No-one likes cleaning clothes (right?) At best it’s boring. At worst you shrink your favourite shirt or get sabotaged by a stray sock (but that’s okay because you love pink, don’t you?)
Thankfully there’s no shortage of ways to change your clothes-cleaning habits for the better and with some tricks of the trade (like the ones below) it’s easy to become a mean, clean laundry machine.
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- When washing new clothes for the first time, using white vinegar instead of detergent can help to ‘set’ the dye and prevent colour loss.
- Using white vinegar in the rinse cycle can also help keep your whites whiter.
- Rub grease stains with white chalk to help it get absorbed in the wash.
- Lay clothes flat as soon as possible after using the dryer – act fast enough and most materials should stay wrinkle free (which means no ironing!)
- Save money on dryer sheets by rolling up a ball of aluminium foil instead. You can even reuse it – one ball should last six months.
- Adding a dry towel to your dryer will reduce drying time – but, take the towel out after about 15 minutes – after this time it will be adding moisture to the dryer.
- If a t-shirt shrinks, put it in an ice cold bowl of water with a cup of hair conditioner and it will go back to its original size.
- (If you have the space) save time by buying multiple cheap laundry baskets and sorting your clothes as you go.
Stain Removal Cheats
- Grass with vinegar.
- Red wine with white wine.
- Grease with soda.
- Blood with hydrogen peroxide.
- Sweat with lemon juice.
- Deodorant with denim.
- Oil with (white) chalk.
- Coffee with baking soda.
- Lipstick with baby wipes.