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Easy ways to store spare sheets

BY SARA NOEL Published: June 11, 2012
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The first reader tip has another suggestion:

Sheet storage: I fold fitted sheets as best I can, then store them inside the matching pillowcase, along with the top sheet and the other pillowcase. It looks tidy on the shelf, and it's all in one place when it's time to change the bedding. -- M.F., Canada

Hydrogen peroxide use: Gargling hydrogen peroxide is great for stopping or reducing a sore throat. -- Dave S., email

No-grate Laundry Soap:

3 tablespoons Borax

3 tablespoons washing soda

2 tablespoons Dawn dish soap

Put these ingredients in a one-gallon jug, then add 4 cups boiling water. Swirl until ingredients are dissolved in the liquid. Let liquid cool, then fill almost to the top with cold water. Use 1/2 cup per load.

For a concentrated version: Boil 2 cups water, add all ingredients, mix well. Let cool in a glass measuring cup. Pour into a jug and add another 2 cups of water. Stir and let sit overnight. Use 1/8 cup per load.

Dawn stain recipe:

1 cup water

1 cup Dawn dish soap

1 cup ammonia

When I used the non-concentrated Dawn dish soap, I just used one part Dawn and one part ammonia. Much cheaper than OxiClean! You can also make a stain remover by mixing one part hydrogen peroxide and one part Dawn dish soap and using it as you would Shout. -- Amanda W., email

Reader Jacqui shares several tips via email:

Use for Dawn dish liquid: I had a case of poison ivy that defied my doctor, despite four weeks of shots and prescription meds. The pharmacist told me to scrub with Dawn Bleach Alternative in the shower instead of soap. He said the bleach alternative ingredients would kill it and the Dawn soap would remove the poison oil. It worked for me -- the poison ivy rash was gone in four days!

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