With the investment that you make in your wardrobe, it is crucial to take every measure possible to keep your clothing in top shape. However, time constraints, forgetfulness, and a lack of proper tools can sometimes lead to permanent stains, wrinkled clothing, lost items, and more.
When washing your clothing at home, there are a multitude of laundry hacks that you can use to make your life easier and keep your wardrobe looking amazing. Here are five of our favorite recommendations that you can begin using immediately.
- Clean Your Washer With Baking Soda + Vinegar: Just like every other appliance, your washer needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. This is especially important for keeping your clothing clean, odor-free, and germ-free. To quickly clean your washer, simply run one empty load with two cups of vinegar in the detergent dispenser, and one empty load with a half cup of baking soda in the drum. Both loads should be run on the hottest water setting possible to eliminate germs. These two all-natural ingredients are incredibly effective, help you to avoid harsh chemicals, and are budget-friendly.
- Use Ice Cubes to Remove Stains & Keep Fabric Wrinkle-Free: Ice cubes are a fantastic tool to use to keep your clothing looking its best. To treat particularly challenging stains, leave one or two ice cubes on top of the stain for a few minutes (only on fabric that can be exposed to water). The ice will help lift tough stains prior to washing. Also, if you are in need of fast wrinkle removal, rub an ice cube across your garment and place in the dryer for 10-15 minutes. The steam that results will help smooth out most (if not all) of the wrinkles.
- Wash All Socks in a Laundry-Safe Mesh Bag: Nearly everyone knows the frustration of losing socks after running loads of laundry. To prevent pairs of socks from getting separated, place matching socks in a laundry-safe mesh bag.
- Hang Up Your Clothing Right Away to Avoid Wrinkles: While less of a laundry hack and more of a best practice, be sure to hang up all clothing right away. When left in a laundry basket, or in the dryer, wrinkles quickly appear. Avoid the extra work of ironing or steaming your garments by taking this step right after the dryer cycle is finished.
- Use a Paint Stirring Stick to Clean Out Your Lint Trap: Not only can excess lint cling to your clothing, but it can also pose a fire hazard when it builds up in your dryer. To clean deep lint traps, use a paint stirring stick to remove as much lint as possible.
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