Tuesday Tips: Laundry Day

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Yes, I bought this purely based on packaging...I'll let you know if it works.

Don’t you think there’s something cathartic and totally satisfying about doing laundry? I feel like a pioneer wife, finding stains and going to work on them…but then, I quickly thank God for technology and throw the clothes in the washer and walk away. My favorite part of laundry is the folding. I love to find a spot to sit, guilt-free, smelling the toasty warm clothes of my family and neatly stacking them in the basket until it starts all over again.

Here are a few of my favorite laundry helpers:

carbona

Carbona Stain Devils: For stains, nothing that I have come across works better than this line of stain removers. Each formula tackles different types of stains. The stains we battle most tell the story of our life at home: wine, chocolate, berries and garden stains. One of these yellow bottles have saved so many of our clothes.

Our most-used is Formula #8 for wine, tea, coffee and juice—big surprise, huh? The best part is you can find them at our local Von’s for under five bucks. These little devils have paid for themselves ten times over.

The Laundress: My friend Cece, a personal organizer in Santa Barbara, referred me to this awesome site and blog that has so many laundry tips and tricks. From washing suits and blazers, to cashmere, to bug and moth prevention they give you the cleaning scoop on everything. I haven’t ordered any of their products (yet!) but I like their philosophy about using the dry cleaner and harsh chemicals less and natural ingredients more.

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The Rowenta Pressure Iron and Steamer: This is the BEST iron I have found in the USA. Yes, it’s expensive, but consider it an investment in your laundry and life. It’s well built, gentle on fabrics and makes ironing well, kind of fun. Seriously! The best feature is it gives up to 90 minutes of steam— letting you power through ironing tablecloths and sheets with ease.

Do you have any laundry day favorites?

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18 thoughts on “Tuesday Tips: Laundry Day”

Mrs. Meyers Laundry Soap and Dryer Sheets! Can’t beat the way my laundry smells when I’m finished! Meyers Lemon, Basil and Lavender are my “Go To” scents. I love doing laundry …call me crazy! 🙂

Valerie,

So glad you wrote about ironing today. Please try to answer my problem . I have a rowenta and when I close up the ironing board because of all the steam it leaks on the floor and rusts board.
Should I have a better pad? Do you have this prob. I too like ironing sheets. In a recent Elle Decor talked about a special board that is Barbara Barry’s favorite. I don’t have room for it but wondered if you have one. Think it’s a few hundred . Can’t remember the name of it tho.

Thanks
Jean Brooks
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Thanks for good tips. I too like doing laundry, it’s the easy job, and so satisfying to attack stains and get them out!! and who doesn’t want to smell clean and fresh? My husband sometimes offers to wash, but I won’t let him!!

Hi Jean!
I don’t have that problem with my iron but maybe a new and improved pad would be a good solution?

In regards to the ironing station I think you are referring to this one from Miele http://www.mieleusa.com/usa/laundry/rotaryIron/product.asp?cat=4&subcat=17&model=555&series=126&nav=&snav=&tnav=&oT=175&menu_id=20&active=Our%20Products&subm=Home%20Appliances&thirdL=Laundry%20Care&fourthL=Rotary%20Irons&fifthL=Products& It looks AMAZING but I have never had the chance to try one out.
Hope this is helpful!
-Val

I’m glad to hear I’m not the last person on earth who irons sheets — every week, not just for guests. There is something quiet and meditative about ironing. Perhaps it’s a metaphor for a “mindful” life : smoothing the wrinkled, jagged places, feeling the warmth as we fold things together neatly. I’ve been ironing since I was a kid, beginning with my father’s handkerchiefs. Now it’s generally just sheets: they look so lovely on the bed — at least for one or two nights.

I alternately use Ecover, Method or Mrs. Meyers products and dryer sheets. About a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Mule Team Borax also goes in, and sometimes I spray a mist of water and lavender into the dryer towards the end of the cycle. All good. This summer I’m going to install an outdoor clothesline!

Hi Angela,
I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for the tips and product information.
-Val
PS My first foray in ironing was my father’s handkerchiefs, too.

Val, I didn’t say he actually does it, but he is very capable and does plenty, like vacuuming, he grew up doing household chores, he doesn’t do dishes every night, but when we have company, he always does, leaving me to relax and drink more wine, yes I am lucky.

My iron is always nearby since I quilt. I’ve found that using a terry cloth bath towel over the ironing board basic cover used directly on the metal board….followed by the towel and topped with an ironing board cover which can be pulled taut is really great for ironing

I keep my board and iron right by my computer so I can do both, if necessary. Both are in my sewing room and in handy reach of most everything I need.

By the way, the ironing station sure looks like a mangle to me.

Also, where can I get Mrs. Meyers Laundry Soap and Dryer Sheets? I live in Georgia.

Hi Valerie, my first ever comment here…
I love doing laundry, which is good I suppose, since I find myself doing it every day with two young girls. Because of allergy and skin issues, we stick with good old Dreft for everything. Thanks for the iron recommendation. I need a new one to replace my very old ghetto iron, so I think this Rowenta is the way to go. I try not to dry clean unless absolutely necessary. I might try the Laundress cashmere was for my beloved cashmere scarves. Do you have any other recommendations for cleaning cashmere or silk, besides dry cleaning? Thank you so much!

Hi Jen,
Thanks for your comment! When I worked at Ralph Lauren, during my college years, they always encouraged us to wash our cashmere by hand. I have refined my washing considerably since those days but still wash my cashmere at home. Here’s how I do it: I fill up my laundry room sink half way with cold water adding just a drop or two of woolite. I wash the sweater by hand (focusing on the stains or smelly areas) and then rinse well. After all signs of the soap are gone I ball up the sweater and squeeze out the excess water — don’t twist. Then I lay it flat on a clean towel and roll it up pressing the towel into the sweater as you go. This allows the sweater to release more water but not get stretched out. After, I let it dry on new clean and dry towel. When it’s dry, if it’s a bit wrinkly, I steam it with the iron — darn, I love that iron. Sorry about the long response…hope this is helpful.
-Val

Hi Carolyn,
You’re quite the multi-tasker, I’m impressed! I’m not familiar with what stores out your way but I have seen Mrs. Meyers products at a lot of health food stores. Online, here’s the link to them on Amazon — it seems they have everything these days. http://www.amazon.com/Mrs-Meyers-Clean-Day-Lavender/dp/B000S5VEWA/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1367367110&sr=8-7&keywords=mrs+meyers+lavender+fabric+softener
Cheers (it’s after 5 o’clock right?)
-Val

I use Caldrea laundry detergent in a pine Lavender scent. I also love to iron sheets and pillow cases, spraying them with lavender water as I go. It is delicious aromatherapy while ironing and makes the sheets smell so good on the bed. Ironed sheets also make the linen closet look so neat and organized. Thanks for your suggestions.

Dear Val,
Thank you for introducing me to Stain Devils! You are right, they are amazing!
FYI, I still always have good ol’ Biz on hand…. great for getting red wine out, not
that that’s something I would need to know about!:) xo
P.S., My motto is, it takes an army of laundry products!:)

In Northern California, where I live, you can find Mrs. Meyer’s products in any grocery store! Readily available…also at World Market~ Cost Plus. Hope that helps!
Susan

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