Looking at Laundry in a Different Light and a Giveaway from GE
This is sponsored content from BlogHer and GE.
A couple months ago, my daughter Kayla and I were visiting the Amish community near Hazelton, Iowa. When we were there, I purchased this….
a big beautiful drying rack.
I am totally in love with the drying rack and since we purchased it, laundry at our house has taken on a whole new meaning. The drying rack is so big that I can hang one HUGE or two smaller loads of laundry on it.
In an effort to start some good habits with kids and as a way to “go a little green”, we’ve started a new system. Each day before supper, I throw a load of wash in the washing machine. In the morning, I hang it on the drying rack. Then after supper each night, the laundry is dry so the kids and I fold it and hang the new batch on the rack.
The whole process has been taking about 10 minutes out of each day….no more piles of mismanaged laundry…no daunting task…no sessions of one hour laundry folding…no yelling and no more paying the expense of drying clothes. I love it!
At first the kids weren’t super excited about it….like with anything new, everyone is reluctant to change. They felt like we “were always doing laundry”. I set a timer and they realized it was only taking a couple minutes every day compared to the daunting baskets of laundry and hour long folding session we used to deal with. Now everyone is in a better mood and we can actually spend a little family work time together.
I have found that there is a much quicker turn around and I am actually purchasing fewer clothes. Previously once laundry went to the washing machine it was often a week before it was clean and ready to wear again…now…only a day.
We converted and are using a homemade laundry soap. Back in December I was reading a blog that gave the recipe and I decided to give it a try. Over break we made a batch.
Here’s a picture of us making it. I was lots of fun…and my review of the soap, I love it!
As a parent, I think it’s important that we show our kids that conserving energy, “going green”, and reducing our carbon footprint doesn’t translate into sacrificing something. It’s just a way of life and a good way of life.
These changes we have made over the last three months, have saved us the cost of drying 80 loads of laundry. It’s saved us the cost of laundry soap.
As part of the their GE Ecomagination Program, GE is sponsoring a giveaway here on my blog with a prize of Two $50 GE energy smart LED light bulb that lasts 20 years and saves you $85 in energy cost. One given away per week of contest. To learn more about these neat new light bulbs check out this link.
Here are the rules:
You may recieve two total entries by selecting two of the following options
-leave a comment here on this blog sharing with me what you do in your home that saves energy.
-tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post.
-Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post.
-For those with not Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate entry form.
This giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and older.
Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by eamil.
You have 24 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
Visit the Official Rules
GE is also sponsoring a larger contest, GE’s ecomagination Challenge: Powering Your Home, which is a part of GE’s global commitment to accelerate the clean energy economy with a goal to bring innovative technologies to market today from the smart grid down to household appliances. Sharing your ideas could make a major difference, not only in your home, but in homes across the country…it could be a little cash in your pocket too.
To find out more about GE’s ecomagination Challenge: Powering Your Home and learn how to enter follow this link
Check out what other bloggers are doing to conserve energy in their homes by following the link….there are LOTS of fun ideas…Visit the Exclusive Offers section