With so many cleaning tasks to do at home, doing laundry can be the least fun. This was the case for me a few years back. There are four of us in my household so there are a lot of clothes, towels, and linens to sort through which can sometimes be overwhelming.
This sounds too familiar, huh? Well luckily for you, I’ve learned a couple of laundry hacks over the years that have saved me tons of time and money. So check out these awesome tips and I hope you find them helpful!
1. DIY Dryer Sheets
Replace dryer sheets with a towel soaked in fabric softener. Allow it to completely dry for a 2-3 days before throwing in the dryer.
2. Make Your Own Laundry Detergent Pods
Save money by making your own laundry detergent pods. Learn how here!
3. Freeze Jeans in Ziploc Bag
Got smelly jeans? Put them in a Ziploc bag and place in the freezer to kill the germs that cause the odor.
4. Build a Laundry Basket Organizer
How cool is this laundry basket sorter? Check out how you can build your own by reading this tutorial!
5. Deodorize Clothes with Vinegar
One of my favorite laundry hacks! Get rid of smelly musty odor on your clothes caused by body sweat and dirt with vinegar. Grab an empty spray bottle and make a 1:1 solution of water and vinegar and mix. Spray on your clothes and hang outside to air dry.
6. Wash Socks in Mesh Laundry Bag
Take your laundry organization to the next level by washing socks in a mesh laundry bag (like this set from Amazon). It will be a lot easier to pair up when folding.
7. Want to dry clothes faster? Use the Towel Trick!
Tossing a dry towel in there for 15 to 20 minutes will help absorb moistures from other items.
8. Remove Armpit Stains with Lemon and Baking Soda
Remove yellow and gray armpit stains out of your shirts by applying a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda to it. Then, let it sit for at least an hour before washing.
9. Put Baby Powder on An Oil Stain
Another one of my favorite laundry hacks. The powder will soak up all the oil when left overnight.
10. Use Ice Cubes to De-wrinkle Clothes
Here’s a neat trick I learned from my mom. Simply add a couple of ice cubes in the dryer with your wrinkled clothes for about 15 minutes. The dryer will melt the ice thus creating steam that will de-wrinkle your clothes.
11. Remove Ink Stains with Hairspray
The alcohol found in hairspray can act as a powerful solvent. So, after spraying it over the ink stain, allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes and then wash as usual.
12. Clean Suede using a Nail File
Don’t you hate it when dirt gets caught on your suede boots? You can get the dirt out by using a nail file.
13. Un-shrink clothes with Hair Conditioner
A tip I learned from Down by The Bay. Un-shrink your clothes by soaking it in lukewarm water and adding hair conditioner. It will stretch back out to its original form!
14. Brighten Dull White with Boiled Lemons
Here’s another one of my favorite laundry hacks I learned from Martha Stewart a few months back. Throw a few sliced lemons in water and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and add dingy white clothes you want to revive. Let soak for an hour then wash as usual.
15. Add a Tennis Ball When Drying Pillows and Blankets
According to LifeHacker, you can keep your blankets, comforters and pillows nice and fluffy by throwing in two or three tennis balls with them in the dryer. It will also help it dry faster too!
16. Use a Detergent Drip Catcher
Such a genius device! I just hate it when dripping detergents make a mess all over my cabinets. With a few of these Tidy Cup Laundry Gadgets, you can save the mess and clean up.