I’m not sure what happened when I was born. My Mum is the ultimate domesticated goddess and my Sister is pretty damn good too, but clearly, I wasn’t in the right queue when they were handing out this particular gene. I think it may have bypassed me completely! Washing and ironing and cooking and cleaning and all that other ‘housewifey’ stuff just bore me to tears. I have no shame in admitting it.
The Samsung AddWash™ Ecobubble Washer Dryer
I did, however, get a little excited when AO.com got in touch with me and asked me if I fancied reviewing one of their washing machines for their website. Part of me wondered whether I could maybe, even quite possibly, be growing up a bit?
I gladly accepted and just look how pretty it looks.
Now I know, I know. Washing machines and washer dryers aren’t all about looking pretty. I get that. Really, I do. But it helps, doesn’t it? It helps, knowing that doing something you really dislike, can be made that little bit easier when you have something aesthetically pleasing to look at?
Well, I love my Samsung AddWash Ecobubble Washer Dryer and I think she loves me too. She even plays me a little tune every time she’s finished washing!
You can see what we thought of the washer dryer in our cheeky little review on You Tube. I’m sure the husband will just love me putting this out there for all to see!
Well having this new washer dryer got me thinking that I should probably try to unleash my inner domesticated goddess. Surely she has to be in there somewhere?!
There must be some hacks and tips and tricks out there, to make this washing and housework lark a little easier, right? Right. I asked some fellow bloggers for theirs, and as always, they didn’t let me down.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you; 10 washing and lifestyle hacks for the undomesticated goddess.
My mother never ironed; she instead always used to neatly fold or hang up the damp washing in the bathroom for a day, then hang it up to dry normally. Not a crease in sight – Kati – howtorockatparenting.wordpress.com
Vegetable oil to get rid of sticker gunk – works a treat! – Natalie – crummymummy.co.uk
If kids get slime/putty on their clothes, do NOT wash without treating, as the heat will cook the slime proteins. First, act quickly and pick off as much as possible, saturate with vinegar (which breaks down the proteins) and wipe residue away. Then wash as normal – Anoushka – spittingyarn.com
For Space savers: Under stairs Storage. Stair Drawers. Fold-down tables. Wall bed and sofa and crown molding to organize shoes – Elizabeth – thehomemakersjournal.comGarment Care Hacks: Keep brightly coloured clothing from fading by adding a teaspoon of salt to your load and use a shorter wash time.
Kids often ruin my cloths with stains, but I save what I can: cut the jeans’ legs off to make them into shorts or buy cute iron ons to cover a stain – Eva – Www.captainbobcat.com
For really stubborn stains (even works after several unsuccessful washes): 1tsp Vanish powder (colours or white depending on fabric) added to approx 50ml BOILING water in a small dish, stir and allow to foam- 30 secs. Use foam on the stain and rub it in with the back of the spoon 2-3 times. If it’s not showing any sign of moving, dunk the stain in the dish for a minute or so. Wash as normal – Sonia – Buzymum.com
Only a clean washing machine can ensure that your laundry is truly clean when it comes out the wash. The inside of your machine can get stained and grimy and odours and dirt might cling to your clothes when you think they’re actually getting a good and thorough wash. Regularly treat your washing machine to a deep clean and make sure to clean around and under the rubber of your washing machine as well as the dispensers for washing powder or fabric conditioner using a vinegar and hot water solution – Carolin – mummyalarm.co.uk
Carefully fold your duvet covers set and put it inside one of the pillowcases. Then you don’t have to go looking for part of the set and it stores better – Nyomi – nomipalony.com
When it’s sunny, I still hang my washing on the clothes horse rather than the washing line and just put it on the decking outside – it means the kids can still play in the garden without running through the washing, I can move it round to wherever the sun is, and if it suddenly rains I just have to bring the airer in, rather than take all the clothes off the line and hang them up again indoors – Abi – somethingaboutbaby.co.uk
Spray whites with lemon juice and water and hang on the line when sunny wash and dry and they will be back to bright white – Sophie – sophobsessed.com
Well. There we have it. I’ve really got no excuse now, have I?! These tips are great! Watch this space and soon you may see the latest Queen of Washing appear before your very eyes! Huge thanks to my fellow bloggers who clearly know way more than I do!
Have you got any other tips and tricks you can share? Let me know in the comments because I need all the help I can get!
*This is a collaborative post with AO.com