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New Mini Washing Machine from Brazil

There is a new concept mini washing machine from Brazil. On the surface, it appears to be very similar to many other mini washers. However the inventor claims it is much quieter, which would be a major breakthrough. Most mini washers are inexpensive, but quite loud. As washing machine cycles can be fairly long, this can be irritating if you live in a small space, unlike a big house where you can put the washing machine in the basement. We haven't been able to find the inventor and get details on the noise level, motor type and decibel level yet, but will keep trying and post details when we find out. (more…)

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Laundry Tips

Stain Removal Laundry TipsBlood, Fresh & DriedRinse fresh blood stains in cold running water and rub with soap. Repeat. For stain removal of dried stains, first scrape or rub off as much dried blood as possible. Soak in warm water using a product which contains enzymes. Wash. If this doesn't work, rewash the item using a chlorine-free bleach. In the case of stubborn stains, rust removers may be helpful. (more…)

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Laundry Product Helps Prevent Skin Cancer

Most people know to protect their skin if they are going to exposed to prolonged sunlight. However, many people don't realize that UV radiation can penetrate clothing, particularly lighter and thinner clothing. Rit SunGuard is a one of a kind product that helps block UV radiation. Rather than putting it on your skin, it goes into your clothing and lasts for approximately 20 washes. At only $2.60 the last we checked, it's quite affordable. You do one load with SunGuard only, making sure not to mix it with other detergents or laundry care products. After that, you can wash your treated items as you normally do. According to the manufacturer, it provides 96% protection from UV rays.

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Fate of Missing Socks

Laundry: A Quantum Mechanical Approach by: Brian J. Reardon It has been argued that the act of doing laundry followed the discovery of clothing by only a few weeks. While this fact has been regarded to be fantastically trivial, one can not ignore the enigmas that the act of doing laundry has created. This is especially true in the age of high speed washers and dryers. In the early days, the disappearance of articles of clothing could simply be accounted for by saying that the sock was lost in the river. Unfortunately, such excuses can no longer be used today. The availability of high speed automated washers and dryers has provided a number of fundamental questions that can not be answered using the classical laundry theory (i.e.: the river washed the sock away). Such questions include: (more…)

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Fold-Up Portable Clothes Dryer Review

We first noticed this product about 10 years ago in Hong Kong. Since then, dozens if not hundreds of factories in China have started making this product. It's a type of folding portable clothes dryer that has a small heater on the bottom, collapsible hollow metal legs, a folding outer shell and hangers at the top. (more…)

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Detergent and Wrinkles

HOLY GRAILWrinkle Reduction Evades Detergent ResearchersMICHAEL MCCOY, C&EN NORTHEAST NEWS BUREAUWhen Unilever launched Wisk with Wrinkle Reducer laundry detergent in 2000, it seemed as if the big household products company had found the Holy Grail: an ingredient that allows consumers to reduce or eliminate the need for ironing.However, subsequent negative reviews by Consumer Reports magazine and various newspapers indicate that the Holy Grail has yet to be found. And, according to R&D executives at other leading consumer products makers, it isn't likely to be discovered anytime soon. (more…)

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How to Prevent Washing Machine Hose Failure

According to State Farm Insurance Statistics, washing machine hose failures cause approximately $170 million in damages to homes in the United States & Canada. The true figure may be even higher, as this amount accounts for reported claims only. Fortunately, there are some simple, quick and inexpensive steps that homeowners can take to eliminate the problem. (more…)

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Laundry Room Accessory

Looking for a laundry room accessory? We have dozens of unique, hard to find laundry room accessories. Some of our most popular ones are: The Filtrol 160, the only product in the world which effectively catches washing machine lint at the source, preventing one of the leading causes of septic system failure. Few people outside of the septic system business are aware of this, but washing machine lint is one of the leading causes of septic system failure and can also clog household plumbing. The lightweight lint particles get flushed out to the drainfield and plug it up. The typical family washing machine produces enough lint each year to carpet a living room floor! Lint screens and nylon socks are ineffective as they trap five percent or less of the lint. Septic system failure is very common in this country and repairs are extremely expensive, often running from $5,000 to $20.000 or more. More information is available at http://www.laundry-alternative.com/product/Fitrol-160-Septic-Protector (more…)

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Washing Baby Clothes

Tips for Washing Baby ClothesSeparate Baby Clothes from Diapers We recommend that you wash baby clothes separately from diapers. With our mini washing machines, it's easy to keep them separate!Should You Wash Baby Clothes with the rest of the laundry?Some say that it is ok to wash them together, that regular detergents should not bother the baby's skin. We would prefer to be more cautious and recommend using a special type of laundry soap called Charlie's Soap, which is fully natural, biodegradable and does not leave any residue which can reduce the fire-retardant qualities of your baby's clothes. It also has outperformed the leading brands in University studies. To avoid mixing loads altogether, you can purchase a mini washing machine for baby clothes. (more…)

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Oxygen Bleach

POWDERED OXYGEN BLEACH PRODUCTS OXICLEAN , OXY-BOOST,  CLOROX OXYGEN ACTION, STAIN SOLVER,  OXYGEN8, WHITE WAVE,  AJAX,  DECK AND SIDING BRIGHTENER,  ETC. AN OVERVIEW......(Updated 8/23/02)IntroductionBy now many of us are familiar with powdered oxygen bleaching products seen in stores or advertised on television.  They range from "Tide with Bleach" to "OxiClean" to "Ajax Oxygen Bleach Powder Cleanser" to "Wolmans Deck and Siding Brightener".  While these unique cleaners and stain removers have been around for years it is only recently that they have come into prominence in the consumer market. At The Laundry Alternative, we want to provide you with informative washing solutions from the SuperPop Washing Machine to types of detergents. This page attempts to look at these products and give you an overview as to what they are, how they work and how they are used. (more…)

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Laundry Detergent Tablet

What is a laundry detergent tablet? Laundry detergent tablets contain laundry detergent and are designed in a convenient to use form. Instead of having to lug around a bottle or box of detergent, you can just take a small, lightweight tab or two. Most industry experts agree that laundry detergent tablets have not fared very well in the US market yet. (more…)

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How to Prevent Clothes Dryer Fires

Very few people realize the danger of clothes dryer fires. However, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an estimated annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths and 10 injuries due to clothes dryer fires. Several hundred people a year are also subjected to carbon monoxide poisoning from improper dryer vent setups. The financial costs come to nearly $100,000,000 per year. In some cases faulty appliances are to blame, but many fires can be prevented with proper dryer venting. (more…)

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