29 Laundry tips, hints, and tricks
Save Garment Labels
Keep a bulletin board near your washer and pin tags,
labels and receipts from clothing purchases to it. Then,
if a garment does not wash according to directions on
the label, you can return it to the store for a refund.
Winter Energy Saver
Rather than use the fryer to dry clothes in the
winter months, hang them in the basement to both
humidify your house and save on utility bills.
Button all buttons on clothing and turn inside out
before putting into the washer. Fewer buttons will fall
off and garments will fade less if turned inside out.
Use an old window screen (with fiberglass screening)
to dry sweaters.
Don't wash children's snowsuits in the winter
months-simply allow the dirty, wet and muddy outfits to
dry and use a vacuum cleaner with attachments to remove
Wet mittens can be dried quickly by pulling them over
the bottom of a small jar and setting the open end of
the jar atop a radiator.
Add a yard of nylon netting to your dryer with the
wet clothes--it will catch most of the lint.
Linen or cotton can be whitened by boiling in a
mixture of one part cream of tarter to three parts of
Boil cotton socks in water to which a lemon slice has
Long Wearing Pantyhose
Pantyhose will go on more smoothly and resist runs
better if they are lightly starched
Clean Work Clothes
To your wash water, add 1/2 cup of household ammonia
when washing your work cloths.
Put feather pillows in the dryer and tumble. Then air
outside to completely freshen.
Wet the scorched spot on woolens, then rub cornstarch
over it. Brush when dry.
Scorched White Fabrics
Soak a piece of cotton in peroxide and sponge fabric.
Add a capful of hair cream rinse to the final rinse
water when washing sweaters
Fill your washer with warm water and add a gallon of
distilled vinegar. Run the machine through the entire
cycle to unclog and clean soap scum from hoses.
While corduroy is still damp, brush with a clothes
brush to remove all lint.
When your washer overflows with too many suds,
sprinkle salt in the water--the suds will disappear
Add a cup of white vinegar to the final rinse when
washing clothes to make sure the alkaline in the soap
Removing Sweater Balls
Small knots and balls can be removed sweaters by
shaving with a razor or rubbing gently with sandpaper.
Accidentally Washed Woolens
Soak washed woolens in lukewarm water and add some
good hair shampoo, which may soften wool fibers enough
to allow reshaping of the sweater.
Keeping Tennis Shoes White
Spray heavily with starch when tennis shoes are new
to maintain whiteness.
When pressing pants, iron the top part on the wrong
side. Iron the legs on the right side. This gives the
pockets and waistband a smooth look.
Sit on It
Rather than iron blue jeans, pillowcases, sheets,
towels, etc., just fold neatly and sit on them while
ironing other things.
Take an empty cardboard paper towel roll and cut
through it lengthwise. Slip it over a wire hanger to
prevent a crease from forming in the garment to be hung
on the hanger.
Remove Creases From Hems
Sponge material with a white vinegar solution and
press flat to remove creases in hems.
A good place to iron is in the bedroom. Closets are
nearby to hang clothes up immediately, and the bed makes
a good surface on which to fold clothes and separate
Ironing Board Cover
When washing your ironing board cover, attached it to
the board while it is still damp. When it dries, the
surface will be completely smooth.
Loose threads or ravels can easily be snipped if you
tie a small pair of scissors to the end of the ironing