5 Laundry Hacks That Make Life Easier!

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Laundry – a chore that is not always a favorite, but always a necessity! Today I would like to share five laundry hacks that will hopefully make your life a little easier.

#1 Put your shoes in the dryer without all those awful banging noises

Not too long ago, Chad and I went on a trip to Arizona, and while the trip itself was great, the hiking turned my shoes from white to red. Obviously, when you put the shoes in the washer, they are going to bang around a bit – but in the dryer they do not have to.

To stop that awful clunking, all you have to do is take the laces of your shoes, tie them together and close the top of the laces outside the dryer door. If you do not like to do that, you can also put your shoes in a delicates bag and close the top of the bag inside the door.

#2 Get grease stains out of clothing

Grease stains can be a real challenge to get out of clothing but a simple piece of white chalk can make all the difference. When you get a grease stain, take your chalk and apply it to the stain. The chalk will help absorb the grease out of your clothing.

After the chalk has been left on the stain for at least a couple of hours, scrape it off and pre-treat the stain before washing it as you normally would.

#3 Keep colours bright and whites white

At some time or another, you have probably experienced colours fading or bleeding. A quick fix to this problem is to add half a cup of salt to the wash cycle. This will help new clothes to stay looking new and help brighten up older clothes.

An easy way to whiten whites is to make use of the sun. For some reason, UV rays really help keep whites looking their best, so it is a good idea to line dry them in the sun.

#4 Keep towels soft and fluffy

As towels age, they can get that not-so-nice crusty feel. To avoid this, put your towels through two cycles. The first cycle will be hot water with one cup of white vinegar. When that is done, do a second load with hot water and one cup of baking soda.

This will help remove any residue from the towels, and make the fabric feel lighter and softer.

#5 DIY fabric softener

If you prefer a more DIY approach to fabric softener, here is a simple recipe that works great.

Just use a litre of white vinegar and ten drops of your favorite essential oil. (I like to use lavender because it smells great and has lots of antibacterial properties).  Use about a cup each time you run a load through.

This homemade fabric softener is especially useful if you don’t like to machine dry your towels. Adding a cup to the wash cycle will help them from getting that crispy texture. If they still come out feeling crunchy, you can always run them through the wash a second time with just hot water and your DIY softener – and if they still are not coming out soft, it could be a clue to cut back on the amount of detergent that you are using.

Laundry really is a never-ending story, so I hope these tips will help make your life a little easier.

What is your biggest laundry challenge?

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Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Melissa!
    I am new to cleanmysace.com
    I too have a big laundry problem!
    I live in an apartment building and I have to share a washer and dryer with other tenants and they are coin operated old top loading washers and front loading dryers. I always have a white ugly residue or something resembling lint on my dark clothes after I wash them and not all of the items go into the dryer which seems to help with the residue.
    By the way, I do put my laundry detergent after some water has filled the washer and has mixed with the detergent and I don’t overfill the washer, and I check all pockets for tissues or any other items that may try to accidentally sneak into the washer .
    I look forward to your response!

  2. I have a much older washer & dryer than your gorgeous set and the washer is a top loader and doesn’t have the pull out drawer for adding bleach or fabric softener or detergent, so can you please tell me whether I should add things like vinegar for whites in the beginning or if I should wait for the rinse cycle and add after it refills? The same question applies to your salt trick and the diy fabric softener. Also for clothes that specifically state not to use FS (a lot of athletic wear and my yoga pants all have this on there tags; I think I read it’s damaging to the elastine fabric or something?) would this diy FS be okay for those? I take very good care of my clothes but I do wish in cases like this that they cud be a tad softer. I realize that’s like 3 questions but they’re all equally important to me. Can you help??? (Incidentally idk if it makes a difference or not, but I always fill up my washer with water first, adding things like oxiclean or borax while it’s filling so they have a chance to dissolve. Just in case that makes any difference 😉) Oh! One last thing that’s been plaguing me! My bff & RM, in an attempt to be hyper vigilant came rushing home during lunch the other day when a cut on his leg reopened and blead thru hide bandage and onto his light gray all cotton work chinos. I know that cold water is the first best defense but he went immediately for the Shout and then put it in the washer. I told him not to put it in the dryer until we saw the stain situation and it looked like it had worked until it fully dried and then we saw it. There was what looked like a grease stain on his pants where he’d put the Shout. I’ve looked all over the internet and everyone says it’s a lost cause. Have you ever heard of this happening? Any idea if it can be reversed? Thanks again. We love you in our very OCD and diy friendly house! 💙💙💙

  3. Hello Melissa, my biggest laundry challenge is to get rid of yellow sweat stains on my White clothes. I ve tried backing soda, vinegar, bleach, but nothing worked. I ve got myself amonium, but I am kind of afraid to use it because of it smell And of course it could get dangerous. Do you have some good tricks I could use. Thank you.
    Katarina- Slovakia 😉

    • I’m not Melissa, I just found this site. I’m thinking of starting something similar myself, just laundry tips, folding tutorials., I LOVE washing, folding and ironing. I iron even my sheets and pajamas, they always look and feel brand new when finished,

      My favorite stain remover technique. I soak in Oxi Clean and dishwashing liquid. Even antique lace looks fresh again. for more stubborn stains, I’ll make a paste with Oxi Clean and dish washing liquid and scrub the stain with an old toothbrush or fingernail brush before soaking. I’ll soak for a few hours or over night, I haven’t met a stain yet I couldn’t remove.
      I hope this helps, Linda

  4. hi melissa hope all is going good for you i sent someone to store walmart to pick up great value oxiclean could not find it where do i find it the one you said great for stains thanks sorry to bother you again ,

  5. Hi Melissa,
    Thank you for your laundry tips. If I may suggest, about the towels and the “little crispy” aspect… As a beauty “tip” you may have really good results on your skin using “little crispy” towels, it only helps your skin to get rid of one part of the dead cells, leaving some dead cells that are not ready to go away do their protection job.
    As a matter of fact, dead skin in a really nice proportion is your best friend for protection…
    I am a really big french fan, 44 years old with 2 boys and a “tv manager” husband. I think I have experienced many laundry situations…
    All my best regards and best wishes for your future videos.
    Sanja

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