laundry room tips

13 Hints For The Laundry Room

  1. Washer Washing! Washing machines need to be cleaned too from time to time. Pour a gallon of distilled vinegar into the washer and using warm water, let the machine run through a wash and rinse cycle. The vinegar will cut through built-up soap residue in hoses and leave your washer sparkling clean.
  2. Setting Colors. To set the colors in new cottons and keep them bright, soak them overnight in lightly salted water, or a weak solution of vinegar and water.
  3. Homemade Spot Remover. Make your own commercial spot remover. Simply add 1 part rubbing alcohol to 2 parts water. Simple as that!
  4. Removing Mud Stains. Slice a raw potato in half and rub the mud stain. Soak the item in cool water for a while, then launder as usual.
  5. Removing Oil Stains. Stubborn oil stains can often be removed by dabbing with eucalyptus oil. Wash with warm soapy water.
  6. Removing Ball-Point Pen Ink Stains. A great way of removing ball-point ink stains is to use hairspray (pump or aerosol). Douse the stain with the hairspray and then rub hard with a bar of soap (bath or laundry). Rinse the garment in cold water.
  7. Removing Rust Stains. Remove rust from clothing or fabrics by applying lemon juice and salt. Hang outside in the sun to dry.
  8. Removing Perspiration Stains. Place garment in a bucket of warm water with 1 cup of vinegar added. Soak for an hour or so before laundering.
  9. Removing Tea and Coffee Stains. Spray the area with hairspray. Rub with a bar of soap and rinse in cold water.
  10. Removing Chocolate Stains. Remove any excess chocolate first then immediately run club soda through the fabric and rinse with a mild detergent and cold water.
  11. Removing Tomato-based Stains. Blot the area with some de-natured alcohol and then launder in a cool wash.
  12. Removing Fruit Stains. Sprinkle some salt on the garment and then rinse in cold water. Wash it in warm water with liquid detergent, preferably biodegradable and if the stain persists, try applying a little hydrogen peroxide or borax.
  13. Removing Mystery Stains. For stains of unknown origin, try following these steps: First, rinse the stain in cold water. Pretreat it with a prewash – spray or soap – then rinse again. Now wash the garment in chlorine bleach or an all-fabric bleach, in water that’s as hot as the manufacturer recommends, adding extra detergent to the wash. Let it air dry and if the stain is still there, soak it in cold water for half an hour. Sponge it with a cleaning solvent, let it sit for 5 minutes and then rinse again.


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