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Danelle Ice is an entrepreneur in Los Angeles and mom of 3. She is the creator of and Danelle is also known as internet personality SimDanelle, the first virtual person. Danelle is a beauty guru on YouTube, vlogger, blogger, and new media darling. She is a current brand ambassador for for Keurig and previous AMD Tech Mom, Kraft Foods Delicious Byte brand ambassador, and Purex Insider.


  1. CL
    July 1, 2008 @ 6:32 pm

    WASH your lint filter! I thought our dryer needed replacing because it took longer and longer to dry the same old clothes. I scrubbed the filter with a drop of dish soap and a nail brush, rinsed really well, let air dry, and popped it back in. Cut drying time by more than half! Fabric softener and dryer sheets both cause build-up that clogs the filter, impeding air-flow and extending drying time.


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    July 10, 2008 @ 7:06 am

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  3. Home Ever After
    July 10, 2008 @ 10:35 am

    @CL: Awesome tip on washing the lint filter! Very good info which I’ll be adding to laundry articles in the future. Thank you.

    @WhatEver Page: Thanks for the link love!

    Homemaker Barbi


  4. Momma @
    February 4, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

    We cut our laundry costs down to nothing by taking 15 minutes every 3 weeks to make our own laundry detergent. It’s cheap, easy, and leaves your clothes far cleaner and fresher than regular laundry detergent. I have a recipe for it on my website, if anyone is interested.

    We’ve been using the vinegar in place of fabric softener ever since the article I read about how Downy’s primary ingredient is animal fat. Great post :) It’s nice to see that there are plenty of alternatives to saving money, even on things like the landry.


  5. Home Ever After
    February 4, 2009 @ 2:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story. Would you mind linking to the detergent recipe in the comments? I’d love to see the ingredients, and I think the rest of the readers would too.


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    March 8, 2009 @ 5:28 pm

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  7. Jenna @ Newlyweds
    March 8, 2009 @ 6:29 pm

    Great ideas, I have even gone so far as making my own laundry detergent!


  8. Lauri
    March 22, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

    instead of dryer sheets I take celluose sponges cut them into quarter size and soak them into a cup of liquid fabric softener then squeeze out then toss into dryer with my clothes


  9. shay
    March 24, 2009 @ 6:47 pm

    i wish i could use these tips but live in apartment and often have to go to the laundry mat and pay to wash. i do my delicates at home by hand though to save a little.


  10. Home Ever After
    March 24, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

    @Lauri- that is a great alternative for dryer sheets.



  11. Danielle
    July 3, 2009 @ 5:23 am

    Great list, I never thought of washing the lint trap! One thing I would suggest is when you use vinegar in the wash don’t put it in until the rinse cylce. Vinegar is known to breakdown laundry detergent!


  12. Rikki
    July 3, 2009 @ 4:50 am

    I use about 1/2 c baking soda in each full load and only 1/3 the detergent and bleach recommended. The baking soda boost detergents and bleaches (chlorine and non) and removes nasty odors!


  13. CraftTeaLady
    July 3, 2009 @ 6:56 am

    Put up a clothes line. That will save significantly on the electric cost for the drying cycle. I don’t like towels out there (they get ‘crunchy’ but everything else does great and is never wrinkled). :)


  14. Laura H
    July 5, 2009 @ 3:12 am

    Toss a clean, dry towel in with each dryer load. Your clothes will dry much, much faster.


  15. Shelley
    August 10, 2009 @ 4:56 am

    I also use baking soda mixed with water in the softener container of my washer- works great. Be careful about drying clothes on your shower rod- one time I hung a pair of wet jeans up there in my old apartment and got rust stains on them!


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    August 25, 2009 @ 5:59 pm

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  17. Super Amazing Savings
    September 24, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

    Love the tips. I use a few of these already. I cut my dryer sheets in half, I use 1/2 the cup of detergent and I try to run the dryer back to back. It does make a huge difference.


  18. Teresa at
    April 28, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

    I just did a post about homemade laundry detergent on my blog. I had been thinking about it forever, and finally decided to try it–I don’t regret it. Below is the post with the recipe for the powdered detergent I’m using, although there are lots of recipes out there.


  19. Laurel
    May 13, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    I have done a lot of these when I had my own washer and dryer! When you use a laundromat, you aren’t able to use the spin cycle a second time around!


  20. Corey
    November 9, 2011 @ 3:13 am

    Spin dryers such as at are 100 times as energy efficient as conventional clothes dryers. You can save over $100 per year and they are gentler on the clothes, so your clothes will last longer. They can work with a clothesline as well, for example when it’s damp/rainy outside.


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