Clean a Washing Machine for New Life

You might be thinking: why clean a washing machine? Really, don’t you put dirty clothes in there regularly and then they come out clean? But you put dirty dishes in your kitchen sink and wash them there, yet you clean the sink every week, right? The same goes for your shower. So why the heck wouldn’t you clean a washing machine? Here are the steps you need to take to give your washing machine new life. Since water is going through your washing machine on a regular basis, it’s prone to grow mildew or mold. You know what we’re talking about: You run the washing machine and then completely forget about it — until three days later. Those clothes smell awful! That’s kind of how it feels for the washer’s seals. Front-load washing machines have a lot of rubber around the door to keep in all that water and suds, but they can also create a...

Keep An Organized Laundry House To Avoid Headache

It is a task we do every day, weekly, biweekly, and for those daring enough…monthly. But the longer we wait, the more our laundry piles up and the more an organized laundry space let alone an entire home seems like a dream. After awhile you end up spending more time preparing to load the washing machine then the time it takes for the first load to complete. It’s like a scavenger hunt, excavating through piles of mess in the kids rooms, bathrooms, and closets. Dirty clothes everywhere, but you will not stop until you find the last dirty mismatch sock.  And even then you are not done. You still have to do the dangerous mission of transferring non-dripping wet fabrics to the dryer, all this while preparing lunch for the fam bam. We are such control freaks that we want to do everything ourselves but sometimes feel overwhelmed. Letting the kids and hubby help keep the organized...

Get Out of the House!

Get out of the house with your friends and/or family this SUNDAY!   Gather everyone and head to the Tempe Diablo Stadium this Sunday morning before all the cars begin their four day rally departure through Flagstaff, Bagdad, Globe, Roosevelt Lake, Oro Valley and other spots around Arizona! Your kids and friends will love to see these cool cars! This FREE event provides coffee, doughnuts, raffles, and free prizes!   A friend of mine has invited me to the Copperstate 1000 Departure to be googly-eyed with her over this 80 exotic and rare racing and touring car display! Of course I said I would go with her and also support the drivers in their upcoming four day rally! READ MORE Need an outing for a large group of kids?! Until May 6, visit the Arizona Museum for Youth for the, Wing It! Things that Fly exhibit!$7 admission gets you into the museum for great activities! Kids...

Bouncing Around Thoughts of Laundry…

Laundry is a process- especially for those who are attempting their first load… It makes me think back to my college days sharing community washers, doing my laundry for the first time from home.. Boy, did I, among hundreds of others, not have a clue of what I was doing! And neither did my friend.   She would constantly “get another wear” out of her jeans until it was just about time for Finals, never sorted through colors or even items to be washed in a lingerie bag. In one giant heap it went, and at the end of it all, the clothes stayed in a suitcase that was only pulled from when it came time for that item to be worn.. And the vicious cycle continued.. For those who can relate and who would like a play-by-play of better ways to do laundry, eHow gives us these fiery instructions: Bouncing Around Thoughts of Laundry… Gather...

Splatters, Sprays, Spills, and other S-words

Splatters, sprays, spills, splashes, smears… Stains are inevitable, just as they are common. But, getting rid of those stains could be as easy as opening your kitchen cabinet. Blood stains · Pour hydrogen peroxide on the stain and then cover it with table salt. The salt will absorb the blood color after about 15-30 minutes. Then, just brush the salt off and wash the fabric in cold water. · OR just keep blotting with a clean cloth that has been dampened with peroxide. Chocolate stains · If it’s melted chocolate, allow it to dry and harden, then scrape it off with a blunt knife. · Apply full strength dish soap or laundry detergent directly to the spot, then wash as usual. Sweat stains · Add two tablespoons of white vinegar and about a half of a cup of baking soda into some water. · Soak the sweat stained clothes. · Wash according to the label. Ink...

To Wash or Not to Wash Dry Clean Only

Confessions of a Moxie: I’m a serious shopaholic. An admitted, addicted, head-over-heals shoe addict. The number of pairs in my closet is in the triple digits and I have been known to wash dishes in six inch slingbacks for the added excitement. Enjoying and appreciating  luxury clothing items is a blessing and a curse–while I drool over a Micheal Kors silk blouse at Nordstrom, I am haunted by the lingering advise of my mother: “You know that’s going to be dry-clean only…and you don’t want to wash dry clean only!…” And, annoyingly, she’s right (as mother’s usually are). Does this mean that my days of dry-clean only tunics and sensitively dyed jeans are over? Don’t be silly! Let me pass on to you some zeal for fearless shopping and some tips on dos and don’ts of delicate laundry, dry-cleaning, temperamental garments, and whether or not you should wash dry clean only garments. My mother’s way…Turn delicate...