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The Way You Have Been Doing Your Laundry is Wrong

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 November 18, 2020

                    50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                    50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                    If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                    That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                    Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                    1. Believe It to See It

                    Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                    2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                    While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                    3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                    Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                    4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                    Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                    5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                    There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                    6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                    It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                    7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                    Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                    8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                    Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                    9. Maximize Your Strengths

                    Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                    10. Be in It to Win It

                    Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                    11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                    People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                    12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                    Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                    13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                    You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                    14. Be a One-Off Original

                    Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                    15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                    Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                    16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                    Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                    17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                    Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                    18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                    We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                    19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                    Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                    20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                    Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                    21. Make Your Own Luck

                    In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                    22. Ignite Your Initiative

                    While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                    23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                    Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                    24. Champion in Communication

                    Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                    25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                    Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                    26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                    To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                    27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                    While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                    28. Live by Core Values

                    Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                    29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                    Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                    30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                    Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                    31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                    Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                    32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                    Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                    33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                    Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                    34. Change Opens New Doors

                    People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                    35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                    It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                    36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                    Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                    37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                    When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                    38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                    How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                    39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                    If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                    40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                    Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                    41. Swim Against the Tide

                    Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                    42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                    More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                    43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                    Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                    44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                    While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                    45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                    Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                    46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                    Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                    47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                    While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                    48. Follow Through

                    Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                    49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                    We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                    50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                    To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                    So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

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