How to save money, time, and your favorite t-shirt.
1. Zip up your fly before washing your jeans so it isn’t catching and tearing other materials.
If you don’t, the teeth will snag on more delicate clothing during the washing cycle. On the other hand, you should wash your shirts unbuttoned, so the holes aren’t pulling on the buttons. Learn more here.
2. Test a a new clothing item for colorfastness with some water and a white washcloth.
Any piece of clothing with a tag that says “wash separately” or “wash with like colors” is likely to bleed in the wash, fading and ruining the rest of your clothing. To test fabric for colorfastness, press a damp white cloth onto an interior seam or hem. If any color transfers to the cloth, it’s going to run all over the rest of the laundry in the wash. In that case, you should either hand-wash the item or wash it with like colors in a cold cycle. Learn more here.
3. Wash delicates in a salad spinner if hand washing is your least favorite chore.
Okay, I know this sounds weird as heck, but this salad spinner is actually the best purchase I’ve made all year. It’s like owning a tiny washer-dryer combo! Put your bras (or other delicates) in the strainer and hold the entire thing under the shower. Once the items are soaked through, lift the strainer out and add a dash of detergent to the water. Put the strainer back in. The spinning will agitate the detergent and flush the items. Let everything sit for about 10 minutes, then pour out the soapy water. Take the strainer out and hold it under the shower for a minute or so to wash out the remaining suds. Replace it and give it a few spins to dry the delicates out a bit, then lay them out on a clean towel or drying rack. That’s it!
4. Toss a few wool balls in the dryer to get the benefits of a dryer sheet without all that waste.
In addition to being wasteful, dryer sheets aren’t great for your towels, sportswear, or sensitive skin. Wool balls fluff clothing, remove static, speed up the drying process, and last for a couple of years, at least. You can use a tennis ball, which will serve much of the same purpose, but you run the risk of that neon green color bleeding or the fuzz rubbing off on your favorite top.
5. Replace your detergent and fabric softener with vinegar and baking soda to get towels as soft and cozy as they were when you bought them.
After a while, towels can get a bit dry and crusty. Wash the towels in a hot water cycle with vinegar instead of detergent — this’ll also get rid of that musty smell. Run a second hot water cycle with a half cup of baking soda. They’ll feel good as new! Learn more here.
6. Or replace laundry detergent with soap nuts for an eco-friendly, hypoallergenic alternative.
This tip may sound kooky AF, but it’s not — Jolie Kerr raves about them in her book, My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag…And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha. The pulp in soap nuts is literally the stuff used to make soap. They’re reusable and can be composted when they turn gray. All you have to do is stick a few in the wash bag and put them in the basin with your clothing. Leave them in for the dry cycle, and they’ll act as a fabric softener.
7. Wash your bras in a pillowcase if you don’t own a mesh laundry bag.
Okay, so maybe the salad spinner doesn’t make hand washing any less abhorrent of a chore for you? Fair enough. But you need to do something to protect your bras from the washing machine or the elastic will get all stretched out and the hooks will be pushed all outta wack. If you don’t own a mesh bag, stick the bras in a pillowcase and either knot the case or use a hair tie to close it. Learn more here.
8. And wash socks in a mesh bag (or pillow case!) if they keep disappearing from the load.
Or at least place socks in the machine first — they’ll be less likely to stick to other garments and disappear. Learn more here.
9. Refresh musty clothing with a few drops of tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil is antibacterial so it’ll kill off any mold or mildew that’s making your clothing smell all funky. Just add 10 drops to your laundry detergent and they’ll smell good as new! Learn more here.
10. Steam clothing in the dryer with a few ice cubes to de-wrinkle them without having to actually iron.
Stick the wrinkled items in the dryer with a few ice cubes and set it to run on hot for about five minutes. The steam from the ice will smooth out all the wrinkles! Learn more here.
11. Speed dry your wet clothes by tossing in a dry towel.
Full disclaimer: You will end up with a wet towel as a result of this hack. But if you’re okay letting that air dry, this hack will save a lot of energy. Put a towel in the dryer with your wet clothes and take it out after 15 minutes. Your clothing will dry in half the time! Learn more here.
12. Soak clothing that shrunk in the dryer with a bit of hair conditioner.
Look, we all neglect to read the tags from time to time, and end up washing a delicate with hot water instead of cold. There’s a pretty simple fix! Just soak it in warm water and conditioner (about one teaspoon per quart of water), lay it flat to dry, and give the clothing a few stretches to reshape. Learn more here.
13. And turn an old frame into a drying rack that leans out whenever you need to let something hang dry.
Store-bought drying racks are big and clunky. This one can just hang off the wall in your laundry room. Attach four boards to the sides of a large picture frame, then build a second frame with four more boards. Drill holes in two of the boards large enough for the dowels to slide through. Attach the rack to the wood frame with cabinet lid support hinges, and hang the whole thing from the wall using French cleats. Learn more here.
Source : Buzzfeed