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Hanging out your laundry to dry

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Today, a heated debate is being carried out in the street, in city council chambers and the boardrooms of property developers. Does it concern stem cell research, the U.S. presence in Iraq or even proposed caps to CEO salaries? The topic of this debate is as mundane as it gets. It has to do with clotheslines and airing your clean laundry. With the increased public awareness of the carbon footprint of an average family, many people have returned to their grandparents’ practice of hanging their laundry to dry. Environmental groups have spawned a growing grass roots movement that actively promotes...

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Remove Laundry Stains Naturally

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Lemon and Sunshine When it comes to getting stains out of whites, bleach really can't be beat. Unfortunately, bleach is too harsh to use on delicate fabrics like lace or silk and can eventually wear down the fibres of all fabrics. Likewise, some people have skin that is sensitive to the residue that bleach leaves behind--this is particularly true for babies. Luckily, there are two gentle, effective, and all natural ingredients for removing stains: lemon juice and sunshine. Here's how to do it. 1. First, wash the garment with detergent in cold water. This will help to remove much of...

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Want a better laundry detergent

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Are you concerned about the synthetic chemicals found in your laundry detergent? The typical laundry detergent is a sea of unhealthy ingredients including petroleum distillates, phosphates, chlorine, EDTA, surfactants, and phenols. Worst of all, when you use these laundry detergents to wash your family’s clothes, you may be left with chemical residue on your skin. This is of particular concern if you have children since they’re growing bodies may be more susceptible to the effects of the chemicals found in laundry detergent. Fortunately, there’s a safer alternative. This alternative comes in the form of “soap berries” which are derived from...

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5 Tips to Help Your Clothes Dryer Run Faster

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There will be times when its just not practicable to use an outdoor clothesline so if you must use your indoor dryer here are five tips to make your electric or gas dryer more efficient. Does your clothes dryer seem to take forever to dry your clothes? While older machines can be expected to run slower, sometimes even a brand new dryer can leave your clothes damp at the end of a cycle. Here are a few tips to help bring it up to speed. Plan Your Load Size The ideal load has enough bulk to force all of the...

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Tips for drying laundry on an outdoor clothesline

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While line drying laundry is generally a straightforward process, certain knits and blends require special attention to prevent stretching and marking from clotheslines and pins.  This article provides five helpful tips to ensure superb results when drying laundry on an outdoor line.   How to Get Perfect Results From Line Drying Your Laundry   With the rising cost of electricity, many families are returning to a previous generation’s approach to drying laundry.  As line drying has become something of a lost art, most of us could benefit from a review of basic techniques for drying our delicates and knits out...

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