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Old 11-23-2011, 03:06 PM   #91
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there's an old joke that goes something about how women think men should help out with housework more often.

hey, a man invented the washing machine. isn't that enough???

(ducking...)
Whar's my shootin' arn?
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Old 11-23-2011, 04:57 PM   #92
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When my DH thanked me for washing his barn sweater, I replied that it was no big deal, I didn't have to go down to the stream and beat it against the rocks...his response was that since I hate doing dishes by hand, he would hardly expect me to go down to the stream and wash his barn sweater...and, I'm guessing that when James King patented the washing machine drum in 1851, it was because his wife refused to go down to the stream in the winter to wash his underwear.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:01 PM   #93
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Laundry is sorted according to color. Darks, Light Colors, white, towels & sheets. White always gets fabric softener because of the bleach, towels and sheets do not or Shrek will blow a gasket. Then the fun starts, once washed I resort into dryer temperature, My uniforms and lycra, bras all go into a medium temp, so i can pull them out with out getting wrinkles. I have been known to rewet wrinkles clothes and put them back in the dryer. I don't iron. Shrek only wears t-shirts, so I always have lots of those and my own that I wear, they go in another dryer. All socks and underpants are cotton, pjs and lounge pants go in the next dryer. The towels and sheets go in the last.

Shrek wants all his t-shirts on hangers...I comply.
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Old 11-24-2011, 06:29 AM   #94
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IRON? I only iron (a) when I have to leave the house and wear s/thing to meet clients, (b) when I'm at my mom's--she has some linen clothes that are her "uniforms" for when my dad drags her to events., or (c) when I sew.

I bought two of those "auto-turn-off" irons--one for myself, the other for at my mom's. I gave her other iron to the Goodwill. I was worried that if she got it in her head to iron, she wouldn't turn it off/unplug it. And, figured since it is a good drive for me to go to the City, knowing that if I had one of those "crap--did I turn off the iron" moments on the road, knowing it turned itself off after 10 minutes was probably a good thing.

And I don't use a dryer...in 1996, when my first Newfoundland died, I decided a bubble bath was what I needed around 5:00 in the afternoon. I kept thinking--it sounds like moths hitting the bug zapper...it was the dryer cable sparking! The dryer was in the bathroom and the cable ran under the tub! I finally twigged to it, and I was so scared when I jumped out of the tub that I would be zapped.

And, my mother always "over-dried" everything--70 minutes on hot or more (still does).

I bought a dryer a couple of years ago because of all the rain in the summer--I couldn't get my laundry to dry on the line. I've used it about 5 times (for pillows and the down duvet). Otherwise, I hang my laundry on the line or close enough to the woodstove to dry, but not close enough to catch on fire...
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:15 AM   #95
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Who knew such a simple question would lead to such a long thread!!

A couple laundry thoughts--one is that I always toss the plastic cup that comes in the detergent box. It is twice as big as it needs to be! I have a metal half-cup measuring cup from the kitchen that lives in the detergent box, and I usually don't even fill that up. I wash in cold water most of the time, and my clothes are plenty clean.


Two--I don't iron either. I have an old wooden ironing board that sits in front of the window as a cat seat, and I think I have an iron somewhere, so I could if I wanted too, but. . . .

Instead, I wet a towel or t-shirt and toss it in the washer with dry, wrinkly clothes. 10 minutes and they almost always are wrinkle free and ready to hang.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:31 AM   #96
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I've been making homemade laundry soap since January 2011--I have spent less than 40.00 on the ingredients (thanks Blissful!). I'd have to dig out my receipts. Given how much laundry I do, that is amazing. I use 1/8 c each load. And, the clothes are CLEAN. Given my allergies, I find homemade soap much better. Now if I could just find a good dishwasher homemade soap recipe...
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Without fail I buy a rake load of new socks and within a week or two somehow I just have odd ones, none of the pairs match up!
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Without fail I buy a rake load of new socks and within a week or two somehow I just have odd ones, none of the pairs match up!

I don't mean to be an eejit, but just how many socks are in a rake load?
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I don't mean to be an eejit, but just how many socks are in a rake load?
Exactly 4.6 arm fulls.
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Old 11-24-2011, 02:27 PM   #100
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Without fail I buy a rake load of new socks and within a week or two somehow I just have odd ones, none of the pairs match up!
That's why my work socks are all the same color or brand, no matter what they all match and if one gets a hole, I can toss it and still have matching socks for work. I don't care if my socks match if I'm not at work, makes for some interesting conversations.
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