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Back-to-School Giveaway: Complete the Cycle Laundry Package

by Tara Kuczykowski on August 25, 2009 · 893 comments

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I don't know about you, but at my house, doing laundry for five kids is a never ending chore, and I'm always looking for ways to make it easier. So when Clorox sent me their Complete the Cycle kit, I was especially excited to read their tips and try out the very cool FlipFold.

Have you always wanted perfectly folded shirts and tees like those department store displays? Now you can organize your very own drawers and closets with the FlipFold. Just follow the simple instructions included in the box, and you'll be flipping and folding your way to neater drawers and less wrinkles in no time.

One lucky Deal Seeking Mom reader will win a Complete the Cycle prize package that includes:

To enter, leave a comment with your favorite laundry tip. How do you save time or money on this never-ending chore?


Every reader has four methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two, three, or four for up to a total of 4 entries!!! (If you’re reading this by email, be sure to click through and leave a comment on the actual giveaway post. Email entries will not be counted.)

Methods of entry:

1. Leave a comment. Tell me your best tip for saving time or money on laundry or making it just a little bit less of a burden.

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(1) Complete the Cycle prize package as described above

This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, 8/31. I’ll use to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email on and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Good luck!

While you’re in a contest entering mood, don’t forget to check out the Giveaway Gathering for a variety of contests being hosted on Deal Seeking Mom readers’ blogs!


1 Shelly August 27, 2009 at 8:23 pm

My laundry trick? Get your husband to do it! LOL! Seriously, my husband is the laundry guru in this house and I know how lucky I am.

2 Gena August 27, 2009 at 8:50 pm

I hang most of my clothes on hangers in areas around the house and they dry without shrinking, save electricity and usually require almost no ironing

3 Elizabeth August 27, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Money saver: I buy detergent in bulk when it is buy 1, get 2 free at my local store. Lasts a few months, just in time for the sale to come around again.

4 Lisa Duffy August 27, 2009 at 10:37 pm

If I have a lot of laundry I take it to the laundromat that way I can get it all done at the same time.

5 Gloria S August 27, 2009 at 11:17 pm

My favorite tip is to use hair spray to remove ink stains

6 kelly owens August 27, 2009 at 11:54 pm

i take my clothes out of the dryer while they are slightly damp to prevent wrinkles.
I have the kids help fold the towels and socks.

7 Riana August 28, 2009 at 12:14 am

My time saver? I have a HE super capacity washing machine. I only have to do 4 loads of clothes one day a week (not including the sheets and towels!) for a family of 5! Now if I only had a laundry-folding fairy!

8 Riana August 28, 2009 at 12:14 am

I have your badge on my sidebar!

9 Riana August 28, 2009 at 12:15 am

I subscribe via RSS! LOVE YOU!

10 Riana August 28, 2009 at 12:15 am

I joined the forums!

11 Christina Burrell August 28, 2009 at 12:36 am

I use hand sanitizer to treat stains-works great and is el-cheapo!

12 Christina Burrell August 28, 2009 at 12:36 am

I am an email subscriber and have been for about 6 months now.

13 Sarah August 28, 2009 at 12:49 am

My favorite laundry trick is to fold the fitted sheet and pillowcase into the flat sheet so they don't get seperated in the cabinet.

14 Sarah August 28, 2009 at 12:54 am

I am a member of the forums!

15 Sarah August 28, 2009 at 12:54 am

I subscribe via reader.

16 autie August 28, 2009 at 1:17 am

I try to make sure everybody has their own laundry hamper so that it doesn't get mixed up.

17 Cynthia August 28, 2009 at 1:25 am

Separate laundry as you. Meaning teach the children and the adults in the house to separate their clothing (whites, darks, etc) as they come off. Granted it's not a fool proof method but it definitely helps.

18 Angel S. August 28, 2009 at 1:41 am

My biggest time saver is to have the kids do it!! At least to help. One has to unload the drier and then deliver the folded goods, the youngest has to switch out the wet to the dryer. I still get to actually sort and load, but I am thankful for any and all help!

19 Angel S. August 28, 2009 at 1:42 am

I subscribe to the RSS feed

20 Shawnna August 28, 2009 at 2:07 am

best advice I can give it to get a front loader. best choice I ever made.

21 Christie August 28, 2009 at 4:15 am

Use LESS detergent than is called for and a short cycle if your clothes are not soiled, just "worn". Your clothes will last longer.

22 Cynthia C August 28, 2009 at 6:59 am

My tip is to air dry delicates like bras and panties. The elastic will last a lot longer.

23 Laurie August 28, 2009 at 8:16 am

I keep collapsible hampers in our closets and do the sorting when the clothes come off.

24 Mendy August 28, 2009 at 12:14 pm

I am a forums member!

25 Amy August 28, 2009 at 12:17 pm

My time and money saving laundry trick is to use dryer balls instead of dryer sheets and to use washer balls filled with pellets instead of measuring out detergent. They are both much better for the environment too!

26 Karla August 28, 2009 at 12:49 pm

I subscribe to the e-mail feed.

27 Karla August 28, 2009 at 12:50 pm

I am registered on the forums.

28 Karla August 28, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I look for good sales on laundry detergent and use coupons.

29 Amy August 28, 2009 at 1:14 pm

My best time and money saver is that about 6 months ago is I bought a HE front loader that uses less water and energy and I can wash larger loads so I do less loads in a week.

30 Janet F August 28, 2009 at 1:31 pm

I wash everything but whites in cold water.

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31 Janet F August 28, 2009 at 1:33 pm

On my blog roll:

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32 Janet F August 28, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Email subscribed.

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33 Kim Naff August 28, 2009 at 5:25 pm

I fold items straight out of the dryer and into a clean laundry basket. I put them in different piles in the laundry basket (my shirts, my pants, the hubby's shirts and pants) to put away quickly and easily, and I have a seperate suede-lined basket I keep on top of the dryer for undies and socks. We'll fill it until it's full, then put it all away at once because we have plenty. It helps to break up the folding instead of doing it all at once. Additionally, the hubby and I work at the same place where there's a uniform. We each have 3 uniforms. We'll wear them all, then do a load of nothing but, and they all go in a seperate drawer in our dresser. Then, that's once or twice a week I have to wash uniforms.

Also, a great tip for getting out rust stains? A mix of cream of tarter with a bit of water. Make a paste, apply, and scrub out after it dries. Sometimes it takes out blood, too!

34 Valerie August 28, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I buy laundry soap in large quantities when it is on sale.

35 Valerie August 28, 2009 at 5:35 pm

I am an email subscriber

36 Valerie August 28, 2009 at 5:35 pm

I am a forum member

37 Melissa August 28, 2009 at 6:13 pm

I try to save time by throwing in a load every morning right as I wake up and try to make sure to hang it up by breakfast!! Then I am somewhat on top of our laundry mountain!!

38 Melissa August 28, 2009 at 6:13 pm

I am a subscriber!

39 Liz August 28, 2009 at 6:43 pm

I always stock up on laundry detergent when I get a chance to save money.

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40 Rhonda Struthers August 28, 2009 at 7:23 pm

We just bought a energy efficient washer. I am looking forward to saving money. It also a fron loader which uses less water.

41 Kate August 28, 2009 at 7:45 pm

My favorite laundry tip - go through all the pockets - it really is worth it rather than have a green crayon go through the wash and dryer and end up melted onto a whole load of clothes :(

42 Julie August 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm

I have started getting help from the kids.
They are old enough to sort the clothes into baskets & take the dry clothes out of the dryer.
Even this small amount of help saves me precious minutes.

43 Ashley August 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm

i save time by having 2 little baskets in everyones closets.. that way as soon as they take offf their clothes they can atleast sort in by whites and colors. i save money by not using a dryer, but air drying instead

44 Susan Ledet August 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm

My favorite laundry tip is to let someone else do it! Seriously, I'm the one who does the laundry and my best tip is to not let it pile up. I usually do a load a day and then it's not so much of a chore. I also use coupons to buy my detergent and stock up when there's a really good sale.

45 Susan Ledet August 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm

I'm a subscriber.

46 Stephaniex33z August 28, 2009 at 11:07 pm

We're planning on investing is a cheap used washer/dryer soon o_o;

47 Stephaniex33z August 28, 2009 at 11:07 pm

I am a subscriber.

48 Stephaniex33z August 28, 2009 at 11:07 pm

I joined the forums ^_^;

49 Beth Senturia August 28, 2009 at 11:18 pm

My best laundry tips : other than getting an HE front loader (which is amazing).

I do more loads on cold than needed (saves electricity). Mix each load so there are different sized items (some socks, some blouses, some pants, some pillowcases, etc). This helps them all get more clean.

Keep the dryer vent clean and free of lint - use a long brush; that way I can keep it on a lower heat setting but still get effective drying.

I'd love to win this; laundry is the only chore I don't despise.

50 Jennifer August 29, 2009 at 12:40 am

Everytime there is anything going into the laundry I make sure its put in a seperate basket for whites, darks, and towels... Makes it a whole lot simpler when it comes to starting a load.

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