Let’s be honest: none of us like to do laundry. However, there are ways to make this regular household chore a bit more bearable. Here are a few hacks that will make the process not only easier, but in most cases cheaper as well.
1. Ditch the Dryer Sheets
Not only are dryer sheets a waste of money, but they are also full of toxic chemicals that will make you pay with your health. Throw out the sheets and simply make a ball of wool yarn and throw it in the dryer. Not only will it help smooth out clothes and prevent static, but it will also help separate clothes in the dryer so they’ll dry faster.
2. Hang Your Clothes to Dry
Hanging your clothes out to dry is not only eco-friendly, but it’ll save you money on hydro costs. Plus, it helps keep your clothes wrinkle-free and allows your whites to stay whiter!
3.Get Rid of Food Stains
Are you afraid of using some of your best tablecloths when you invite your family and friends over for dinner? The best way to ensure that your grandmother’s linens avoid permanent stains is simply by diluting your regular laundry detergent with water and pour over the stain. Wash and see the stains disappear!
4. Say Goodbye to Ink Stains
If you find yourself attacked by a pen or marker, remove these often tough-to-take stains by pre-treating them with hand sanitizer before throwing in the washing machine. The alcohol found in the hand sanitizer will wipe away stains in the first wash.
5. Erase Crayon Markings
If your budding Picasso has unleashed their creative inspiration all over your furniture, there’s no need to worry. Crayon stains can be removed with WD-40. Spray WD-40 on the stain and set aside for five minutes. Rub it with a sponge soaked in hot water and dishwashing liquid. Once the stain has been removed, run through the washing machine on the hottest setting.
6. Resurrect your Old Towels
Are your old towels looking a little worse for wear? Wash them with vinegar, baking soda and hot water and they’ll feel as soft as when you first bought them.
7. Prevent Colors from Fading with Salt
Keep all your brightly-colored clothing bright by adding a teaspoon of salt to your load.
8. Give Each Person in Your Family Their Own Laundry Basket
You’ll find that your kids’ clothes will stop disappearing if you give each family member their own laundry basket.
9. Wash Your Socks in a Mesh Bag
10. Dry Your Clothes Faster
Speed up the drying time and add extra fluff to your linens by throwing a few clean tennis balls into the dryer. The tennis balls help to evenly distribute the down and increase airflow in the dryer, allowing clothes to dry faster.