Follow these tips and tricks to save time and money, and keep your cotton looking its best.
Detergents with fabric softeners in them actually cause stains to set in. If you do use softener, never put liquid fabric softener directly on fabrics as the softener itself can cause stains.
Save your clothes a few trips to the hamper, and you’ll save money, water, time and the environment. Hang them outside or by an open window to air them out after wearing, and only wash them when they really need it.
You can’t clean clothes in a dirty washing machine. To clean your machine:
1) Wipe it down with a solution of half a cup of white vinegar, half a cup of baking soda and 1 quart of hot water once a week.
2) Kill bacteria by running a hot wash cycle with one cup of bleach and no clothes once a month.
3) Always leave the door open after emptying out your laundry to prevent mold.
Too much softener can turn towels into nonabsorbent, ineffective rags. Using dryer sheets only every three to five laundry cycles prevents this and keeps your towels as soft and absorbent as the day you got them.
Using too much detergent is actually worse than not using enough because it speeds up the wear and tear of your clothes and sends your money down the drain. Take the time to read the directions and measure the proper amount of detergent required for your load.
A half cup of white vinegar added to the rinse cycle works like magic to kill germs, whiten whites, get rid of odors and makes your clothes soft and fluffy.
When fabrics rub together in the wash it creates fuzz that can knock the color right out of your clothes. Keep color in its place by turning clothes inside out before you toss them in the wash.
Speed up the air-drying process by borrowing some heat from the dryer. Place delicates and other air-dryables on top of the dryer when it’s in use.
Because of varying times and temperatures, the laundry room isn’t the place to mix and match fabric. Always sort by:
TYPE (knit vs. woven)
WEIGHT (heavy denim vs. light blouses)
COLOR (lights vs. darks)
Overdrying your clothes is a real thing and it’s time to put a stop to this time-sucking, energy-wasting, fuzz-creating habit. Instead of setting a drying time, use an auto-dry setting that will turn your dryer off once the clothes are dry. If your dryer doesn’t have this setting, make sure to remove your clothes while they’re still a little damp.
When a washing machine is stuffed to the brim, clothes don’t get cleaned or rinsed properly. Stains will stay put, and you could wind up with a worn, ripped, or pilled wardrobe and a broken washing machine. Make sure the load size is less than 3/4 full.
Make your jeans last longer and save money and water with these easy tips:
1) Wear your jeans five times before laundering and turn them inside out when it’s time to wash.
2) Dry on low or air dry, especially jeans with stretch. Spandex doesn't respond well to heat.
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