Mom Shares 17 Clever Laundry Shortcuts - Everyone Needs To Know The Chalk And Foil Trick
Marilyn Caylor 3/9/2017
Doing laundry is just one of those things that we tend to do on auto pilot. After all, once we get into the habit of doing something, we tend to do the same thing over and over again. But, have you ever considered that there could be a more efficient or less-costly way of getting this "dirty" job done? Well, look no further than the tips below!
Ditch The Dryer Sheets
Oops, you forgot to put dryer sheets on your last shopping list and now you're out! Now what? Crumple up a ball of aluminum foil instead. You can use the same one for 6 months! It will help your clothes dry just as fast as a dryer sheet, and also prevent static cling, too.
Reading the tiny print on your clothing tags can strain even the best eyes. But if you write yourself a note, you'll know at a glance how to prevent a laundry mishap. Use a dry erase marker to write yourself a note right on top of the washing machine. If putting that red sweater in the dryer is a big no-no, then little reminders like this can be a sweater life-saver!
Hangers are the world's best invention when it comes to storing clothes, but it comes with a downside - creases. If you fold a pair of slacks over the bottom rod, then it won't take long for a crease to develop. But, there's a cool trick that can fix that problem for good. Use a serrated knife to cut a foam pool noodle to size, and then slip it onto the hanger.
Armpit stains are super embarrassing, especially when someone else points them out to you! This is the only spot remover that you'll want to use from now on. In a small bowl, mix together 1 teaspoon of liquid Dawn dish soap, 3 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Scrub this mixture into the stain with a brush, and you'll be amazed at the results!
We all know that ironing your clothes will get rid of annoying wrinkles. But, did you know that a flat iron can also do the exact same thing? It's the best traveling companion you could ever ask for. Not only is it portable, but you can achieve super straight hair and clothes with just one tool! A flat iron is also the perfect size and shape for creating crisp looking collars, too.
Before tossing a mildew-covered shower curtain in the trash, try this tennis ball trick first! Put the curtain in the washing machine, along with a cup of white vinegar and a tennis ball. The vinegar works as a disinfectant, loosening the buildup that has accumulated, while the ball will help scrub it all away.
Clothing stains are a fact of life, and they must be cleaned! Give these stains the "special treatment" by creating a customized stain kit - just for them! Line the bottom of a small plastic bin with a laundry cheat sheet that has instructions on how to clean any type of stain. Then fill the bin with stain-fighting essentials like hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, a spray bottle filled with vinegar, a Tide pen, chalk, and a couple of different brushes.
There's no need to get stuck wearing wrinkled clothes to work. Toss it into the dryer with a couple of ice cubes. The moisture will freshen up your clothes in just 10 minutes. Just don't use that as an excuse for being late to work!
Drying tennis shoes tends to make a lot of noise. To keep them from banging around, trap the shoe laces outside the door. This way, your shoes will stay in one place while they dry. You could also put the shoes in a mesh bag and trap it in the door the same way. It won't make anything whisper silent, but at least you'll have a little bit of peace with your "kind of" quiet.
Chalk is mother nature's solution to getting rid of grease stains and gently coaxing it out of the fibers. It's even better than a Tide pen! Wait a couple of hours before brushing the chalk off, then launder as usual.
Most of us have experienced a shrunken t-shirt mishap. Head to the bathroom to magically reverse the process! Fill the sink with warm water, and add a squeeze of hair conditioner. Swirl it around in the water so that it disperses evenly. Soak your shirt for 15-20 minutes, wring the water out, and place it on a towel. Gently stretch the shirt out, and wait for it to dry. Oh, and try not to shrink it again!
If you pull a fresh load of laundry out of the dryer and notice some unwanted pilling, there's a simple solution to that problem - razors! Just lightly run a clean razor over your clothes to shave off the tiny balls of fuzz.
Clear soap dispensers are a fantastic way to store liquid detergent. With just a push of a button, you can serve up the perfect portion for your load of laundry. Just make sure to install it where your kids can't reach it!
If your laundry equipment is taking up too much floor space, then hang it up so that it's out of the way! Attach two coat hooks to the wall to instantly create a new storage area for your ironing board.
Your shirts don't have a monopoly on sweat stains - they can happen to your pillows, too! Don't toss them out just yet, though! Wash them in very hot water with 1 cup of laundry detergent, 1 cup of powdered dishwasher detergent, 1 cup of bleach, and 1/2 cup of borax. Not only will this banish the sweat that has built up, but it'll make your pillows super white, too!
Bring your towels back to life with 2 natural ingredients. If they smell like mildew, even straight out of the washer, it may be time for this easy treatment. First run them through a hot load with 1 cup of vinegar, then run them through again with half a cup of baking soda. By the time they come out of the dryer, they should smell fresh like spring!
Watch this video to learn how to fold clothes fast.
These simple shortcuts are sure to make your laundry life a breeze. Now that you know about all these fun new tips, which one will you try first?