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Heloise's Three Basic Survival Skills for College Students

1. Laundry 101!
Three Easy Steps
Sorting, Washing and Drying

Separate the white (and light colored) clothes and dark clothes into two piles.
Check the pockets, close zippers and hook fasteners shut.


Wash whites (and lights) in one load and darks in another.
Turn dark clothes and jeans inside out to prevent pilling and color fading
Use the right water temperature. Cold or warm will do for most things.

Overstuff the washer because clothes won’t get clean!
Put laundry detergent (especially powder) on top of wet clothes.
(this may cause light spots on material)


Remove clothing as soon as the machine stops.
Select the right drying temperature! Hotter may not be better!
Don’t cram it too full or clothes will not dry properly and cause more wrinkles!
Shake out the items, especially sheets and towels, before putting in the dryer. They will dry faster!
A LOWER heat cycle, for longer time, is better than HIGH heat for short time.

2. Cleaning the bathroom
Three Quick Hints
Sink, Tub/Shower and Toilet

Wipe out at least once a day. Use cheap hair shampoo to clean the sink.
If you also wipe around the sink, and dry the faucets once a day, grime and water spots won't build up!

Tub and Shower

Squirt cheap hair shampoo on a scrub brush or sponge to clean the tub and walls.
Squeegee the walls after each shower, and you won't have much to clean!
Use vinegar to clean and remove soap scum. Don't use vinegar on real marble.
Commercial cleaners also do a good job.


Scrub the toilet with a toilet brush a couple of times a week (takes only a minute!) to stop a hard-water build up.
Clean once a week using a disinfecting cleaner. Squirt in, scrub, and flush.
Clean under the seat, the lid and around the base. You can wipe off with toilet paper then flush it!
Newer toilets with a shiny finish are easier to keep clean.

3. Taking care of your tech gear
Three Key Hints

Cellphone, Computer and Keyboard

Cell Phone

Clean off the handset surface with a dampened (only water) microfiber cloth.
If it remains sticky, mix one cup of water with one drop of mild detergent to wipe off and then rinse area (not the screen) with a clean dampened cloth.

Spray anything into the handset or keys.

Cellphone Lands in the Toilet, Bathtub or Sink?
Act immediately! You might save the phone.

Pull out the battery ASAP.
Pat off as much water as possible with a microfiber cloth or hand towel.
Dry the inside of the phone with a hair dryer on only blow or cold.
Let it set to dry for 24 hours on top of paper towels.
Put the battery back in to see if it works.

Dust and dirt can clog the air vents in your computer causing it to over heat.

Use a dust buster to gently lift dust from the back of your computer.
Dust the power cords, floor and area around the computer and printer.
Wipe the screen with a dry microfiber cloth.
Clean the monitor case with a lightly damp microfiber cloth.

Don't use window cleaner on a screen, or spray on the keyboard!



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