laundry hacks

10 Laundry Hacks That Are Complete Game Changers

You’ve got tons of items to wash, some of which are stained or have special care instructions, and everything needs to be sorted according to color.

We don’t want to ruin anything but we want to be as efficient as possible. Here are a few laundry hacks that will change the game and help you have a less stressful laundry day.

1. Keep the machine clean with baking soda and vinegar

cleaning washing machine

Since a washing machine is constantly being filled with water, the moisture can produce mildew and make your clothes smell weird. It’s not hard to keep it clean, you just need to know how.

Start by wiping down the inside of your washing machine with a rag soaked in hydrogen peroxide. Make sure you pay attention to tight crevices in the drum and get out anything that might be stuck.

Then, simply add a half cup of baking soda and a quart of vinegar to an empty washing machine. Set the water temperature to the hottest setting and run the machine through a full cycle. This should disinfect the parts of the machine you can’t reach with a rag.

Repeat this process once a month to prevent any mildew from growing and you can keep your clothes smelling fresh all the time.

2. Use baking soda to whiten your whites

baking soda

If your white clothes are starting to look a little dull and dingy, just add a half cup of baking soda to the wash along with the detergent and run the load like normal.

If your clothes really need an extra boost of brightness, boil a gallon of water and add a half cup of lemon juice. Soak a few white clothing items in the hot lemon water for 30 minutes to an hour, then wash like normal for vibrant whites.

3. Darken black clothing…with coffee


If you’ve noticed your black shirts and pants are looking a little light and gray, use coffee to darken them up. Make two or three cups of black coffee and add it to the washer. Put in ONLY black clothing and set it to the rinse cycle. Your clothes should come out darker and the color will last longer.

4. Salt can keep bright colors from fading


Colored clothing can fade quickly, even if you’re using the right detergent. To preserve those bright colors, add one-third cup of salt to your wash and run the normal cycle. This will work especially well if done the first time a new piece of clothing is washed and will help keep the colors from fading over time.

5. Line-dry clothes on a pool noodle to avoid creases

pool noodle on clothes dryer


If you frequently use a line or rack to dry your clothes, you’re probably familiar with the annoying creases in your shirts and pants. To avoid them, cut a slit along the side of a pool noodle and use it to encase the line or rods on the drying rack. You’ll be able to dry your clothes on the line without having to iron them afterward.

6. Speed up drying time by adding a towel

towel in dryer

A simple way of quickening the drying process is by adding a towel to the dryer. It will help absorb some of the moisture from damp clothes and cut down on drying time — and your utility bill.

7. Take notes with a dry erase marker

dry erase notes

Source: Mother On a Mission

If you’re worried about ruining clothes by putting them into the dryer, here’s an easy fix for you. To remember which clothes can’t go into the dryer or have other special care instructions, use a dry erase marker. You can write down each clothing item and what care it needs directly into the washing machine.

8. Put tennis balls in the dryer to make clothes extra soft

tennis ball

If you’ll be drying anything soft and feathery like a comforter, pillow or coats, throw a few tennis balls in the dryer to fluff them up. The tennis balls will also help them dry faster along with helping to soften them up.

9. Never lose a sock again by using mesh bags

mesh bags

We’ve all lost a few socks while doing our laundry, but we never actually know what happened to them while they were in the machine. Mesh lingerie bags are good for more than your intimates — they’ll keep your socks from getting lost and eaten up by the washing machine and you won’t have to dig through piles of clothes to find matching pairs.

10. Get a folding guide

folding laundry

If you have a hard time folding clothes, whether it takes you a long time to achieve the fold you want or you just don’t know how to fold well at all, investing in a folding guide can solve your problem.

A guide will help you not only fold clothing more quickly, but you’ll achieve clean, consistent folds every time.

You can buy one online or even make your own out of cardboard.


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