Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Works for me Wednesday -How to keep your clothes from shrinking

I don't know about you but I can't stand it when my darling helpful husband does laundry. I know women who swear they would love if their husbands did laundry. I agree with them in theory.

In actuality what I get is a load of laundry that contains the following. A couple white fuzzy towels, a navy blue towel, a pair of nice khaki slacks, a red polo shirt, my linen skirt, a very shrinkable black baby doll top and a rag that I used to clean the oven. Can you hear me growling from where you are??

What I get from my hubby's good efforts is alot of shrunken clothes. I find the dryer does more damage than the washer does. I can't put all of the blame on my husband. I get in a hurry to get laundry done and forget that I have non dryables in the washer. I don't have to tell you ladies that money spent to re buy clothing is frustrating!!

What I have come up with is a way to hopefully save clothes and money. I went to a craft store and bought flat magnet squares that you can cut as needed. I then took my label maker and made a big fat label that said "NON DRYABLE ITEM". (You can just write it on some neon or colorful paper if you don't want to use a label maker or need to get someones attention. :) ) I then attach the label to the sticky side of the magnet sheet and wah lah!

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After I throw a load in the wash with a non dryable item I will put my magnet over the lid. It has saved me so much frustration! I have asked my husband to only wash his clothes so that has also saved me some hassle. If he goes to throw a load in the wash and sees the magnet he slowly backs away from the washer..... and this works for me!



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11 comments:

Thrifty and chic mom said...

I love it that is great!

Katy said...

Oooo... Good idea! My husband is actually great with my laundry-related things, but does NOT understand the idea that some things are not made to go in the dryer...

Blissful Nikki said...

ooohhhh!! good idea! :) I will have to try that one. Knowing the people in my house they will open the lid, tear the seal, and not think twice about it! LOL

Tasha said...

This is the best idea EVER! I am soo making me one! Another excuse to use Fancy Nancy (my label maker)! Yippee! Oh. Btw, I am givig you an award, check out my blog for details! :)

The Ice House said...

Clever idea. I too like the idea of a Hubby that does laundry...in theory ;-)

Baby Tunnel Exodus said...

My husband is banned from Laundry detail. I secretly wonder if he planned it that way... but then I bet he probably wouldn't have bleached a load of darks on purpose, considering they were His clothes. But, this is a nifty idea, very neat! Blessings, Whitney

craftymom said...

Very clever!
My oldest has begun to help with the laundry, so this will help with her, too!
Love it...thanks!

Karen said...

I have resorted to line drying all our clothes unless it's snowing or raining, which really stops all shrinkage.

Fortunately, though, I don't think my husband even knows how to use our washer and/or dryer, which is OK by me since he's a pro at hanging clothes out on the line.

ET @ Titus2:3-5 said...

What an absolutely fantastic idea! I ALWAYS shrink my favourite things.

I so need a label-maker... :)

WEEBLE said...

My husband does all the laundry and since he is a perfectionist, he does a better job than I do! What a blessing he is!

Superchikk said...

That is a great idea! I may also use it to remind myself to check stains on items I pre-treated. Sometimes I forget those are in there and throw them in the dryer without checking for the stain.