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How to Get Paint Out of Kids Clothes

Paint on my daughter's clothes. Panic!!! That used to be me. When my daughter got painty ... which she did, often ... I'd chuck her clothes in the machine trusting in the power of my washing powder. Only for them to come out with paint splodges faded but still clearly visible. Sob :-( And it would always be her nicest clothes. Which had somehow escaped her apron and got covered, and which I would then ruin. But no more! ...

Easy Laundry Routine

Laundry. Laundry. Laundry. It's the stuff of nightmares ... ... the triffid like pile growing out of the basket, shrunk woolens, sealed in stains, grotty whites gone grey and no clean clothes for school/work/the big day! And it's never, never ending :-( When you're young & childless, you might just be able to wing it, but once you've got kids I'm convinced the only way to stop it beating you is to have an easy laundry routine. AND to stick to it. Ruthlessly. ...

Drying Laundry

Drying laundry in the winter without a drier has to be one of the most soul destroying bits of housework. You end up with soggy washing hanging around for days on end, which then goes hard & crispy by the time it is dry. ...

Less Laundry

Laundry, laundry, everywhere! How can one small family generate so much laundry? I seem to spend half my week on an endless loop of sorting, washing, hanging, folding, sorting ... ...

How to Get Rid of Moths

Moths have the most uncanny ability don't they, to spot your absolute favourite clothes. And devour them! We had the little pests in the old house where they munched through not only my best pullovers but also most of my t-shirts. Two years ago we made a momentous move all the way over the street and somehow managed to leave our clothes-munching friends behind. But now they are back and demonstrating again their great taste in everything best loved. ...

Quick Tips to Cut Down on Ironing

I don't actually mind ironing. It's quite relaxing done in front of the TV. Or at least it would be, if I actually had 3 hours spare to stop and watch TV! So back on planet reality, I lived in fear of the ever growing mountain of increasingly crumpled stuff in the laundry basket. Until that is, I turned everything on it's head and banished the blinking basket! ...

10 tips for whiter whites without poisoning the planet!

Grrrr...! I am always Mrs Uber Careful about separating whites & lights but last week shoved them in without realising a little "helper" - my three year old - had put her bright blue handbag in the machine because it was a bit "mucky" ... 90 minutes later a heap of very grey laundry came out ... I could have wept! Cue mission to get everything whiter than white again without no dodgy chemicals. ...