Laundry is one of the things we do on an ongoing basis. However, even if we've been doing laundry for decades, there are times that we make some unforgivable washing mistakes and just can't figure out what exactly went wrong.
If this sounds familiar to you, read on to explore 9 tips that can help you get the best possible results when it comes to laundry.
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Many people have been through it: their socks seem to disappear somewhere in the washing machine, and they could never find them. That's the reason experienced housewives recommend using small washing bags for separating small items of clothing from one another. It solves the problem of lost socks once and for all.
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A dash of black pepper
If you want to keep colors bright for longer, adding a few teaspoons of black pepper is what you need. This amount of pepper works exceedingly well with a full load of colored clothes!
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Since washing machines are working regularly towards disinfecting your clothes, they need to be disinfected effectively as well. Although there's a wide range of special detergents you can find in the nearest store, it's better to reach out for a regular mouthwash - simply because it's no worse!
Add half a glass of mouthwash to the area where you usually pour the detergent into the machine and run the full cycle of washing. Harmful mold, fungus, and bacteria will be gone!
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Do you want to give a shine to those faded colors? Well, you need a half cup of salt then! Just add it to your detergent and run the full washing cycle. The vividness of your colored clothes will be restored.
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Though you don't know about it, there's a secret, yet powerful, whitening agent hiding right in your kitchen. Can you guess what it is? Right - dishwasher soap.
It works no worse than any other DIY whitening methods. Just blend it with your regular detergent and start the washing cycle!
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Remember that crispiness of color you saw when you bought your favorite T-shirt? Adding half a cup of soda will help you to retain the crispiness and the vibrancy of your clothes, so don't give this method a miss.
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Although it sounds pretty unusual, baby shampoo can make your shrunken clothes original-sized again. To test this tip, just add a bit of baby shampoo or conditioner to a container with warm water and let your shrunken items of clothing soak in the mixture for 10-15 minutes.
Afterward, dry the clothes with a towel and let them out in a horizontal position. This method will flatten the fiber in your clothes, helping them regain their original size and shape.
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Some people avoid wearing white-colored tops because of the yellow sweat stains that might appear afterward. If you've ever been there - you know what we're talking about. However, putting a few aspirin pills into the washing machine can help your clothes become white again. No more yellow sweat stains - just bright, white and clean clothes!
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Don't sort the clothes by color
Instead, you should sort your laundry by the density of the fabric. It's a little-known fact, but heavy fabrics tend to absorb more water than lighter ones - that's the reason different items of clothing are washed out to a different degree.
There are 2 exceptions you should know about, however:
- white clothes should always be washed separately;
- the temperature should never exceed 85° F.
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Now that you know these effective and easy-to-use laundry tips, you can use them right away. Do you have any additional helpful tips for making day-to-day tasks easier? Don't forget to share them in the comments!
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