Today, I will be sharing some of the best laundry tips. Laundry seems so easy, yet, I’m terrible at it. When I was 18, I moved out of my parent’s house to start living in a student home that didn’t even have a washing machine. That’s why I always had to go to the public laundromat that was luckily only one block away. Since I had to pay per wash, I threw in as much laundry as I could, mixing everything up. These tips are some of the best tips from mothers all over America who have shared their knowledge with us.
Wash Some Of Your Clothes in Cold Water
Now, for me, this trick was already ground-breaking. I literally never thought of washing my clothes in cold water before, because I just figured they wouldn’t get clean. Turns out, washing some of your clothes on a cold program can save them from shrinking and it prevent delicate fabrics from getting ruined.
You should be washing delicate fabrics, dark colors that tend to bleed, and items that could easily shrink, in cold water. You should be saving your hot water for bedding, cotton whites, heavily stained clothes, and towels.
Un-shrink Your Clothes With Baby Shampoo And Warm Water
I can almost hear you think this probably happened to me. Well… you’re right. I would be lying if I said I never shrunk anything in the washing machine before. Lucky for me, we now have a solution. Experts (read: experienced moms) say that there’s actually a way to undo the shrinking damage. What you have to do is to soak the shrunken piece of clothing in lukewarm water and add some baby shampoo. Work through the fabric to relax the fibers and gently stretch. That’s it!
Wash Dark Clothes Inside Out
How my mother always managed to keep my (overload of) black clothes so pretty has been pure magic for me for years. Until now, because I have found the answer to my question. If you want to prevent your dark clothes from fading, you should be washing them inside out. Why did no one ever tell me this?
Add Salt to Prevent Fading
Another tip that my mother really should’ve told me. Although, I highly doubt she knows about this one. I found out that adding a teaspoon of salt to your washing machine with every wash, can help prevent your clothes from fading. Besides that, it also prevents new clothes from bleeding on the first wash. It might seem a little weird to add salt to your washing machine, but who cares? If it works, it works.
Choose the Right Detergent
You may not be surprised to hear that I always wash my clothes with the same washing detergent. I usually just buy a washing detergent for colored laundry and use that for everything. Well… I was doing it wrong, again! Besides that, it appears that you also shouldn’t use powdered detergent.
Experts say you should be staying away from powdered detergent, because it doesn’t always completely dissolve in the washing machine, causing white stains on your clothes. Besides that, they say it’s super important to pick a specific detergent for each kind of laundry. So black detergent for black laundry, white for white laundry, and so on.
Don’t Use Too Much Detergent
Did you ever notice that your washing machine is smelling? In that case, you might be using too much detergent. Say what, too much? Yep, apparently, it’s better to use too little than too much detergent. Overdosing detergent can create so many suds that they trap soil allowing it to redeposit on clothes. Try using less detergent, because not only will your clothes smell better, you’ll also save money. It’s a true win-win.
Catch Stains As Quick As You Can
It turns out, that the key to successfully getting rid of nasty stains is to throw them in the washing machine as fast as possible. As soon as you can, rinse the stain with cold water, then apply some stain remover, and get it into the washing machine. Does it come out with the stain still on it? Then stay away from the dryer, just re-apply the stain remover and try washing it again.
Clean Your Washing Machine
Did you ever think about the fact that it might be smart to clean the machine that cleans? If you didn’t, you’re probably not the only one, but it’s time you start doing it. Cleaning your washing machine every few months can help to get rid of nasty smells, excess dirt, and other things that may be invading your laundry.
If you want to clean your washing machine, run it on a full cycle after adding two cups of white vinegar to the detergent dispenser. Then, run it again on the hottest program with half a cup of baking soda in the drum. When it’s done, wipe out the inside of the drum and you’re ready to go.
Dry Your Towels Without Dryer Sheets
If you’re lucky enough to have a dryer, you might be adding dryer sheets to every run. That’s fine in most cases, but if you want to save your towels you should be listening carefully now. It’s best to leave out the dryer sheets when washing your towels. Leaving them out will make your towels last much longer and make them more water-absorbent.
Don’t Forget To Add Dryer Sheets To Wrinkly Items
I hope you didn’t throw your dryer sheets out yet, because they are good for some things. Experts say you should be using dryer sheets for items that are easily wrinkled. If you want to get those wrinkles out, just put the wet clothes in the dryer together with a dryer sheet, and put the machine on the lowest dryer temperature. If it’s done, immediately get your things out and hang them out to cool off. The result will be dry and wrinkle-free clothes.
Stop Washing Your Jeans
I have to say I was a little grossed out at first when I read this tip, but apparently, it’s very ‘normal’ not to wash your jeans at all. Who knew?! I read that jeans can be kept years and years longer if you stop washing them, and start putting them in the freezer in-between wears. The idea is that the freezer will kill all the bacteria. It turns out that washing your jeans drastically affects the quality of the fabric, and that is of course a big waste.
Now, for me, this trick was already ground-breaking. I literally never thought of washing my clothes in cold water before, because I just figured they wouldn’t get clean. Turns out, washing some of your clothes on a cold program can save them from shrinking and it prevents delicate fabrics from getting ruined. You should be washing delicate fabrics, dark colors that tend to bleed, and items that could easily shrink, in cold water. You should be saving your hot water for bedding, cotton whites, heavily stained clothes, and towels.