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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December 8, 2016 Flag

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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Mark Clothing That Shouldn't Be Dried

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December 8, 2016 Flag

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.

Someone pouring laundry detergent into a plastic cap.

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December 7, 2016 Flag

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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A laundry hamper of filled with jeans.

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December 7, 2016 Flag

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

Use Gap as Hanger Helper

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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

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.

Hand pouring powdered laundry detergent into washing machine using pink scoop

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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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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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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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May 16, 2013 Flag

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.

Homemade OxiClean

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January 12, 2015 Flag

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.

Kleenex wads

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March 16, 2010 Flag

When I do my laundry I separate the clothes by color. I put the greens with greens, reds with reds or pink, purple and blacks with black, etc. This way the colors of the clothes circulate throughout the wash and thus preserving the colors in your clothes.

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December 28, 2004 Flag

Keep a stain stick in the kitchen or near your eating area, so when someone spills food on their clothes, they can immediately rub stain stick on the spots.

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November 28, 2004 Flag

When doing laundry, you only need to use about half the amount of soap that the box or bottle calls for to get your clothes clean. More soap can gunk up your washer and doesn't always rinse properly out of your clothes, leaving an unsightly build-up.

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November 14, 2008 Flag

For musty smell, add 1 cup ammonia with laundry detergent and wash as usual.

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