Solutions that Work: Laundry & General Storage

March 2, 2017

Today is day 5 of the Solutions that Work series. We will tackle the laundry room and general storage ideas. Since I have cabinets in my laundry room, I will share ideas that I’ve used to maximize my space and my laundry secrets. Many of these items need to be stored somewhere, so hopefully, the solutions can be easily adapted for your needs.

 

First, let me share my laundry secrets.

 

For the past couple of months, I have used four laundry products: homemade detergent, homemade stain remover, OxiClean versatile stain remover, and in-wash scent booster. I am loving these products, so I must share.

 

Detergent

I made this recipe with these amounts, and I have used less than half in two months. I found a few versions of this recipe online but I cannot place exact post.

 

 Ingredients:
1 Box of Borax (4 lb, 12 oz)
1 Box Super Washing Soda (3 lb, 7 oz)
1 Box of Baking Soda (4 lb) 
1 Box of Zote Soap Flakes

 

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together in a large bucket.  (I mixed it in the container I use to store it.) Mix or shake up. And then, use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. (I keep a measuring spoon in the container.)

 

When washing whites, I use OxiClean versatile stain remover.
When washing sheets or towels, I may use the scent boosters.

 

Stain remover

I made this miracle concoction. Again, I found the original recipe online but cannot find post.

 

Ingredients:

Original dawn dish soap
Hydrogen Peroxide
Baking soda

 

Directions:
You use 2 parts peroxide and 1 part Dawn and baking soda. Scrub on spots. Let it sit for at least an hour. Wash as normal. Save leftover in dark container.

 

And for the dryer, I use these wool reusable fabric softener balls. Sometimes, I will add a few drops of essential oils to the balls before running a load of clothes through the dryer.

 

 

We can now get back to organizing.

 

Using baskets, you can store like items with like items such as first aid supplies, sunscreens, and tools. These baskets were purchased at Target. I can only find the white version online

 

 

 

 

For larger items like light bulbs and electrical cords, you can use larger tubs or baskets.

 

 

I have found that labelling the baskets makes it is quicker to find what you need and mostly, everyone puts back the things they use. I also recommend that you have open baskets or bins instead of containers with lids. Again, this allows for easier access. 

 

My organizers do recommend that you use matching storage containers.


For the labels, I have many options of free printable storage labels from this Better Homes & Garden article. The labels I used are from Meredith Corporation and are so great because you can personalize them with your own items.

 

Read the Solutions that Work: moving–tips and getting started on your purging and packing.

 

Check out all the Solutions that Work Series posts

 

 

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