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Learn How To Fold A Fitted Sheet In Less Than 2 Minutes

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Every time a fitted sheet comes out of the dryer, an intense internal debate begins: Do you try to piece this ridiculously shaped linen into a tight, flat rectangle? Or do you just go ahead and wad it up into a ball to avoid the frustration?

Most of us usually end up somewhere in the middle with a sort of rumpled rectangle, and then we do our best to tuck and hide any unruly corners that have refused to conform.

Fortunately, Jill Cooper of Living on a Dime has a foolproof method for folding fitted sheets that only takes two minutes to complete.

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And, if you’ve been tucking those wayward corners in at the end, you are on the right track!

A key piece of Cooper’s strategy is making sure that the corners are tucked in. Cooper suggests fitting one corner into the other right at the very beginning, which makes the rest of the folding process go so much more smoothly.

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Once you’ve got those corners tucked in, it makes it much easier to fold the sheet — almost as if you’re folding a regular flat sheet.

Make sure you tackle fitted sheets on a flat surface. You’ll need it for smoothing and straightening as you go.

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Watch the video below for the full tutorial — and you’ll never have to wrestle with rumpled fitted sheets again!

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If you want to take your fitted sheet-folding skills to the next level, Cooper recommends storing the folded fitted sheet, along with the top sheet and any additional pillowcases right inside of one of the pillowcases to keep the entire sheet set in one tidy little bundle. What a clever idea!

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After you’ve mastered the fine art of folding fitted sheets, you will no longer have to hide your disorderly linen closet.

You may even “accidentally” leave the closet door open to show off your handiwork.

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If your new-and-improved linen closet, with rows of neatly folded sheets tucked inside pillowcases, has you feeling inspired to organize the rest of your house, then you’ll want to check out our list of seven things organized people always have in their homes.

One of the things you’ll always find in an organized house is a shoe rack. Without a shoe rack (or a few), shoes inevitably end up scattered by the front and back doors in unsightly piles.

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Another secret of organized homes? Drawer organizers. That’s right. If you really want your house to be neat and tidy, you can’t just stuff things in drawers. That leaves the mess out of sight — but not out of mind.

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Here’s How Often You Should Wash All Your Clothes

No one enjoys doing laundry. It’s time-consuming, boring and can be expensive if you have to pay for a water bill or go to the laundromat. With that in mind, it can help to wash your clothes only when necessary. It might seem like the right thing to do to wash your outfits after every wear, but unless your clothes are soiled and sweaty, it’s not really necessary.

So how often should you wash all your garments? Insider pulled recommendations from the American Cleaning Institute and Real Simple to build this helpful chart below. Use this handy guide to help figure out when you need to do laundry.

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Some items, like socks, underwear and T-shirts, should indeed be washed after every wear. Jeans and coats fall on the opposite end of the spectrum, as you are pretty safe to wear them numerous times before you wash.

What do you think? Do you agree with these recommendations?

Hilarious Video Sums Up How Parents Act Before Having Company Over

Let me set the scene. It’s Christmas morning. You have just finished unwrapping your gifts. You’re enjoying a mug of cocoa while lazily checking out your awesome scores from Santa.

Suddenly, your mom bursts in the room, a panic-stricken look on her face. “The cousins will be here in two hours! Get up and start cleaning!” she shrieks. “I want this place looking spotless!”

Sound familiar? If so, you are going to love this hilarious video from comedian Chris Fleming. In the short clip, Fleming perfectly brings to the life the absolute mania that takes over a parent trying to get the house ready for the holidays.

“No can know we live here!” she shrieks, pushing in chairs, tossing around dish-rags and vacuuming with intense precision.

The video is a must-share, and siblings everywhere are sending around the clip, saying: “Doesn’t this remind you of Mom?”

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The character is the brain-child of Chris Fleming, a comedian who became an instant success on YouTube with his clever creation of Gayle Waters-Waters (yes, that’s her full name). The series “GAYLE” helped to launch Fleming’s unique brand of humor and spot-on imitations. Now, the video “COMPANY IS COMING!” has over 4 million views on YouTube.

The comedian told Forbes that the idea for his Gayle character came from a shopping trip he took to Crate & Barrel. There, he saw a woman that inspired him to bring Gayle to life, and after using her character in his stand-up show, he decided to bring her to life with the help of director Melissa Strype.

Fleming describes Gayle as:

“Gayle’s a middle-aged woman, stay at home mom type who descends deeper into madness each week. She’s frantic and desperate and will stop at nothing to maintain status in her community. I came up with her in ’09, saw a woman in Crate and Barrel that really inspired me. She was digging through place mats like it was Armageddon.”

Hmm… I think we all can relate to that feeling of panic that comes over you when you realize COMPANY IS COMING! and your house isn’t spic and span. (Or, as Gayle would say, “I want this place looking like Disney on Ice!”

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There are multiple videos of GAYLE to enjoy on YouTube, so head on over and LOL till your face hurts from laughing so hard.

How To Make Your Slow Cooker Clean Itself

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Nothing beats the ease-to-deliciousness ratio of a great slow-cooker meal—until it’s time to clean up.

If you find yourself taking one look at that crusty ring around your Crock-Pot after dinner and wish you ordered a pizza, help is on the way. Thanks to this easy cleaning hack from YouTube Channel Life Should Cost Less that uses just three of the cheapest, most natural cleaning ingredients (vinegar, baking soda and water), scrubbing to exhaustion is a thing of the past. The video how to get your slow cooker sparkling and ready for your next home-cooked meal.

In addition to the steps outlined in the video, some of our readers suggested using slow cooker liners. A great alternative that doesn’t involve any cleaning. You can buy them at most grocery stores and online at Amazon.

[h/t: Better Homes & Gardens]

 

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How To Easily Clean Gas Stove Burner Grates

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The grates that rest over top of the burners on your gas stove are one of those surfaces that love to attract grime yet are infuriating to clean. Popping them into the dishwasher is an option, and scrubbing them is a serious pain in the elbow, but neither of those options seem to restore them to beauty.

As you can imagine, there are tons of tips and hacks online that promise a cleaner stove with less work, and we are major fans of one trick that we found on YouTube.

YouTuber DIY Super Mom posted a 2-minute clip revealing her ingenious method for cleaning those stubborn grates all the way back in 2014, and the advice still holds up all these years later. The best part of her hack is that it requires no intense scrubbing and instead lets time handle the hard work. It just requires a little patience, some freezer bags and a spray bottle filled with ammonia.

Check out the full tutorial below:

In the video, you can see that the burner grates she’s using are pretty filthy, which makes it seem like a fantasy that she’ll ever get them totally clean. That’s what makes the ease with which she pulls it off so impressive!

DIY Super Mom removes the dirty grates and puts each of them into a freezer bag of their own. She then liberally sprays the grates with the ammonia while it’s inside the bag. The key word is liberally, because you can see she really douses those things before sealing the bag.

After she’s closed the bag — trapping that dizzying ammonia scent inside — she flips the grate onto its top and leaves it resting overnight, so the chemical is coming into direct contact with the side that is visible on your stove. After they’ve sat all night, she opens the bag and lightly wipes off the surface of the soaked grate (while wearing cleaning gloves, of course), and it quickly looks good as new.

It’s easy to see why the clip has more than 3.2 million views since it went up!

Now that your grates are clean, all you have to do now is get the caked-on splatters off your actual stovetop surface (joy!).

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What time-saving tips do you have for cleaning up around the kitchen?

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How To Clean And Whiten Yellowed Pillows

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I’m willing to bet that if you looked at all your pillows right now, you’d find at least one that has begun to turn yellow. Even if you use pillow cases, your pillows will eventually turn yellow from the sweat and skin you shed while sleeping on them each night.

Eww, enough of that. I scoured the internet to find a solution to this irritating problem and here it is. The blog One Good Thing By Jillee has shared a winning tip for getting out those nasty yellow stains. You can watch the step-by-step video that shows just how to do it or get the instructions by reading them below.

Ingredients

  • Very hot water (boil some on the stove if your hot water heater doesn’t get that hot)
  • 1 cup chlorine bleach
  • 1 cup powdered dishwashing detergent
  • 1 cup laundry detergent
  • 1/2 cup borax

Directions

  • Fill your machine 1/3 way with very hot water. Add the cleaning solution.
  • Turn on your washing machine and let it agitate for a few minutes (so the mixture dissolves fully).
  • Put your pillows in (two at a time works best so your machine is balanced).
  • Fill your washing machine the rest of the way with water.
  • Wash in a full cycle (make sure you have the second rinse cycle turned on).
  • If you have a top loader, Jill recommends turning the pillows over halfway through the cycle so both sides get fully washed in the solution.

To Dry

  • For down and feather pillows, be sure to dry on air-dry mode.
  • Synthetic pillows should be dried on low-temp setting.
  • A tip from Jill: to help keep the fluffiness in your pillows, add a tennis ball or dryer ball in the dryer.

There you go! Now you don’t have to cringe every time you take the cases off of your pillows.

7 Ways To Keep Your Front-Loading Washing Machine Mold And Stink-Free

If you’ve ever had to visit a laundromat or use coin-operated laundry of any kind, then you know just how great of a luxury it is to have your very own front-loading washing machine right there in your home.

And even though you and your family are the only folks using this machine, you have to be careful to make sure you’re cleaning it regularly and properly. It sounds kind of contradictory, right? After all, washing machines are supposed to be doing the cleaning. But the truth is even your trusty household appliance needs a bath every now and then.

As you can imagine, with all of the wetness and residue from detergents and fabric softeners, front-loading washing machines can easily build-up molds and become smelly, and of course, you’d like to avoid that at all costs.

Thankfully, it’s not hard to get rid of the mold or to keep it from accumulating. Consumer Reports provides some helpful tips and tricks to avoid any mold build-up in your washing machine.

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1. Clean Gaskets

The gasket is the large rubber seal that keeps water from leaking out of your front loader. Underneath that flap is a great place for mold to live, so be sure to give that a good cleaning every once and a while.

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2. Clean Dispensers

You can also clean out the dispensers where you pour your detergents to make sure there’s no leftover soapy residue.

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3. Use Bleach

To clean the inside of the drum, Consumer Reports recommends running a cycle without any clothing using bleach in the place of detergent. That way, you’re sure to get a deep down clean all along the inside of the washing machine.

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4. Leave Door Ajar

As a precaution, you can leave the door to the washing machine open so that everything dries out much faster. The less moisture, the less mold there will be!

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5. Choose Your Detergent Carefully

Choosing a detergent with less sudsing power will limit the amount of soap residue left behind. Today’s Homeowner recommends using powder detergents over liquid ones for fewer suds.

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6. Use Less Detergent

Using less detergent, in general, will also help out. According to the same article, if you only use the amount recommended for each load size you’re better off. Because you all know we’re guilty of just pouring a random amount inside of the cap without really measuring!

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7. Skip Fabric Softener

Less fabric softener means less residue and mold accumulation. A dryer sheet can get your clothes just as soft, and help with the mold issue, as well. That’s a win-win!

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No one wants to deal with a moldy washing machine, but at least now you know how to prevent mold and how to handle it if (or, let’s face it — when) it happens.

[h/t: Consumer Reports]

Here’s The Best Way Remove Stains And Smells From Your Plastic Food Containers

Have you ever had some stains or odors that you can’t seem to get out of your plastic storage containers.  This happens to us all the time (especially when we have chili or a red sauce item stored in them).

Have no fear, watch the video above to get some helpful tips on the best ways to clean up those containers and make them looking like new again.

Now, a lot of our readers will suggest to just get glass containers instead.  I completely agree, but sometimes you may want to use the plastic ones you have around the house or you can’t use glass due to concerns around them breaking.

Let us know what you think.

Here’s How Often You Should Clean Your Stuff

Everybody wants to have a clean home, but sometimes it’s hard to know often you should clean certain items.  After reading the chart below, I was pretty surprised at how off I was on certain things.  Apparently, I don’t need to wash my jeans so much.

This super helpful chart was put together by Henry Hoover and shows how often you should be washing some of the most common household items.  From sheets to pillows to the refrigerator, this little chart will help keep your house fresh and clean.

What do you think?  How many of these do you currently do?