We’ve had enough of this! The day started gloomy with strong winds. It poured all day, turning into snow in the afternoon, with ice showers at night to complement. This morning we woke up with more snow. Oh, so Minnesota. But that’s not going to hamper my clothesline. Indoor, that is. Wanna see how our living room looks like on a sunny, er… any given day?
The weatherman promised us good forecast for next week. You think we could start hanging our clothes outdoor then?
Ever since dear hubby installed a retractable clothesline inside the house, I’ve been doing laundry almost everyday, or every other day, which was so unlike me. Laundry was NEVER one of my favorite things to do. And folding? Ugh! Now, it’s like therapy to me (not that I really need it, ha.) It is such a wonderful feeling to walk into a tamed laundry room… and it took me this long to figure it out.
Coincidently, I was trying to find good use for my old container of sea salt, other than for homemade playdough. (We use celtic sea salt for food, if at all.) I have read from a couple of bloggers who use salt in their laundry, and with good results, so with the help of mr. google and some vinegar, I got down to business. An extra-large load with 1/2 cup salt and 1/4 cup vinegar later, the clothes came out smelling and feeling fresh. I was not about to share my secret with any member of the family yet, to see if they even notice anything different with their clean clothes, but I wasn’t sneaky enough for mr. right. He was too curious to know what I’d be doing with that container of salt he saw me bring downstairs. At least he is open with the idea.
By far, using salt and vinegar is the most economical solution I’ve found for our laundry. When I need some reinforcement, I just put a few drops of Dr. Bronner’s soap in the wash, and the goods would come out smelling fresh and clean.
Edited: I noticed not long after that the salt wasn’t doing a good cleaning job anymore so I have since stopped using it for our laundry. A couple of people also pointed out environmental concerns- quite timely.
Going back to the clothesline: dear hubby set them up lower so that the children could help, and help they do. My oldest seems to agree that putting folded clothes away feels more pleasant these days. Who knew this could be fun? The five year old also helps with smaller pieces and cloth wipes. Cloth wipes, you say? That’s totally for another post! Till then.
And don’t forget, April 19 is National Hanging Out Day!