Why I have a clothes line

Why I have a clothes line.

I didn’t grow up having a clothes line, my family lived in the country but the dryer was all I knew. My husband on the other hand grew up with his grandparents and mother hanging clothes on the line. When I moved in with them I didn’t want my clothes hung out. I have lots of allergies and I just knew it would drive me nuts with rashes so I didn’t even try it. 10 years a few apartments, one child and a move to the country later I have a clothes line of my own. Did my allergies just go away? Nope but I found a way around them. I decided to try a clothes line to save money, less electric. And found that it also is less wear on the clothes, ever wonder where dryer lint comes from? I found that I enjoy hanging laundry on the line, it gives me a little work out and I am always looking for ways to burn a few more calories. The clothes smell nice and the sun brightens my whites. I hang clothes out most days and let them dry completely on the line then I bring them in and put them in the dryer for 10 min, I found that is enough time to kill any allergens that the clothes collected while hanging outside.  Then just fold and put away. I have found that the clothes retain the nice smell even after being in the dryer for 10 min. And best of all I save money on electric and on clothes. I found that it is easier to spot stains and treat them before they are set in by the dryer because you handle each individual piece of laundry as you hang it up.

Television Revolt

Television Revolt

I’m not a purest, I own three TVs a VCR, DVD player and Blue ray player, I do not however have traditional TV; cable, satellite, or network TV shows. What about news you ask, well I listen to the radio and have a weather radio, I found that it is more than enough. If something big happens I hear it on the radio or read it in the newspaper or online.

You might be asking yourself why? Why would you not want traditional TV in your home? To that I say I have many reasons but the biggest is my daughter. When she was born my husband and I decided that we wasted too much time watching TV and we didn’t want that for her. We wanted her to learn to entertain herself and not be dependent on TV to keep her attention. We also thought it might be better for her education.  If she wasn’t programed to watch a show for 12 min and then get a break, this happens nowhere else in life so why teach her to expect it at such a young age? So I started to think about it and realized I used to spend 9 hours a day watching television. Sure I did other things while watching but that is a large portion of my day I used to waste. Those things I did while watching never got my full attention, therefor they were not done to the best of my abilities.

Not to say that we don’t watch movies or TV programs we just limit that amount of time spent in such activities. We like to watch a little TV at night before we fall asleep, so we put in a blue ray or DVD and enjoy our chosen program for approx. an hour. We also have educational videos for our daughter to watch such as the Your Baby can Read system and Sesame Street. She watches one video once a day unless my husband and I need some alone time then we will put in one of her videos and sneak off.

We have found that when you don’t watch TV you have so much more time to do other things. I enjoy reading and doing crafts. I have found more time to focus on cooking healthy meals for my family. I am no longer worried about missing my show at a certain time. I have the freedom to spend that day in the garden or playing games with my family. We have also found not having TV has been good for our waist lines; both my husband and I have lost weight since giving it up. My theory is that instead of sitting still for hours a day starring at the TV we are more active. We save money as well as time because we don’t pay for cable or satellite. That money can be spent on other things like magazine subscriptions or taking the family out. That money can also be saved to help pay off some bill and free us from debt. Once you get passed the adjustment period you realize that not watching TV gives you a sense of freedom; freedom of time, money and attention.

Am I saying that it was easy? No way, I get bored and sometimes wish I had the option, but then I find something else to do. Since giving up TV I have started reading lots more books and magazines. I got back into scrapbooking, embroidery and painting. I started gardening and playing board games. All of these activities bring me joy and a sense of accomplishment.  Things that TV couldn’t.

Stain Remover

Stain remover

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons peroxide

½ teaspoon baking soda

2 table spoons Dish soap.

Combine and let set covered overnight, makes a gel then apply to stain with a tooth brush and wash like normal. This stain remover won’t fade colors and works really well. I make this in an old baby food jar and find that it is the perfect size.

Homemade Laundry Soap

Homemade laundry soap

First, let me tell you it is just as effective and better for your skin because it does not have any dyes or perfumes.

Supplies:

Clean 5 gallon bucket with lid

Grater

Small sauce pan

Ingredients:

4 cups hot tap water

1 bar Ivory soap 5.5oz

1 cup Super-washing soda

½ cup Borax

Directions: Grate soap, the finer the better add to water stir continually over medium heat until melted. Fill the 5 gallon bucket ½ full with hot tap water and soap, washing soda and borax. Stir well until all the powered is dissolved. Fill the bucket the rest of the way with hot tap water. Cover and let sit overnight. The next day it will gel together. Fill a 1 gallon container (I just saved the last jug I bought and used it) ½ full with soap and fill the rest with hot tap water. Shake well before each use. Feel good about saving money and giving your family healthier laundry.

All of the ingredients can be found at Wal-Mart and you can buy a clean 5 gallon bucket with lid at Lowes (approx. $6). The washing soda and borax will last you along time they were 3-4 dollars apiece and the ivory soap is usually 3 for $1. I have been using this laundry soap exclusively for more than a year and I am still using the first boxes of washing soda and borax that I bought. So for approx. 15 dollars I have had laundry soap for more than a year. And I don’t have to buy the bucket again so it will be even cheaper next time I have to buy the ingredients.

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