially polluted air and cleans it. For this reason, filters may become dirtier quicker than expected. How long filters last partially depends on the pollution in the home’s area. That stated, HRVs do have great value, especially for homeowners in colder climates and for those living in well insulated homes. Homeowners with converted attics that receive poor air circulation should consider an HRV for the reasons outlined in this article.


One argument against HRVs is the price and there is no doubt that a good unit can be pricey. However, for those who put a premium on their indoor air quality or those living in very well insulated homes, an HRV could be seen as a welcome addition to one’s home.

The Top 7 Eco-Friendly Shoes on the Market
Posted by July 31, 2017 at 6:38 PM under Environment


Finding a good pair of eco-friendly shoes is a little trickier than it might initially seem. Just because a shoe isn’t made from leather doesn’t mean that it is necessarily eco-friendly. It could also have an ingredient derived from wool, fur, pearls, shells or silk. Frequently, vegan shoes are also made from plastics which, of course, means that they are derived from oil. Truth be told, a “vegan shoe” may actually not be so eco-friendly. That’s why you have to do your research.


The good news is that you can find a surprising variety of eco-friendly shoes in a range of styles. Those looking to step out in a true eco-friendly fashion will find that they now have plenty of great options of they look around enough.



When it comes to eco-friendly footwear, Neuaura really deserves some recognition.  Like Beyond Skin, Neuaura is a vegan shoe company that doesn’t use any animal products in the creation of its shoes. At no point in the creation of their shoes do they use any leather, wool, silk, pearls, fur or shells.


If it is an animal product, then it won’t make its way into Neuaura. Neuaura considers itself to be an “Eco-Conscious Animal-Free” shoe company and they definitely deliver. Currently, Neuaura sells everything from boots and flats to heels and wedges.



Noharm’s mission to combine great shoes with “ethical consumerism.” Their vegan footwear is
“high fashion and cruelty free.” Like Neuaura, absolutely no animal products are used in the creation of their shoes.


Additionally, Noharm, whose shoes are handmade in Italy, have taken a firm stance against worker exploitation making them people friendly as well. The diversity and styling of Noharm helps make Noharm truly stand out in an increasingly crowded eco-friendly shoe crowd. They have shoes ranging from loafers and boots to moccasins and vegan suede shoes. You can learn more about Noharm by clicking here.


Vegan Chic

Vegan Chic’s motto is “where fashion meets compassion.” Vegan Chic focuses on helping consumers lower their carbon footprints in a variety of ways. They ship in recycled and re-usable shoe bags and in the case of their pinatex shoes, use material such as fibers that come from pineapple harvesting. Many of their shoes are made in Portugal and all their shoes are vegan and environmentally friendly. Vegan Chic’s handmade, cruelty-free vegan shoes can be found here.


Keep Shoes

For those looking for a vegan shoe that is really different, check out what Keep Shoes has to offer. They take pride in creating innovative, cool and cruelty-free shoe options. All of their shoes and products use organic and sustainably-grown materials. They work with artisans in locations such as Guatemala, Japan and North America.


Also, Keep works with non-profits who monitor their work locations to ensure that all work conditions are ethical, and a Keep representative is on the line of each and every production. If you want to feel good about your shoes, then Keep is a good place to start. In addition to shoes, Keep also manufacturers clothing including t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, scarves, bags and more. Learn more about Keep by visiting their website.


Beyond Skin

Beyond Skin is a U.K. based vegan shoe company that features both men’s and women’s shoes. Part of what helps Beyond Skin stand out is the fact that they have a tremendous variety of shoes. Created in 2001, the goal of Beyond Skin was to create vegan and ethical footwear. Their shoes are made in Spain and from eco-friendly materials. They use recycled polyurethane instead of PVC which breaks down into estrogen-mimicking chemicals and causes other health problems.


Additionally, many of their shoes use 100% recycled PET plastics and feature insoles that are 70% post-consumer cardboard. In short, Beyond Skin looks for innovative and clever ways to replace the components and materials commonly used in shoe manufacturing with those that are more people and planet friendly. See all that Beyond Skin has to offer here.



Vegetarian Shoes

Vegetarian Shoes take their mission very seriously. If you are looking for eco-friendly and vegan shoes, boots and more then you’ll definitely want to check out this option.


Vegetarian Shoes has everything from hiking boots, hemp boots and shoes and casual shoes to sandals, belts, bags and more. Their products are made in England and other parts of Europe and can be shipped worldwide. Vegetarian Shoes are definitely not a newcomer to the shoe scene as the company was founded in 1990. The great looks and styling of Vegetarian Shoes is part of what helps them stand out. Shoes are frequently made in such location as Portugal, long known for their tradition of creating high-quality footwear. Click here to learn more about Vegetarian Shoes.


Eco-Friendly Shoes on Etsy

When it comes to finding something truly unique and interesting in the world of shoes and fashion, Etsy is hard to top. The simple fact is that Etsy offers an array of small shoe manufacturers that are making vegan and eco-friendly shoes. No matter what kind of footwear you are looking for the odds are excellent that Etsy has something for you.


Everything from handmade wool and felt shoes to cork shoes are all available. Cork is a durable, lightweight and eco-friendly, which helps to explain why this material is gaining in popularity. Cork is generally viewed as being sustainable as the cork tree is not cut down instead the cork is simply harvested. Now cork is not just being used in flooring but in everything from shoes to bags and more. Check out these stunning cork offerings made in Portugal by clicking here.


Vegan shoes have evolved into a tremendous option for consumers. Today’s eco-friendly footwear is diverse both in the materials used and in design. The end result are fashionable and long lasting footwear options that rival footwear made using traditional materials such as leather. Eco-friendly shoes have never been more diverse or more interesting than they are now. Consider supporting one of these companies and, in the process, you’ll lower your carbon footprint and keep walking in style.

The Top 6 Most Entertaining Laundromats
Posted by June 30, 2017 at 5:40 PM under Clotheslines and Laundry


Doing your laundry has to be boring, right? Around the world many savvy entrepreneurs decided to look at one of society’s oldest and most boring tasks, doing laundry, with new eyes. The end result is a new take on a very old concept.


If you think that laundry day has to be a boring day, then think again. Each of these laundromats has a lot of character and class. Patrons actually look forward to the day each week when they get to go do their laundry because delicious food, socializing or unique entertainment goes right along with their clean clothing.


Whether you’re looking to grab a bite to eat while doing your laundry or maybe even want to play a little pinball, this eclectic bunch of hip, cool and fun laundromats have something to offer everyone. Let’s jump in and take a look at 5 of the world’s coolest and most interesting laundromats.


Fun Laundromat #1-Brainwash Café & Laundromat

The Brainwash Café & Laundromat hasn’t reinvented either concept of the café or the laundromat, but by combining both together in one fun package Brainwash Café & Laundromat has created a memorable experience.


Located at 1122 Folsom Street in San Francisco, Brainwash features a café that is fully loaded. There is everything from salads and breakfast items to soups, finger foods and burgers. Brainwash certainly lives up to its café title as there are plenty of hot drinks from coffee and expresso and even cold beer and even wine.


Brainwash is not the typical laundromat. Not only does Brainwash provide ample washers and dryers but the facility also has a wash and fold service and professional laundry and dry cleaning. If you are in the San Francisco area or are traveling and need to do a little laundry, you should check out Brainwash.


Fun Laundromat #2-Café Laundromat Oslo

Norway has a great deal to offer and its capital, Oslo is considered one of the world’s leading cities. Café Laundromat has built an impressive global reputation by changing up the laundromat experience in a major way. It is built around three core ideas “Eat. Read. Wash.”


Café Laundromat has a huge and tasty menu, hundreds of books to read and plenty of space for doing your laundry. In short, this destination is a true travelers delight! Breakfast and lunch options are plentiful, there is a kid’s menu and a wide array of burgers and pizzas available well into the night. The book shelves at Café Laundromat are very well stocked and stacked high.


The odds are excellent that you’ll find something that you’ll like at Café Laundromat as book offerings range from comics to encyclopedias. Somewhat surprisingly, Café Laundromat sports one of the largest private libraries in the city with over 4000 books! Comfy chairs abound at this Oslo gem.


Fun Laundromat #3-Laundromat Café, Copenhagen

Another Scandinavian country, Denmark has also reinvented the humble laundromat, and in the process elevated it to something unique, interesting and rather inviting. Copenhagen’s Laundromat Café is quirky, charming, expertly decorated and unforgettable.


The Laundromat Café concept has worked so well that since opening in 2004 that there are now 3 locations in Copenhagen and a location in Reykjavik, Iceland which opened in 2011. The Laundromat Café concept works for a variety of reasons. The décor is excellent, there are plenty of machines and there are many different kind of homemade food options. Drink options include everything from coffee and tea to milkshakes and beer. When in Copenhagen or Reykjavik be sure to vest Laundromat Café.


Fun Laundromat #4-Sunshine Laundromat

When it comes to scoring points for creative, you have to take your hat off to Sunshine Laundromat & Pinball, yes pinball, in Brooklyn, New York. It is one part laundromat, one part arcade and one part art museum, Sunshine Laundromat and Pinball infuses laundry day with some much-needed fun!


The beer flows freely and there are a range of special events including New Year’s Eve and Halloween parties. Sunshine customers have commented that the both the pinball and beer selections at amazing. Night owls will want to take note that Sunshine stays open late, often as late as 4am. So, if you have some laundry that simply can’t wait until the next morning then Sunshine Laundromat & Pinball is the place for you.


Fun Laundromat #5-Wasbar

Located in Gent, Belgium, Wasbar like the other four fun laundromats we’ve featured has much to offer. The décor is very pleasant and there is a variety of food and drink options including delicious bagel sandwiches and a brunch buffet.


Wasbar is one of those places that instantly makes you feel as though you are home, with plenty of homemade foods and soups. There is also plenty of room to work at Wasbar so consider bringing your laptop! Wasbar’s greatest charm is that it just feels right and cultivates a warm and friendly environment.


Fun Laundromat #6-Spin Laundry Lounge

Portland is well-known for its focus on sustainability and its various eco-friendly offerings. The laundromat Spin Laundry Lounge is no exception, calling itself “Portland’s Eco-Focused Laundromat, Bar & Café.” The facility has LED lightbulbs and over 50% of the staff bikes to work. Spin Laundry Lounge also makes its water and energy usage transparent, providing numbers on its website. They also make it a point to donate all the lost laundry that comes through the doors to people in need.


As far as the fun part, this cool place offers coffee, beers and local snacks for people while they wait for their clothes to dry. There are also pinball games and sports showing on projectors so people don’t miss their favorite games.



Changing the Old Laundromat Game and Doing It with Style


While we’ve covered five interesting and fun laundromats around the world, there are many more waiting to be discovered. Cologne, Germany’s Cleanicum, Splash Laundrette and Barcelona, Spain and Wash and Coffee in Amsterdam are just three of many additional fun laundromats that could have easily made our list.


Laundromats are changing and adapting to keep step with busier and more demanding lifestyles. In the past, doing laundry at a laundromat was usually a dull or even depressing experience, but thinks to trailblazers like Wasbar, Sunshine, Café Laundromat, Laundromat Café and Brainwash, laundry time is looking up for the first time in, well, just about forever.

7 Creative Crafts to Do with Clothespins
Posted by May 26, 2017 at 1:27 PM under Clotheslines and Laundry Home Living Tips

It probably shouldn’t surprise you that our team at Urban Clotheslines are pretty fond of the clothespins. You might not have given the humble and unassuming clothespin much thought lately and for good reason; after all, your average run-of-the-mill clothespin might not seem too exciting because it reminds you of doing your laundry. But as it turns out these common household objects can be an excellent starting point for a wide range of exciting crafts.


Since clothespins are such a blank slate, but a functional blank slate, it is possible to take the simple clothespin and infuse it with a great deal of artistry and creativity. When it comes to creating great ideas with clothespins, there is no shortage of great ideas. In our fun and festive clothespin article, we are going to explore the 7 top crafts that you can do with clothespins. These crafts are easy, fun and truly are great for kids of all ages. Perhaps, best of all is the fact that clothespins are remarkably inexpensive. This helps make clothespin crafts both a winner for decorating as well as for planning fun art projects.


#1-Characters and Clothespins

Clothespins can be an excellent foundation for kid’s art projects. One reoccurring kids’ clothespin craft project is to create clothespin art work featuring favorite cartoon characters. A good example of a fun clothespin craft for kids can be found over at Glue Stick & Gumdrops.


At Glue Stick & Gumdrops, you’ll find everything you need to create our own very fun Minions clothespin art project. Parents will love the straightforward instructions which are easy enough for almost any child to follow with ease. With just a handful of clothespins, a little paint, glue and a googly eye, you are ready to make some truly fun and eye-catching art! Who would have thought you can make a Minion out of a clothespin?


# 2-Clothespins and Christmas Tree Ornaments?

Everyone is always trying to think of how to make their home look festival come December. From the “why didn’t I think of that department” comes an inventive idea for beautiful and inexpensive Christmas tree ornaments. Using just a few clothespins, it is possible to create some magical, rustic and charming tree ornaments. HGTV has easy to follow instructions for how to quickly build some wonderful looking new ornaments for your Christmas tree or just to decorate your house during the wintertime.


These versatile ornaments look like a snowflake when finished, meaning that they are highly versatile and can be used as a general, all-purpose holiday and winter decoration. Click here to get the easy to understand, step-by-step instructions of building your own clothespin Christmas tree snowflake ornaments.


# 3-The Dragonfly

Whether you are looking for a creative way to decorate your home or want an easy craft for kids, you just can’t go wrong with the “Delightful Dragonfly” clothespin project. You’ve probably never thought of making dragonflies from clothespins, but you’ll love the results.


With just a few items such as a pipe cleaner, scissors, googly eyes and paint, you can make your own festive dragonflies. Imagine decorating your wall with a sea of beautiful, differently colored and designed butterflies. This project is a great way to spend an afternoon and your end result, a gorgeous sea of insects, can really transform a room!


# 4-Let’s Put Some Heart into It!

If you are looking for a way to add a little warmth to your home, then clothespins can ride to the rescue. Now you might be thinking, “how can a bunch some clothespins make my home warmer and homier?” Thanks to the Clothespin Heart Wreath, you can add some instant warmth.


The simple but charming design for the Clothespin Heart Wreath can be completed in just minutes. All you need are some clothespins, a wire hanger and a small chalkboard to use as a sign. Like most of the other projects on our list, the Clothespin Heart Wreath is a great choice for kids of all ages.


# 5-The Snowman Clothespin

A perfect match for the clothespin Christmas tree snowflake ornament is the very cute Snowman Clothespin. Kids will truly adore this clothespin craft. It’s another inexpensive way to decorate your tree and you could even make them for gifts for friends and relatives to spread the festive clothespin joy!


Parents seeking a way to keep their children busy on those long winter days indoors or anyone looking for a unique holiday decorating idea will truly love this stellar option. Click here to see the easy to follow plan, so you too can build you own Snowman Clothespins!


#6-Hungry Fish to the Rescue

Do you have a wall that is crying out for a little extra attention? The Hungry Fish Clothespin craft from Crafts by Amanda can help you quickly and easily transform you room. Everything you need to create your own Hungry Fish Clothespin wall decorations can be found at this link.

#7-Dinosaur Clothespin Craft


Also from Crafts by Amanda is the very fun and timeless Dinosaur Clothespin craft. There are easy to follow plans for 4 different clothespin dinosaurs: Triceratops, Velociraptor, Brachiosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Perhaps the greatest thing about this craft is that the directions are very easy to follow but the results are quite impressive. Thanks to this craft, you’ll probably never look at clothespins the same way again.


Clothespins are pretty neutral and easy to find, and that means that they are something of a blank slate for your creativity. If you are looking for a cheap and versatile canvas to express yourself, then you’ll want to check out these 7 wonderful clothespin crafts.


Equipped with just a few dollars of supplies, it is possible to transform an entire wall or room and create an amazing collection of winter and holiday decorations. No matter your age, you’ll find these festive clothespin craft ideas to be a fun way to add some color and life to your space!

Top 5 Ways to Spend Less Time Cleaning
Posted by April 16, 2017 at 6:57 PM under Home Living Tips


Cleaning is something that most people want to spend as little time as possible doing. Of course, there are some people who truly do enjoy it. But that is certainly not the majority. Regardless of how you feel about it, less time cleaning does, of course, translate into more time spent living life. The bottom line is that with a little planning, you can make cleaning less time consuming. That way you can get out there and do what you want with your free time!


Tip #1 for Spending Less Time Cleaning – Hire a Cleaning Service


Hiring a cleaning service is definitely not for everyone. Some people just aren’t comfortable having a stranger or strangers literally digging through their trash.

The cost of hiring a cleaning service is also no small issue. Cleaning services do vary greatly in price, which means that with some research you might be able to find a cleaning service that works for your budget.

Like with most consumer goods and services, it can really pay to do a little price shopping. There are many independent cleaning services that are, in fact, run by individuals or mom and pop operations, which means that there are cleaning services that will be quite flexible regarding what they charge.

There is no way around the fact that if you want to spend less time cleaning then you might just want to hire a professional. If you hate cleaning, then it might just be worth the money to outsource your cleaning duties to someone else.


Tip #2 for Spending Less Time Cleaning – The Robot Vacuum Option


Our sci-fi future full of robotic cleaning robots may not be here quite yet, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have some options. Robot vacuums do work, and some models are better than others. The one example most people think of is the Roomba robot vacuum.

Much like hiring a cleaning service, robot vacuums, especially good ones that actually work, are not exactly cheap. However, once you opt for a robotic vacuum, the simple fact is that you will have one less cleaning duty on your list.

Robot vacuum cleaners are definitely not without their flaws and you do have empty them. But they can also be a good fit for people and certain types of homes. People with younger children and pets might want to proceed with caution before jumping on the robot vacuum train, as they may have trouble dealing with tougher, more substantial messes!


Tip #3 for Spending Less Time Cleaning – Get Organized, Really Organized


A lot of the cleaning that the average person performs is actually the result of a lack of organization. A classic example of this fact is not properly disposing of worn clothing. Dirty clothing tossed about your house doesn’t just make your home looking messy, but it also creates another cleaning challenge and chore. If you stop and take a good look at what needs to be cleaned around your house, you will probably discover that many of your cleaning chores could be eliminated or at least somewhat reduced by adopting a more proactive organizational strategy.


Every room and area of your home can benefit from an increase in organization. Whether it is your kitchen, your home office, your bedroom or your garage there are organizational opportunities. Additionally, the more organized your home is the quicker and easier it is to clean. For example, not having to pick up lots of clothing off the floor makes vacuum, mopping or sweeping a great deal easier, regardless of whether or not you have a fancy robot vacuum cleaner.


Tip #4 for Spending Less Time Cleaning- The Team Effort


Whether you have a significant other or live with roommates, splitting cleaning duties can dramatically reduce the time it takes to clean a space. Quite often the dividing of household chores can be a problematic area, as some significant others or roommates are not willing to pull their share; however, this doesn’t mean you should give up and not try to convenience the people you live with to do their respective share of the cleaning. Every situation and relationship is different.

Discovering what will motivate someone you live with to share in the cleaning duties may not be easy but if you can establish a new cleaning system, you will receive dividends for years to come. Leading by example is a great place to begin convincing others to pull their “cleaning weight.”


Tip #5 for Spending Less Time Cleaning – Turn Your Dishwasher Into a Super Cleaner


You can’t stick everything in the dishwasher but many difficult to clean items can be placed in the dishwasher for cleaning. This trick must be used on a case-by-case basis, but there is no doubt that everything from brushes to pet food bowls can be cleaned in your dishwasher. As long as the item in question isn’t toxic in nature, your dishwasher might be a true time saving cleaning tool!

Similarly, some toys and unusual items can be placed in your laundry machine. Legos are a perfect example of a toy that can be cleaned in this fast and efficient way.


Don’t Overdo the Cleaning

kitchen-2174577_960_720Perhaps, the simplest way to spend less time cleaning is to not overdo the cleaning. One area of the home where many people often over clean is the floor. Bathroom floors do need to be cleaned frequently, but hardwood floors are a different story.

Vacuuming hardwood floors usually is enough to keep them reasonably clean. Mopping hardwood floors is time consuming and often unnecessary. Take the time to really think about what you’re spending your time on and ask around to see what your friends and relatives do. You may find the you have some misconceptions.

By following these tips, you will clean less and enjoy more free time. A combination of robotic tools, organization and a new approach can help you reduce your cleaning time substantially. Don’t be afraid to experiment to find new ways to reduce your cleaning time. In the long run, you’ll be glad you did!



The Three Most Inspiring Charities Involving Laundry
Posted by March 19, 2017 at 3:38 PM under Clotheslines and Laundry Environment

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A great charity is all about finding something that is needed, and then taking concrete and proactive steps to address that need. Charity and laundry might not be two terms that you instantly associate with one another, but there are many charities built around laundry and the importance of clean laundry.


Around the world, people are judged by their level of cleanliness. People, such as the homeless, who usually lack consistent access to bathroom and laundry facilities are often face tremendous difficulties with issues such as hygiene. Many charities have been created to address these needs, and the results have been impressive. In this article, we are going to explore a few of the most successful laundry related charities. As you’ll see, inspired people across the globe have taken steps to help the homeless and those in need of clothing. It truly is an amazing thing.


The Story of Laundry Love

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Portland, Oregon based Laundry Love has garnered considerable addition over the years. The idea behind Laundry Love is a simple but very powerful one. The people at laundry love team up with local laundromats to offer free laundry services. The idea behind Laundry Love is that the homeless are treated better when they have clean clothing. There is little denying the logic of this point.


On Laundry Love’s website is a prominently featured and powerful quote from a homeless person, “If I had clean clothes, people would treat me as a human being.” These words were said by a homeless person in Ventura, California to the founder of Laundry Love in 2002. What began as a simple conversation lead to a world changing charity idea.


Since its creation in 2002, Laundry Love has been wildly successful. Currently there are over 30,000 Laundry Love laundromats spread out across the country. These laundromats are providing services to poor people in need on a daily basis. It is estimated that Laundry Love has helped the homeless and immigrants with over a million loads of laundry. In that time, Laundry Love has helped over 750,000 people with their laundry.

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Laundry Love partners with laundromats to provide assistants to those not just living on the streets, but also those living in their cars, shelters, motels and other locations. While the idea is simple, there is no denying its power and potential. Laundry Love has received considerable national attention, including coverage on such high-profile news programs as NBC’s Today.


Australia’s Orange Sky Laundry

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Half a world away in Australia, another laundry charity has been making waves of its own. Orange Sky Laundry. Founded in 2014, Orange Sky Laundry began with the idea of bringing washing machines directly to the homeless. Spearheaded by Lucas Patchett and Nicholsa Marchesi in Brisbane, it all began with an old van, a generation and two washing machines. The end result was Australia’s first mobile laundry specific for the homeless.


Today, Orange Sky Laundry has expanded considerably. Now, there are services operating in 11 locations including Canberra, Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne, Wollongong, Hobart, Adelaide and others. Each week Orange Sky Laundry cleans an impressive 6.9 tons of laundry.


Helping the homeless get clean clothing is only one aspect of what Orange Sky Laundry does to help the homeless. Orange Sky Laundry is also partnering with local food vans so that the homeless can also get a meal when they are waiting for their clothes to finish being cleaned. Additionally, Orange Sky Laundry is looking out for human health and the environment as their laundry detergents are free of toxic compounds.

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This charity takes donations to keep its operation running. Over the years, Orange Sky Laundry has received a good deal of attention both in Australia and around the world.


Donate Appliances and Clothing Nationwide with Donation Town

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Another approach to helping those in need get clean clothing comes from Donation Town. Through Donation Town, it is possible to donate a wide range of appliances including washers and dryers. Any machine that is functional and not missing parts can be donated through Donation Town.


For those in need, a free washer and dryer can be a life changing addition. Donation Town also picks up appliances at your home or place of business. This really is a charity that makes a ton of sense, as most people have no idea what to do with their old washing machine and dryer when they upgrade to new appliances.


Donation Town also takes clothing donations as well. Over the years, Donation Town has been featured in publications ranging from Forbes and the Washington Post to Mother Nature Network, FamilyCircle and many more. They have a nationwide directory of participating charities so working with Donation Town is as simple as logging into the site, locating a charity in your area and then scheduling a free donation pick up. Learn more about Donation Town by clicking here.


Laundry Charities are Helping Improve the Quality of Life for the Homeless


Laundry charities help underscore that there are many, diverse ways to help the homeless and others in need. Laundry charities, such as Orange Sky Laundry, also highlight how a seemingly simple and small idea, such as laundry vans for the homeless, can blossom and play an important role in our communities.


The problem of homelessness is one that isn’t likely to go away any time soon, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t take steps to help make life for the homeless better. Luckily, there are many established charities working hard to help the homeless achieve a better quality of life and the respect that they deserve. In the coming years, we can expect to see many other similar charities pop up around the globe.


Consider getting involved or donating to one of these excellent charities. Having clean laundry is something so many of us take for granted. However, when it comes to homeless people, having clean clothes is a luxury that many simply cannot afford.

5 Amazing Tips to Get Kids Involved in the Laundry Process
Posted by February 18, 2017 at 4:37 PM under Clotheslines and Laundry Home Living Tips


Wouldn’t it be great, really great, if you could get your kids involved in the laundry process? If you handle the laundry in your house, then you already know that the laundry can be a very big and never ending job. Like cleaning itself there are always more dirty clothes. And needless to say, if you have children you have even more laundry to conquer each week.


While you can cut corners, you can’t cut every corner. At the end of the day, the laundry has to get done. Finding a way to get your kids involved in the laundry process is essential if you want to keep your laundry time from consuming all of your free time!


Let’s dive in and explore some tips for how you can get your kids to lend a hand with laundry time. Luckily, there is a lot about laundry that can seem fun and intriguing to little ones if you just use a little strategy and present it the right way.


Tip One-Older Kids Can Do Their Own Laundry

Maybe the single easiest and fastest way to reduce your laundry load is to have your kids do their own laundry. Sounds great, right? Washers and dryers may be a little more sophisticated and complicated than they were a decade or two ago, but that doesn’t mean that your kids can’t lend a hand. Even getting your older children and teens to do their own laundry once a month would give you a well-deserved break!


Now, you might be thinking that this idea sounds impractical and maybe even impossible, but with older children and teens there is no reason that they can’t handle this responsibility. And if they are planning to go off to college in a year or two or three, this is something they are going to need to know how to do for themselves anyhow. You’re teaching them valuable life skills while you get a break. It’s a major win-win.


The time you invest in teaching your kids how to do laundry will be time well-spent. Just be sure that you stay consistent with your demand that they pitch in and help with laundry duties.


Tip Two-Make it a Game

A major hurtle in tackling laundry is an efficient manner is collecting the laundry. Having kids means that more than toys are often spread across the house. Is your home full of laundry scattered all about the house? You might not be able to get your children to handle their own laundry (and of course this isn’t really even an option for younger children), but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get your kids to pitch in and keep their own laundry organized.


Each child should have his or her own laundry basket, preferably in his or her own room. In this way, laundry is kept organized and separated. If you have more than one kid, you can even gamify the process of laundry collection. Who can hang the laundry on the clothesline the fastest?  Who can collect and fold the most laundry of a certain color? Who can gather and put all their socks in their drawer the quickest? You get the idea. Kids love games, and they often love competition with their siblings.


Tip Three-Emphasize the Benefits of Helping You


Simply barking orders at children often doesn’t achieve the desired results. While it may sometimes be hard to believe sometimes, kids can use logic just as well as adults, when they want to at least. Keep this fact in mind when trying to enlist your children in the laundry process.


Point out to your kids that the time you spend doing laundry could be spent doing something else, such as playing with them, taking them somewhere they want to go, cooking something delicious, or helping them out in some other way.


Show them how the small amount of time they invest in helping you with the laundry will benefit them later in some way or another. Just a simple statement like, “Let’s see how quickly we can get this laundry done, and then we’ll all go to the kitchen to bake cookies” can be motivating enough to get them to pitch in and help.


Tip Four-Make Laundry Time, Family Fun Time


Yes, laundry isn’t usually fun. But with a little effort laundry time can actually be exciting, especially for younger children. When you approach the task with some joy and zest, they will mirror your attitude.


Children can help you sort and fold washed clothing, for example. During your laundry time together, you can do things such as play their favorite music or have a television show on in the background that they enjoy. Maybe make up a song about doing laundry that you can sing while you work.


Tip Five-Let Kids Personalize the Laundry Process


Kids, especially younger kids, like to personalize not just objects, but also routines that they do. Try letting your children personalize everything from their clothing hampers to the laundry basket and even their clothing storage areas and dressers. If you decorate their belongings, they will have even more love for using them.


Check out this post for “15 Ideas for Stressed Out Moms” including some ideas how you can decorate laundry baskets as a family DIY project.



Chores Really Do Matter

If you can get kids into the idea of helping you do laundry at a young age, then it becomes a standard part of home life. No doubt it is important for children to focus on learning, studying and growing, but it is also important for children to learn how to take care of themselves in both large and small ways.


Learning how to do laundry and participating in the process may not see like a “huge deal,” but at the end of the day consistently helping you with laundry will help your child grow and develop. Doing the laundry can be fun for children with the right approach. You, as the parent, can make that process a fun and even interesting one for children.


Increasingly, experts are pointing to the importance of giving children work around the house as a way to foster their development. Don’t be afraid to encourage your children to help you not just with the laundry, but with other household activities as well. It just takes some creativity. In the end, you’ll be glad that you did.



17 Best Kitchen Cleaning Tips for People Who Love Clean Kitchens!
Posted by January 03, 2017 at 1:56 PM under Environment Home Living Tips



Most of us really love a clean kitchen, or at least the idea of having one. Doing the work to achieve that sparkling clean kitchen might be a different story however. But in many ways, it is not as tricky or time-consuming as you think.


Yes, you guessed it. In this article, we’ll explore some of the best ideas of cleaning your kitchen. We have specifically selected ideas that are easy to implement, are inexpensive, environmentally friendly and can even be fun to do.


Cleaning your kitchen shouldn’t be a massive burden and with these tips you’ll be able to get that amazing looking kitchen you want in record time!


Tip One- Pay Close Attention to Sponges, Towels and Rugs


There are definitely health hazards lurking in your kitchen; this is not a myth. Three major health hazards come in the form of kitchen sponges, kitchen towels and rugs.


Kitchen towels and rugs are easy health hazards to neutralize. Simply toss your kitchen towels and rugs into the wash and you’ve taken care of the problem. Kitchen towels should be changed every couple of days or more often depending on use.


Kitchen rugs can get very contaminated. Think about all the various things that can drip onto your rug and then imagine those drops festering away for weeks or even months. Yes, it’s pretty gross when you stop to imagine what bacteria your kitchen rug could be harboring. Washing your kitchen rugs at least every two weeks, or after a major spill, is probably a good idea.


Kitchen sponges are a little trickier. They come into contact with food constantly and you use them to make your dishes cleaner, so you certainly don’t want to be rubbing grime and germs onto your “clean” dishes.


Consider replacing kitchen sponges every week and be sure to wash them after every use. Also, consider disinfecting kitchen sponges by soaking them in a plastic container with hydrogen peroxide and rinse very thoroughly afterwards. However, the easiest, and likely safest, way to deal with your kitchen sponge is to simply replace it often or opt for a washable kitchen towel instead.


Tip Two- Avoid the Hidden Health Hazard of the Dish Rack


Just as it is vital to wash such items as your kitchen towels, kitchen rugs and sponges, the same holds true for your dish rack. Dish racks don’t magically stay clean. The fact that they are in the kitchen near food preparation areas means that they can become contaminated. Like your sponges, the idea of the dish rack is to help you with your clean dishes, so contaminating them is the last thing you want to do. The bottom line is don’t forget about the special cleaning needs of your dish rack.

If you have a stainless steel dish rack, that can be great for improving the visual appearance of your kitchen and matching stainless steel appliances. However, be particularly careful that it doesn’t accumulate rust. A bamboo dish rack is also recommended as bamboo is more resistant to bacteria.

It is smart to clean your dish rack just as you would any other kitchen surface area. You can use soap and water or maybe even throw it into the dishwasher, depending on the type of dish rack you have.

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Tip Three-Skip Your Oven’s Cleaning Mode


Your oven’s cleaning mode can be rather problematic. The problem is that the oven clean mode works at a very high temperature and can release a lot of compounds into the air at the same time. In turn this will pollute your air and make it difficult to even breathe in your kitchen.


Instead of using the oven cleaning mode regularly clean your oven with baking soda. Baking soda is safe and will cause no serious indoor air quality issues. Mix some water with a modest amount of baking soda and dish liquid, scrub your oven and let the mixture sit on the oven’s interior for a few minutes. Then scrub again and wipe clean with water. Finally, collect all debris and let your oven dry before using.


Tip Four-Remove Cooktop Stains


Cooktop stains can be very determined to resist your cleaning attempts. This makes sense as cooktop stains are quite literally baked on.


Removing cooktop stains can be as easy as using a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Just remember that hydrogen peroxide can be dangerous so keep it away from children and away from your eyes. Before using your cooktop, wipe down the area with water and dry.


Tip Five-Ammonia for Grease on Stove Grates


Cleaning stove grates can be time consuming and laborious, however, there is a trick. Ammonia can literally soak the grease right off of your stove grates. Check out this clever approach for cleaning your stove grates.

Photo credit: The V Spot


Tip Six-Don’t Let Burnt Pan Bottoms Get You Down


Burnt pan bottoms might seem like a fact of life. Bar Keepers Friend is a great product for shining up the burnt bottoms of pans. In fact, you’ll likely be surprised by how well this product works!


Tip Seven-Polishing Your Sink the Easily and Inexpensively


Want to have a clean sink but don’t feel like spending money on specialty cleaners? One of the easiest, and cheapest ways, to clean your sink is to use flour.


If you have a stainless-steel sink and you want it to look great, then use flour. Click here to check out this great Lifehacker article on how to use good old-fashioned flour to clean your sink.

Photo credit: Lifehacker

Tip Eight-Cleaning Wood Cabinets


Kitchen wood cabinets can get surprisingly dirty, which is not too surprising considering that they are, after all, in the kitchen. Murphy Oil Soap has been around for generations for one simple reason: it works. Murphy Oil Soap can be used to clean everything from wood cabinets to flooring.


Tip Nine-Mineral Oil for Kitchen Counters



Mineral oil can be a good way to wipe kitchen oil off of your counters. Yes, it is counterintuitive to use oil to remove oil, but forget the irony and give it a try! Mineral oil is generally safe to use and definitely works.


Grease and oil on countertops can be a real nuisance, so you really do need a secret weapon. Here is a link to an article about this at One Good Thing if you want to learn more.

Photo credit: One Good Thing by Jillee


Tip Ten-Keep Drawers Clean with Liners


Many people only worry about keeping drawers organized, but keeping them clean is also important. One inexpensive solution is to opt for drawer liners. We recommend cork in particular for this job.


Cork is naturally water resistant and bacteria resistant. Plus, once you have cork, or other drawer liners, you can periodically remove and wipe them down.

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Tip Eleven-Cleaning Your Stainless Steel Appliances with an Oldie but Goodie


Vinegar is something of a cleaning superstar. A mixture of vinegar and oil can be extremely effective at cleaning stainless steel fridges, dishwashers and toasters. You can use mineral oil or even olive oil!

It is an easy process that really works, and you can learn more about how at the Kitchn it by clicking here.

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Tip Twelve-Don’t Forget to Clean the Inside of Your Refrigerator


When people clean the inside of their refrigerators they often overlook the removable parts. Yet, the removable areas inside of your fridge are often the dirtiest parts. Instead of just wiping these areas down, consider removing them and cleaning them thoroughly with soap and water. If you’ve ever noticed that your fridge smelled even after you removed all the old food, it may be that your fridge surfaces need a deeper cleaning.

There is a great article about this at The Kitchn.


Tip Thirteen-Remember that Old Food Can Be a Health Hazard


One of the single best safety habits you can have is to remove old food from your house, whether it is in your cabinets or fridge. Maybe you heard the story recently of a grandmother in the U.K. who sent several members of her family to the emergency room after serving up some nice holiday cocoa…from the 1980s! It’s important to periodically toss out old food so that you don’t have a similar accident.

Photo credit: The Kitchn

Tip Fourteen-Clean Your Garbage Disposal


Garbage disposals can get very smelly. If you have a mystery odor in your kitchen that just won’t go away, then it might just be your garbage disposal.


There are many ways to clean your garbage disposal without actually having to stick your hand down in one of the most dangerous places imaginable. Cleaning methods include using liquid soap while the garbage disposal is on and also just pouring baking soda and vinegar down there to do the job for you.


It is true that normally mixing baking soda and vinegar isn’t a good idea due to the tremendous fizzing action. But where your garbage disposal is concerned this is an exactly what you want! Head over to Crunchy Betty for a step-by-step guide.

Photo credit: Crunchy Betty

Tip Fifteen-Use Lemon and Salt for Your Wooden Cutting Boards


Lemon and salt are a powerful cleaning combo. The two work together particularly well for cleaning wooden cutting boards. Wooden cutting boards can become very dirty and should be cleaned regularly with soap and water. In addition to cleaning them with soap and water, using a combination of salt and lemon can help cut grease and shine up your wooden cutting boards.


Tip Sixteen-Don’t Forget Your Garbage Can


You might remember to clean the inside of your garbage can because it can get rather smelly, but what about the outside of your garbage can? The outside of your garbage can is periodically exposed to all kinds of contaminants ranging from spilt liquids to bits of food and more. You really don’t want to forget about this surface.


If you have young children, you can pretty much be sure that they are going to touch your garbage can. Remember to clean the outside of your garbage can along with other surfaces throughout your kitchen. Much like the dish rack, this part of your kitchen is typically overlooked. Plus, a bright shiny garbage can does wonders to improve the look of your kitchen.

The blog No Trash Can has a good article all about this topic.

Photo credit: No Trash Can

Tip Seventeen-Take Advantage of the Power of Simple Ingredients


You probably noticed that in this article we focused a lot of our attention on cleaning ingredients that are eco-friendly and people safe as well. There are plenty of chemical based cleaners out there that work really well. But as a rule, you really shouldn’t bring anything into your kitchen that would be very harmful or even lethal if consumed.


Anything you put down the drain eventually makes it out into the oceans and eventually into the fish of the sea and the food chains. Your cleaning decisions most definitely matter, and they do impact the world.


If you want to use fewer chemicals and fossil fuel based products, then opting for cleaning products that you make yourself. And then make those products out of safe and inexpensive ingredients.

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Clean kitchen are healthier kitchens. A key part of observing proper food safety, so that your cocoa doesn’t send your family to the emergency room, is to think about ways to keep your kitchen cleaner.


A major part of having a clean kitchen is to not take anything for granted. Areas that you are sure are clean may be in need of some help. It is also vital to remember that most people don’t really need powerful chemical based cleaning agents.

Simple cleaning tools and ingredients, like the ones outlined in this article, should be more than enough for the majority of your kitchen cleaning needs. Soap, water, vinegar, mineral oil, baking soda and even olive oil can go a long way towards helping you achieve a much safer and healthier kitchen.




15 Top Laundry Tips Designed for Stressed Out Moms
Posted by January 02, 2017 at 3:56 PM under Home Living Tips


Laundry is one of those things in life that many of us simply “do” and rarely think much about how to improve. That is part of the reason that this article is an important one for moms who are tackling this never-ending activity.


There may not be any escaping laundry, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t tips that can help you improve the results that you see from your laundry duties. If you’re a mom or a dad, then you already know that having children certainly makes the laundry process much more intimidating. Even the smallest items of toddler clothes add up to a lot of extra work.  This is especially true when you consider how fast your kids manage to do something that gets their clothes dirty all over again.



The time you invest in making your laundry time more efficient is definitely time well spent. The fifteen tips and tricks outlined in this article are designed to help you improve your laundry results while at the same time infusing a little more life and fun into the laundry process.


Thinking that there isn’t much room for improving your old and tired laundry routine? Think again as we have fifteen awesome tips and tricks that will brighten up not just your clothing, but your laundry time as well! This article includes links to a bunch of great sites with interesting ideas as well as numerous tips that can help you transform your average laundry day experience.


It’s the start to a New Year, and the perfect time to get excited about laundry!


Tip One-Let’s Get Really Organized


One of the easiest ways to make laundry time a little more fun and less time consuming is to get organized; after all, do you really want to spend more time doing laundry?


Organizing your laundry room makes everything you do a little easier and a little faster. Instead of lugging huge tubs of liquid fabric softener and detergent store those liquids in smaller, and easier to use, containers.


While this tip might not seem like a “big deal” you’ll be surprised how much time this tip saves you. Additionally, this tip will help keep your laundry area neater as you’ll reduce those irritating, and rather sticky, spills.


Tip Two-Liven Up Your Laundry with a Cute Laundry Hamper


Part of what makes doing laundry often seem like such a chore is that laundry isn’t just smelly, but it can be unpleasant to look at as well. Laundry hampers aren’t exactly known for being pretty, but there are some easy fixes for that.


You could try making a laundry hamper out of your favorite pillowcase for your kid’s room. It’s the perfect decoration to hang on a closet. You’ll save money and can have a fun time personalizing your festive pillow case at the same time.


Check out the how-to over at Makezine.

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Tip Three-Don’t Let Your Laundry Overflow


Laundry scattered about causes a sense of disorganization. Overflowing laundry hampers are an eyesore and just add to the general unpleasantness we often associate with doing laundry.


So why not “go big” and have a huge laundry hamper? And you can make one that rarely overflows because it is the perfect size. Here is an interesting DIY laundry hamper project that is easy and inexpensive.


Home Depot has a large laundry hamper project you’ll love. Best of all, this DIY laundry hamper is very inexpensive, meaning you can have several if you like! (Photo credit: Home Depot)


Tip Four-Make Your Own Laundry Soap


Like laundry itself, laundry soap doesn’t receive too much attention. Unless laundry soap causes a rash or smells weird, most of us never give laundry soap a second thought.


However, laundry soap can be packed with harmful chemicals and additives that are bad both for the planet and humans.


There are many easy to make and eco-friendly laundry detergent recipes available on the Internet. One idea is to simply take bar soap, grate it and add washing soda, borax and essential oils.


Follow this link at Wellness Mama to find a how-to on making your own easy and cheap laundry soap. You’ll find that making your own laundry soap can be a fun activity that kids love! This tip should be in every mom’s “rainy day activity bucket!”

Photo credit: Wellness Mama


Tip Five-Replace Sheets with Eco-Friendly Dryer Balls


While dryer sheets may make your clothing softer, they are a form of unregulated air pollution. In fact, they are bad for the planet, as they often use harmful chemicals. When it comes down to it, dryer sheets are an unnecessary expense.


So skip the sheets and instead opt for wool dryer balls. Dryer balls work rather well and will consistently fluff up your laundry! Studies also show that they can reduce your dryer time by up to 25% and, much like using clotheslines, that means you’ll cut down on your electricity usage. Plus dryer balls reduce static electricity and wrinkles as well.

This link at Memo will give you some ideas and inspirations for creating your own dryer balls.

Photo credit: Memo.

Tip Six-Cut Down on Dryer Noise


A noisy dryer is a maddening thing. Every mom knows that there are times you have no choice but to put your shoes or your kid’s shoes in the dryer, which can be rather irritating to listen to. It often sounds like your dryer is about to explode!


One easy way around this is to buy a special dryer bag to cut down on the noise. These dryer bags are inexpensive and will serve to protect your other clothing.

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Tip Seven-Opt for an Eco-Friendly Clothesline


It should come as no surprise that we firmly believe that clotheslines are a true winner when it comes to laundry tips.

They lower your carbon footprint, save you tons of money and have numerous other benefits, such as reducing the risk of a house fire. Our site has lots of clothesline ideas, tips and products.

Check out this page for a comprehensive refresher on why we love clotheslines so much.



Tip Eight-A Drying Shelf


In addition to using a clothesline, consider using a drying shelf. A drying shelf allows you to dry your clothing flat and has many of the benefits of a clothesline.


When you are not using your drying shelf, you can simply slide it out of the way if you build it in the right away. Here is a free plan from Sawdust Girl for making your own pull out sweeter drying rack.

Photo credit: Sawdust Girl
Tip Nine-Laundry Pedestals


An organized laundry room is one that feels calming and makes the whole experience of doing laundry a lot more pleasant. Messes anywhere in the house can be a source of stress, but there is something particularly irritating about messy laundry rooms.


A laundry pedestal is a nice way to get organized. It stores clothing and raises your machine off the ground. The only big problem with laundry pedestals is that they can be expensive, in fact, they are comically expensive considering what they really are.


So why not build your own and literally save hundreds of dollars? Click here for a great DIY pedestal plan.

Photo credit: Just a Girl Blog

Tip Ten-White Chalk and Stains


Every mom knows just what a headache stains can be, and this is especially true for stains on kid’s clothing. Luckily, simply using white chalk can help remove some of the toughest stains. As a mother, we’re sure you have lots of chalk around so start putting it to good use.


Simply rub white chalk over grease stains before washing. The chalk absorbs the stain while in the wash, and the stain comes right out. Try this tip, you’ll love it!


Tip Eleven-Making Laundry Time Fun Time for Your Kids


Many hands can get a job done much quicker, so why not bring your kids into the laundry equation? The trick is to make laundry as fun as possible. Often children love sorting clothing and putting clothing in their rooms.


For younger children, this activity makes them feel more grown up. You will be surprised how eager your children are to help out.


Tip Twelve-Laundry Baskets in Your Closets


Keeping dirty clothing out of sight is one way to take some of the sting out of laundry. Mom’s know that kids will literally leave dirty clothes almost anywhere and everywhere.


Hanging laundry baskets are an easy way to keep dirty clothing both out of sight and organized. If you want to see an example of a hanging laundry basket in action, then head over to this link.

Photo credit: Whorl


Tip Thirteen-The Solution for Dryers that Shrink Your Clothing

Dryers will shrink clothing; this is just an unfortunate fact of life. (Of course, this is yet another reason that you should strongly consider clotheslines!) But almost everyone has had the unpleasant experience of accidentally drying a much-loved article of clothing, only to find that it ends up way too tight and uncomfortable.

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However, there is a way to fix this problem. Try pouring baby shampoo and warm water into the sink, then let the items sit in the sink for a few minutes. The reason this tip works is that it helps the fibers in the clothing relax.


Next, squeeze the water out of a single article of clothing and lay that item on a towel. Roll up the towel, put the article of clothing on a dry towel and let it air dry. You’ll find that the clothing will often return to its original size once it has air dried.


Tip Fourteen-Dirty Toys in the Washer?


The washer may seem like an odd place for toys, but for some toys it is the perfect solution. Just be sure to use only cold water. Never use hot water as it could damage toys or release chemicals from the toys.


Many toys that may seem like they can’t be washed, such as Legos, can be easily washed with the help of a laundry bag. Drop the toys in a laundry bag and add a little soap. Afterwards, allow the now clean toys to air dry.


Dirty toys don’t necessarily have to stay that way. Use this tip on a case by case basis and your kids’ toys will stay much cleaner.


Tip Fifteen-Make Small and Moderate Repairs to Your Laundry Room


Are you stuck in a “laundry dungeon?” You are not alone. Around the world moms find themselves stuck in laundry dungeons.


Due to the noise and mess, laundry rooms are often tucked away in unfinished, spider web riddled basements and even garages. Of course, this issue only adds to the overall unpleasantness of doing laundry.


One solution is to step back and evaluate your laundry room. Look for easy and inexpensive ways to boost the appeal of your laundry room. Filling in cracks, adding a coat of pain or considering a drop ceiling in unfinished basement areas are all excellent examples of how quick and easy upgrades can improve your basement.


Transform Your Laundry Experience


Added together, these fifteen tips can truly transform your laundry experience. The idea that laundry has to be a painful experience is not an idea that moms should simply accept.


There is no time like the present for improving your laundry experience. Whether it is tackling the noise of laundry or getting your laundry space more organized, there are many ways to improve this part of your life.



Create Your Own Laundry List


Consider writing down a list of all the things that bother you about doing laundry. Once you have your list in hand, look for ways to reduce the stress and irritation associated with doing laundry.


With a little planning, you’ll find that you can definitely transform your laundry experience. In the end, laundry will likely never be the highlight of your day, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make laundry time a little less of a chore. Go ahead and free yourselves from the laundry dungeon and come into the light!

25 Household Green Cleaning Tips
Posted by January 02, 2017 at 1:21 PM under Home Living Tips


You don’t need harsh chemicals or strange ingredients to keep your home clean. There are literally dozens of great ways to keep your living environment shiny and spotless without using chemicals or ingredients that can harm you, your children, your pets or the environment. The idea that you need chemicals to clean the average home is not only truly outdated, but also it could put your health and the health of your family at risk.


Why expose your family to a bunch of chemicals if it’s not even necessary? You’ll find that some common household ingredients not only save you money, but also often clean your home even better!


In this article, we are going to explore 25 of the very best ways to keep your home clean. All of these household green cleaning tips are easy to implement, inexpensive and, of course, very effective.


Tips for the Kitchen


Tip One-Vinegar in the Kitchen


Grandma used vinegar for cleaning her kitchen and for good reason. Vinegar is something of a cleaning superstar, and it definitely works wonders in the kitchen. If you don’t like the vinegary smell, you very well might want to try to make an exception when it comes to cleaning.


One good way to use vinegar in the kitchen is to spray vinegar on your stove, let it sit for 10 minutes and then wipe it clean. Another excellent use of vinegar in the kitchen is to remove and prevent hard water deposits in your dishwasher.


Tip Two-Salt and Lemon for Your Pots


Salt and citrus isn’t just for margaritas anymore! If you feel that your pots and pans need a little shining up, don’t reach for a potentially toxic chemical, as there is a much easier solution.


Dull looking pots and pans can be brought back to life with a sprinkle of salt. After adding a sprinkle of salt to your pot or pan, simply scrub it with a lemon wedge. You’ll be surprised just how well this simple and inexpensive trick works! You will definitely notice and appreciate the difference when you look at the cookware in your kitchen.


Tip Three-Say Goodbye to Grease on Stoves


Grease on stoves can be pretty tricky to remove, and can quickly make your kitchen look dirty and unkempt. But there is an easy way to remove grease. Simply mix baking soda with warm water and scrub your stovetop with a cloth. Also, this trick can be used to brighten and liven up stainless steel appliances and even stainless steel countertops.


Tip Four-Baking Soda and Your Trashcan


Just as grandma loved vinegar for cleaning, the same can be stated for baking soda. Baking soda has endured the test of time and has been loved as a low-cost and people friendly cleaning product for generations.


A dirty trashcan be something of a nightmare, but a little baking soda can clean even the dirtiest trashcan right up! Sprinkle some baking soda into your trashcan, then add water and wipe until dry.


Don’t forget baking soda removes and prevents odors, so it really is a perfect ingredient to use. You can add extra baking soda to control future odors.


Tip Five-Cleaning Granite Countertops


Granite countertops always look amazing in the kitchen. But what about when they get dirty? If you want to keep your granite looking clean and vibrant, the good news is that you don’t need special cleaners or chemicals.


Mix alcohol and water together in a spray bottle then spray and wipe for granite countertops and other granite surfaces when you want them to be sparkling clean.


Tip Six-Cleaning Your Trash Disposal


People have a tendency to forget about their trash disposal unless it does one of two things: stops working or starts smelling! Neutralizing the sometimes powerful smells that can come from trash disposals can be as easy as squirting a liberal amount of liquid hand soap down the drain.


After you’ve squirted the liquid soap down the drain, count to five and turn the disposal on. Let the disposal run for at least fifteen seconds. If this doesn’t neutralize the odors, just move on to pouring vinegar down the drain.


Tips for the Laundry Room


Tip Seven-Removing Odors

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Laundry odors may sometimes be a headache. After washing and drying your clothes, you want them to smell clean and fresh. If you’ve tried to reduce your laundry odors and nothing seems to work, don’t despair.


Instead add ¼ cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle. You’ll find that your laundry odors vanish in no time.


Tip Eight-Vinegar to the Rescue Again


It’s a good idea to periodically clean your laundry machine. Cleaning your laundry machine is as easy as allowing mixing some vinegar into the water of your laundry machine, letting the mixture soak and then rinsing.


Tip Nine-Soften Clothing with Vinegar


Believe it or not, vinegar can also soften clothing as well. A little vinegar during the rinse cycle serves to soften virtually any article of clothing; this old trick works very well.


Tip Ten-Brighten Your Whites with Baking Soda


People often replace their whites just because they can’t figure out how to get them white and bright again. There really is no need to spend the extra money, because you can easily do it yourself on a very, very low budget.


Dull whites are not necessary, especially if you have an inexpensive box of baking soda handy. Special detergents might have harmful chemicals in them and they are not necessary. Instead opt for the time tested, whitening power of baking soda.


Tip Eleven-Baking Soda and Stains


It may come as little surprise that baking soda, which can brighten whites, can also work to remove stains. If you want to use baking soda to remove stains, just pre-treat your clothing with baking soda and water before washing. Then toss them into the washing machine and you’ll quickly see that your clothes are stain-free. You’ll find that this quick fix can remove some seriously stubborn stains and, of course, it’s far less expensive than buying stain removal formulas from the store.


Tips for the Bathroom


Tip Twelve-Skip the Pricey Wipes


Many people believe that if there is no place in their home that needs “industrial strength cleaning power,” that it’s the bathroom. That’s why so many people are willing to spend their hard-earned dollars on bathroom cleaning supplies. Yet, the simple fact is that nature has provide us with a range of excellent ways to clean our bathrooms without the use of harmful chemicals.


Wipes are a great example of how you can save considerable money with the right approach. But cleaning and disinfecting wipes from the store have a tendency to be rather expensive.


But you can make your own equally effective wipes just by adding alcohol to baby wipes, which tend to be much cheaper. (They have to be inexpensive as people go through hundreds of them just taking care of their infants!) The end result is a wipe that does the same job and will disinfect just as well as specialty cleaning wipes. Our baby wipe and alcohol combination will save serious cash.


Tip Thirteen-Cotton Balls Soaked in Alcohol Are Your Friend


Cotton balls soaked in alcohol are an easy way to shine metal in your bathroom. Far too often people skip cleaning metal surfaces in the bathroom thinking that they don’t harbor bacteria and virus like other surfaces; this is a mistake. But cotton balls soaked in alcohol will definitely get the job done in a quick and easy manner.


Tip Fourteen-White Vinegar for Bathroom Surfaces


Another great way to clean your bathroom surfaces is to use white vinegar. The ever-versatile white vinegar can clean almost any bathroom surface. After spraying down a surface with white vinegar, just rinse or wipe the vinegar away with water.


Tip Fifteen-The Easiest Way to Clean Bathroom Mirrors


When was the last time you cleaned your bathroom mirror? If you are like most people, then you probably can’t remember the last time that you actually accomplished this feat.


Once more vinegar is on our list coming to the rescue! A mixture of vinegar and water will not only clean your bathroom mirrors, but will also leave them streak free.


Tip Sixteen-Tackling Soapy, Grimy Shower Curtains


Grimy shower curtains can be one of the single scariest things in the average home. Shower curtains can be notoriously hard to clean and many are made from harmful materials that degas. If you’ve ever thought that a new shower curtain smelled you are not alone. What you are selling is a chemical mixture that is harmful.


Cotton shower curtains and hemp based shower curtains are two good options. Hemp is naturally resistant to mold and mildew for example, but even these shower curtains can get quite grimy.


Periodically spray your shower curtain with a mixture of vinegar and water. Let this vinegar-water mixture sit for about fifteen minutes and then rinse. You can use this tip for any surface that has soap scum buildup.

Tip Seventeen-Brighten and Clean Your Tub


Soap and dirt build up on your tub can be unsightly and unhealthy. After your next shower or bath, put a little baking soda on a rag and scrub down the wet surfaces; this easy approach will clean, remove soap build up and help prevent future soap build up as well.
Tip Eighteen-Don’t Fight with Clogged Drains


Some drains are so tough that you may need a plumber, but the fact is that in most situations you can unclog drains yourself! Here is a trick you might find very helpful.


Try pouring boiling water down the drain and then using a plunger until you begin to see the water flowing more readily. With tougher clogs, you may have to repeat this step a few times, but it is certainly cheaper than a plumber’s bill!


Tips for Overall Cleanliness


Tip Nineteen-Cleaning Hardwood Floors


If cleaning hardwood floors makes you a little nervous then consider our tip for cleaning hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are finished with a wide array of different products and some are more durable than others.


For this reason, it is best to test out any hardwood cleaning approach or product in an out of the way area, such as a closet, before using on all of your hardwood floors. Vinegar and a hot water mixture will work to both help shine your hardwood floors and get them clean. Any dirt or grease should easily be removed with this approach.


Tip Twenty-Invest in a Microfiber Cleaning Cloth


A good microfiber cleaning cloth, one that can be washed and reused, is a prudent investment. A microfiber cleaning cloth is a great way to clean everything from computer monitors to television screens and more. Since, most microfiber clothes are intended to be washed they can be a very eco-friendly option.


Tip Twenty-One-Improve Vacuum Cleaner Performance and Energy Efficiency


There is a simple way to improve both the performance and the energy efficiency of most modern vacuum cleaners. These vacuum cleaners have at least one and sometimes two filters. Periodically cleaning these filters improves their performance by increasing their suction power and by increasing the efficiency of the vacuum cleaner.


Clean filters require less energy and that lowers your carbon footprint. Plus, cleaner vacuums release cleaner air.
Tip Twenty-Two-Change Your Whole House Filters


If you have an HVAC system, it is important to keep your filters clean. HVAC systems have to work much harder to handle air when there is a dirty, clogged or even blocked filter. Checking your filters every month and changing them when they are dirty will help you save energy, save money and lower your carbon footprint.


The air that circulates through your home will be far cleaner and healthier than if you infrequently changed your air filters.


Tip Twenty-Three-Invest in a Quality Air Purifier and Air Quality Meter


When it comes to cleaning people often overlook cleaning their air. However, indoor air quality is increasingly being linked to a range of diseases and even lower I.Q.s. In fact, poor indoor air quality may play a role in everything from the number of colds and flus you catch to whether or not you get seriously ill in the future.


Poor indoor air quality is particularly concerning for children. If you do have an air purifier be sure to change the filters frequently. An air quality meter can help you keep track of how successfully you are cleaning your home’s indoor air.


Tip Twenty-Four-Plants, Plants and More Plants


A great, inexpensive and often overlooked way to clean your home’s air is to populate your home with a variety of plants. Plants such as snake plants, ferns and peace lilies have been shown in many studies, including those conducted by NASA, to remove harmful compounds, such as formaldehyde, from the air.


Plants clean the air during the day and release oxygen at night making them true friends for your lungs and overall health.


Tip Twenty-Five-Keep Vinegar Handy


Vinegar often cleans just as well as chemical cleaners. Most people don’t need powerful disinfecting cleaners. Soap and water and a little vinegar and white vinegar can successful handle most cleaning tasks.


These twenty-five tips were carefully selected to help you not just clean effectively, but to clean in a way that is healthier for you, your family and the planet. The cleanliness of your home isn’t just limited to how clean your kitchen, bathroom and floors may be, but also includes how clean your air is and the products that populate your home.


Products that degas harmful chemicals, lead paint, exposure to chemical based insulation, hiding areas of mold and mildew, radon and other dangers must also be considered.