Showing posts with label Laundry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Laundry. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wool Dryer Balls Are Back in Stock - Limited Time Only!

Check out my Etsy shop for my wool dryer balls that are now back in stock!  This is my last batch of dryer balls so make sure you stock up before they are GONE!  Perfect Christmas gifts!  Go to www.simpleisprettyshop.com


To learn about wool dryer balls, click here!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Organic Wool Dryer Ball SALE!

Check out the shop for my organic wool dryer ball stock currently on sale!  Just in time for Christmas!

Aqua Organic Wool Dryer Balls - Simple is Pretty Shop
The organic dryer balls are currently featured in my “Sale/Clearance” section in my Etsy shop.

Summer Pink Organic Wool Dryer Balls - Simple is Pretty Shop
Get them before they are gone!
For orders over $50 use code “FREESHIPPING2015” for free shipping and you will also receive a FREE GIFT with your purchase (for a limited time only)!

Sandra

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Wool Dryer Ball Facts

 Natural Wool Dryer Balls from Simple is Pretty Shop
Why Use Wool Dryer Balls?

* Decrease your laundry drying time and save money on electricity bills.

* No chemicals in wool dryer balls!

* Commercial dryer sheets can be expensive and are thrown away after each use. Reuse your wool dryer balls to save money and replace your disposable dryer sheets. Wool dryer balls last for years!

* Perfect for keeping your cloth diapers soft and chemical-free. Great for sensitive skin.

* Wool dryer balls won't affect the absorbency of your towels, kitchen cloths, or cloth diapers – but commercial fabric softeners will.

* 100 percent wool dryer balls reduce static and increase the fluffiness of your clothes as the dryer load tumbles.

* Soften your clothes naturally and reduce your impact on the environment by using wool which is a renewable resource.


How Do Wool Dryer Balls Work?

* Wool dryer balls absorb moisture and provide better air circulation by rotating and separating linens and clothes. As the balls bounce around they circulate, fluff and soften your clothes while reducing wrinkles.

* As they tumble in your dryer, the dryer balls work to dry your clothes so you can save money and run your dryer for less time.


How Do I Make My Wool Dryer Balls?

I use natural and organic 100% wool yarn to make my different types of dryer balls. The weight of wool yarn I use varies from fine to medium, which creates a denser dryer ball compared to a dryer ball made with wool roving yarn. Therefore, the dryer balls I create are better for drying your laundry because they wick the moisture away from the clothes better. Roving wool also pills regularly.

I triple felt the dryer balls so they will not unravel. I use unscented homemade laundry detergent to felt the dryer balls so each ball starts off as unscented. Learn how to make your own wool dryer balls, click here.


How to Use Wool Dryer Balls:

* Toss them in the dryer with your washed laundry, and let the dryer balls go to work!

* I recommend at least 4 of my dryer balls for a normal size load of laundry, but the more the better and the faster your laundry will dry.

* Store your dryer balls in the dryer when not in use or display them in a pretty basket in your laundry room.

* If you choose a scented option, I scent the dryer balls with essential oil right before shipping so they ship "wet". Please take them out of bag and allow the dryer balls to dry overnight before their first use so the essential oils can set. The scent lasts about a week, depending on use. Later, you can re-scent with a few drops of your favorite essential oil if desired. Check out my selection of essential oils, HERE.

Learn how to easily make your own wool dryer balls, click here!

Sandra

Friday, April 10, 2015

How to Fight Static in Your Clothes

If you use store bought dryer sheets which eliminate static by coating clean laundry with a film, you will notice an increase in static when changing to a natural laundry alternative.  How can you fight static naturally and without chemicals?  Try these tips!

Simple is Pretty: How to fight static in your laundry. Tips to prevent and reduce static naturally!


1) Separate your synthetic fiber clothes from your natural fiber clothes.

To reduce static, try hang drying your synthetic (artificial) fiber clothes.  Examples of synthetic fibers are polyester and acrylic.  If you are unable to hang dry these synthetic fiber clothes, try separating them from natural fiber fabrics like cotton before drying.  Usually synthetic fiber clothes need less time in the dryer than natural fibers.

Be careful not to over dry as over drying can create static cling.  Try adding a damp/almost wet wash cloth to your synthetic loads when tumble drying and the added moisture will help to distribute existing moisture and keep the clothes from over drying.  Alternatively, you can add a damp/almost wet with white vinegar cloth and it will have the same effect.

2) Use wool dryer balls and use less time to dry your clothes in the dryer.

Organic Wool Dryer Balls - Simple is Pretty Shop
With using wool dryer balls in your laundry, you can decrease your drying time.  The wool dryer balls absorb moisture and work to circulate and fluff your clothes as they dry.  If you use a timed dry setting, you will have to decrease your drying time.  When clothes are dried for less time in the dryer, they have less time to rub together and create less static electricity.

3) Use vinegar instead of fabric softener.

Try replacing your store bought fabric softener with vinegar.  Not only will you save yourself a ton of money as vinegar much less expensive than fabric softener, you will also see a reduction in static.  Don’t worry about the smell, the vinegar smell will be washed out by the time the washing machine cycle is complete.

Use Vinegar to Stop Static - Simple is Pretty
I especially recommend using vinegar instead of fabric softener for bath towels, kitchen towels and dish cloths.  The vinegar will work to soften your towels without all the chemicals of store bought fabric softener.  If you choose to use fabric softener on your towels, it will leave behind a film.   This fabric softener film will make the fibers of your towels less absorbent, which is the exact opposite effect you want to happen.

Essential Oil Starter Kit - Simple is Pretty Shop
Want to scent your laundry before hang drying it?  Try adding essential oil to vinegar in your fabric softener compartment.  For an energizing scent, try pink grapefruit essential oil.  If you would like a relaxing scent, try adding lavender essential oil.

Sandra

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

What Are Wool Dryer Balls?

In short, wool dryer balls are made of felted wool and work by absorbing moisture and providing better air circulation by rotating the clothes in your dryer.

What are wool dryer balls? - www.simpleisprettyshop.com
Wool dryer balls reduce the amount of time and electricity used to dry your laundry.  Simply place your clean laundry in the dryer, add the wool dryer balls and dry as normal.  If you use the timed dry setting, you will need to reduce your drying time as the clothes will dry faster.  I recommend at least 4 dryer balls for a normal sized load of laundry, but the more the better!  I usually use between 4-6 dryer balls for loads of laundry in my house.  My wool dryer balls will last in between 1 to 2 years.  I just recently retired my first set after using them for 2 years!

Wool dryer balls work well for all types laundry.  Try them with bath towels, cloth baby diapers, sheets and linens.  You will no longer need to use chemical filled dryer sheets or fabric softener.  If you have sensitive skin, try using wool dryer balls and cut out harmful chemicals from your laundry routine.

If you want your clean laundry to have a scent, simply place a few drops of essential oil onto your wool dryer balls.  I usually use 2-3 drops per dryer ball.  I like to use essential oils that have a dropper cap, as this makes it easier to apply the oil to the dryer ball.

Essential Oil Bottles 5ml - www.simpleisprettyshop.com
To scent wool dryer balls, I simply place the dryer ball touching the top of the opened essential oil bottle and tip them upside down together.  Then I tip them back together right side up, and remove the essential oil bottle from touching the dryer ball.  This way is less messy as the oil goes straight into to the dryer ball and does not run off.  I repeat this process in different areas of each dryer ball until each ball receives about 3 drops of essential oil.  Leave the dryer balls overnight to let the essential oils set, or wait at least one hour before using after you have re-scented them.

Essential Oil Starter Kit - www.simpleisprettyshop.com
Some of my favorite scents for laundry are lavender, pink grapefruit and lemon essential oils.  Experiment and find a scent you like or try mixing a few and create your own scent!

Sandra

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Naturally Reduce Static in Your Laundry

Wool dryer balls are a natural and eco-friendly alternative to costly dryer sheets and fabric softener.  Commercial dryer sheets and fabric softeners often use harsh chemicals and coat your laundry which transfer to the clothes in your dryer.  These harsh chemicals eventually end up in contact with your skin as you wear your clothes.

I use wool dryer balls to reduce the static in my laundry. Wool dryer balls save time and money on your electricity bill by shortening the drying time.  The wool dryer balls work by wicking moisture away from your clothes and gently tumbling, circulating, and softening the clothes in your dryer.

Visit my Etsy shop to check out my selection of wool dryer balls: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SimpleisPrettyShop

Wool Dryer Balls Reduce Static in Laundry

Here are a couple of helpful tips I've learned to reduce static in laundry naturally:

The most common cause of static is from over drying laundry.  If you use wool dryer balls in your dryer, you will notice your drying time can be reduced by as much as 30 - 40% in some loads of laundry.  You will need to adjust your drying times on your dryer to make sure your laundry is not over drying otherwise it will start to create static.  Also, try drying on a low heat setting so clothes dry more evenly.

Vinegar to Reduce Static in Laundry
Another solution to reduce static is to add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of white vinegar to your rinse cycle dispenser.  Vinegar will also work to soften your laundry.  Another added advantage of adding vinegar to your rinse cycle is the vinegar works to clean your washer and prevent odors and mildew.

Synthetic materials and fabrics also contribute to static.  Try to separate these synthetic materials out of your laundry before drying.  Try hang drying your synthetic fabrics instead.

Another static fighter option is to put a ball of aluminium foil in the dryer with the wool dryer balls and laundry.  The aluminium foil ball will work to discharge the electricity that is built up.  The tin foil ball shrinks and hardens as it tumbles in the dryer which can be very noisy.  Be sure to keep away the aluminium foil balls away from children and pets as they pose a potential choking hazard.

If you are still having difficulty with static once you have your clothes on, try applying lotion to your skin where the clothes are sticking to you.  The lotion creates a barrier which will block the static.

What are your static solutions?

As Always,
Sandra

Updated:  Make your own wool dryer balls, check out my tutorial... Click here.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Guest Post for Pretty Organized, and a Giveaway!

I'm over at Pretty Organized today share my laundry tips.  I'm giving away some of products from my Etsy shop, plus everyone receives a 15% coupon code for my shop.  Be sure to check out the post and enter at Casey's lovely blog... Pretty Organized!

Enter the Lovely Laundry Giveaway at PrettyOrganized.com

As Always,
Sandra

Sunday, September 8, 2013

My NEW and First Etsy Shop!

I’ve been wanting to open my own shop for years now.  I’ve finally taken the plunge and opened my very first Etsy shop!  I’d love for you to visit!

Cream Wool Dryer Ball 1.25oz from SimpleisPrettyShop http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SimpleisPrettyShop

Check out my Etsy shop here... http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SimpleisPrettyShop

I made my first product listings yesterday.  This is a big step for me because I like to have things perfect.  And things are far from perfect.  I don’t even have business cards yet!  I decided that even though I’m not 100% ready to be open (in my eyes), what business is ever 100% ready to be open when they open their doors for the first time?

This is huge learning curve for me as I have never opened an Etsy shop or any other store for that matter.  I am excited and nervous and SCARED.  What if no one buys my products?  I know this is a common fear.  I’ve also read that it can take weeks and even months to get your first Etsy sale.  YIPES.  And I think this is one reason why I decided to open my shop when it is not 100% ready.  I tend to over think things.  I’m hoping that I will keep my mind occupied with making my products, figuring out the Etsy system and studying all the tips to becoming a successful Etsy seller.  Hopefully, that way, if I don’t get my first sale for a while I will still be busy. Having said that, if I do sell one of my products I will be thrilled and I'll figure things out quick ;)

So the first step, which is announcing my store is open is now completed.  Whew! A slight relief.

I’d love to hear your feedback about my Etsy store.  Both good and bad--although try to be gentle Smile

As Always,
Sandra

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Make your own Homemade Laundry Detergent

Make Your Own Liquid Laundry Detergent - www.simpleispretty.com


So EASY!  You can save money and cut down on chemicals your skin is in contact with by making your own Homemade Laundry Detergent...

Make your own homemade liquid laundry detergent with these simple ingredients... from www.simpleispretty.com...

The first step to making your own laundry detergent is to buy or make washing soda.  Check out my post here to make your own washing soda (VERY EASY).

Washing Soda www.simpleispretty.com

Here is what you’ll need:

6 tbsp Washing Soda

6 tbsp Borax

6 tbsp Liquid Castile Soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Unscented Liquid Castile Soap,—I use unscented so I can scent with whatever essential oil I choose at the time I do laundry, or leave unscented)

Essential Oil (optional)

Empty Milk Jug or other mixing container (you can use a empty ice cream pail)

Water


Steps:

1.  Put 1 cup of hot water in a 2 cup measuring cup.  Add washing soda and borax.  Stir to completely dissolve washing soda and borax in the hot water.  If water is not hot enough to dissolve the ingredients, try microwaving the mixture. 

Mix Borax and Washing Soda with Hot Water www.simpleispretty.com

I have used 20 Mule Team and Eco-Pioneer Borax and like them both.

Borax 20 Mule Team www.simpleispretty.com  Borax www.simpleispretty.com

2. Add castile soap to washing soda and borax mixture and mix to combine.  Pour the mixture into a 4 litre (1 gallon) milk jug or other container.  Optional: Add essential oil to the milk jug mixture, about 20 drops.

Dr Bronners Baby Mild Castile Liquid Soap www.simpleispretty.com  Lavender Essential Oil www.simpleispretty.com

I buy my Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap from London Drugs, Well.ca or you can find it here.  I bought my Lavender Essential Oil from Well.ca.

3. To fill the milk jug, add cold water slowly –so lots of suds don’t form.  DON’T the shake container.  Leave some room in the jug to mix (i.e. Don’t fill jug with water to the very top).  Mix with a spoon or gently rock or tilt the jug from side to side to prevent lots of suds from forming.

Mix Laundry Detergent in Clean Milk Jug www.simpleispretty.com

4. It is best if you can leave the mixture overnight and then gently stir or tilt to mix and then pour it into other containers if desired.

Homemade Laundry Detergent www.simpleispretty.com

Use a few tablespoons of your new laundry detergent per load and add more for large or extra soiled loads of laundry.  Use vinegar as fabric softener (don’t worry, the vinegar smell rinses away). 

As Always,
Sandra

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Make Your Own Washing Soda

For years now, I have bought fragrance free and sensitive skin laundry detergents.  My son has sensitive skin and he is easily irritated by detergents, fabric softeners and stain removers.  I have been wanting to make my own laundry detergent for a while now, and I’ve finally made the time to try it.  It’s so EASY!  I should have tried making it years ago.  I would have saved so much money and it is so much healthier without all the chemicals!

Making or buying washing soda is the first step to making your own laundry detergent.  You can find washing soda in the laundry isle of most grocery stores.  You can also make your own washing soda, like I did…

Washing Soda www.simpleispretty.com

All you need is baking soda, a cookie sheet (or cake pan) and an oven!  (No lemons needed… but lemons always make for prettier pictures)

Baking Soda www.simpleispretty.com

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Pour some baking soda into the cookie sheet or pan.  No measurements, just pour (this is my kinda recipe!)  Bake for about 1 hour in the oven, and stir it occasionally.

Baking soda in pan www.simpleispretty.com
Baking Soda in oven www.simpleispretty.com

The baking soda will change in consistency and will become grainy.

Make Your Own Washing Soda www.simpleispretty.com

Remove the baking soda (now washing soda) from the oven to cool. 

Baking Soda turned Washing Soda www.simpleispretty.com

Transfer the washing soda to a container for storage or later use.  I used a jar to store my new washing soda.  Done!

Stay tuned for how your can make your own Laundry Detergent (another Super EASY recipe!)…

As Always,
Sandra

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Towel Washing Advice

Do you have bath towels that don’t absorb water?  How about stinky washcloths or dishcloths?  I’ve found a solution…

Vinegar for Towels from www.simpleispretty.com

Vinegar.

When I get new towels, here is what I do after I get them home from the store.  I add about 1 cup of vinegar to the wash cycle.  No need to measure, just pour.  I do this for the first couple times I wash them.  This allows the towels to absorb water better.  If you have colored towels, vinegar also helps to set the color.

Towel Washing Advice from www.simpleispretty.com

I also use vinegar as a fabric softener.  Don’t worry about the smell of vinegar in your laundry.  The smell is gone after the clothes are washed.  If you still smell vinegar, just give your clothes or towels an extra rinse.  Much cheaper than store bought fabric softener!

If you have stinky washcloths or dishcloths, try adding vinegar to the wash cycle to get rid of the smell.  If that doesn’t work, try soaking the cloths in a solution of 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water for an hour and then throw them in the washing machine.  Vinegar has natural antibacterial properties which gets rid of that yucky smell!

Give it a try, and let me know what you think!

As Always,
Sandra

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Monday, August 27, 2012

House Tour 2012: Laundry Room

After

I can already hear the gasps!...

One area I'd love to fix in our house is our laundry room.  In its current state, it is definitely not pretty!  I love that our laundry is on the main level.  But here are the things I'd like to change:

  1. Matching washer and dryer (please don't make my mistake of only replacing the washing machine when it breaks, splurge before the dryer is discontinued!!!)
  2. Hide the water hoses for the washer (so ugly!)
  3. Add another cabinet for storage (we currently have a cabinet above the washer, but another cabinet right beside would be great for extra storage)
  4. Change the light switch to something more appealing (currently it has a timer which we never use and is beige and stands out like a sore thumb)
  5. Central Air instead of the window air conditioner we have stuck in the partially tin foil covered window (not attractive at all, but the cold air on hot summer days out-ways the current ugliness)


The paint color is Tabu 412-3 by Pittsburgh Paints.

Tabu 412-3


Here is the wall opposite the washer and dryer.  I love the color the pictures add to the space.


Transformation:

Before

After

Improvement is needed, and hopefully improvement will happen soon.  Now you know my ugly laundry room secret. 

As Always,
Sandra