Just a few laundry odds and ends to start out your Monday…
- Do you make your own laundry detergent? What about your own laundry booster? I found an interesting post at Apartment Therapy on how to make your own scented laundry booster!
According to the post, you can make it in large quantities and can use any fresh herbs you have on hand: lavender, basil, etc.
Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but I was not aware there was a washer/dryer all-in-one on the market. Ariston Appliances claims that this machine can wash up to 15 pounds of laundry and then immediately dry it. Now that’s something to think about! For people who have extremely limited space, this could be a great option. Of course prices are not listed on their website, so I have no idea if this is even a financial option for most people or if it is a reliable machine. Regardless, it’s an interesting concept!
- If you live in North Carolina and need a washing machine, keep in mind that the NC Tax Free Weekend for Energy-Star appliances is coming up: November 5-7, 2010. Remember that only washing machines qualify as Energy-Star compliant – not dryers. It’s just impossible with our current technology to figure out how to efficiently heat air, so dryers do not qualify.
- It seems Mrs. Meyer’s is now available at Wal-Mart! Their pricing in the store is very similar to the prices noted on their website.Also, Mrs. Meyer’s now has their laundry detergent available in the scent of Basil. I haven’t tried it yet, but I would assume it’s as clean and fresh as their other scents.
- You can print a coupon for $1 off at Purex Saves Green. You have to email a coupon to a friend, but after doing so you can immediately print your coupon. (Click on the bar code icon in the top right corner.)
Have you had an good online laundry finds lately? Have you written any laundry posts on your blog? Leave a link in the comments…I’d love to take a look at them!
Hi! I just recently started following your blog when you guest posted on Raising Arrows. I am a stay-at-home mother of four children four and under, so I have my share of laundry. 🙂 Laundry is by no means a frequent topic on my blog, but I did do a very short post called Laundry Day a couple years ago. http://angela.eternaloutlook.com/2008/11/laundry-day.html
Thank you for your very practical and helpful blog!
Angela @ Eternal Outlook
Angela, thanks so much for sharing the link! Can’t wait to take a peek!
I just had a quick question about what type/brand of detergent you prefer since it sounds like you’ve used so many different ones. I’ve gathered that you’re an Oxi fan – I am too!
Erin – Yes, I am definitely an Oxi-Clean fan! You can hardly beat sodium percarbonate as a laundry whitener. But it doesn’t work for everyone and there are good alternatives out there.
My favorite brands of detergent are Tide and Charlie’s Soap. You are right, I have tried a TON of different detergents, and Tide consistently gets our clothes clean and keeps them clean. I also really like Charlie’s Soap for the same reason. Now I certainly buy other brands of detergent when on sale with a coupon, as I am not horribly picky. It’s hard to pass up $2 quality detergent. 😉
But if price was not in the picture, I would buy Tide and Charlie’s exclusively.
I’m only a few weeks behind on this post! When my parents lived outside of London for a couple years, they lived in a flat (apartment) that had an all-in-one washer/dryer in the kitchen. It was horrible! It took 4 or 5 hours to wash and dry a small load of clothes and they came out looking like you wadded them up in a ball and tied them up with rubber bands before drying them. She finally told my dad they were buying a regular dryer or she was coming back to the states. So they had a dryer in their bedroom that they would plug in and vent out window when it was time to dry clothes!