This is the method that I do laundry in order to keep my clothes from aging fast. I am not good at washing whites. That is something I definitely still need to learn. Most of my wardrobe is dark colors, so this works well for that.

Step 1: Add a little baking soda to the load.

Step 2: Add detergent. I only use about half of a cup. The main thing is to always go light on the detergent. You don’t need very much.

Step 3: Add your clothes to the washing machine.

Step 4: Set your cycle to the correct size, gentle, and cold water.

Step 5: When the washer is done, move you clothes over to the dryer.

Step 6: Add one or two dryer sheets.

Step 7: Set the dryer to knits/delicates/low, then start. It is important to avoid over drying your clothes.

Step 8: Fold your clothes right after drying to avoid wrinkles. I fold my clothes on my bed. I have cats, and that is one of the few rooms that they aren’t allowed in.

Tip: For faster drying, add a clean, dry towel to the load.

Recycling Drink Cans and Bottles

Do you take back your empty drink bottles and cans to the store for the deposit, but want to find a different way that keeps your house from looking like its full of empties all the time? Well I am here to share what I do, and maybe you will like it too!

For most of my adult life, I lived in an apartment or a shared house with not a lot of space. I try to keep these places organized, but empty bottles and cans pile up and look bad

I bought a container to keep my bottles and cans in. I keep this container in a place where it is somewhat hidden in the house. Right now it stays at the top of my stairs heading toward the basement. When I lived with my brother, we kept this container under a small table in the kitchen next to the trash cans.

The next step is to put your empties in the container. When the container is full, take it with you on your next grocery shopping trip.

This will prevent you from letting your empties get out of control because only so many cans and bottles will fit in the container. It also looks better than a trash bag.