Laundry Tips and Tricks


I have previously shown you my organised laundry cupboard so today I wanted to share a few tips from the laundry.

Our laundry sink doubles as a handbasin as the toilet is off the laundry.  I keep a bar of soap in a soap dish I made from the base of a 2 litre milk bottle.

Speaking of soap, I also use a soap saver for pieces of soap.  This is then shaken in a bucket of warm water and produces lots of suds which I use when handwashing.  Although we do not need to save water in our current location the habit is such that I always do the handwashing in a plastic bucket.

The soap saver hangs just above the laundry tub on a suction hook.

This is what it looks like when opened out.

My soap saver came from my mother-in-law.  It is plastic, although the ones I remember from my childhood were wire mesh.  I have never seen one for sale in a shop despite looking on numerous occasions.  Have you seen one or do you have a soap saver?  A handyperson could make one, I am sure.  Remember the saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention”.  Perhaps there needs to be more of that in our society today.

The other thing I use often is hangers for woollen jumpers and cardigans.  I have had 3 of these for a number of years and like most plastic-coated wire products they will last almost indefinitely if they are not left out in the weather.

And here they are in use……….

These are also an upgrade of an old idea.  In years gone by people hung their woollen garments on old stockings by threading the legs through the sleeves and pegging stocking to the line beyond the sleeves and at the neckline which is the principle upon which these hangers are based.

6 thoughts on “Laundry Tips and Tricks

  1. I have never seen a soap saver or hangers like those. It took me a few minutes to figure them out. Cool. I lay all my sweaters (jumpers) of any kind. I am a very frugal person! I have some t-shirts that are hard to line dry without getting shoulder bumps when hung on hangers or uneven hems when hung by the bottom with clothes pins, so I might try the hose thing. But, I don’t wear hose. Well, I do have lengths of fabric that would work.

  2. You will not be surprised to hear that I also have some of plastic covered wire jumper hangers AND if I run out I use old pantihose – just like my mother used to.

  3. I’ve never seen a soap saver or the hangers! I always hate when I hang my sweaters up and they get the “still on the hanger look”. These are great tips. I’ve also tried to save some money and be eco-friendly by using white vinegar in the rinse cycle. I swear it doesn’t leave any smell and acts as a natural fabric softner!

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