A person’s clothing says a lot about them. I’m sure we’ve all heard it a million times, but that’s because it’s true. In our current economy it is imperative that we keep the clothes we have looking great and know our way around the laundry room. Most of us can’t afford to go out and buy a new suit every time we get barbeque sauce on it!
Laundry Tip #1—Stain Removal
Stained clothing tells others that you are sloppy and don’t care about your appearance. Some of the most common stains are perspiration and ink. Mix equal parts ammonia and water and add a few tablets of liquid dish soap.
Soak your shirt in this mixture overnight to remove perspiration stains. Afterwards, wash it as usual. To remove ink stains, use rubbing alcohol on it until the stain disappears and then shirt in the wash. You can also remove lipstick stains by using petroleum jelly or vegetable shortening on the stain before adding to the wash, remove rust stains by adding a cup of lemon juice to the wash water. Egg whites will even effectively remove gum from your clothing.
Laundry Tip #2—Stuck Zippers
Your zipper is something you want functioning very well to avoid any embarrassing exposures. Therefore, if your zipper is starting to stick, try rubbing a bar of soap across the teeth. This will make the zipper slide up and down more smoothly.
Laundry Tip #3—Lint Removal and Prevention
First of all, you can avoid getting a lot of lint on your clothes if you don’t wash them with your towels and washcloths. But you can also add a cup of distilled white vinegar along with the detergent when you do your load of laundry. Pilling (little balls of lint) occurs when fabrics rub together. You can prevent this from happening in your washer and dryer by placing individual garments in mesh bags.
Laundry Room Tip #4—Keeping the Color
After numerous washes, dark colors tend to fade significantly. You can keep your blacks black by adding Woolite® dark laundry fabric wash with cold water and adding a little salt. You can also restore the color by adding coffee or strong tea to the rinse water. Lastly, it is also helpful to use black dye in the rinse every 8 to 10 washes or so to keep black clothes black. To keep your whites white, you can wash them with a little washing soda. If you do decide to use bleach, make sure you wait until the washer is full of water. Make sure it fully dissolves into the water to avoid spots on your clothing. Washing your clothes inside out will also help prevent fading.
Laundry Tip #5—Avoiding Wrinkles
This does not necessarily mean the ones in your face, although I hope these laundry tips will help you stress less! Most people tend to throw their laundry in and forget about it until they need something. Instead, try to be there the instant the washer and dryer cycles are done. If clothing can be hung up immediately, wrinkles will be minimal, resulting in less ironing to do later.
Laundry doesn’t need to be a tiresome chore. It is actually the one household task that gives you time (during the cycles) to do other things. Making use of these laundry room ideas will also help your clothes last longer and keep them looking brand new.