How To Do Laundry the Right Way – Laundry Tips

HOW TO DO LAUNDRY THE RIGHT WAY! It’s the chore everyone hates: laundry. But, if you do laundry the right way, you’ll not only save money and time but you’ll have less laundry stress as well. Here are a few of my favorite savvy laundry tips that will make your least-fave chore easier and clothes looking their best.

HOW TO DO LAUNDRY THE RIGHT WAY. Get all the headache saving laundry tips at TidyMom.net

pinterest-image

Let’s Learn How To Do Laundry the Right Way

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.

baking soda on top of washing machine

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 this DIY miracle cleaner 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.

Laundry Tips and Cheat Sheets using Scotch Self-Seal Laminating pouches. Free printable at TidyMom.net

printable laundry tips flip book

Dingy Whites:

White fabrics can become yellowed or grayed and dingy. For gray and dingy whites try the triple soak.

First, soak the whites 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.

Lastly, 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.

No more stinky towels! Learn how to remove mildew smell from towels

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 lots of mildew, you can simply rewash be sure to add bleach for whites, or color-safe bleach for colors. Follow my steps to remove musty mildew smell from towels.

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.

Keep Colors from Bleeding:

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

Or, you can toss a Shout Color Catcher in the washer. It’s one of my favorite laundry products! Tip: A sheet can be used multiple times.

Shout ColorCatcher

 

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

 

I would love to hear some of your laundry tips