Unless you’ve recently updated your laundry room, chances are you’d prefer to spend the smallest possible amount of time doing laundry. These quick, effective laundry hacks will help you master your laundry, once and for all! Plus: How Often You Should Clean Everything »
How to Clean Your Washing Machine
Fill the basin with warm water and 2 cups white vinegar. Let stand for an hour, then run the cycle as usual.
How to Keep Whites Bright
Add a single aspirin to your machine load of laundry to keep whites from getting dingy. You can also add in 1 cup of baking soda as a natural brightener for whites and colors alike.
How to Boost Your Laundry Detergent
Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle of a load for some extra cleaning and de-odorizing power. Not only will it help keep your clothes bright, but it will also help to eliminate static cling in the dryer.
How to Keep Darks and Colors from Fading
To keep new, dark clothing from fading, add a cup of table salt to the rinse cycle to set the color the first time you launder.
How to Get Out Grease Stains
For grease stains, rub a good amount of white chalk over the spot or sprinkle baby powder right over it before throwing it into the wash. The stain will lift right out.
How to Get Out Ink Stains
Try this amazing trick from One Good Thing By Jillee to remove even the toughest of ink stains. Pre-treat the stain with a healthy dose of hairspray or hand sanitizer. Set for 10 minutes, and then wash using hot water and your normal laundry detergent.
How to Dry Clothes Faster (and Fluffier)
Speed up drying time and add extra fluff to bedding like pillows and comforters by throwing a few clean tennis balls into the dryer with them. The tennis balls will help to evenly distribute the down and increase airflow in the machine.