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Old 01-26-2008, 09:15 PM   #1
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30 and too cheap for dryer sheets

Yes, that's right. I've found that I can get by with adding 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar (had cheap anywhere) in the laundry softener spot on my washing machine (cuts down on the soap residue, leaves clothes softer) and a wad of aluminum foil in the dryer (seems to pick up the static electricity).

Anyway, I'm 30; wife is 29. We're trying to figure out if we're on track to semi-retire when I'm 40. The RE worksheet from the early retirement homepage seems to indicate that we're on track... guess time will tell ;-)
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You have the right attitude.

Personally, I've never owned a dryer or used fabric softener.
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Old 01-26-2008, 10:31 PM   #3
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I've never used fabric softener or dryer sheets but I do have a dryer. Around here when you hang clothes outside they just freeze solid and take forever to sublime dry. My house is too small to hang them inside.
I'm too new to welcome you to the board, but I will say I'll bet you'll learn a lot here. I have.
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1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar? My, you're a spendthrift, I've been getting by on two tablespoons here

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Some peo[le call me Maurice

Did you pick your name because you're a Steve Miller fan? Just curious.
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Medit8 - No, but you're the second person to guess that. Actually I play classical piano as a hobby and was obsessing on one of Maurice Ravel's works at the time I joined this board.
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I should add though that some people DO call me the space cowboy, and I aspire to be known as the gangster of love...
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...cause you speak of the pompitous of love...

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Yes, that's right. I've found that I can get by with adding 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar (had cheap anywhere) in the laundry softener spot on my washing machine (cuts down on the soap residue, leaves clothes softer) and a wad of aluminum foil in the dryer (seems to pick up the static electricity).
Oh great, just what we need here.....another cheapskate! LOL
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Old 01-27-2008, 01:28 PM   #10
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Baking soda in the wash tends to do the trick, too. I've never heard of using foil! Have to try it.
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Baking soda in the wash tends to do the trick, too. I've never heard of using foil! Have to try it.
But do you need rubber-handled tongs to retrieve the ball of foil to avoid one hell of an electric shock?
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Well, I'm now going to have to run some controlled tests to see how low I can get my vinegar usage.

To be honest, I'm not sure if the foil is effective or just a wonderful placebo. It seems to work. I do have a stainless steel interior on my dryer, so it could be discharging from the foil to the frame to the ground.
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