Did you lightly scorch a pair of wool pants? Lightly go over the scorched spot with a piece of fine sandpaper, the grittiness will gently scrape off the burned material, leaving the undamaged fibers underneath.
Have an oily stain? Pre-treat with dawn dishwashing detergent – the stain will come out so easily. If you’ve accidentally washed and dried a stain – no worries… simply pre-treat with dawn, rubbing it into the stain well & let set overnight – wash again as usual & the stain should be a memory.
Baby formula stains will come out if you first use isopropyl alcohol and then regular stain remover.
Keep your colored clothes bright. To prevent those just-perfect colors from fading and running, add 1 cup of salt to your wash water the first few times you wash the items. The salt helps set the pigment, preventing the colors from bleeding!
That ring-around-the-collar on your guy’s shirts will come right off with a little cheap shampoo as the pre-treater.
Ink Stains – (this works for clothing as well as floors, etc.) Spray well with cheap hairspray (the cheaper, the better), for Laundry, let dry and wash the item as usual. For floors, etc, clean the ink off while the hairspray is still wet.
Tea and coffee: On fabric, spray with hairspray, then rub with a bar of soap and rinse in cold water.
Restore a shrunken wool sweater to it's original size with Hair Conditioner. Mix 1/4 cup of conditioner in a gallon of water and soak for 1/2 hour. Reshape to original size and air dry (do not rinse) - be sure you dry clean from then on to avoid this problem!
Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.
Accidentally burned or scorched your clothes while ironing? If the fabric is washable, brush it gently with a soft brush or dry sponge to remove loose carbon particles. Then, wash the fabric with regular detergent and color-safe bleach. This will permanently weaken the fabric even more than the scorch has, but the scorch may no longer be noticeable.
Next Week: Attack that filmy layer of dead stuff all over your house.