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Easy Sheets Storage
After trying many MANY different ways to store my sheets I have discovered the easiest way for me is to fold the sets together and pop the sheet, fitted sheet and 1 pillow case inside the other pillow case. It took me a day and a half to organise the whole linen press this way but its so much easier especially if you have drop in overnight guests or small children that have the occasional accident in the middle of the night - now I'm not pulling the linen press apart in the middle of the night searching for a flat sheet!
Contributed by Rebecca Jane, 28th February 2014
No New Pillows Needed -
I was beginning to think about buying new pillows. One washing machine wash, with the 'Cheapskates liquid clothes washing detergent' which I have used for so many years, then hung/balanced on the line in the extraordinary sizzling heat of yesterday and today and they have come up so very well. No new pillows needed. 
Contributed by Carol Ryan, 17th January 2014
Changing Doona Covers
This is for everyone who hates changing doona covers - This is a very simple trick that not a lot of people know about.

1. Lay Doona insert out flat.

2. Turn fresh doona cover inside out.

3. Slide hands inside opening of doona cover right up to the very end.

4. With hands still at the end of the doona cover grab the DOONA insert (left corner in left hand right corner in right hand) and pull the doona insert into the cover letting it slide off your arms as you do so.

5. Give doona a flick to straighten it out and secure ends.

I hope these instructions are easy to understand.
Contributed by Lynette Henderson, 7th April 2013

Editor's note: That's exactly the way I change our doona covers. As I slip them off the doona before washing I make sure they come off inside out. They are then washed and hung out to dry inside out (helps with fading too). When they come off the line they are already to be put back on the doona, or folded and put into the linen cupboard ready to use. Cath
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Reusing Baby Bibs
When my son was too old for baby bibs I kept the good ones in the hope of finding something useful to do with them. When he was four and was starting to wash his hands by himself I would constantly go into the bathroom or kitchen to find towels and tea towels on the floor and really dirty from him drying his 'washed' hands, this added up to a Lot of extra washing. I had run out of tea towels one day and grabbed a bib from the drawer, then hung it up using the Velcro fasteners to hang it from the stove handle. Ever since we use his old bibs in the kitchen and bathroom for hand towels. They are so small they can be changed every day (or every handwashing) without a big impact on my washing load. Now instead of at least two tea towel washes a week I have gone to one small wash a week, a big saving in time and energy, while still having clean 'towels' on hand.
- Contributed by Denise Scotford, 15th March 2013
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Making Single Sheets into King Single Sheets
Approximate $ Savings: $30+   

After upgrading beds for my tall teens to king single I realized I had no sheets to fit them. I had a number of single bed sets so decided to measure the king single sheet set and combine the current sets into 'new' ones. To do this, firstly view the measurements of the sheets required -can even be done online by looking for sheet sizes. Then use the top sheet as the new bottom sheet and add material from the old bottom sheet to lengthen and widen the previous top sheet. Follow instructions for making fitted sheets off the web http://sewing.about.com/od/homedecprojects/ss/fittedsheet.htm. You will be able to make one sheet set out of two current sets. Just make sure seams are neat and finished and sewn flat so the sheet is comfortable. You can even make them patchwork for designer sheets. This will save heaps if you have plenty of old linen in the cupboard which does not currently fit a bed. - Contributed by Julie Faint, 14th February 2013

Website:
  http://sewing.about.com/od/homedecprojects/ss/fittedsheet.htm
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These Mattress Savers Save Money
Approximate $ Savings: $30-$80

Making your own mattress protectors. Having a baby is a expensive exercise! A great way for some savings in this area is to make your own mattress protectors. You can purchase cheap shower curtains from dollar stores or the Reject shop and some elastic. You could even use the elastic from any old sheets that are no longer should be used, like having holes. You can then sew the sheet into some bassinet or cot sheets! This way the mattress protectors are waterproof and you should be able to make a few from one curtain. - Contributed by Dana Rhodes, 30th November 2012
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From Bed Cover to Mattress Cover
When having a clean out recently I was folding up an old quilted bedspread that had seen better days. I folded it up with the wrong side showing. Whilst it was sitting in the corner waiting to be taken to the local op shop I suddenly realised I could use this to make a mattress cover for our bed, same size as the bedspread. I even used the elastic off of the old mattress cover. Voila, with the wrong side up on the bed, this has saved quite a bit of money for not much effort. I even used what was left of the bedspread to make some covers for our gas bottles when we go camping, so that they are cushioned during transit. - Contributed by Fran Knight, 17th January 2013
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Quilt Slip-Ups
To stop quilts slipping in their quilt covers when placing a quilt cover over a quilt, it's a good idea to sew an 6-8inch piece of tape (material) into the inside corners of the quilt covers and each corner of the quilt. Then you can tie them to each of the corners, and turn right side out again. Saves a heap of time when making beds. - Contributed by Julia Brown, 11th March 2011
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You can do it!
Approximate $ Savings: $2,800.00

Our driveway and path to the house was looking old and tired and detracted from our house. I got a few quotes to get the driveway and pathway cleaned and re-painted and the cheapest quote I got was $3,500. I decided to get the man to clean my driveway with a gurnie and paint the driveway and path myself. It cost me $500 to get the driveway and path cleaned and $200 for paint. I got covered in paint but the driveway and path look like new and have really lifted the appeal of my house. - Contributed by Tracey Mogno, 4th March 2011
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Life Cycle of a Bath Towel
Towels that are too worn for baths can be recycled in the following way:- cut into squares for face washers and hem - use the ends which don't wear out as quickly as the rest. The middle section can be made into cleaning mitts - just fold in half and hem the edges. Any pieces not good enough for mitts can be used as rags. - Contributed by Anne, Esk, 3rd May 2009
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First a Bath Towel, then a Bath Mat
Approximate $ Savings: $200

As far back as I can remember I have never bought a bathmat to use when getting out of the bath or shower. I may have used some I received when first married forty-two years ago. I have two "proper" ones that I have received from others. I have turned many bath towels past their "use by dates" into bathmats by doubling over and either zig-zagging or overlocking around the edges and "voila" a bathmat. I'm still using ones I've had for quite a few years, so it's time to make a few more. - Contributed by Kaye, Wyoming, 15th May 2010
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Matching Sheet Sets Easy to Find
Do you get frustrated looking for matching sheets, pillow slips etc? Here's an idea, once you have striped the bed and washed your bedding fold the two sheets, and put them all folded together inside the pillow slip. Next time you are looking for a matching set - it will all be together and you can see it at a glance in your Linen Cupboard. Same applies for doona covers, put the whole set inside the matching pillow slip - easy as !! - Contributed by Kellie, Maroubra, 18th January 2010
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Handy Coasters Stay Dry
I've been searching for a drinks coaster that stays dry and have spent a fortune on different kinds. Most of them just get wet (especially if you have a drink with ice in it)and frighten the life out of you when they lift up with the glass and then fall onto the floor. Last week I was at our local Bunnings store and picked up a carpet tile on special for $3.50 - I then cut it up (just using scissors) and made 25 coasters which work beautifully and look good too. - Contributed by Helen, Doon Doon, 3rd May 2010
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Recycle Towels
Approximate $ Savings: $15

When my favourite towel starts to tear on the side, depending on the size of the towel, I either cut it into 3 equal pieces and hem the sides for 3 hand towels or I cut it lengthwise (longer towels) and bind edges to use for hair wraps. Any towels not suitable for these uses are put to use in the dog's bed over winter for extra warmth. Contributed by Valerie, Cooloola Cove, 3rd April 2010
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Fixing Fitted Sheets
If the elastic 'goes' in your fitted sheets and you have access to a sewing machine, sew a triangle out of each corner. Pin it first to make sure it isn't too tight or loose. It should make the sheet fit as tightly as the elastic does. - Contributed by Trish, Mosman, 13th March 2010
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An Almost Instant Quilt - Without All the Work!
A few years ago my mum made great quilts for the two spare single beds. She found two old sleeping bags in the shed, left over from our time in the Girl Guides. She opened the seams, removed the hoods and zippers and then sewed around the four edges to prevent the filling from coming out - you could use an overlocker. Cute quilt covers were made from two spare flat sheets. Lovely and warm!! I recently revived the idea to make a quilt for our spare bed by opening up a large unused sleeping bag and putting it in a double bed quilt cover. Great for the sofa when you have visitors! - Contributed by Donna, Yarramundi, 24th January 2010
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All Seasons Quilts
I have 3 teenagers who have been hounding me for new doona inserts as they say that the ones they have are not fluffy enough. I have looked in my overstuffed linen and come up with 6 old thin doonas. I went to spotlight and got some clips that snap together and sewed them on, allowing two doonas to fit together. This makes it thick and fluffy for winter and clips apart to use as a summer doona. The kids are thrilled with their new doonas and it didn't cost me a thing!!!As i am not the most handy mum the kids thought i had lost the plot, but now realise it was a great idea they got a new doona and mum is happy..... - Contributed by Petrena, Arana Hills, 31st July 2009

Editors Note: I do this too with the kid's doonas. Once the nights start to cool down I pin two summer weight doonas together, using nappy pins (four to a side, so sixteen all round). The nappy pins are large enough to keep a good hold and have the safety cover to prevent them coming open and causing an accident. If the winter is really cold it's a simple matter to add another layer to the doona and washing is easy, they just unpin. Cath
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Brown Paper Absorbs Melted Wax
A tip I find helpful when ironing wax is to place brown paper under the towel and this way the wax goes into the brown paper and doesn't ruin the towel. Hope this is of some help. - Contributed by Megan Hall, 24th July 2009
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New Handtowels from an Old Favourite
Approximate $ Savings: $10 each time
  
My children have grown up now but their kids beach towels were still in the linen press as good as new so I decided to make some bright and colourful kitchen hand towels and wipe cloths from them. Just cut each towel in half across in the middle and with one half cut it lengthwise to form two pieces. Run the unfinished sides through your sewing machine to stop fraying. With the other towel half cut it into four to create some kitchen and bathroom wipes. You can still wash and bleach if necessary and you don't have to spend on hand towels or bench wipes. - Contributed by Sue, Moss Vale, 31st March 2009
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Going Back to an All White Linen Cupboard
Last year I began buying all white or off-white linens. I find that it is easier to find white sheets, pillowcases, and towels on sale because people seem to buy up the coloured ones first. I also can go to salvage stores and find really nice "matching" linens for a fraction of the cost. Since all of my linens can be washed together, I am really enjoying how much time (and money) I am saving since I have fewer loads to wash. - Contributed by Jordan, Vancouver, 30th January 2009
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Heat Kills Bedmites
To get rid of mites you need to wash your bedclothes in hot water as this kills the mites ,you can place the mattress in the sun on a hot sunny days for a few hours and if you cannot do that then you can use your hair dryer on high heat and go over the mattress surface. Open up the bedroom windows and let the sun into the bedroom when ever possible and everywhere else you may have a problem such as the lounge. - Contributed by Chrissy, Luddenham, 5th December 2008
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Protect Your Beds for Less
Our ear, nose and throat specialist put us onto a product (Protect-A-Bed) which is only available through TARGET stores for our son who suffers from eczema and itchy skin. We purchased the pillow, mattress and quilt protector and it has made a world of difference - for our whole family! Definitely not the prices you mentioned and well worth every cent. Also there is a product made by Texicote called Biotex Antimicrobial (approximately $30 - 500ml)- Texicote phone number 075 441 7677 - which we spray on the lounge, bean bags, and his student chair (any soft furnishing including curtains) which I feel is also contributing to his recovery over dust-mites. Good luck and I hope these help you as much as they have helped us. - Contributed by Kylie, Macksville, 18th November 2008
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Budget Bedding Brings Instant Relief From Allergy
My 4 year old son also suffers badly from eczema with dust mite and grass allergies. I purchased his bed linen from both Spotlight and Kmart for a lot less than the so called good quality ones. We use a Bonds Clean and Fresh doona, Tontine pillow protectors (these come in a 2 pack which is good for sleep overs as you have a spare cover to take along), Tontine pillow with bio-guard protection, and a Tontine mattress protector. We had immediate results using these...no more stuffy nose in the morning, no sneezing, and not as much itching. I purchased all these for less than $200, and would highly recommend them. Watch your catalogues for linen sales..places like Kmart often have 15% off which will save you even more. Good Luck - Contributed by Jodie, Rutherford, 19th November 2008
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Sunshine Cleans Bedding
My daughter is diagnosed allergic to dust mites and I have in the past bought the Snugfit waterproof mattress protectors from spotlight for about $40 and they are just as good. I found in spotlight the other day a vinyl fitted mattress protector for $7, I have not put them on yet but they will do the same job. As far as quilts and pillows I have bought good quality ones with 100% cotton that either repels dust or is anti dust, but if you can't afford to replace the ones you already have if you just hang them on the line at least once a week the sun will kill the dust mites for free for you. If you can get your mattress out in the sun occasionally that will help to. - Contributed by Lydia, Devonport, 19th November 2008
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Some Simple Eczema Solutions
We found our son, now 6, a mattress manufactured by Select-O-Pedic (Victoria and Queensland) with Ultra Fresh treated fabric. It carries the Asthma Foundation logo. I find that airing his mattress and washing the bedding weekly greatly reduces his reaction to dust mites. We also find that using pawpaw cream is fantastic on his eczema as it gives a protective barrier and helps the skin from drying out and becoming itchy. We also bandage arms and legs when they are bad to stop scratching in his sleep and found it helps the affected areas heal faster. - Contributed by Jacqui, 20th November 2008
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Great Mattress Protector Benefits Asthmatics
I bought a mattress protector from Pillowtalk here in Queensland. It is terry towelling topped but rubber backed. Has been great for my asthmatics. Just throw in the washing machine. - Contributed by Andrea, Stanmore, 19th November 2008

Website:  www.pillowtalk.com.au


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Mattress Protectors for Toilet Trainers
Rather than pay a small fortune for water-proof mattress protectors for my girls when they were toilet training, I simply bought them a picnic rug each, yes picnic rugs! They cost just $5 each from a cheapie shop! They are water-proof one side, soft and warm on the other, so they are much more comfortable, as well as a whole lot cheaper, than the expensive ones! To wash simply throw in the machine and hang over the clothes line soft side up to dry! We had no smelly mattresses to clean and air EVER!!! - Contributed by Jessica, Port Fairy, 8th September 2008
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Pull a New Floor Rug From the Linen Cupboard
Approximate $ Savings: $150+

Our house has polished timber floorboards and we used to have 2 large rugs in our lounge room. We have 2 small boys (one is nearly 3 years old and the other is 18 months old) and were sick of constantly cleaning our rugs when the boys made a mess of them, through sickness or just being little boys. After a fortnight of gastro and tummy bugs, our rugs were too bad to keep cleaning and we threw them out. We thought about buying new rugs, but instead we decided to use an old queen size doona and cover on the floor. It has been great, as every time the boys make a mess on it, all we do is throw it in the washing machine. Queen size quilts can be found for around $20 - $30 and covers are around the same price. For about $60 we have a washable floor rug that is softer than the carpet rugs you can buy and about $150+ cheaper. it cost us even less because we used items we had in our linen cupboard! - Contributed by Eliza, East Ipswich, 30th September 2008
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Finding Really Cheap Quilts
Approximate $ Savings: $150+
  
I'm replying to Eliza's fantastic rug hint. She mentions paying $20 - $30 for queen size quilts. Two weeks ago I picked up three queen size quilts, two for $4.99 and one woollen one for $7.99, at a second hand place near wear we live, called Value City. They are in fantastic condition, washed and clean. Two are for our new dog's bed, the wool one is for our daughter's bed. I have sewn up covers. They also have many cotton blankets, and old style frilly bed covers too. - Contributed by Ida, Regent, 8th October 2008
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Seasoning New Towels
Always soak new towels in a bucket of hot water and add a liberal amount of cheap vinegar, or you can put them in the washing machine on a hot cycle with half the quantity of washing powder that you would normally use and 1/2 cup of bi-carb soda, and in the fabric softener compartment add 1/2 cup of vinegar. I was told this many years ago when I was having the same problem. The towels have a protective coating on the fibres which dissolves in the vinegar. I also use vinegar in the washing machine instead of fabric softener for everything other than synthetics (because of the static). The washing comes out smelling lovely and fresh ( no vinegar smell) and it keeps the washing machine and plumbing clean. This was told to me by a plumber who I called because my washing was coming out of the machine with gunky green stains. He said the fabric softener left a residue which clogged the pipes and turned into a blackish green sticky goo and eventually got into clothes. - Contributed by Tania, Maclean, 8th August 2008
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Fresh Linen Without the Cost
Approximate $ Savings: $3 per bottle of softener.

Like your linen to smell fresh, do you use fabric softener? Well instead of pouring it into the machine buy the sachets that you need to add water to make up. Instead of making them up place them in between your sheets in the linen closet and the fresh scent will scent all your linen without the cost. I also find they work well in husband's smelly sneakers. No mess no fuss. - Contributed by Jodie, Wantirna South, July 23rd 2008
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Magnets in the Bed Ease Pain
I have experienced lower back problems (3 slipped discs) for many years as well as arthritis in my knees. My parents had been using a magnetic woollen underlay for a while and swore it was great. They are quite expensive, so my family put in and got me one for my birthday. I have been using the magnetic woollen underlay for 3 years now and no more back pain or arthritis pain. I think they are worth every cent and am so glad to have received one as a gift. My brother has MS and we all put in to buy him one. Our family highly recommend them. - Contributed by Susan, Penrith, 17th June 2008
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Sleeping on Eggshells
I had trouble sleeping due to sinus problems, plus the onset of early stage arthritis. We were looking for an underlay, until a friend suggested we buy an "eggshell" overlay. Clark Rubber have them in two thickness, we chose the thickest one, and for $158.00 both my husband and I have had the best sleeps ever since. Not only that, it keeps you much warmer underneath as well, plus I don't wake up with all the aches and pains that I used to. Hope this helps. - Contributed by Claire, Bli Bli, 17th June 2008
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The Real Deal is the Absolute Best
We have a mini jumbuk underlay. The very first one we had was one with elastic straps (which I did not like but it was so much cheaper). After a year we found that it shrunk after being washed at a dry cleaners, phoned the company and they told me that there had been an error in the label on it and would immediately send us a new one (this was still in the warranty period I believe). Courtesy of them we now have a fully fitted one (it was the better one) and it is fabulous and fits the bed much better. I would have no hesitation in recommending both the company and the underlay as it really is worth the extra money for the peace of mind. My recommendation is to not get it dry cleaned but ask to have it washed at the dry cleaners, it comes out a lot softer and without the chemical smell. We have two children that frequently visit us in bed and have on the odd occasion wet the bed. The underblanket virtually saves it from running into the mattress, as gross as it sounds we just sponge it up and there is no smell left, only the wool. We also have a wool doona from the same company, and find it the warmest ever. It is great in winter but we probably should not have got one that is quite this warm as it is a bit heavy until it hits cold winter, but by the same token it stays on you. I have also had a pillow from them and it has lasted for 10 years with washing regularly. As far as the pain relief goes I cannot comment, but if you are staying warm in bed you won't get a chill in your back?????We bought ours from Adairs, when they have had sales on, but if you watch out for Myers or DJ's they often have them 30% off or something like that. Failing that layby and get them separately. Hope this helps. If you are into very well made products that will serve you well then these in my opinion cannot be beaten. They are made by an Australian company using Australian wool. http://www.minijumbuk.com.au/content/9 - Contributed by Carly, Alexandra Hills, 17th June 2008
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Feather Quilt Keeps Bed Warm
We bought a 100% down (not feather) quilt that we use as an underlay under our bottom sheet. This keeps us very warm and is so nice to snuggle down in and is great on the back. We purchased it off ebay for less than half the price in the shops (we paid around the $100.00 mark). This is so much cheaper than buying an underlay and any sort of quilt would be fine even a woollen one if you wanted woollen. Happy sleeping zzzzzzz. - Contributed by Linda, Kurri Kurri, 17th June 2008
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All the Comfort of a First at a Seconds Price
I have a MJ quilt and I love it. Call the Mini Jumbuck seconds store in Naracoorte, South Australia, ask if they have any underlays, if they can post the item to you, and could you put your name on a list for the next available underlay. Also, some retailers can order in a Mini Jumbuck seconds item so ask if there's anyone near you who could do this! On the other hand, if you're in SA, Naracoorte is an interesting and beautiful place to visit, there are fantastic caves for the kids to learn about too...Good luck! - Contributed by Tia, Mount Barker, 20th June 2008

Mini Jumbuck
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Naracoorte SA

Ph. 1800 088 834
Web www.minijumbuck.com.au
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Woollen Bedding is the Best
I love my woollen bedding - I have a woollen underlay, doona and pillows. Unlike feather/down, the wool stays in place and provides a consistent and comfortable warmth. The woollen products are also good for anyone with allergies as they do not attract dust mites. I'm not sure if the products will stop tossing and turning but these products are definitely a worthwhile purchase. Significant savings on woollen underlays, doonas and pillows can be found on the Internet. I purchased mine several years ago from the Factory Shop of Jadee Quilts located in Victoria. They now have an online store at www.jaydee.com.au The products are Australian-made using Australian wool and free shipping within Australia! Another website to try is www.aussiewool.com.au which is a family-owned business on the Sunshine Coast. Prices at both websites are significantly cheaper than quoted retail prices.You can also buy the Mini Jumbuck products on line at www.minijumbuck.com.au. -Contributed by Karen, Surrey Hills, 23rd June 2008
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Relief and Comfort in Bed
I think you benefit more from a magnetic underlay than a woollen one if your body aches at night in bed. You can purchase these much more cheaply especially on sites such as eBay which I did and the relief from pain is incredible. Mine also has a top layer of wool over the magnets and this would suit perfectly if you like the feel of the wool underlay. You'll have comfort and relief from the aches and pains. - Contributed by Ann, Wanniassa, 21st June 2008
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Long Lasting Quality and Comfort is Worth the Price
My Husband purchased a Mini Jumbuck Doona and Underlay 11 years ago when we were married. We really can't live without it. The doona is a double layer that valcros together so you can have a summer or winter weight doona. The underlay is fantastic and really helps to even-out your temperature. My husband suffers from Asthma and has found it a real help. We have it cleaned regularly and have noticed not quality deterioration at all over the 11 years from doing this. Even the fabric that goes over the sides of the mattress to keep the underlay on is still in great condition without any holes or worn bits! It is worth the $$ Even at $700 when you calculate that over 11 years and the hours you spend in bed…it works out really cheap! - Contributed by Krissy, Glen Iris, 19th June 2008
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Create Your Own Mattress Topper and Underblanket
I have a woollen doona and flannelette sheets. I bought a heavy box bedspread from an op shop that I have put under my mattress and stitched a big hem on it so that it just touches the floor like a valance, then on top of the mattress, and under the bottom sheet I have a nylon doona that fitted just the top of the mattress... I found that this was ok where I was sleeping but my legs felt cold when I moved from that position. I then found a thick candlewick bedspread, again from the op shop that I put on top of the doona making sure that all of the mattress was covered,all four sides too. The trick is to completely stop any air getting into the mattress. I now have such a wonderful warm cosy bed for nothing near the cost that Pat has been quoted. The valance I believe has man made fibres in it but the top I feel must be either cotton or wool. - Contributed by Joy, Kin Kin, 18th June 2008
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Give an Old Mattress a New Lease of Life
An alternative which is a lot cheaper is a foam "egg crate" mattress which is put on top of your existing mattress. It makes your bed a lot warmer for one thing, which will help if you are aching due to arthritis, or bone pain. It also gives your mattress a new lease of life and so will stop your back aching from a bad bed. They are available from Spotlight or a shop which sells foam and rubber products and costs less than $100 for a queen size. - Contributed by Ingrid, Albany, 18th June 2008
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Budget Price Gives Luxurious Sleep
I purchased a queen sized mattress topper $49.95 (plus p&h) from dealsdirect.com.au and am very pleased with it! I place it inside a larger doona cover so I can tuck the ends in, then put my sheets over it. Occasionally I get the odd feather poking me but for me it was a cheaper version than purchasing a mattress with a pillow top! - Contributed by Maxine, Essendon, 17th June 2008
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Straight from the Sheep's Back
If you really love that plush feeling, try an actually feeling a sheepskin. You can usually pick one up from a local tannery for about $60-80 for a mis-dye (the ones that aren't the right colour to be made into car seat covers)...they are torso size so they will support all the important bits of your body and you can just slip them under your sheet. If you're worried about them slipping just make a hole about 1.5 cm from the edge and run a bit of tape around your mattress (like the old electric blankets had). They will also wash well (although they dry slowly). I also use them as mats for when I get out of bed and in front of the vanity to avoid the cold tiles. - Contributed by Kate, Wendouree, 17th June 2008
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Memories of Blissful Sleep
I was waking with sore muscles, which is now a thing of the past since I sleep on a latex (memory foam)mattress topper. I bought the thickest (3") because I didn't want to spend the money and have it not be quite as thick as I needed. I saved hundreds by buying it new from an eBay store, compared to a bedding retailer. I've saved even more by not needing to use an electric blanket because they're quite warm. We cut ours down into 2 singles because my husband prefers the regular mattress, but I wouldn't be without mine now I've had one. Good luck! - Contributed by Janelle, Kariong, 17th June 2008
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A Pillow Fills a Quilt
I had this problem a few years ago. Contacted doona repair places and was quoted big prices to top up the filling in the doona. Instead, I looked around at the shops and bought a feather and down pillow (they are usually on sale during summer). This was enough to top up the doona nicely, and saved a lot of money. - Contributed by Kate, Tuggeranong, 20th March, 2008
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Step By Step to Doona Re-Filling
I solved a similar problem by purchasing a feather/down doona from our local op shop for $5. (seems like most people now go for wool doonas and discard their feather ones) I washed it on gentle cycle in the washing machine and dried it spread over the clothes line in the sun for a couple of days, shaking it now and then to distribute the feathers for even drying. Now comes the tricky part. My doona has pockets sewn across the width of the doona so I had to unpick the side seam. I made sure to only unpick one pocket at a time on both doonas to avoid a feather catastrophe. I only required half of the feathers to nicely plump up the old doona. I then resewed the seams on both doonas. The purchased doona can be folded over to used as a single doona, a summer doona or a plump pillow until again required for top up. - Contributed by Carol, Warrandyte, 18th March 2008
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Re-fill Doonas With Garage Sale Finds
We go to garage sales and could often pick up either feather pillows or doonas and have opened these up and used to down/feathers to re-fill our doonas. We do it outside for obvious reasons! - Contributed by Sandra, Baulkham Hills, 18th March 2008
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The Most Comfortable Underlay Ever
We have a mini jumbuk underlay. The very first one we had was one with elastic straps (which I did not like but it was so much cheaper). After a year we found that it shrunk after being washed at a dry cleaners, phoned the company and they told me that there had been an error in the label on it and would immediately send us a new one (this was still in the warranty period I believe). Courtesy of them we now have a fully fitted one (it was the better one) and it is fabulous and fits the bed much better. I would have no hesitation in recommending both the company and the underlay as it really is worth the extra money for the peace of mind. My recommendation is to not get it dry cleaned but ask to have it washed at the dry cleaners, it comes out a lot softer and without the chemical smell. We have two children that frequently visit us in bed and have on the odd occasion wet the bed. The underblanket virtually saves it from running into the mattress, as gross as it sounds we just sponge it up and there is no smell left, only the wool. We also have a wool doona from the same company, and find it the warmest ever. It is great in winter but we probably should not have got one that is quite this warm as it is a bit heavy until it hits cold winter, but by the same token it stays on you. I have also had a pillow from them and it has lasted for 10 years with washing regularly. As far as the pain relief goes I cannot comment, but if you are staying warm in bed you won't get a chill in your back?????We bought ours from Adairs, when they have had sales on, but if you watch out for Myers or DJ's they often have them 30% off or something like that. Failing that lay-by and get them separately. Hope this helps. If you are into very well made products that will serve you well then these in my opinion cannot be beaten. They are made by an Australian company using Australian wool. http://www.minijumbuk.com.au/content/9 - Contributed by Carly, Alexandra Hills, 17th June 2008
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Magnets Ease Pain
I have experienced lower back problems (3 slipped discs) for many years as well as arthritis in my knees. My parents had been using a magnetic woollen underlay for a while and swore it was great. They are quite expensive, so my family put in and got me one for my birthday. I have been using the magnetic woollen underlay for 3 years now and no more back pain or arthritis pain. I think they are worth every cent and am so glad to have received one as a gift. My brother has MS and we all put in to buy him one. Our family highly recommend them. - Contributed by Susan, Penrith, 17th June, 2008
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Sleeping on Eggshells
I had trouble sleeping due to sinus problems, plus the onset of early stage arthritis. We were looking for an underlay, until a friend suggested we buy an "eggshell" overlay. Clark Rubber have them in two thickness, we chose the thickest one, and for $158.00 both my husband and I have had the best sleeps ever since. Not only that, it keeps you much warmer underneath as well, plus I don't wake up with all the aches and pains that I used to. Hope this helps. - Contributed by Clair, Bli Bli, 17th June 2008
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Three Feather Doonas From One
Approximate $ Savings: $300

A few years ago, my mother in law gave me two good quality feather doonas, because they smelt like poppy. So I got out the measuring tape and sewing machine, cut up the doonas a bit over half, enough to fit on a single bed, and sewed them up. The third one I had to sew the off pieces of the two doonas together to make the third SB doona. Three feather doonas for the kids beds for nothing but my time. Savings $300+ When they get a bit empty looking, off to the op shop I go to buy a second hand doona for approximately $5, get out the unpicker and sewing machine and refill to the desired thickness. Warm and toasty. - Contributed by Denise, Laidley, 29th March 2008
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Cosy Beds With Fleece
Approximate $ Savings: upwards of $30.00

With winter fast approaching, I am reminded of how my little ones have always hated getting into a cold bed, and how difficult it is for them to warm it up enough to keep them warm. Not being one for trusting electric blankets, or even having whole house heating in winter, I came up with this idea to try out, and it works! I found polar fleece to be the answer. Put a polar fleece throw OVER the bottom sheet on the bed, and do away with the top sheet altogether, again using polar fleece as a replacement. It seems to add a kind of buffer between little bodies and the cold mattress, so they are warm even when their mattress is cold, and they no longer hate getting into bed because it's so cold! The polar fleece is easy to wash, and dries just as fast (if not faster) than sheets, and I found them to be more affordable than any electric blanket; and whilst electricity running cost savings on electric blankets might be minimal, there is a lot more benefit knowing that polar fleece won't malfunction and cause a fire! I picked up a bottom throw for $5.00 at the local discount store, and a single polar fleece blanket for around $15.00, so I bet you could do the same! - Contributed by JulieAnne, Deloraine, 23rd May
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Novelty Bedcovers for Less
Having had a boy and girl who both wanted the latest 'novelty' quilt cover when they came out, it was going to cost quite a bit over the years with all the different ones that the Movies etc produce every year. I had bought both of them double bed quilts right from the start so that they would tuck in to their single beds and keep them warm at night and plain coloured reversible covers. I then only needed to buy one curtain drop featuring their favourite cartoon or movie character and this was then placed on top of the quilt cover like a throwover. It saved money in that I didn't have to outlay for a new quilt cover each time the 'favourite' was thrown over for a new one and each child has a double quilt all ready to take with them when they move out of home. - Contributed by Julie, Elizabeth Downs, 3rd December 2007
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Matching Doona Covers
Approximate $ Savings: $59
Doona covers are expensive to buy especially when you want two that are matching. Simply pick the doona cover that has a picture on both sides. Unpick the cover and sew a blank piece of material on the other side. Now you have 2 matching doona covers for the price of one. - Contributed by Jodie, Traralgon, 14th February 2007
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Great Smelling Linen
Buy packets of fabric softener when on special and place in linen cupboard your linen will smell great - Contributed by Michelle, Kelso, December 13th 2006
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Two Quilt Covers for the Price of One
To save money on decorating the kids bedroom, when buying a quilt cover they usually have the prints on both sides. Cut in half and attach a normal sheet to the other side. Then instead of one quilt cover you have two which could do two kids, or for one child act as a spare. - Contributed by Melody, Woodstock, May 13th 2005
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Wanting to Co-ordinate Towels Saved $34.50
I went to buy new towels the other day and found really nice lemon coloured towels for $6.00 each. I wanted to get the matching hand towels and face washers however they didn't have any in the colour that I wanted and the ones that they did have in the other colours were priced $3.00 for the face washers and $4.50 for the hand towels. So I decided that I would buy an extra towel and make my own. I just cut them using one of my own face washers/hand towels as a template for the size and I sewed the edges with my overlocker. If you don't have an overlocker you could just fold the edges twice and sew with your sewing machine or hand stitch the edges. Anyway, I was able to make 9 face washers and three hand towels, saving me a total of $34.50 and now I have enough to last me ages! - Contributed by Brooke, Revesby, April 16th 2005
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