Helpful Laundry Tips & Tricks

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Removing stains can be a challenge but with these quick and easy tips, you can get even the toughest stains completely removed.

Coffee and Tea
Before washing, pre-soak the clothing in liquid detergent and bleach then wash it using the hottest water that you can without harming the clothing.

Makeup
Make the stain damp and rub liquid detergent on it. Next, rinse it out and wash it normally.

Dull White Socks
Before washing, soak in liquid detergent for at least 30 minutes then wash with a liquid detergent that has bleach.

Fruit Juice, Wine, and Soda
You want to try and soak the stain in cold water as soon as you can after staining. After that, you want to soak the stain in a liquid detergent that has bleach in it and wash it in the hottest water you can without harming the fabric.

Fresh and Dried Blood
When trying to get fresh blood out, wash the stain with cold water and soap then repeat. For dried blood, try to get as much off as you can then soak it in warm water and any product that has enzymes. After soaking, you wash the item. If it doesn’t work, try washing again using chlorine-free bleach. If it still doesn’t work, you might have to try a rust remover.

Mud
Wait until the mud dries and then try and get as much of the mud off as you can then rinse it with cold water. You can pre-treat the area with either liquid detergent or water mixed with powder detergent. After that, you want to wash it using liquid detergent and bleach that’s safe for fabric.

Rust Stains
Rust can cause yellow, brown, or red stains on your clothes. If your water has an iron content of more than .2 parts over a million then it’s probably what’s causing the stains. It’s a good idea to have your water regularly checked. To stop the stains, you can either use a water softener or non-chlorine bleach.

Tips for Washing

Use Salt to Brighten Colors
If you have hard water, your colors can become drab and faint after washing your clothes multiple times. To help your clothes come out brighter, add a little bit of table salt to the water and detergent. Let the water run so the salt can dissolve then add your clothes!

Delicate Items
All you have to do for these is put them in a pillow case that’s made from cotton and tie the opening in a knot. Run the washer on the cold water cycle and you’ll get them clean without destroying anything!

Down
Usually, items that have down should be cleaned about 2 times per year. They should be washed 1 time before you wear them and 1 time before you store them away for the season. To wash, make sure you read the care instruction tag.

Odd-Shaped and Oversized Items

Stuffed Animals
All you have to do is put them into a cotton pillowcase, tie the opening into a knot, and run the washer on the permanent press or gentle cycle. Then you throw them in the dryer for 20 minutes then continue drying by air.

Baseball Caps
If you don’t want to mess up the baseball cap shape, then put them on the top rack of your dishwasher while running a complete cycle.

Rayon
A lot of people wonder if you can wash rayon in the washing machine or if it needs to be washed by hand. The confusing part is that there are two types of rayon, which are: viscose and polynosic. Viscose gets weak when wet and usually needs to be dry cleaned. Polynosic does better in wet conditions and can usually be safely washed and dried at home.

Silk

Relation Between Cleanliness and Suds
A lot of people use a lot of liquid detergent because a lot of suds with powder was a good thing. That’s not the case with liquid detergent and can end up messing up the silk.

How Long to Wash
You really don’t want to set the washer for any longer than 10 minutes because the detergent has done whatever it’s going to do by then.

Temperature of Water
Different clothing does better at different temperatures but colder temperatures don’t clean as well as warm ones. Make sure you read the label on the clothing to see what temperature you should wash it at.

Tips for Drying
There are a few tips to think about when drying your clothes. They are listed below.

  • Make sure you don’t over dry your clothes
  • Make sure you check out your dryer vent to remove any blocks
  • Make sure you use the cool-down cycle to finish drying clothes
  • Dry heavier items in different loads than lighter items
  • Clean out the filter after every load
  • Dry small loads at a time
  • Turn your jeans inside out
  • Use the permanent press cycle on delicates
  • Don’t overload the dryer

Items Made with Down
Make sure you wash on the delicate cycle and remember that drying takes quite a long time so plan accordingly.

Tips for Ironing

Reduce Ironing Time
Try taking the clothes out of the dryer while they’re still warm and laying them out on a flat surface. Stack all of the clothes on one another until you put them away and it will prevent wrinkles.

Distilled Water
Remember, if you have a dehumidifier, you can use the water from it since it’s distilled.