It seems so basic, but doing laundry can be complicated, and one that very few of us understand. No one ever teaches us how to do laundry properly -how to get your lines whiter, your towels softer and your t-shirt smelling better. After all, doing laundry is more than just heading to the laundromat, put the quarters in, pouring in the little box of soap and then drying it.
Here are 15 laundry hacks that will make your life easier.
1. White bread can blot out a lipstick stain.
Cut off the crust, wad up the soft center into a ball, then blot. Anything that remains should come out in the washer.
2. Hairspray and hand sanitizer beat even the worst ink stains.
Just spray or squirt, wait about 10 minutes, and wash normally.
3. Cold water and hand soap wash out blood stains.
This works best while the blood’s still wet. If it’s dried, hydrogen peroxide works best.
4. Hydrogen peroxide gets rid of the toughest grass stains.
Mix 2 tbsp hydrogen peroxide and 1 tbsp dish soap with a little elbow grease for the most effective treatment.
5. Skip the dryer sheets for longer-lasting, more absorbent towels.
6. Recharge your old towels with vinegar and baking soda instead of detergent.
Boost absorbency and get rid of the towel stank for good. All it takes is two washes in hot water; the first with vinegar, and the second with baking soda.
7. Unshrink clothes using baby shampoo and a towel.
Just soak the shrunken piece of clothing in lukewarm water and baby shampoo, work through to relax the fibers, and gently stretch. Get the full tutorial here.
8. Here’s what the symbols on your clothing tags are telling you.
9. To prevent color fading, toss your clothes in the wash with a teaspoon of salt.
Keep your brights brighter AND prevent color bleeding on the first wash.
10. Wash dark clothes inside out to keep them from fading, too.
11. Save time and energy by throwing a dry towel into your dryer with your wet laundry.
This will reduce moisture in the dryer and speed up the whole process.
12. Use club soda, salt, milk, or kitty litter to remove freshly spilled red wine.
Just make sure you treat the stain right away.
13. Ditch the acrylic paint stain with some rubbing alcohol.
Plus a little bit of gentle elbow grease.
14. A cup of vinegar goes a long way.
Use it for your towels, your workout clothes, and anything else that’s a little sour-smelling. Add it at the beginning of the wash so your clothes don’t smell vinegar-y at the end.
15. Replace your dryer sheet with a ball of aluminum foil.
Aluminium removes static and never has to be changed. Wad the sheet of foil into a ball, and you can re-use it for six months.