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How to Make Your Own Homemade Dryer Sheets

You know what it’s like when you’re doing one thing, and all of a sudden you get an idea for another? That was me this weekend when we had to replace the dryer vent in the laundry room. I was back there fiddling with the clamp on the machine, thinking to myself you know, it’s been a while since we’ve talked about laundry on the ol’ MUYM blog, let’s do that!

Of course the ideas started flowing and it was hard to pick just one, but after discussing what we love most about laundry, the answer was simple: we love the warm, fresh smell of a nice fluffy load straight out of the dryer.

What we don’t like are all the chemicals in dryer sheets such as chloroform, pentane, and benzyl alcohol, which have been associated with everything from nervous system disorders to depression.

Yuck!

So we thought we’d take the time to share with you how to make your own all-natural, DIY dryer sheets that will do the job just as well, if not better than those brand name ones you’ve been buying at the store.

To start, you’re going to need a few things:

  1. White vinegar
  2. Scraps of fabric from old sheets, dishtowels, t-shirts, etc.
  3. Your favorite smelling essential oil
  4. Glass container that you can reseal, such as a mason jar, or clean spaghetti sauce jar.

Got all that stuff ready to go? Awesome! Here’s what you do.

1. The Swatches

Cut some square swatches (try saying that 5 times fast) from your old batch of fabric. They don’t have to be super big, but you don’t want them too small, either. We’ll say 3 to 5 inches should do the trick. If you want, you can use a sewing machine to sew around the edges so they’ll last longer, but you don’t have to. These will still do the trick either way.

2. The Mix

Mix up the fabric softener solution by pouring a half cup white vinegar into your glass container, along with 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil. You can use lavender, lemon, orange, eucalyptus, cinnamon, whatever your heart desires. Seal up the container and give it a good shake.

3. The Soak

Next, toss your swatches of fabric into the jar, and seal it up. If you want to use some right away, give it a shake to soak the fabric, otherwise you can just let it sit and allow the swatches to absorb the mixture on their own.

4. The Load

When you’ve tossed your clean clothes in the dryer, simply ring out 3-5 squares and throw them in with your load, letting those sweet, sweet, DIY fabric softener sheets do their work.

Pretty easy, right? No harsh chemicals, money saved on dryer sheets, and the best part is they are totally reusable, so once you’ve dried your clothes, you can toss those squares back in the jar to let them absorb some more of the mixture for next time.

These work great because vinegar is an all natural softener, as well as a natural static reducer. Combined with the essential oils, it will leave your clothes with a subtle hint of your favorite smell without all the toxic chemicals found in dryer sheets, and that’s a win-win solution for everybody!

So the next time you run out of dryer sheets, don’t bother buying some more, okay? Take a few minutes to craft your own the way you want them to smell, and you’ll be good to go for your next load of laundry. In fact, they might even make you want to do laundry more often, and whoever said clean clothes were a bad thing?

How to Remove Hard Water Stains Using Vinegar

Remember the days when your faucets were like new, and your bathtub wasn’t all dingy? No matter how hard you scrub, it seems like you can never get rid of that dirt, right?

That’s because it’s not dirt.

Those are hard water stains caused by water that’s high in mineral content. When the water evaporates, it leaves behind mineral deposits that solidify, and latch onto your beautiful porcelain and steel.

It might seem like all hope is lost, but we’re here to tell you there’s a miracle cleaning solution to help you get rid of those calcium and magnesium deposits once and for all, and chances are you already have some in your kitchen cupboard.

Vinegar!

It’s not just for food, you know? Here are three great ways you can put the cleaning power of vinegar to work right now to help you get rid of those hard water stains, and make your bathroom feel like new again.

1. The Spray Method

For light hard water stains that haven’t had the chance to build up over time, fill a spare bottle with half water/half white vinegar, and spritz it all over the affected areas. Let the solution sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it away with a clean cloth, rinse, and thoroughly wipe dry.

2. The Paste Method

For stains that have been around for a little while, you’re going to need something a little stronger than just water and vinegar, so here’s what you do: make a paste using baking soda, and white vinegar. Mix it all up, and then spread the paste all over the hard water stains, and let it sit for 15-30 minutes. When it’s time, take a clean brush, give everything a good scrub, rinse it clean with warm water, and again—thoroughly dry everything when you’re done. You don’t want that water sitting there on your freshly cleaned surface, otherwise it’ll start the whole process over again, and you’ll have newly formed hard water stains quicker than you can say, “Ugh!”

3. The Soak Method

This method is for those truly impossible hard water stains that never seem to come off no matter what you do. Here we’re going to eliminate the water, the baking soda, and use full-on vinegar that hasn’t been diluted with anything.

  • First, you’re going to grab some cleaning rags that haven’t been used before, and toss them in a bucket.
  • Next, pour white vinegar all over those rags and make sure they get good and soaked.
  • Take those soaked rags and wrap them around your faucets, lay them down in your bathtub, or place them anywhere those pesky hard water stains are hiding.
  • Let those rags sit for 1-3 hours, checking on them every so often to make sure they haven’t dried out. If they have, add some more vinegar to re-soak them.
  • When it’s time, check to see if those stains have come loose, or have dissolved completely. If they haven’t, continue soaking those rags and let the vinegar do its work, but chances are after a maximum of three hours, you should be good to go.
  • Remove the rags, and clean everything off the way you normally clean your bathroom, and thoroughly dry your tub and faucets after you’re done.

Bonus: The Baggie Method

This one is especially useful if you’re not getting the most out of your shower spray, because over time those hard water stains have built up so much that they’re blocking the water from coming out. Just fill a plastic ziplock bag with white vinegar, and submerge your shower head in it, securing it in place with a rubber band. Let it soak for an hour, and then remove the bag, wiping everything clean afterwards. Then turn on your shower and be amazed at how awesome that spray is!

Hard water stains can be an eyesore on your beautiful decor, but they don’t have to be. Sure, you might have let them slip through the cracks, but now that you know what the cleaning power of vinegar can do, there’s no reason to let them stick around. Clean your bathroom regularly, and you’ll never have to deal with them again!

Now, since we’ve got all this vinegar hanging around…someone pass the french fries!

8 Ways to Clean Using a Lint Roller

We all have a regular cleaning schedule that we stick to, right?

RIGHT?

Okay, good.

What about those times in between our regular routine when things get a little out of hand, though? Pet hair on the sofa, crumbs in the car…it’s these little things that can make it feel like we do nothing but clean, clean, clean all the time.

We’ve got two words for you: lint roller.

What was once thought of as a tool to help clean your clothes has become so much more, so here are eight handy ways you can use a lint roller to help keep your home looking its very best.

1. Inside Your Purse

Cleaning your purse out can be a pain in the butt, especially when you get to the bottom of it and find a whole bunch of debris just sitting there. Everything from dirt and dust, to broken pieces of candy and dozens of stray Tic Tacs. For an easy cleanup that doesn’t involve sticking it in the wash, take a lint roller and use it to grab all that gunk from the bottom.

2. Patio Furniture

If you have a bunch of furniture that’s exclusive to outdoors, then you know how hard it can be to keep it clean. Dust and pollen can build up in no time, making it an absolute pain to sit on. For a quick fix that doesn’t involve getting it wet, and waiting for it to dry, use a lint roller to pick up all that stuff, giving new life to your outdoor furniture before company comes. Chairs, tables, everything can be cleaned with a lint roller, and no one will be none the wiser.

3. Knit Hats

One of our favorite things to wear in the winter are knit hats. Unfortunately these can get messy in a hurry with not only dust and dirt, but little fuzz balls that just won’t go away. For a quick clean, give it a rub with a lint roller to get rid of unwanted debris. All those fuzzies will stick to the roller, and not your head!

Bonus Tip: This also works especially well on baseball caps, too.

4. Car Seats

Every once in a while we love a good snack while driving, right? We’re in a rush, make some toast, and eat on the way to work. Next thing you know your car seats are littered with crumbs and in need of a good vacuum. Save the vacuuming for a thorough deep clean, and in between use a lint brush to pick up all those crumbs from your car. This works well on carseats belonging to the little ones, too.

5. Shower Curtain

It may not be visibly noticeable, but the shower curtain can get super dusty really fast. Think about it: all that toilet paper getting ripped off all the time releases lint and dust into the air and where do you think it lands? The shower curtain! Instead of taking it off to wash it all the time, give it a good clean with a lint roller, allowing all that dust to stick to the roller, rather than your shower curtain.

6. Lampshades

This one might seem like a no-brainer, but instead of using a feather duster to kick up all that dust on your lampshades, take a lint roller to them instead and prevent that dust from landing anywhere else in the home. Just roll the lint roller on the outside and inside of the shade, and be amazed at home much debris it picks up in between your regular cleaning routine.

7. Pillows

You know those decorative pillows you have lying around the house on your couch and chairs? Yeah, it’s easy to forget about those, right? Well, next time you’re in cleaning mode, use a lint roller to pick up any dust that may have settled on them. It’s a great way to keep them clean between washes, allowing them to keep their color and shine much longer than if you were to stick them in the washing machine each week.

8. Couch

Speaking of couches, it’s easy to get out the vacuum cleaner to give your couch the once over, but do you really want to do that all the time? Of course you don’t—especially if you have pets! In between vacuums, take a lint roller to the couch to pick up all that unsightly pet hair, as well as any crumbs that might have fallen on the cushions. You’ll be surprised at home much dust and debris the lint roller picks up, even if you think you don’t make that much of a mess.

See, lint rollers aren’t just for getting lint off your clothes. They can be used in a wide variety of places around the home that in most cases can shave some time off your cleaning routine by taking care of quick messes, leaving you to pay closer attention to the areas that need it the most.

So the next time you’re out and about, pick up a lint roller and start incorporating it into your cleaning, and you’ll be amazed with the results!

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