After a long period of use, washers can build up bacteria and leave your clothes smelling funky. You can use a natural solution to clean the washer itself. Put your washer on the highest heat and longest wash time. Then add four cups of white vinegar once it’s filled up.
If you’ve got school-aged kids, or if you’re an old-timey note-taker, ink will likely end up on clothes. Though it always looks like irreversible damage, the good news is that you can get it out with alcohol. If you don’t feel like wasting the good vodka, spray the stain with some hairspray or use some hand sanitizer on it.
If you’ve got a few kids or live in winter winter, there’s probably a pretty big market in your house for washing your bedding, and comforters can be a tricky one because they’re so big and can sometimes clog or break a standard washer/dryer, or just take multiple cycles to fully wash and dry out. But there’s a surprising hack you can try to will cut down drying time and keep your bedding plush. Throw some clean tennis balls in with the comforter to keep it nice and fluffy. The same goes for pillows and winter coats. Just don’t reuse the ones the dog’s been fetching — it kind of defeats the purpose of the hack.
Individual socks always end up in a black hole somewhere, the same black hole that sucks up all your bobby pins and workable pens. But, you never need to have a lonely sock again with this hack. Just place all the socks in a mesh laundry or lingerie bag and throw them in the wash together. They’ll never get separated.
This is good hack for just some items you need unwrinkled fast. Throw in a few ice cubes with a handful of light wrinkled items, like shirts or cotton dresses, and tumble them around on the highest heat setting. The steam from the cubes will level out the creases in your clothes. Don’t expect everything to be pressed and starched when you take it out, but it will be unwrinkled to the point of looking presentable. No iron or ironing board needed!
If you’re constantly doing large loads of laundry, you can run out of dryer sheets quickly. They also have the potential to be environmentally unfriendly — loaded with heat-activated toxins, scents, and chemicals that, if they don’t kill you, will at least send your allergies soaring.
But you can make your own reusable dryer sheets that will last for a crazy long time. All you need is a pack of sponges, an old Tupperware container and a big bottle of fabric softener (the liquid version of dryer sheets). Mix equal parts fabric softener and water into the container. Cut the sponges in half and soak them in the solution. Then when your load is washed, wring out the excess solution from the sponge and throw it in the dryer with your clothes. It may sound like a little extra effort now, but those sponges will outlast a box of dryer sheets, easily!
If you’ve got a big household, it can be hard to remember how everything needs to be washed. Or maybe you just have a busy life that needs multi-tasking effiency. Well, if you don’t have one of those double-stacked washer/dryer combos there’s an easy solution. You can write directions on top of the washer and dryer with a dry erase marker. Even if you get marker on your clothes, you’re in the laundry room with a list full of hacks and can easily take care of yourself!