Laundry Tips and Tricks

Laundry is a necessary chore that many people dread. There are lots of ways to speed up the process, remove stains better, and make your life a little easier. This is a guide about laundry tips and tricks.
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June 17, 2011 Flag

Add a little Dawn dish washing liquid to your laundry soap or wash water, and the clothes will come out much cleaner.

Also, only run your dryer for 1/2 the time you normally do. Usually the clothes are dry by then. : )

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By Lara from Portland, OR

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January 19, 20140 found this helpful

I'm sure she means, sometimes your clothing is dry before you actually realize, if you check in 1/2 the time - not because you use Dawn before putting in dryer. Manufacturers don't ever say do not use dishwashing liquid.

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April 8, 2013 Flag

If you need to use bleach on your fabric, make certain to rinse with white vinegar in the water. This keeps the bleach from continuing to work after it has been 'rinsed' out with plain water. If you repeatedly use bleach without a vinegar rinse, your fabric will eventually get little pit holes in it.

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For those that want see it at work: Put the tip of your finger in bleach and rinse with water. You will notice your finger still feels slippery after rinsing well. Now put a little vinegar on your finger and rinse. You will see that immediately, the slippery feel is gone.

I learned this many years ago in Chemistry class. One is a base and the other is acid. They neutralize each other. Any vinegar works but white vinegar won't leave any color behind.

Editor's Note: Bleach and vinegar mixed will create deadly chlorine gas. Be sure that the vinegar is added to the wash after the bleach has been rinsed away with plain water first.

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April 14, 20130 found this helpful

Great tip! Does this mean that I should add vinegar to my rinse water as well when I add bleach to my dish water for doing dishes?

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September 12, 2008 Flag

I save time and money in the laundry room THIS way.

When I take my clothes from the washer I hang almost all of the shirts on hangers, button the top button on button-downs, straighten the collars, tug on the sleeves, pull and smooth, etc. From there, I either hang them on over-the-door hooks or on the wash line if the day is nice (even the shower rod is good if there aren't too many hangers to weigh the rod). When dry, they can be put straight into each person's closet. I also pay attention to the direction clothes are hung in each closet and hang the wet shirts accordingly so I don't have to re-hang them later.



If some shirts still need to be ironed (as some will), the ironing process is easier because you already smoothed out the collars etc. This saves money on my electric bill by not taxing the dryer, the clothes last longer because they have not given a piece of "themselves" up to the lint trap, the threat of shrinkage is lessened AND I don't have to fold! Jeans, etc. can be done the same way, but may still need a dryer for a few minutes afterwards for wrinkles. I also love this because I never face the fear of excessively wrinkled clothes from leaving them in the dryer long after it has stopped running. (Beware though, teenagers have been known to leave their clothes on the hooks in the laundry room and they may begin to dress in there! lol).

By Brenda from Deltona, FL

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September 6, 20130 found this helpful

I do this. I live in a small mobile home and have a "drying" room where I hang laundry from the washer. Saves me time in the long run.

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December 8, 2016 Flag

Mark Clothing That Shouldn't Be Dried

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This is a guide about keeping track of clothing that shouldn't be dried. Some articles of clothing can be ruined if run through the drier.

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December 8, 2016 Flag

Someone pouring laundry detergent into a plastic cap.

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This is a guide about keeping your laundry detergent caps clean. Liquid detergent is notorious for leaving messy gooey drips on the outside of the bottle when poured.

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December 7, 2016 Flag

A laundry hamper of filled with jeans.

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This is a guide about washing jeans. There are a few useful laundering tricks that can help you extend the life of you jeans and keep them comfortable to wear.

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December 7, 2016 Flag

A person adding soap to a washing machine full of clothes.

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This is a guide about preparing clothing for washing. Taking the time to prepare your clothing prior to adding it to the washer can help prevent snags or tearing.

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February 2, 2011 Flag

Use pliers to pull the spout out from liquid laundry soap when the bottle is empty. You can get one more load out of what would normally get thrown away.

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August 17, 2011 Flag

I was taught to put bleach in all my white loads for 3 reasons.

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August 30, 2010 Flag

I have learned to keep a couple large pins attached to the cell phone/ID case I wear around my neck.

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March 4, 2013 Flag

It's common knowledge to save on water by adjusting the water level of the laundry load. They say to wait until a full wash load is dirty before washing to also save on hydro.

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August 7, 2006 Flag

Conserving on Laundry Costs. I fill and run the washer at bedtime, only full loads and cold water. In the morning I hang the clothes on an old fashioned clothesline. . .

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April 15, 2005 Flag

A lot of power and water is used doing your laundry. Here are a few tips to help decrease the impact of doing laundry on your utility bills.

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June 20, 2011 Flag

Pull something out of the dryer that's not quite dry? Lay over the top of the boot dryer to finish drying it. Lay wet washcloths, dishcloths, or damp clothes over it to dry before going into the hamper.

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Use Gap as Hanger Helper

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If you have a dowel, piece of PVC pipe or like me, a butter knife you can hang up to 5 or 6 shirts or pants between the washer and dryer. I recently found this was so much handier than hanging up clothes on door knobs and the backs of chairs.

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February 4, 2008 Flag

When I'm doing the laundry, I keep a threaded needle in the cupboard above the washer so I can sew buttons back on clothes as soon as I find they came off in the washer or dryer.

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January 30, 2012 Flag

Jump start stain removal for your clothing by keeping a pre-treat spray bottle (or whatever you use) in the place where you undress or with your hamper. This works better for me than waiting until laundry day when the stain is well set.

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November 25, 2013 Flag

It's as easy as pie. I "discovered" this by simple accident. I spilled the vanilla on one of my towels and had to wash it right away to get the stain out.

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March 29, 2016 Flag

Hand pouring powdered laundry detergent into washing machine using pink scoop

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This is a guide about emergency laundry detergent substitutions. It is frustrating to have just loaded the washer only to discover you are out of detergent.

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November 22, 2011 Flag

I supplement regular detergent with borax, and wash in cold water always. When using the clothes dryer, I throw in a couple clean tennis balls. They move the clothes around more, preventing the inevitable lumping of wet laundry.

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January 31, 2000 Flag

Machine-wash your whites in cold water, using a detergent and washing soda mixture. Hot water sets the stains, instead of removing them.

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February 7, 2006 Flag

I found that I saved a good amount of money by waiting 2 weeks to do laundry -- and also by ironing only once every 2 weeks. Savings have been about $50.00 a month on our electric bill!

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November 4, 2008 Flag

I have a favorite magnet, that's really eye catching, that I use it in my laundry room. I usually use liquid fabric softener, so if I need to put dryer sheets in a specific load of laundry, I put the magnet on the washer as a "reminder".

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January 11, 2007 Flag

I often don't have time to separate laundry. No, that's not quite true, I often don't care enough to separate laundry (LOL) and I have a feeling that I'm not alone in my 'sloth'. Actually, it works out well for me.

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February 15, 2006 Flag

If your washing machine does not have an alarm that sounds when it is finished, set the kitchen timer after starting the wash load to remind yourself it is done.

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April 16, 2004 Flag

Have you or your kids ever added too much laundry detergent to your washing machine, and found that the bubbles were beginning to overflow?

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December 12, 2007 Flag

When treating laundry stains, I keep safety pins handy and put one where the stain is. When I pull the laundry item out of the washer, I look for the safety pin, to see if the stain came out, before I put it in the dryer.

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May 16, 2013 Flag

Homemade OxiClean

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Buying multiple cleaning products can be expensive. Sometimes you can make a homemade version of a popular cleaning agent from products you may already have around your house. This is a guide about homemade OxiClean recipes.

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January 12, 2015 Flag

Kleenex wads

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This is a guide about removing Kleenex from clothing. If you have ever forgotten to take a Kleenex out of your pocket before putting the item into the wash, you know how frustrating it is to remove the paper bits and lint that are left behind.

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