Since most of us have to do laundry regularly, it is important that we are doing it correctly to save us the most time and money possible. Below are numbers 10-6 of the 10 most common mistakes that people make when it comes to their laundry. Are you guilty of any of these?
#10: scrubbing stains like a maniac.
While it might seem like the more aggressively you scrub a stain, the better you can actually ruin your clothing by scrubbing too hard. The best way to get rid of a stain is to rub gently from the outside border of the stain in, using a white cloth. If you didn't get to the stain in time and it's really in there, try a mixture of 1 part original blue Dawn dish soap and 2 parts peroxide in a squirt bottle. Spray it on the stain and let it sit a while. Throw in the wash as usual.
#9: using too much laundry detergent.
I'm pretty sure that we are all guilty of this one. Using too much laundry detergent isn't just wasteful and expensive the excess suds can actually get stuck in the creases of clothes and lead to bacteria build up if it isn't rinsed properly.
#8: not zipping the zippers on clothes all the way up.
Metal zippers especially can get caught on other clothes and ruin them during the wash cycle if they are not zipped all the way up. The same goes for Velcro. Boy can Velcro do some damage on a nice sweater (or skirt, or dress) once a gets hooked.
#7: buttoning all the buttons on your shirts before you wash them.
This may be a little confusing because it directly contradicts #8, but if you button shirts all the way up the pulling and tugging of the laundry cycle actually loosens the buttons and they will fall off sooner.
#6: using bleach way too much.
While bleach is good to use once in a while, it actually breaks down the fabric of your clothing. Unless it is truly needed, you can use a gentler alternative like lemon water (or the stain remover in #10) to help get rid of stains from sweat or blood.
Of the 5 above, I can honestly say I am guilty of at least 3 (especially #9). Stay tuned next Wednesday for numbers 5-1. Happy washing.
In the present era of technology, it is easy to take many things for granted. Cell phones, cars, computers, tv, the internet. All of these things are part of life today and we do not think twice about not having them. For many of our grandparents and parents, these fancy upgrades came about during their life so while it is nice to have them, they could take them or leave them. I know my grandparents wanted no part of many of the technological upgrades they saw during their lifetime.
One thing they did embrace and would not go without was their air conditioning. While it might seem like nonsense today to think of air conditioning as a technological advancement, thats just what it was. in fact, about 10% of homes in Illinois still do not have central air. For those that do, the hot and humid days and nights of summer are a lot more bearable. Maybe its just me but I would rather be comfortable than stick to my furniture.
If you agree then you should not put off getting an AC check this spring. AC checks allow the tech to asses the health of your AC unit BEFORE the heat comes. It is also considerably cheaper to get an AC check on your unit and catch any major issues before they happen. An AC check usually runs between $100-$200 while a repair usually ranges from $150-$500, and even more (were talking $700-$800) if your compressor needs to be replaced.
Here’s what you can expect during an AC check: