Best Hacks for Perfect Laundry

Blossom Lady
May 06, 2021 09:36 PM
Best Hacks for Perfect Laundry

Laundry can be super overwhelming. It is one of those things that can seem to take so much of your time without adding much back to your life. Sure, clean clothes are important, but why spend more time on laundry than you have to? Here are seven ways I have found to make laundry easier with simple hacks. These hacks are based on the science of caring for fabrics and include simple recipes for homemade clothing softener, freshener and dewrinkler, as well as time savers. They'll save you money, help your clothes look better and last longer, and maybe even prevent a laundry mishap.

How To Have Great Smelling Laundry Naturally

Best Hacks for Perfect Laundry
With the tips below, you do not need to use chemical softeners to get fresh smelling laundry. This is good for off season clothing that you want to store for a long period.
1. Citrus Essential Oils: Mix together 1 1/2 cup borax, 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup baking soda and 20 drops of orange essential oil or lemon essential oil. Combine this mixture with a bottle of your laundry detergent then use as normal.
2. Lavender Or Rose Water: Pour some rose or lavender water in a spray bottle then spray your laundry before putting it in the washing machine. Some of the scent will remain even after drying and the cloths will smell fresh for a long period.
3. Use Peppermint Laundry Soap: A good example is Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap. It gives you fresh smelling cloths without using chemicals.

Homemade Natural Fabric Softeners

Best Hacks for Perfect Laundry
Use the following natural alternatives and avoid store-bought fabric softeners that are laden with chemicals and artificial ingredients.
1. Borax: Use 1/4 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax. Simply add it to the rinse cycle.
2. Vinegar: Use 1 cup of vinegar. This can be added to the wash or rinse cycle.
3. Baking Soda: Use 1/2 cup of baking soda. Add it to the water in the washing machine and let it dissolve before adding clothes.

Homemade Clothing Freshener And Dewrinkler

Best Hacks for Perfect Laundry
This natural clothing fresheners and dewrinklers eliminate the over-washing of clothes, reduce dry cleaning bills and also neutralize pet odors.
You’ll need: 2 tablespoons fabric softener (use organic or natural softener), 2 tablespoons white vinegar, 8 drops of vanilla extract or any essential oil that you like
Instructions: Combine the ingredients in a 16-ounce fine mist sprayer. Fill the remaining space with distilled water. When you want to use, shake the bottle and spray.

Short on time? Put a load of clothes in at night and set your machine (if you have the option) to run at 4 or 5 a.m. Put those clothes in the dryer right away when you get up and fold before you leave in the morning or in the evening before bed.

Best Hacks for Perfect Laundry

Use Conditioner to Reverse a Shrunken Sweater

Best Hacks for Perfect Laundry
Sometimes disaster strikes. Whether it was an accident or someone not knowing that wool and dryers don't mix, somehow your favorite sweater ended up in the hot dryer and now it is a size (or two) too small. Not to worry. Simply mix a solution of cool water and hair conditioner and submerge the shrunken sweater. Let it soak for at least 30 minutes. The hair conditioner will help relax the wool fibers so you can gently pull the sweater back to its original shape.

Use Ice to Remove Wrinkles

Best Hacks for Perfect Laundry
Forgetting to remove the clothes from the dryer inevitably leads to wrinkles. So what do you do when the shirt you planned to wear today is filled with them and you don't have time to iron? Remove all of the other clothes and toss a handful of ice cubes into the dryer along with the wrinkled shirt. Tumble for at least 10 minutes on high heat. When the cycle is finished, immediately remove the shirt and hang it up. Smooth the collar, cuffs, and seams with your hands. You just made your own steam dryer. The steam created by the melting ice relaxes the fibers and helps wrinkles vanish.

Secret to dry clothes faster

Best Hacks for Perfect Laundry
No one likes the realization that the one item you need or want to wear was missed during the weekend laundry run. Not only do you need it clean, but you need it to dry as quickly as possible too. Before you toss it in the dryer, add a couple of dry bath towels. They will help absorb some of the moisture and speed up the drying process. Another tip, if you hand-washed a single garment, put it in your kitchen salad spinner and give it several spins to help it dry more quickly. This will remove more moisture without excessive wringing and twisting that can damage fabrics and leave lots of wrinkles.
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