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In this Issue of The Household Manager:
- What's New At Household Management 101
- Do You Need A Gift For Father's Day? Try A Stuffed Animal!
- Summer Stain Removal Tips
- Tips For Line Drying Your Clothes
- Get Your Kids Involved With Chores This Summer
What's New at Household Management 101?
This month at Household Management 101 we've gotten some great tips and ideas from readers just like you.
Here are some of the best ones I've received this month:
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In addition to all the tips from our readers, some newly added pages on the site include:
Do You Need A Gift For Father's Day? Try A Stuffed Animal!
It seems like Mother's Day just passed, and already we are gearing up for Father's Day, which is on June 20th this year.
My kids and I always like to do something nice for my husband, their father, for Father's Day.
For the kids that generally means homemade cards and other crafts, and pooling money in for a gift card to one of his favorite shops.
Giving gift cards can seem impersonal, but if the father in your life likes to choose his own stuff, like mine does, they can be a necessity.
That is why I like the Father's Day Teddy Bear Gift Card Holder, which wishes Dad a happy Father's Day while also presenting him with the gift card.
There are even more Father's Day stuffed animals to choose from at StuffedAnimals.com™.
As an added bonus StuffedAnimals.com™ has given all Household Management 101 newsletter subscribers a coupon code to save 15% off any order when used at checkout: SAVE37.
Summer Stain Removal Tips
With summer upon us it is time to think about stain removal for all those summer stains.
We seem to get out in the outdoors more during this time of year, so it only seems right that we would get more stains on our clothes.
Here is a list of some common summer stains, and how to get them off washable clothing.
Barbecue stains: Pretreat the stain with liquid laundry detergent, and let it sit for several minutes. Rinse, and then sponge white vinegar onto the BBQ stain, and then rinse thoroughly. Next, pretreat with a laundry stain remover and wash as normal.
Dirt stains: Pretreat the stain with a paste of powdered laundry detergent (that contains enzymes) mixed with a little water, or with liquid laundry detergent (also containing enzymes). Then, launder in the hottest water the fabric will allow to get out the stain, and either chlorine bleach if the fabric will allow it, or color bleach if not.
Grass stains: Pretreat the stain with a paste of powdered laundry detergent (that contains enzymes) mixed with a little water, or with liquid laundry detergent (also containing enzymes). In the alternative, you can pretreat the stain with a laundry prewash stain remover formulated to remove stains caused by grass. Then, launder in the hottest water the fabric will allow to get out the stain, and either chlorine bleach if the fabric will allow it, or color bleach if not.
Ketchup stains: Apply liquid laundry detergent to the ketchup stained area and let it soak in cold water for 15-30 minutes, and then rinse with cold water. Then, sponge the stained area with white vinegar, and rinse again. Finally, pretreat the stain with a laundry prewash stain remover, and then launder in the hottest water the fabric will allow to get out the stain, and either chlorine bleach if the fabric will allow it, or color bleach if not.
Mustard stains: Pretreat the stain with a laundry prewash stain remover, and then launder in the hottest water the fabric will allow to get out the stain, and either chlorine bleach if the fabric will allow it, or color bleach if not. If this doesn't work rub glycerin into the mustard stain with a soft brush or your fingers, and let it sit for approximately 15 minutes, and then rinse and launder as normal.
Pollen stains: Shake as much of the pollen off as possible, and then get the rest off with a piece of sticky tape, using the sticky portion to pick up the grains of pollen from the fabric. Then, pretreat the stain with a laundry prewash stain remover and launder in the hottest water the fabric will allow to get out the stain, and either chlorine bleach if the fabric will allow it, or color bleach if not.
Strawberry stains: Make a solution of half a teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent, mixed with a tablespoon of white vinegar, and a quart of warm water. Let the stained fabric soak in this solution for about 15 minutes, and then rinse. If that does not remove the stain sponge the stained area with rubbing alcohol and then, again, rinse thoroughly. (First spot test the use of the alcohol on the clothing in an inconspicuous area to make sure the alcohol will not harm the fabric.) Finally, launder in the hottest water the fabric will allow to get out the stain caused by the strawberries, and either chlorine bleach if the fabric will allow it, or color bleach if not.
Sunscreen stains: Pretreat the stain with a laundry prewash stain remover, and then launder in the hottest water the fabric will allow to get out the stain, and either chlorine bleach if the fabric will allow it, or color bleach if not.
For even more stain removal tips and tricks visit Stain-Removal-101.com!
Tips For Line Drying Your Clothes
As the days get warmer and sunnier many people start hanging their laundry out to dry again and stop using the dryer so much.
Of course, there are others who line dry their clothing all year round, and if you do just feel free to ignore these tips and helpful hints about line drying because you are already a pro.
However, if you are new to line drying or only do it occasionally, here are some helpful hints and tricks to know:
- Sunshine helps bleach and whiten your clothes - use this to your advantage and get your whites out there on the line to help them look their best.
- On the other hand, don't leave your clothes out in the sunshine too long because sunshine can also fade colored clothing, so go ahead and take down the clothes once they are completely dry.
- Hang the white and light colored clothes up first, and then the dark ones, because light colored clothing takes longer to dry (because it reflects sunlight) than darks.
- Plastic covered clotheslines are good because they don't absorb moisture like a rope line, which can become mildewy if not properly cared for.
- On the other hand, you need to wipe off a plastic covered line before using it to make sure any dirt is removed.
- When taking clothing off the line that needs to be hung, go ahead and have hangers with you and place them directly onto hangers so those items don't have to get folded and then potentially wrinkled.
Get Your Kids Involved With Chores This Summer
School is out now that summer has arrived, and your kids don't have to deal with all that homework.
You know what that means, right? You don't have to deal with all that homework either.
So, what are you going to do with all your free time?
I know something I am going to be working on with my kids this summer is chores.
Chores are important because they teach responsibility and also help out the adults in the house, because after all we didn't make all the mess by ourselves!
Below is a quick list of age appropriate chores.
Age 2-3: Pick up toys and dirty laundry, place silverware on the table (with assistance)
Age 4-5: Set table, sweep floor, dust low surfaces within their reach, help put away groceries
Age 6-8: Make beds, sort laundry, water plants, fold easy to fold clothing like towels and socks
Age 9-10: Change sheets, assist with food preparation, wash dishes, load dishwasher, vacuum, wash windows
Age 11-?: Clean bathroom and kitchen, polish silver, mop floors, and as they show maturity and gain skill basically anything else an adult can do (with supervision until they know all safety rules and follow them consistently).
This summer I plan on teaching my kids how to do various age appropriate chores they don't already know how to do, but are developmentally ready to tackle.
I also am going to use a chore chart to keep track of who does what, to make sure I am assigning the chores fairly and equitably.
If you want to create a chore chart for your kids that varies each week, to assign them an appropriate amount of age appropriate chores, you may want to try the Chores Pad from MomAgenda, because it keeps track of a whole week of chores for up to five kids on a pad that you can hang on your refrigerator.
I plan to give some reports about how the chore focus is going around our home over the next couple of months, so stay tuned.
Hopefully I will have some positive news to report!
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