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Laundry Room Help

Laundry isn’t one of my favorite things to do. I don’t mind getting the laundry into the washer, but somehow getting it into the dryer gets forgotten for about half a day. And don’t get me started on folding!

Our laundry “room” is connected to the kitchen, right by the back door. It seems this area is always dirty, because the dog comes in that door so dirt/leaves/etc get tracked in. We also have shelves going around that whole area. This is tons of great storage, but I hated seeing all of our kitchen appliances. Hence the curtains. So much better!

Eventually, we’re going to get cabinets and put in a pantry. Until then, I’m making it work, because this is something we’ll do well after the baby is born.

Here are some of my favorite ideas to eventually inspire that room (have I mentioned that I love Pinterest?)


From Tatertots and Jello. This would be my dream area! And it's actually possible in the space I have. Someday...

From I Really Should Be Sleeping. Such an easy and inexpensive idea. And it's removable!

From Pinterest. I'm not sure if we have enough ceiling heigh for this, but I love the idea.

I also really love these storage ideas from I Heart Organizing.

Someday my laundry area will look as fabulous. Until then, it’s just functional!

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Laundry for Cheaper

Laundry isn’t my favorite thing to do, and I hate spending so much money on laundry detergent. Especially when I have trouble getting certain stains out. But Pinterest came to my rescue again!

I love this stain removal chart from Martha Stewart! Now maybe I’ll be able to get the coffee and tea stains out of my clothes!

I’ve also been looking for a natural and inexpensive laundry detergent that’s gentle enough for a baby. I’ve been on the lookout for awhile, hoping that I’d find something before I needed to buy more detergent. And success! I found this recipe on Being Creative to Keep My Sanity and made a few changes that other readers posted in their comments.

What you’ll need:
*1 box (4 lb) baking soda
*1 box (3 lb 7 oz) washing soda
*1 box (4 lb 12 oz) Borax
*3 bars Ivory unscented soap

I found the three boxes all together in the detergent aisle of Walmart. The bars of soap were in the soap aisle. Total spent:  $12. Not too bad!

1.  Using an old grater, grate the Ivory soap. I wouldn’t suggest using this grater for food anymore.

2.  Mix all the ingredients together in a large stock pot or bucket. Only pour part of each box/soap flakes in, alternating them. This makes mixing it all together much easier. And make sure you hold your breath or wear a mask when you dump the boxes in. I forgot this and inhaled some of that baking soda. Yuck.

3.  Store in a covered container.

I use a small spoonful added to the actual washer in my HE washer. Based on the comments on the original post, my fingers are crossed that this really will be gentle enough for cloth diapers and baby clothes. We’ll find out soon enough!

*Please use at your own risk.

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