LAUNDRY HACKS – As seen on 3TV/Phoenix – Monday, December 4, 2017 (8:20am)
Give each family member a socks-only mesh bag.
Buy each person in your family a simple mesh lingerie bag. Once a week or so, gather the bags, zip them up, and throw them in the washer and dryer with a normal load of laundry. When they are dry, each person gets their sock bag back and folds and puts them away. No more sorting through to figure out who the socks belong to and no mismatched pairs!
Don’t fold at all.
One of my favorite laundry hacks is rolling shirts rather than folding them. It saves on space and helps to keep drawers tidier. Kids can more easily get a top view of all of their shirts rather than digging through a stack of folded clothes.
Use color-coding to get kids involved.
There’s something about assigning family members a color that just helps get the job done, no matter the chore. Assign each child a colored bin and places their clean clothes inside. This way the kids grab their own laundry bin of clean clothes and are responsible for putting them away.
What gets grease out? WHITE CHALK!
Simply rub onto greasy stains and the chalk powder will absorb the grease, making the stain easily removable by the laundry detergent in the wash. It works wonders for everything from lipstick to bacon grease. So does Baby Powder! Gently brush on some powder, sweep off the excess. Let it sit for a few minutes. Repeat until the stain is gone.
Vinegar softens and removes odor
Use it for your towels, your workout clothes, and anything else that’s a little sour-smelling. Add to the rinse dispenser. Once dry, your fabrics won’t smell like vinegar.
Replace your dryer sheet with a ball of aluminum foil.
Make balls out of aluminum foil and toss in the dryer. The aluminum will stop static electricity and is better than fabric softener sheets that coat your fabrics with residue, contributing to odor. Check out the $$ Store for inexpensive foil.
Prevent static cling in your clothes with a safety pin.
Simply attach a safety pin to the hem of your clothes to help discharge static and prevent them from clinging to other items, including you.
Use shaving cream on makeup smudges before washing.
Spray shaving cream over makeup stains and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes before working in. The stain should lift.
Removing long wearing lipstick from clothes:
Use coconut oil or glycerin based soap and work it in well, let it sit a few minutes, then hand wash the spot to be sure it is out before you toss in the laundry. Reapply if needed.
Taking lip gloss stains out of clothes
Do not rub, or you’ll spread the mark. Simply take a clean, white cloth and moisten it with alcohol. Then, blot the lipstick/lip gloss stain, which will disappear. Another home remedy is Dawn Ultra dishwashing detergent formulated to fight grease.