Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Works for me Wednesday- greatest hits

This week the WFMW host is asking for our favorite post. This is my all time favorite because it has helped me so much! I am re-posting it from last July. Hope it helps you too!

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!

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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Anonymous said...

Great tip!

Taylor at Household Management 101 said...

What a great idea. I have heard of something similar for the dishwasher, where you put a magnet on that says either washed, put me away, or dirty, so you should put your dirty dishes in here and not in the sink!

sunshine princess said...

super idea! My mom needs this - she doesn't machine dry ANY of her clothes. Once, she put a sign on the washing machine saying "Do not dry the white shirt, tan shirt, blue capris [etc...] or Mom will have NOTHING to wear."
Dad didn't do laundry, it was us kids trying to help that would shrink mom's clothes. Well, and she did some clothes-shrinkin' herself.
Right now hubby and I hafta go to a laundromat for laundry (married student housing) and if it can't be dried I just hand wash it (or don't wear it!).
But I'll keep this tip in mind for the future :)