Washing your clothes is a never-ending chore. Right when you’ve triumphantly folded and put away a load, the next is ready for washing. You wonder if the wish you made at age 10 for bottomless chocolates somehow went wrong and now you’re stuck with bottomless laundry.
To make matters worse, it’s not as simple as wash, hang, fold. There are the crayon stains, socks that keep going missing, mud, tissue disasters, etc. The warning you issues to your kids to always check their pockets seem never to stick.
Don’t let laundry get the better of you even when you don’t have a part-time or full-time maid to help you. With these sneaky shortcuts and clever tricks you’ll have things under control in no time.
1. Need your clothes to dry ASAP?
You kid is leaving in 30 minutes but you just realized his school uniform has been left in the washing machine overnight? Does the dryer usually take 45 minutes? Is this the right time to panic? No. Instead, throw a dry towel in with other wet items in the dryer and it will reduce the time needed to dry your clothes. Voila!
An extra tip for drying: Toss a couple of tennis balls into the dryer to fluff up towels, quilts and other bulky items. The balls will bounce around, getting rid of lumps, while speeding up drying time.
2. You keep losing your socks?
How many times have you lost one sock and have to end up wearing mismatched socks? It’s downright annoying. Try these tips:
- Give each child a mesh washing bag to hang in their room for dirty socks. Once a week, collect all the bags, toss them in the wash and the pairs will stay together.
- Hang socks in pairs using one peg for each. When dry, simply roll them into balls as you bring them in.
- Have a separate washing basket for socks and undies so you always wash them together.
3. Having trouble with gum?
Instead of trying to scratch the sticky stuff off your kids’ clothes, place the “gummed garment” in a freezer bag and put it in the freezer. When the gum is frozen it can be broken apart and easily removed. Problem solved.
4. Can’t keep your sheets neat and tidy?
To keep your linen closet organised and tidy, use pillowcases to store folded sheets. You’ll no longer have to rummage through the linen cupboard hunting for matching sheets and pillowslips. Plus, this can help you easily stack them up inside the cabinet! Really easy, isn’t it?
5. Need to avoid tissue disasters?
Oops! Did someone leave a tissue in their pocket and it’s gone through the wash and sticking to every piece of clothing? Never fear! Toss the whole load in the dryer and the tissue bits will be sucked into the lint filter. When the load is dry, give it a good shake. Place back in the dryer for 10 more minutes to remove any stray white threads still clinging to clothes.
6. Your kids love using crayon on their clothes?
If your little Picasso has drawn on more than just the paper while colouring, don’t fret – crayon stains can be easily removed with WD-40. Here’s how:
- Soak the stained area of fabric with WD-40 from the back of the fabric.
- Let the WD-40 sit on the fabric for five minutes before pressing forward.
- Spray the other side of the clothes. Flip the garment over so that the stain is now exposed and spray the area again, this time working from the front.
- Rub the stain with a sponge soaked in hot water and dishwashing liquid
- Spray the area with stain remover
- Run through the wash on the hottest setting
The reason WD-40 works is because it is a solvent. This means that it can break apart tough stains. To prevent the WD-40 from getting on anything else, do this on a work surface, like a tool table or outside so it doesn’t get on your inside floors and furniture.
7. Wonder what else you can do with vinegar?
Distilled white vinegar may possibly be your best friend when it comes to laundry. Use it to:
- Soften fabric. Simply add 1/2 cup to the rinse cycle.
- Protect clothes from fading.
- Pre-soak garments to remove grub and grime.
- Mix with bicarbonate soda to attack stains.
- Reduce lint and static by adding 1/4 cup to the rinse cycle.
- Soak new clothes in diluted vinegar to remove nasty chemicals before you wear them.
Got an amazing laundry hack that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments.
Share these tips with your part-time of full-time maids and cleaners. They’ll thank you for it! Or, if you’re ready to give up laundry duties, check out one of Kaodim’s professional cleaning services for help.