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How to Fix a Broken Zipper

Friday April 25, 2014

There is almost nothing more frustrating - or embarrassing - than a broken or stuck zipper. We've all had those moments when a few tips on how to fix a broken zipper would have been appreciated!

Having a bit of clothing repair knowledge is a good thing. Learn how to:

  • Fix a Sweater Snag
  • Sew on a Button
  • Restring a Drawstring

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  • Pledge To Keep Your Child Safe In The Laundry Room

    Thursday April 24, 2014

    Laundry detergent manufacturers are taking steps to prevent children from seeing their single-dose laundry packs as something tasty to eat or as a fun plaything. New packaging has tighter-fitting, harder to open lids and the containers are no longer see-through.

    Now, the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) wants you to take the KEY Pledge to do your part to keep your children safe in the laundry room.

  • Keep single-load liquid laundry packets and containers out of sight and reach of children
  • Educate your family and friends about the safe use and storage of this laundry product
  • You serve a key role in laundry safety
  • When you sign up to take the pledge, you'll also be entered in a sweepstakes to win a $2,500 gift card. (Photo by MML)

    Tide OXI Stain Remover Product Review

    Wednesday April 23, 2014

    The latest Tide product on the laundry shelves is Tide OXI Stain Remover. One of the best things about this Tide is that it isn't just for the laundry room. It can be used all around the house - and outside - to remove tough stains. You can use it one almost all washable fabrics but it is also great for cleaning everything from stained grout and concrete floors to laminate counters and plastic outdoor furniture.

    Take a look at About Laundry's product review and see if Tide OXI belongs in your laundry room and beyond! (Photo by MML)

    Go Green in the Laundry Room for Earth Day

    Tuesday April 22, 2014

    Today is Earth Day and the perfect time to review your laundry routines to find ways to be more environmentally friendly and save money. Some investments like purchasing a high-efficiency washer that uses less water may take some years to recoup your financial investment but their impact on the environment is immediate.

    Other immediate results can come from line drying clothes rather than using a clothes dryer. Or, recycling laundry equipment to keep it out of landfills. Or, selecting a wardrobe that will reduce your laundry loads.

    Take a look at all the ways you can green your laundry this Earth Day and every day. (Photo: NASA/Getty Images News)

    Monday Laundry Day Q and A: Is There Really A Difference in Regular and HE Detergent?

    Monday April 21, 2014

    Every week I get questions from readers about how to handle laundry stains and problems. I'm sure that many of us have experienced the same problems and asked the same questions. So, I'm sharing a Laundry Q and A every Monday, the traditional laundry day. Hope you find it helpful!

    Q: I have been using Wisk for years but now have a new high-efficiency washer. Is there really a difference in regular Wisk and Wisk he?

    A: The key difference in original vs HE is the foaming action. HE formulas contain anti-foaming ingredients because...Read more

    Specific questions? Just ask here.

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    Laundry Detergent Deals On Sale: April 20 - 26, 2014

    Sunday April 20, 2014

    Here are the laundry deals I found on sale this week:

    Walgreens: Purex liquid laundry detergent 24-33 loads or Purex Ultra Packs 18 ct. Buy one Get one Free; Ology laundry detergent or fabric softener 33 loads $4.99; Xtra laundry detergent 30 loads $1.99; Walgreens Balance Rewards card required for all sales.

    CVS: Wisk liquid laundry detergent 32 loads or Wisk PowerBlasts 24 ct. $4.99; Oxi Clean laundry detergent 60 oz. $5.99; Just the Basics laundry detergent 64 loads $2.97; CVS card required for all sales.

    Rite Aid: Purex liquid laundry detergent 43.5-50 oz. or Purex Ultra Packs 18 ct. Buy One Get TWO Free; Xtra laundry detergent 175 oz. $6.99; Oxi Clean laundry detergent 60 oz. $6.99; Oxi Clean Stain Remover 3 lbs. $6.99; Rite Aid Wellness card required for all sales.

    Remember those in need and purchase extra laundry supplies to give to shelters, food banks and animal rescue organizations. (Image: Dixie Allan, About.com Clip Art)

    Specific questions? Just ask here.

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    Laundry Stain Removal Saturday: Berry Pavlova

    Saturday April 19, 2014

    After watching Kate and William and baby George tour New Zealand, I was motivated to make one of the nation's signature desserts, a Pavlova. Fortunately, I found a great recipe from About Home Cooking. It looks so much more complicated to make than it is and you will love it combined with the fresh fruits and berries of spring. If you happen to splash a few ingredients on your shirt or drop a berry in your lap, just follow the links to remove the stains.

    Berry Pavlova

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup superfine sugar (see Note)
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sliced fruit (kiwifruit, berries, peaches, etc.)
  • 1-1/2 cups lightly sweetened whipped cream
  • 1/4 cup miniature chocolate chips, crushed or small candies, or additional fruit slices optional

    Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a shallow jelly roll pan with parchment paper or Silpat baking liners.

    Sprinkle cream of tartar over egg whites and beat until stiff. Whisk together sugar and cornstarch. Add the mixture to the egg whites a tablespoon at a time, while beating on medium speed, until all is combined. The meringue should be shiny, white, and stiff. Fold in vanilla extract.

    Reduce oven heat to 200 F. Mound the meringue on the pan in a round shape about 6 inches in diameter. Bake for 1 hour. Turn off oven, leaving meringue in the oven until it is cold or overnight.

    Arrange fruit over the base of the pavlova meringue, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with chocolate chips, crushed or small candies, and/or additional fruit.

    Use a serrated knife to gently saw slices. Store leftovers in a covered container. Yield: 6 to 8 servings Note: If you cannot find superfine sugar, place granulated sugar in a food processor and process until the sugar crystals are down to half the original size. Then measure and proceed with the pavlova.

    For free nutritional information about this recipe, including calories, visit CalorieCount.

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  • Be Ready For Swimwear Care: Summer Solutions Product Review

    Friday April 18, 2014

    While many people swim year round, summer is coming when every pool is crowded with folks trying to escape the heat. The one thing you can't escape in almost every swimming pool is chlorine and the havoc it can do to your swimwear. Chlorine causes colors to fade, whites to yellow and elastic fibers to sag...and no one wants that.

    Just in time for swim season comes a review of Summer Solutions Swimwear Rinse. The product is designed to deactivate and neutralize chlorine residue on fabric to prevent or slow damage. Take a look at what we found and see if Summer Solutions should be added to your swimwear care routine. (Photo by MML)

    CVS Offers Store Brand Total Home Laundry Products

    Thursday April 17, 2014

    The CVS Drugstore chain, like many other mass retailers, offers an assortment of store brand laundry products. Under the Total Home brand you can find laundry detergent, fabric softener, stain removers and clothing care items at prices significantly lower than highly promoted name brands like Tide, Wisk, Gain and Purex. But, are they a good value?

    About Laundry took a look at several products and found that some worked just as well or better than brand names; while some fell short. Take a look at the product reviews and learn what we found. You may be surprised! (Photo by MML)

    Febreze Allergen Reducer Product Review

    Wednesday April 16, 2014

    Springtime brings pollen and that brings more suffering for many people from allergies. While there are ways to help control indoor allergens by handling laundry correctly, Febreze is offering a new product that offers even more help: Febreze Allergen Reducer Fabric Spray and Febreze Allergen Reducer Air Effects.

    Using a cornstarch-based molecule to surround and help trap irritating allergens, the spray helps keep the allergens down and away from your eyes and nose until you can wash the allergens down the drain (or let your dry cleaner flush them out). Take a look at our product review and see if Febreze Allergen Reducer should find a place in your home. (Photo by MML)

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