12 Laundry Hacks You Never Heard Of

November 15, 2015

By Allyson Payer

Let’s face it—laundry is a chore. But it’s also the key to extending the lifespan of your wardrobe. We all know to wash our darks in cold water and to turn clothes inside out, but do you know how hand sanitizer can prevent a near-disaster or what aspirin can do for your laundry? We do, and we’re here to share.

Hack #1

Aspirin has multiple purposes!  Add one aspirin to your loaf of whites to keep them bright.

Hack #2

Keep dark clothes from fading by adding a cup of salt during the rinse cycle.  Do this the first time you wash items to set the color.

Hack #3

Pretreat ink stains with hand sanitizer.  Let it set for 10 minutes, and wash using hot water and your usual laundry detergent.

Hack #4

Scrub stubborn stain sweats with equal parts lemon juice and water.  Then wash as usual!

Hack #5

Use a dry-erase marker to write which items shouldn’t go in the dryer on the washing machine.

Hack #6

A ball of aluminum foil can sub for a dryer sheet.  It also cuts down on static!

Hack #7

To make your clothes dry faster, toss a fluffy towel in the dryer for the first 15 minutes.  Two birds with one stone!

Hack #8

Add a tablespoon of pepper to the washing machine to keep colors bright.  This prevents colors from bleeding, too.

Hack #9

Wool, silk and cotton items can be gently washed by hand.  They don’t always need to be dry-cleaned.

Hack #10

If your washing machine doesn’t have a delicate option, use permanent press light or just short cycles and cold water.  Don’t worry if your washing machine doesn’t have a delicate cycle.

Hack #11

Always dry-clean rayon items, even if the tag says machine washable.  The fabric is notorious for shrinking.

Hack #12

Always measure our the appropriate amount of laundry detergent.  The fabric is notorious for shrinking.




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