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The Way You Have Been Doing Your Laundry is Wrong

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The Way You Have Been Doing Your Laundry is Wrong

It’s an awful feeling. You go into the dresser to pull out your favorite shirt. The one you wait all week to wear again. The day after laundry day shirt. You pull it out, so excited to wear this shirt and it’s stained or it’s faded or it’s torn in the corner. How can you save your other favorite clothes from a similar fate? Try these laundry hacks for better clothes that last longer.

Leave The Swimsuit Out of the Washer

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    Your swimsuit has already taken a beating in the chlorine of the pool — which degrades the material — and in the sun and salt of the ocean or beach. Don’t subject it to harsh detergents or the agitator of a washer. Instead, handwash your suit with bleach free detergent and hang them to dry.

    Hang Black Clothes to Keep Them Black

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      Black pants and shirts will fade in the dryer no matter how hard you try to keep them black. Repeated washings and dryings are hard on black clothes, so if you need to keep your black work pants from going gray, hang them after every washing. Spot clean them between washings to keep them blacker even longer.

      Use a Dry Erase Marker for Laundry Reminders

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        Have a shirt that can’t be hung up? A sweater that must not go in the dryer? Get a dry erase marker with a Velcro tab and stick it to the washer lid. Every time you have something that needs to be taken care of differently than the rest of the load, write it down on the washer lid. Just writing “black pants” on the lid can remind you — or the person transferring the clothes — to keep the black pants out and safe from their dryer-fading fate.

        Rinse Down Items One More Time

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          Stop sending your down jackets and comforters to the dry cleaners. Instead, go ahead and put it in the washer on warm but then run it through the washer ONE MORE TIME without any detergent to make sure the detergent is removed from the feathers under the fabric. Then, put the jacket or comforter in the dryer with a couple of clean tennis balls. Reduce the possibility of clumps by pulling your coat or comforter out and breaking up any clumps that may be forming.

          Pin Small Items Together

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            Have a baby? Does she have tiny, little socks? Washing something tiny, like Barbie clothes? Use a safety pin to pin them together so they don’t separate during washing.

            Hang Your Clothes

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              Hang your clothes outside old style to save them from the deteriorating effects of the dryer. Want to air dry your clothes but don’t have space for a floor rack or a clothesline outside? Take an old wooden ladder, paint it a color you like and hang it from the ceiling above your washer and dryer — or in another space that works for you. Use hangers, “S” hooks or other hooks to hang your clothes from them and dry them. You can even weave clothesline through it and hang your clothes traditionally with clothespins.

              Use the Power of the Sun

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                Hang stained clothes in the sun and the sun will remove the stains. Make sure the clothes are very wet when you hang them. This is also a great way to “bleach” out whites like large sheets or pillowcases.

                Use Hand Sanitizer to Kill Ink Stains

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                  Hand sanitizer or hairspray rubbed lightly into an ink stain. Let it set for 10 minutes and then wash as normal in hot water.

                  Don’t Wash It – Spritz It!

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                    Need that shirt again tomorrow? Don’t have enough quarters for the laundromat? Want to preserve that shirt as long as possible and you know that washing it will deteriorate it faster? Spritz it with a mixture of white vinegar and water (about 1 cup of white vinegar to two cups of water in a spray bottle). Hang the shirt from a hanger and spritz away — especially any problem areas — and then let it dry on the hanger and hang dry.

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                    Last Updated on December 2, 2021

                    The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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                    The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

                    Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

                    There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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                    Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

                    Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

                    Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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                    Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

                    1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
                    2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
                    3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
                    4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
                    5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

                    Now on to the checklist!

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                    Here is how your checklist should look

                    1. CAMPSITE GEAR

                    • Tent, poles, stakes
                    • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
                    • Extra tarp or canopy
                    • Sleeping bag for each camper
                    • Sleeping pad for each camper
                    • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
                    • Pillows
                    • Extra blankets
                    • Chairs
                    • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
                    • Lantern
                    • Lantern fuel or batteries

                    2.  KITCHEN

                    • Stove
                    • Fuel for stove
                    • Matches or lighter
                    • Pot
                    • French press or portable coffee maker
                    • Corkscrew
                    • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
                    • Food-storage containers
                    • Trash bags
                    • Cooler
                    • Ice
                    • Water bottles
                    • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
                    • Cups, mugs
                    • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
                    • Cutting board
                    • Foil
                    • soap
                    • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
                    • Paper towels
                    • Extra bin for washing dishes

                    3. CLOTHES

                    • Clothes for daytime
                    • Sleepwear
                    • Swimsuits
                    • Rainwear
                    • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
                    • Extra layers for warmth
                    • Gloves
                    • Hats

                    4. PERSONAL ITEMS

                    • Sunscreen
                    • Insect repellent
                    • First-aid kit
                    • Prescription medications
                    • Toothbrush, toiletries
                    • Soap

                    5. OTHER ITEMS

                    • Camera
                    • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
                    • Maps, area information

                    This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

                    Featured photo credit: Scott Goodwill via unsplash.com

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