Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fun Doing Laundry

So maybe I'm warped, but a friend gave me a recipe for homemade laundry detergent, and I just ran with it.
I mentioned in my last post I got a couple other things at the estate sale I would show in a later post.  Well, here goes...

I found these two beautiful carafes.  In the shorter one, I put my homemade laundry detergent, and in the taller one with a handle, my homemade fabric softener.

As if that wasn't enough, the measurements are in tablespoons so I found a couple old pretty spoons and stitched up a little fun.

Theeeeen... I ran across the idea of wool dryer balls.  I have of course heard of them and seen them.  Why I never thought of making them??? 

So I made some.  They are so easy.  Just wind up a ball of yarn just like you used to do for Grandma when you were a kid.  When they are a little larger than a tennis ball or about the size of a smaller orange, tuck the end in and tie them individually in an old nylon.  Run them through the washer and dryer, then remove them from the nylon.  If you do this, remember worsted wool will not felt so be sure to use regular wool yarn - I used the one for fisherman's sweaters.  
I have a pretty little spot on my dryer now, and all of my laundry is done because I have been so excited about using my new toys.  Yes, I know little things - little minds.  I must be okay with that, because I'm loving it.
Until next time,
Nimble Fingers and Even Stitches


  1. what fun and useful items and if it makes me want to do laundry it is magic

  2. Love the bottles filled with your homemade solutions...sure beats those ugly plastic jugs!

  3. Great use for the bottles. I am inspired by the wool balls and will try me some.
    Thanks for stopping by my "plans for Easter creations".
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. So fun and pretty.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  5. Catching up with all your posts!! Love all your treasures from the estate sale!!! I always enjoy visiting you - such interesting little tidbits you share!!


  6. Love this post - you raise the humble chore to a new level. I need to make dryer balls, too. Today is the day, thanks for the reminder.

  7. You aren't warped ~ you just appreciate beauty in the little things in life :) I can appreciate that! Thank you for sharing this at MAKE YOUR OWN HERBAL MONDAY. I love putting my household goods in pretty containers too! :)

  8. Thanks for sharing your LAUNDRY ROOM post last week. I invite you to join this weeks topic of HOME DECORATION. This would include instructions (and recipes or household tips) on how to make potpourri, room sprays, candles, herbal wreaths, create herbal sachets, pressed flower decorations, etc.... Home decoration DIY's (such as repurposing and recycling projects for the home) and Misc. DIY's would also be welcome! Have a wonderful week, JES :)