Spend less time doing laundry and getting out stains with these genius laundry hacks! These tried and true tips have been tested and they work well.
Let’s face it – no one loves doing laundry. I grew up in a family of seven (with four brothers!) and it was my main chore growing up. It was the early 90s, and I remember distinctly washing all the laundry after school and then watching Oprah as I folded it. It look about an hour to fold it all, so I’d be close to the end of the show when it was done!
I learned a lot over the years of doing laundry, especially with four little ones in the house. I know what it’s like to deal with it on a daily basis, especially when lots of stains are involved. However, getting the family’s clothing clean doesn’t have to be a nightmare. I’ve got help for you! Scroll down to get some awesome tips.
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Rub a piece of chalk on any grease stains you are battling. Leave to sit there to "soak." The powder will remove the stain in the wash, and then it easy comes out as well. Plus chalk doesn't mess up your pipes.
Sweat stains can be removed with a mixture of ½ cup baking soda and 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide. Combine the two to make a paste and apply to the stained areas. Allow to sit for 20 minutes and then wash as normal. Soak the shirt in white vinegar prior to coating the stains for even more stain fighting.
If you notice your whites starting to go gray or yellow, check your water temps. Make sure you're using hot water and not overloading. Whites especially might need to be done in smaller loads or be pretreated.
If you make a habit of removing your dryer lint every single time you do a load of laundry, this ensures that your dryer works most efficiently. Dryer lint can also be a fire hazard if it accumulates. Put a box on top of the dryer (a used Kleenex box works well) for an accessible trash bin.
Rather than piling the dried clothing into a basket to fold in another room of your home, fold your clothes as you remove them from the dryer. This will prevent wrinkles and keep you from having a stockpile of folding to do days from now!
Buy or make a folding board out of cardboard for quick and efficient folding. With a folder, you can fold items to a uniform size in seconds! Makes it easier to store in drawers, and perfect if you want the kids to help. Plus - laundry folders are flat, so they're easy to store.