12 Laundry Hacks You Need to Know So You Can Be a (Pretend) Adult
July 4, 2018
Knowing how to do your own laundry is one of the first steps to becoming a real-life adult. As great as it is to have your parents do it for you, we all have to learn how eventually. Doing your own laundry can actually pay off in the end because you learn how to treat your garments so that no shirts get shrunk and no sweaters get ruined.
t be a pain, but once you get the hang of it, it’s really not that difficult. Plus, there are tons of tricks, tips and hacks that will improve your laundry experience. Take a look at these laundry hacks if you want to make laundry better, easier and cheaper — even the pros might learn a thing or two!
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Add white vinegar to your wash.
Distilled white vinegar is kind of a miracle worker when it comes to laundry. It preserves color, gets rid of detergent buildup, softens fabrics and naturally removes odors. Oh, and it's CHEAP AF!
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Unshrink your clothes with conditioner.
Accidentally shrink something? Don't sweat it! Just mix hair conditioner and water and let the garment soak.
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Fluff up your towels with tennis balls.
There's nothing worse than a rough-feeling towel. Throw some tennis balls in the dryer with the towels to make them extra soft and fluffy!
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Keep your sweaters in good shape.
Sweaters can be finicky. Not only do they shrink super easily, but they also stretch easily. To keep them in great shape, follow this folding pattern.
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Know how to get out any type of stain.
Stains are the bane of every laundry-doer's existence. Some are more stubborn than others, and they can't all be fixed in the same way. Next time you have one, use this chart to know how to get it out!
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Replace dryer sheets with sponges
We love this reusable dryer sheet hack! Your wallet and the Earth will thank you for it.
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Add lavender oil for fresh-smelling sheets.
Lavender oil is seriously amazing. You can mix it with lotion, diffuse it in a room or even add it to your lemonade for a twist on the classic refreshment. But, did you know you can also use it in your laundry? Put a few drops into the washer with your sheets for a naturally soothing scent.
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Put socks in a mesh bag to find them easily.
This hack is genius! Just throw all of your socks into a mesh delicates bag before you launder them so that they're easy to find when you're done.
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Remove wrinkles without an iron.
Don't feel like ironing your clothes? Use your dryer instead! Throw a few ice cubes into the dryer, along with your wrinkled garment, and let it run for 10 to 20 minutes. The ice cubes will melt and steam out the wrinkles!
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Dry clothes quicker with a towel.
Need to dry some clothes in a hurry? Throw in a dry towel — it will help absorb the moisture faster!
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DIY your laundry bag.
The easiest DIY you'll ever do: just put a pillowcase through an embroidery hoop for a cheap (yet practical) laundry bag.
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Clean your washer with baking soda and vinegar.
From time to time, every washing machine starts to get a little stinky. With so much moisture happening inside, it's bound to happen eventually. When it does, know how to fix it! Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 1/4 water and add it to the detergent dispenser. Then, pour two cups of distilled white vinegar directly into the washer and run a normal cycle on hot.