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?