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fancy strings and genius laundry stuff

Who could have thought there will come a time that I will get excited getting a new sampayan and laundry stuff?!

I am getting to old auntie level real fast.

Because I am seriously happy and excited about my new sampayan and sipit! A huge thank you to Kei for installing the fancy sampayan! woot!

*sampayan = clothesline, sipit = clothespin. 

home improvement for the rainy days

our tiny home improvement for the rainy days

Lately, I cannot do my laundry because I cannot dry the laundry! The rain is messing up my weekly chore schedule. Also making the daily commute back home a real pain. The rain also killed off my tomato plant. Making me hate it even more.

So, these days we dry our clothes indoors – mainly in the living room. Thankfully we have a small aluminum clothes rack to serve as our indoor clothesline. But I dislike doing that because it cramps up our space and it looks like we are having some kind of garage sale inside the house. Not to mention having the clothes so close to each other, it dries up a lot slower. Making it prone to have that damp smell. 

That being said, Here is my solution to the damp problem: I mix in a bit of white vinegar with my laundry to counter the musty smell. *life hack* & also use a fabric conditioner.

Even with a sunny weather there is still a chance of my clothes sliding and clumping together on the clothesline. It is another pet peeve of mine. 

This regular nylon string sampayan (clothesline) has to go. It has served us well for the past 6 months. -Due to the weight of some of our clothes(ie pants), all of the other clothes usually bunches up in the middle. Making laundry drying time uneven and longer. Some dries faster than the others and some that got clumped together in the middle stay damp for longer.  That we end up pinning all the hangers to the clothesline. We had a lot of other issues with this too. -broken pegs and sometimes laundry knocked down to the floor due to strong winds. 

We will still use this for another purpose.

We will still use this for another purpose.

I like my clothes evenly spaced apart for maximum airflow. That means a faster drying time.

So imagine my smile when I found this at Daiso last Saturday. It was an automatic buy! It is a nylon clothesline with spacers to accommodate the hanger/s securely and evenly! No more sliding and clumping together of wet clothes, plus I did not have to pin every hanger on the clothesline! I need not worry about strong winds knocking off my hanger and laundry down!

Leave it to the Japanese to think of weirdly useful everyday stuff like these. Genius! 

Say hello to fancy sampayan! (clothesline)

Say hello to our fancy sampayan! (clothesline) -this was found at Daiso: 5meters for 88php

We also went to check out the new Miniso store and ended up getting new clothespins to add to our existing clothespins. We got it for 99php. Honestly, we have a lot of wooden clothespins at home, I just got the new clothespins for the hanging basket it has. Plus the color is nice. That has to count right?!

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The color is really pretty! I also like the hanging basket!

So that is our tiny home improvement for the rainy days.

As for our standard laundry stuff: we use these nifty things to make our laundry workload easier. Here are the hangers we use daily.

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On the left are the ones we use for our denim pants, to the right are the ones for shirts.

This is our collapsible drying hanger that is massive. (Sometimes I even hang my cotton shorts here.) 

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This is my lifesaver when I really need to dry our clothes indoors.

The green hangers above and the collapsible hangers are both of the same brand – JIGO. That was the brand my mum uses. It is sturdy, because it is made from quality plastic that makes it resistant to breaking.  We got the above items from the almighty Divisoria.

I also love these expanding hangers that we got for drying our bath towels.

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pull and expand!

Last but not the least are the laundry mesh bags for the small items. Just toss them in the bag and zip. toss in the washing and no more looking for the missing pair of socks! I also got the circular bags for washing bras so that the pads will not get dented.

mesh bags for the washing machine

mesh bags for the washing machine

The expanding hangers and mesh bags are both from Daiso.

So that concludes my laundry stuff.

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience. This is not a sponsored post, we paid for the products from our own pocket. 

 

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laundry day tricks

It’s a laundry day for me today. It is actually one of the house chores that I enjoy doing.  Tossing our dirty clothes into a machine and have clothes come out clean. Easy. I even go watch a movie (on my pc) or cook while doing laundry!

Usually, I do laundry 3 times a week. I don’t want the (used) clothes to pile up on the (laundry) basket. But keeping all garments, sheets and towels at home clean isn’t always easy. So, I am sharing some of my “tricks” to make laundry day easier for you.

photo from the internet

photo from the internet

  1. Do laundry often. If you’ve been saving up your laundry all week to do in one go. It could get pretty boring, waiting for everything to be cleaned up and then having to hang everything to dry/loading everything in batches into the dryer…

My trick:  Dividing the laundry into smaller chunks throughout the week (for example, towels washed today, pillow cases and sheets the next day, but for every laundry day you have to clear out whatever clothes is in the laundry basket.

  1. One load for each person.Its sometimes confusing to sort laundry, or get everything right according to what each family member likes-this holds true for large families.

My trick:  Give each person their own laundry basket and only running one person’s clothes at a time. This gets everyone to choose their own detergent and fabric softener combination and eliminates the confusion of who owns what come laundry day.  Again the trick I mentioned earlier is good for large families.

  1. Use baskets.Clothes on the couch, table, floor, etc. are not only unsightly, it is also unhygienic. Just toss clothes into the appropriate bin for a clean and organized look.

My trick:  Take as many as you need. Be it sorted by white or color, or per person has their own… it is up to you.

  1. Turn clothes right side out before folding. This makes a big difference when fold a load of clothing, saves you time.

My trick:  This also makes getting dressed easier!

  1. Put socks/small items in mesh bags.If your socks doesn’t match or you have trouble fin ding the other pair of your sock from the laundry, go buy a few zippered mesh bags! – Each person puts his or her socks/small items into their own mesh bag, zips it up and tosses it in the laundry. When the bags come out, the socks/small items are all together and ready to be returned to their rightful owner. Plus no more missing/mismatched socks!

My trick:  Those mesh bags can also be used to wash small toys. Example: place all the lego in the mesh bag zip it and dump it in and viola, clean toys!

  1. Keep the washing machine fresh by leaving the door open after each load.Some washing machines have a tight seal, this tend to trap moisture after running a load of laundry. This can in turn give the machine a stinky smell or have mildew. Prevent this by leaving the machine door open after each load just to let out all that moisture.

My trick: You can also wipe it with a dry cloth to speed up the drying of your tub.

  1. Helpful household items are always good to have. Like transferring powder detergent/fabric softener into nice plastic jars, so you can see how much product is left. Make things look neat by placing your necessary laundry supplies inside a basket or give them a tray. This keeps your things together in one place and makes it easy to move/grab everything to use or clean. Also, buy some specialized household stuff like a huge clothes hanger with clips to hang dry the small clothes, socks..etc. A large hanger for bath towels and bed sheets, and some large clothespins for clipping towels or sheets. It will make your chore easier. And for the ladies there are also hangers that are specifically made for brasserie! Use them to avoid the bra foam from becoming deformed.

My trick: It is always better to have excess hangers than less hangers, more so in rainy season.