With good reason too! When you have kids it is literally the adult version of The Neverending Story.,,
So I have put together a list of the BEST laundry hacks I could find. Not the same old same old boring stuff but the goods - new ideas and nifty tricks that even I did not know about!
1. Super Stain Remover
Did you know you can use vinegar and sodium bicarbonate to literally 'eat' stains?
All you need to do is make a paste with water and bicarbonate and brush it directly onto stain.
Then, spritz with vinegar and let it bubble. Put into the wash as normal.
The bubbling action will 'oxidise' the stain helping to pull it out of the fibres of the fabric.
WARNING: NOT AT ALL SUITABLE on delicate fabrics like silk!
2. Dryer Time Hacks
Toss a tennis ball or rolled up balls of aluminium foil [reuse them please!] into your clothes dryer to absorb moisture and speed up drying time.
Simple! We do it in our huge 80kg commercial dryers and it works a treat!
A big old towel works well too, if you have the space. Felt or wool dryer balls are great for this as well if you feel a bit crafty.
â3. Pot Plant Care
Use your clothes dryer lint as compost for your pot plants & to help keep them moist when you go away on holidays.
Empty your lint filter into a jar and keep handy. When you go away for a while, water your plants thoroughly and then cover with lint. Water again and the plants should stay moist for up to a week without needing more water.
4. Better Than Dry Cleaning Solvent!
Dry Cleaners use a range of highly toxic and often caustic stain removers to create the great results we pay big bucks for. Did you know you can replicate these same results at home?
You can use an aerosol spray can (Bositos) or dab of water soluble Eucalyptus Oil as a stain remover.
âIt is similar to a solvent based stain remover that you would find used in dry cleaning and it suitable for grease, oil, butter and sticky stains. It can also work really well on dried in stains and protein - just dab and leave for at least a minute or two then wash as normal.
5. Bottoms Up!
You can also use pure alcohol (vodka or whiskey) as another solvent type stain remover for grease, oil and protein based food.
âThis tip works very well on vomit stains too!
6. Fade to Black
Prevent your favourite black jeans from fading by adding a couple of strong cups of brewed coffee or tea to the final rinse cycle.
This is a cheap and easy way to refresh tired blacks and prevent further fading.
7. Sanitise Safely
I am not a fan of things like Dettol and the like and have avoided using any harsh chemical type sanitisers in my commercial laundry. How? We use a special product specifically for sanitation of water however you can replicate same results at home.
Simply pour 2 - 3 capfuls of Tea Tree Essential Oil into the fabric softener chamber of your detergent dispenser and then add 1/4 - 1/2 cup of Peroxide to the final rinse cycle. This will safely sanitise linen, nappies and the like and is great after a bout of illness in the house.
Also using the 90 degree hot cycle will banish most bacteria too. Commercial standards state that 76 degrees for up to 15 minutes is sufficient to destroy up to 99% of bacteria.
âProof that we don't need to use super-duper chemical sanitisers!
8. Static Be Gone!
Reduce static and the amount of lint your dryer catches by adding 1/2 cup to 1 cup of vinegar to the final rinse cycle of your washing machine.
The acid in the vinegar strips away soap residue and any stray fibres. The result? Cleaner laundry and a clean lint filter too!
9. Crying Over Crayola
Has your little one been artistic lately with the Crayolas? Never fear! Crayon marks can be removed from clothing, walls and carpets with a little spritz of that wonder product, WD-40.
âSimply spritz on to the garment and wait a few minutes before laundering normally. Spritz onto walls and floors then rub off immediately.
Seriously - is there NOTHING that WD-40 can't do?!
10. Dryer Sheet Cheat
Instead of buying Dryer Sheets (which are full of tonnes of yucky nasty things) simply soak a small face cloth in some eco-friendly fabric softener. Wring the cloth out and allow to air dry.
When dry simply toss into the dryer like you would a dryer sheet. This nifty little trick will last and last and you simply re-soak it and keep going. So much better for the environment - and your wallet!
<< Bonus Laundry Hack >>
âDid you know that you can use MILK to soften and help to remove ink stains?
Simple soak the affected area in a small dish of milk for a few minutes then launder as normal..
âThe lactic acid in the milk helps to break down the ink molecules so they wash out of the fabric fibres.
âon the Today Show recently. Click here to watch the segment!
Share some in the comments below - what modern Mum doesn't need more help in the laundry these days, right?
Speaking of which several baskets are begging to be folded right now...
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