Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hints, tips & tricks for your Laundry

More timesaving tips, tricks & hints, this time in the laundry room...

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.

Did someone accidentally leave gum in their pocket? Well, if it didn’t get on any clothes, you can count your blessings, but you probably still have a sticky mess in your dryer. Try using a wet dryer sheet – rub it over the mess and it should come right off!


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.

Ketchup - On carpet, first dab away as much as possible, being careful not to work the stain deeper into the carpet. Cover the area with a liberal amount of regular (foamy) shaving cream and rub vigorously with a sponge. When you wipe away the excess, the stain should go too.


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!

Throw a few tennis balls into your dryer. They will cut drying time by about 30%, plus they will help fluff everything up!

Keep buttons in place longer – when you purchase a new garment, as soon as you bring it home, place a drop of clear nail polish on the front and back of the each button. This will seal the threads and the buttons will stay on longer.


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.

If your red shirt got mixed up with your light colors, don’t panic - and DON’T DRY THEM!  Wash again with detergent and color safe bleach.  If that doesn’t work, try RIT color remover.  To keep your bright clothes from bleeding to begin with, wash in cold water with a cup of salt.

To make a zipper slide up and down more smoothly, rub a bar of soap over the teeth.

Whenever you travel carry along a stain pretreatment stick. Taking the time to use it on stains before they set ensures that they will wash out when you get home.

Did you get white-out or liquid paper on your clothes?  Dab some sunscreen over the stain and rub off with a paper towel. Repeat until stain is gone.

Use egg whites to remove gum on clothing. Brush egg white onto gum with a toothbrush. Let sit for 15 minutes and then launder on the items normally

Sprinkle a generous amount of cornstarch or baby powder over the grease stains on clothes, allow it to sit for a couple of minutes, then brush the powder off. The powder absorbs the grease and it brushes off with the powder.


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.

Is the bottom of your iron caked with burned on gunk?  Rub iron with aluminum foil to remove burnt on starch, etc.

Is your sparkly new shirt shedding glitter everywhere?  Spray with aerosol hair spray to make it stay put. Wash separately from other clothes, or at least wash it inside out if you must wash with other articles of clothing.

To remove a hem crease, sponge the material with white vinegar and press with a warm iron.


Next Week:  Attack that filmy layer of dead stuff all over your house.


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