Channeling June Cleaver
(with a handy ironing tip!)
Okay, so before I begin, I must say a few things:
1. Yes, I like to channel people - see here for evidence.
2. I did channel June Cleaver once before, back in 2008 - but the results were short-lived - see here for how this went down.
3. This could end up a dodgy post, owing to my bad photography (on a mobile phone), however I will persevere for Day 5 of NaBloPoMo!
Now, back to the task at hand. Rest assured I am not June Cleaver by any stretch of the imagination. And if truth be told, the only household task that I can honestly say I don't mind is probably the ironing! Yes, I'm a little mad like that. I would rather iron than sweep or mop floors, change bed sheets or clean toilets and bathrooms!
This doesn't mean I am always on top of the ironing - it is often overflowing but it's something I don't mind doing. I have a fairly spacious laundry with lots of storage cupboards, enough space for a 3-bag laundry basket so that washing gets sorted as it's brought in, a double tub for sticking things in (don't do a lot of hand washing - my trusty washing machine has a 'delicate' cycle for a reason), a gas dryer (which I love) and my Tefal steam iron which I can't live without. Once I got used to this at my mum's place, I had to work it into the budget and get myself one. I can't iron with anything smaller now! The laundry is my little haven...probably the place I get bothered the least (yes, and that includes the toilet)!
So now for the laundry/ironing tip. Don't you hate when you place something on the ironing board and notice an oil stain or two or three?!
|These are actually a navy blue pair of shorts but |
hopefully you can see the oil marks.
With 4 boys in this house, it is something I encounter often. If I had to put every oil stained piece of clothing back into the wash, laundry would take me forever. Sometimes, you just have to deal with it there and then. And this is how...
First of all, sprinkle some talcum powder over the stain.
Then pat gently with a lint brush. It has to be a brush not a sticky roll!
Your stain will now look like this and you will be horrified!
But wait, there's more! You then brush over the stains very gently and your garment looks like this ~ voila! Stain is seemingly gone or gone enough not to be noticed :)
Here's the before and after shot - not sure why the pants look two different colours - I assure you they are the same pants!
So that's basically it. My mum taught me this trick. It doesn't always work and doesn't work the same on every fabric, but it has saved me endless times! And apparently I'm not the only one who uses it. Googling the method taught me that the heat from the iron melts/softens the oil and then the talcum powder absorbs it away from the fabric.
Oh, and if you catch the stain before it goes into the wash, as any authentic June Cleaver would, a bit of dish washing liquid on the stain works a treat :)
So what housekeeping tip can't you live without? Please share!