Doing the laundry is one of the simplest, yet most frustrating and disliked household chores. It’s not like vacuuming or cleaning the bathroom that, though disgusting, you can easily procrastinate. If you don’t wash your clothes, simply you won’t have anything to wear.
There are ways to make your laundry endeavor much easier, or at least more effective. Here are some laundry hacks to (hopefully) help you hate doing laundry a little less.
1. Un-shrink clothes
If you’ve ever put on a freshly laundered shirt and realized it was a little tight, it’s probably one of two things – you either need to lay off the pie or your shirt shrunk in the wash. If it’s the latter, there are a couple of easy fixes.
Add a tablespoon of conditioner to a gallon of water and let the shrunken clothing item soak for 15 minutes. Squeeze the excess water out of the item and lay it flat on top of a dry towel. Roll the towel to get even more water out of the item, then unroll and stretch and resize your clothing and let it dry on a flat surface.
If the shrunken item is made of wool, soak it in a bowl with two cups of vinegar and four cups of water for 20 to 30 minutes. Squeeze out the water and reshape the clothing, leaving it to dry on a flat surface.
2. Use vinegar
Vinegar has a million and one uses, so it’s no surprise you can use it for laundry.
You can remove strong odors and prevent color fading by adding a cup of vinegar to a load of wash. It also acts as a fabric softener if you add a cup to just the rinse cycle.
Brighten your whites by boiling a cup of white vinegar and five cups of water. Pour the hot mixture into a large bowl and soak white clothing for 12 hours, then wash like normal.
3. Quick fixes for wrinkles
Throw a couple of ice cubes into the dryer with a few pieces of wrinkled clothing. With the heat of the dryer, the ice cubes will melt and create steam, easily releasing the wrinkles from your clothing.
You can also make your own DIY wrinkle releaser spray for the days you don’t have time to wait on the dryer.
4. Ditch the dryer sheets
Instead of constantly buying dryer sheets, save a little cash by using aluminum foil. Just wad up a sheet of foil into a ball and throw it in the dryer. It won’t give clothes the dryer sheet smell, but it will get rid of the static.
If you still want the extra scent, put fabric softener on a washcloth, let it dry and add it to the dryer with each load. Both the aluminum foil and the scented washcloth will last for multiple uses.
5. Stain removers
Trying to get rid of stains is one of the most aggravating parts about doing laundry. Instead of hoping that a store-bought stain remover will work, use some of these easy household methods.
For grease stains, rub chalk, baby powder or dish soap directly onto the stain before washing. Wash like normal then let air dry. Don’t put it in the dryer after washing it as the heat will set the stain if it doesn’t come out completely. Once dry, check for the stain again. If it’s still there, rub dish soap onto it and let it sit for an hour, then rewash and let it air dry.
For ink stains, spray with non-aerosol hairspray or rub some hand sanitizer on it. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then wash and dry like normal.
For lipstick stains, take out the center of a slice of white bread and ball it up. Blot the lipstick with the bread, then wash like normal.
And for grass, mix two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and one tablespoon of dish soap and rub it into the stain (if it’s a deep grass stain, you may need to use a toothbrush to scrub it). Wash like normal.