October 14th, 2015

LD Picks: 5 Grooming Hacks That Will Keep You Looking Great

The web is full of genius grooming hacks. So read these, and get pretty.

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Use a drinking straw to keep necklaces from tangling during travel

packing necklaces in straws When travelling, it can be difficult to pack jewellery. How do you keep it organized? Try threading the chain of your necklace through a drinking straw (or two!) to keep them from tangling. Then, tuck them safely in a pouch or suitcase pocket.

[More at Good Housekeeping]

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August 10th, 2015

5 stains every university student needs to know how to eliminate

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Leaving the nest and striking out on their own, students will face one of the biggest challenges of their young lives: doing their own laundry. No longer will their clothes magically vanish from the hamper only to reappear clean, pressed, and neatly folded. Instead, they’ll have to batten down the hatches and figure out the difference between a rinse and spin cycle, where the detergent goes, and just what, exactly, are delicates.
To help ease the transition, here are tips on how to remove some of the most common stains college students will run into.

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Sweat

There are all manner of things that could cause a young student to perspire: a test they forgot to study for, running late for class or simply staring at a dwindling bank account.

You’ll need: Vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide

Do: Soak the shirt in vinegar water for around 20 minutes. Remove and dry until damp. Mix the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide together and apply to stains. Let it sit for half an hour before putting it through a wash.

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Coffee

coffee-stain

Most people have their first embrace with this caffeinated temptress at college, where a lack of sleep is the norm and a liquid boost is imperative.

You’ll need: Boiling water, laundry detergent, sponge

Do: Stretch the item until taut, then pour boiling water through the stain. Repeat until it is removed. If the coffee had milk in it, use a sponge and rub it with laundry detergent first. After the stain is removed, run the garment through the wash.

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Ink

 

Whether it’s from doodling on a notepad or taking fastidious notes, there’s a good chance pen ink will find itself in some unwanted places.

You’ll need: Rubbing alcohol, cotton swabs, paper towel

Do: Quickly press a paper towel against the stain before it dries. The paper towel will absorb some of the ink. Then apply rubbing oil to a cotton swab and dab at the stain. Repeat until stain has been removed before running the garment through the wash.

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Beer

There will undoubtedly be a kegger or two attended during a student’s time at college, and spills and splashes from beer pong are inevitable.

You’ll need: Liquid laundry detergent

Do: Soak the garment in cold water for about half an hour. Remove and rub liquid laundry detergent directly into the stain and let sit for 10 minutes. Wash the garment and repeat steps if necessary.

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BBQ Sauce

When you’re on a budget, pub food is a culinary delight and chicken wings are a basic food group. Unfortunately, saucy finger foods tend to leave stains.

You’ll need: Dish detergent, vinegar

Do:  For this two-step process, first soak the garment in warm water with dish detergent, which will help remove the stain. Rinse the garment and then pour vinegar on the spot to remove any oily remains. Run the garment through the washing machine and it will be good as new.



August 5th, 2015

Six Tips on Keeping Your Dorm Room Clean

Cleaning girl happy excited during cleaning. Funny girl with cleaning mop playing guitar isolated on white background

Cleaning your dorm room doesn’t have to be such a chore — with a little planning … and pizza.

 

Student life is busy. Here are the facts – if you take the time to keep your dorm clean and organized, you’ll be ready for whatever school throws at you. A clean, orderly space keeps you organized and saves time for having fun. Plus, it’s totally not hard. Here are six easy ways to keep on top of things (without Mom).

Have A Plan

The number one way to avoid roommate strife? Clear communication. Propose that you and your roommates have a cleaning party every Wednesday night or Sunday morning, where you can take turns to clean the bathroom or the grossest drawer in the fridge. Crank up your favourite Spotify playlist and treat yourselves to pizza when you’re done. Solo? Come up with a simple schedule. Maybe on Tuesday you do a general clean, and you always hit the laundry Saturday morning to catch up on next week’s readings and your darks.

Make Sure You Have A Place For Everything

Every dorm room seems to come with the standard issue closet that turns out to be a totally idiosyncratic storage solution. Invest in some sturdy storage caddies and boxes, and make sure everything has a place. This goes for your desk, your closet and your bathroom. Need inspiration? Pinterest’s got you covered.

Don’t Neglect The Basics

Take out the trash regularly. Figure out your recycling system. File all your important papers. Most importantly, make your bed every day. It is the one thing that really makes your room come together. (Don’t believe us? Check out cleaning maven Jolie Kerr’s #LAMOB hashtag on Twitter).

You’re Only As Good As Your Tools

Put together a cleaning caddy with some all-purpose clean, a small vacuum cleaner, laundry supplies and cleaning cloths. Having everything close to hand makes it easy to deal with unexpected spills and other mini-disasters. Make sure to have some rubber gloves in case something truly disgusting happens.

Stay On Top Of Your Laundry

One student we know nicknamed her dorm room laundry “Mount Washmore.” Don’t be that girl. Bring an easily-transportable laundry basket or bag with you on your first day and make your mom proud by having enough clean socks for every day of the week.

If All Else Fails, Cheat

There’s nothing wrong with keeping some air fresheners or deodorizing sprays stashed under the sink for emergencies. Midterms happen to everyone.



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