Your laundry basket spilling over is a nasty reminder that you need…
An assistant? New clothes? A bigger basket?
But we feel you. You just need a little help in the laundry department. No one wants to spend Saturday bent over dirty clothes – separating whites from colours, removing stains and reading washing instruction labels. But someone’s gotta do it, right? So you might as well master these neat laundry hacks that will make washing day a breeze.
You’ll never believe what these mundane items can do for your laundry.
Washing whites? Add this to your wash load to keep them looking bright.
This works like magic on ink stains. Squirt some on the stain, wait 10, wash. Voila!
Had a butter chicken accident? Dab the powder generously and watch it soak up the stain.
Squeeze that lemon on those armpit stains along with equal parts of water, and rub!
Add a cup of white vinegar into the washing machine for a fresher load of laundry.
Add a tablespoon of pepper to your wash load to keep colours from fading.
Perfect for bath towels and wash cloths as well as heavily stained items.
Perfect for delicates, knits and garments that might shrink or lose colour.
Perfect for whites as well as light coloured garments.
Forget me nots
Follow the instructions on them and your clothes really will last longer. P.S. If you can, avoid buying garments with ‘Dry Clean Only’ labels.
Measure the right quantity of detergent. Too much or too little can prevent stain removal or cause your clothes to wear out.
As much as the thought might put you off, silk, rayon and delicate cottons must be washed by hand.
Save your washing machine a lot of trauma by pre-soaking and rinsing garments that have been worn for outdoor sports or trekking.
Once a month, run the Tub Clean feature on your washing machine or simply run an empty wash cycle with two caps of liquid chlorine bleach.
The ‘When to Wash’ guide
- Jeans: After five wears
- Tops: After one or two wears
- Dresses: After one or two wears
- Skirts/ Trousers: After three wears
- Jackets: After five or six wears
- T-shirts/ Tanks: After every wear
- Sportswear: After every wear
- Swimwear: After every wear
- Bras: After two or three wears
- Underwear: After every wear
- Socks: After every wear
- Night wear: After three to four wears
P.S. If it’s not yet time to wash the garment, let it air outside before putting it away.