Is laundry taking over your life? Here are five ways you can reduce the time you spend sorting, washing, drying, folding, and ironing your family’s wardrobe.
Keep Small Items Under Control
Lost socks don’t have to be a natural byproduct of the laundry process. Instead of throwing your hosiery into the wash like all your other items, try placing them in a mesh laundry bag. Your items will still enjoy the full benefit of the laundry cycle without the risk of losing them. Your mesh bag also makes matching socks a breeze. Use this trick for other small and delicate items like fabric hair accessories and intimate apparel.
Pretreat Stains Like a Pro
Remove stains before washing to preserve your favorite clothing pieces. Dab shaving cream on makeup-stained fabrics, use rubbing alcohol to release smudged-on lipstick, soak up oily residue with baby powder, or create a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice to neutralize armpit marks. Do some online research to ensure your methods are safe for certain fabrics.
Fight Wrinkles Faster
Who has time for steaming and ironing? Pop creased clothing into your dryer with a handful of ice cubes. As the ice melts, it will release just enough steam to ease crinkles out of iron-safe fabrics like cotton and polyester blends. You only need about 15 minutes to get your clothes steam-iron straight. If static is an issue, toss a crumpled ball of aluminum foil into the dryer as well.
Leave No Lint Behind
The lint trap is an important part of your dryer’s ability to function. Keep it clear to decrease lint and potential damage to your garments. Wrap an old cloth or pillowcase around a ruler or paint stick. Remove the screen from your lint trap and use the stick to clean out accumulated dirt and grime in that part of the machine. Repeat once a month to keep your dryer free of debris that can ruin your clothes and cause technical malfunctions.
Softer Water for Softer Clothes
Water with high mineral content makes it difficult to get your clothes truly clean. Add up to 1/2 cup of white vinegar to your wash cycle to repel minerals and achieve a cleaner wash. Baking soda is another natural water softener that also deodorizes while it cleans. Add a few drops of essential oil to 1/2 cup baking soda to get cleaner, fresher clothes with chlorine.
Laundry may be unavoidable, but these 5 helpful hacks will definitely make it a less painful process. Want to save even more time and effort while cleaning your home? Make a call to Valet Maids, the best Dallas maid service!