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Laundry Tips !

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Baking Soda and Bleach

While baking soda is more often known for its odor control qualities, it does have natural whitening capabilities that are used by people who would rather not turn to bleach.

The best thing about baking soda in the laundry, is its ability to act as a natural boosting agent for bleach. Use 1/2 a cup of bleach and 1/2 cup of baking soda for white loads, instead of a full cup of bleach. The baking soda masks some of the bleach smell and makes the bleach even more effective.

Dried Stains:

Once a stain has been dried, it’s very hard to remove, but it is possible. Try repeating the steps for the individual stain. More than likely you’ll need to soak the stain, or use a more aggressive stain remover. On white clothes, try using lemon juice and placing the garment in the sun. Both the lemon juice and the sun will work as bleaching agents. Be sure to rinse the clothing thoroughly before rewashing.

Dingy Whites:

White fabrics can become yellowed or grayed and dingy. For gray and dingy whites try the triple soak. Soak the whites first in a solution of a bucketful of water and 2 tablespoons of liquid dish soap. Next rinse out the whites and soak in a solution of 2 tablespoons of ammonia and a bucketful of water. Next, rinse out the whites, and soak in a bucket of warm water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Rinse thoroughly and dry. This soaking method will leave your whites bright and clean.

Mildew Smells & Stains:

Did you forget about the clothes in the washer and now they have a sour smell? If the clothes smell, but don’t have dots of mildew, you can simply rewash be sure to add bleach for whites, or color-safe bleach for colors. If you do have mildew stains, washing with chlorine bleach will remove the stains from white clothing. For colored clothing use a mixture of color-safe oxygen bleach (1 teaspoon) , and hydrogen peroxide (1 cup) to sponge the stained areas before rinsing thoroughly and rewashing. Clothes may also benefit from soaking in a borax solution.

Salt Keeps Colors from Bleeding:

Add 1/2 cup of salt to the wash cycle to prevent new colored fabrics from running.

Vinegar and your laundry:

Blankets: When washing cotton or washable wool blankets, add 2 cups of vinegar to the last rinse cycle. This will help remove the soap and make blankets soft and fluffy.

Clothes softener: Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the last rinse cycle of your wash to soften clothes.

Lint: Reduce lint buildup and keep pet hair from clinging to clothing by adding vinegar to the last rinse cycle.

Static cling: A good way to control static cling is to add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the last rinse cycle of your wash.

sources: About.com, How stuff works

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

8 Responses to “Laundry Tips !”

  1. Its So Very Cheri posted on September 26, 2009 at 10:58 am (#
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    It sounds like I might want to go see if I can find that recipe.

    Cheri

  2. Its So Very Cheri posted on September 26, 2009 at 10:58 am (#
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    It sounds like I might want to go see if I can find that recipe.

    Cheri

  3. everyday mom of one posted on September 26, 2009 at 2:15 pm (#
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    Vinegar can also help with the moldy smells and stains.

  4. everyday mom of one posted on September 26, 2009 at 2:15 pm (#
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    Vinegar can also help with the moldy smells and stains.

  5. Queen B. posted on September 26, 2009 at 3:26 pm (#
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    thanks for the tips !!!!!!!!!!!! good luck with the Samsung ! I love my Samsung fridge !!

  6. Queen B. posted on September 26, 2009 at 3:26 pm (#
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    thanks for the tips !!!!!!!!!!!! good luck with the Samsung ! I love my Samsung fridge !!

  7. Let it Shine posted on September 26, 2009 at 10:09 pm (#
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    That's awesome! Thank you!

    Alyshia

  8. Let it Shine posted on September 26, 2009 at 10:09 pm (#
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    That's awesome! Thank you!

    Alyshia

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