What is the best detergent to use in my laundry?
One good way to avoid clogging the drain pipes is to stop using powdered soaps. These soaps can turn into 'grease' in your pipes, and eventually cause clogging. Change your washing detergent to liquid, only!! Both in the dishwasher and the clothes washing machine. A few years back, my plumber found lots of grease in my pipes. "But I don't put any grease down my drains...not at all!!" I told him. This experienced plumber advised me of the problems of using powdered soaps...I changed, and have not had troubles since.
I learned this tip the hard way, by the clogging of my sewer lines. A liquid detergent is best to use for your laundry: Cheer, Tide,and many others brands. I was advised by my plumber that powdered detergents can turn to 'grease' in your sewer lines, thus clogging them! YES! I have not had a clogged drain in that area since switching to liquid detergents 5+ years ago! Same usage works with liquid detergent in your automatic dishwasher. Switch and ease your mind of clogged drains.!
Laundry chore? Say, you're not using a scrub board in the wash house, are you? Probably the hardest part of laundry is separating colors. All white (only) should be washed together, with added clorox/bleach. Unless there are silk whites (see below), these could be washed with hot temp. setting/cold rinse. NEVER put colors with whites. Heavy clothing (jeans, khakis, denims) should be washed separately from lighter fabrics (knits, shirts, blouses, night clothing) on warm to cold wash settings/cold rinse. Delicates (silks, sweaters, fine materials) should be washed on cold setting/cold rinse. If using a dryer, dry only as separated above to protect your articles. Sheets, towels could be washed together, but do NOT overload washing machine or dryer; a lighter load is much better.
As I have stated in my tip for laundry detergent, if you are using a powdered dishwasher detergent STOP! Powdered detergents can turn to 'grease' in your sewer lines - a fact from a plumber! Always use the liquid type detergent in your dishwasher (I like lemon-scented Cascade). Use up the rest of your powder, diluted in water, to wash furniture or car upholstery or TOSS OUT. Much cheaper than a plumbing bill!!
In hot or dry weather, where the ground around our house gets little water, we should be careful of the foundation of our house cracking; especially a slab foundation. To prevent this from happening, be sure to include the base of your home when watering the yard; this should be done ALL around our homes. If you experience water-rationing, attempt to let the washing-machine water run outside; the hose placed just to the outside part of your 'dryer vent' works well, but be sure it is secured. Soapy water never ruins grass, but may get rid of a few bugs at the same time!
Senior Frequently Asked Questions
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Are there coupon savings other than for groceries?
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How can I make my turkey have moister meat?
What will help me in prayer?
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Does my car need checking for antifreeze/coolant?
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Why don´t my friends write to me?
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What makes for ´healthy teeth´ for my pet?
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Should I look for an older or young pet?
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What is the right food for my pet?
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Where can I buy books at a savings?
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Where can I find a counselor for my grief?
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I´m having a ´blue´ day....can you help?
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What do I do if the home requires a contract?
What is an unusual food to try when eating out?
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How can I keep shelled nuts fresh?
How can I use sphagnum moss in crafting?
Why is the 12-1 lunch hour so crowded?
Why do I get so tired when I clean my home/apartment?
Should I consider immune shots and neutering/spaying for my pet?
Is it ´bad´ for me to continuously speak of my lost one´s death?
How can I prevent my home´s foundation from cracking?
How can I make my own cranberry sauce?
What is an easy cranberry sauce recipe?
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What is a special Christmas gravesite flower?
How can I relax and learn at the same time?
Should I buy plants for sun or shade exposure?
How can I keep my feet dry on rainy days?
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What is a ´different´ cookie the whole family will enjoy?
What is a good, warm ´toddy´ for cold nights?
How can I make my own spiced apple cider?
My beans or stew is too salty, what can I do?
What is an easy ´punch´ drink to make for entertaining?
Would I really enjoy a ´mystery´ book?
What precautions should I take about engine belts and hoses?
Why do they always want my advice, then don´t heed it?
How can I inspect a prospective nursing home?
Where can I find activity ´day care´ for parent living with us?
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Where can I put my winter clothes in summertime?
How can I get tile, floors, cabinets ´squeaky´ clean?
How can I keep celery crisper in my refrigerator?
How can I use my sweet basil herbs?
How can I best grow tomato plants in containers?
How can I best gro green peppers in containers?
How can I get a refreshing scent for my bed linens?
How can I freshen the air in my home?
How can I remove marker/dye staines from my counter tops?
What is a good recipe for a Fruit Salad?
What is a good Citrus Salad Dressing?
What might be an inexpensive, afternoon get-together I can have?
Where can I buy supplies for crafting?
What services are provided by the homes?
What needed supplies are provided by the nursing homes?
What is an easy ´snack´ recipe?
How can I ease the burden of cooking for a large dinner?
How can avoid needing use of more burners than there are on my stove?
What is an easy-care, beautiful plant for hanging baskets?
What is an easy cookie for guests or gifts?
What goes good with hot spiced apple cider?
Can I grow garlic in containers?
How can I grow my own garlic plants?
How can I know if what I´m eating is nutritional?
What is a good cleaning pad for outdoor grills?
How can I avoid my bathroom mirrors from becoming ´foggy´?
How can I save time when preparing a large dinner?
How can I use pressed flowers for easy gift?
Why should I remember birthdays?
What detergent is best for my automatic dishwasher?
How can I get my grandchildren to write to me?
How can I be sure I took my medications for the day?
Should I stay in my home or move to a smaller location?
Where can I find information on caring for my parent in my home?
How can I find out about the cost of my Utilities?