While we’re all for clothesline drying, we understand that it is winter afterall so many of you are making use of your dryer this season along with using dryer assisted products like dryer balls and sheets. Dryer sheets are excellent to throw in with your wet washing for several reasons - they prevent static clinging, they soften your washing, and they make it smell extra fresh. The selection of dryer sheets available may overwhelm you, but most are the same being composed of similar fibres & ingredients - non woven polyester with chemicals & unnatural scents. Most of the chemicals in these sheets are harmless, but they are toxic at the end of the day and unnecessary. Some chemically created scents tend to be headache inducing! You can easily make your own dryer sheets using all natural ingredients, which will also help you save money and waste in the long run. Here’s a recipe that we’re sure will work just as well as the packaged products at the supermarket: Ingredients Reusable Flannel Baby Wipes - These can be found in most baby shops. Yes, we forgot to mention that you’re making reusable dryer sheets! Essential Oil - You can choose whatever scent you fancy, but recommend citrus scents like lemon, orange, and grapefruit. White Vinegar Storage Container (with cover) Instructions Add 25+ drops of essential oil to 1 cup of white vinegar & mix together. Fold the wipes and place in your storage container. Moisten the wipes with the vinegar mixture, but make sure not to saturate them Use one wipe per dryer load to freshen laundry & viola. Don’t worry, the vinegar smell will disappear once the heat gets to it!

How to Make Dryer Sheets

While we’re all for clothesline drying, we understand that it is winter afterall so many of you are making use of your dryer this season along with using dryer assisted products like dryer balls and sheets. Dryer sheets are excellent to throw in with your wet washing for several reasons – they prevent static clinging, […]

Benefits of Having a Laundry Room

Benefits of Having a Laundry Room

It’s normal to have a love hate relationship with doing laundry – dealing with the dirty pile can be unpleasant while dealing with the clean pile can be relaxing. But there’s one way to make laundry easier and that’s organisation, which will prevent the task from being overwhelming. For this reason, we strongly recommend having […]

The Various Types of Clothes Pegs

It’s said that the clothes peg or clothespin was invented in the 1800s – first by English gypsies who carved one piece wooden pegs and then 50 or so years later came the two piece with spring peg created by an American inventor. Over the centuries, the peg has evolved from the standard one or […]

How to Care for Your Fabrics

How to Care for Your Fabrics

Not all of your clothing can be washed the same way – each fabric is unique and should be handled with care to prevent any damage. This also includes drying and as a general rule of thumb, you’re best to stick with air drying on a clothesline for all fabrics (you know how we feel […]

Eco Friendly Ways to do Laundry

We’re sure you are aware that doing laundry has a negative effect on the planet as it consumes heaps of energy and uses heaps of water. Washing machines can use tens of thousands of litres of water per household annually while a dryer sucks up the most amount of energy in a home after the […]

TOP 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CLOTHESLINE COVERS

Top 5 Things You Need to Know about Clothesline Covers

The main reason why you purchased a clothesline in the first place is so that you can take advantage of all the free sunlight and fresh breeze to dry your laundry naturally and without electric consumption. So why would anyone want to cover it up? Is a clothesline cover – especially one that comes from […]

History of Clotheslines

Is There More to Clotheslines than Meets the Eye?

It is claimed that in the early 1900’s the first clothesline was invented. Gilbert Toyne of Melbourne Australia who was a farrier, blacksmith and wheelwright, patented his first Aeroplane Rotatory clothes hoist. Launched in 1911, the design proved to be popular, but somewhat clumsy and incredibly basic. All it was, was a galvanised metal frame […]

Best Ways to Hang Clothes to Dry

Best Ways to Hang Clothes to Dry

Hanging your clothes to dry isn’t as simple as it seems. To dry your clothes effectively, there are some methods that will save you time and effort – you can actually avoid wrinkles, fading, and dampness.    Prevent Wrinkles Ironing is just another chore that we can do without. Before line drying, give your clothing […]

New Year, New Household Habits

New Year, New Household Habits

With the new year comes a fresh start, whether it be eating healthier or just simplifying your life, the change you make is always a positive one. The littlest change make a big difference especially with housekeeping chores in your own home because you want to feel good when you wake up in the morning […]

Six Ways to Reduce Your Laundry

Six Ways to Reduce Your Laundry

The never ending laundry pile can be so overwhelming…and monotonous.  Even though you can finish your piles of laundry in a day, the job is never really completed since your family constantly dirties clothes. If your laundry piles are stressing you out, here are 6 ways to reduce the amount of clothing that you wash […]

Guide to Doing Laundry While Traveling

Guide to Doing Laundry While Traveling

Doing laundry when on holiday is definitely not the highlight of your trip, but sometimes it’s got be done – especially when spending lots of time in the outdoors. Whether you are staying at a luxurious resort or camping in the bush, dealing with dirty laundry is something you’ll be faced with. Here’s our guide […]

DIY Natural Fabric Softeners

DIY Natural Fabric Softeners

Commercial fabric softeners are filled with chemicals and have strong artificial scents. Now you can skip the in store alternatives with DIY natural fabric softeners that are non-toxic and inexpensive. If you are using the chemical softeners and have some clothing that has worn easily, there might be something contributing to that. There are heaps […]

Items to Avoid Putting in The Dryer

13 Items to Avoid Putting in the Dryer

You already know a dryer uses up lots of energy and racks up your electricity bill, but it can also damage your clothing. Between the high heat and the rapid motion, some garments shrink, warp, and can simply be destroyed. It’s all just another reason to have a clothesline handy! Not all fabrics are alike […]

Stain Removal Guide

STAIN REMOVAL GUIDE

With spring and summer coming soon, us Kiwis will be out in the good old outdoors more from camping to tramping to BBQing at home. So we put this brief stain removal guide together so you don’t end up with frustrated with ruined clothing! GREASE STAINS: It seems self-explanatory, but these stains are from oils […]

10 Signs you need a new washing machin

10 Signs That You Need A New Washing Machine

You depend on the reliability of your washing machine on a regular basis, so you need to be confident that it’s working to peak performance every time you use it. There are however many common problems with washing machines and we’ll help you determine if you need a new one!   Noise – When items […]

How to Prevent Fabric Colour Bleeding

How to Prevent Fabric Colour Bleeding

One of the worst laundry moments you can experience is putting a brand new garment into the wash for the first time, then taking it out and seeing to your horror that the fabric has bled dye onto other parts of the garment (or other items in the machine). Along with colour bleeding, there’s also […]

Six Ways to Avoid Ironing

Six Ways to Avoid Ironing

On the list of dreaded household chores, ironing falls somewhere in between cleaning the toilet and mopping vinyl floors. The whole process is mentally draining – from setting up the board, waiting for the iron to heat up, trying not to melt your hands off and then having a hot flash at the thought of […]

How to Tackle Pet Hair on Laundry

How to Tackle Pet Hair on Laundry

Those of us with pets will testify to the tremendous amount of love and joy they bring into our lives. Our pets bring affection, happiness, and excitement to our homes, but what is not exciting is the amount of pet hair around on our clothes, carpet, and blankets. There are ways around this so let […]

Reuse Summer Clothes in Winter

How to Reuse Summer Clothes in Winter

Summer is long gone and Winter has hit us with it’s chilly mornings and nights by the fire. This change of season for most of us is the ideal time to revamp our wardrobe with some new winter essentials. However, for those of you who do not have time to go shopping or perhaps want […]

Line Drying Clothes

Laundry Tips & Tricks: Line Drying

One of the most energy-hungry appliances in your home, a tumble dryer can rack up that energy bill. So it’s no surprise that our thoughts turn to line drying. The idea of linen billowing on a washing line on a sunny day is a seductive one, but the truth is line-dried washing all too often […]

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