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Great Laundry Hacks That Will Change Your Life

APRIL 9, 2015  —  By Spencer Montgomery

1. Fold Your Sweater Better

Keep your sweaters on the hanger without getting those nasty shoulder bumps. Fold in half lengthwise and place the hanger top in the armpit space.

2. Resize Shrunken Clothes

Just because you shrunk it doesn't mean that its ruined forever. Soak clothes in baby shampoo and water and gently stretch them back to size. Then remember to leave them out of the dryer next time.

3. Vinegar In The Landry?

Remove odors, stains, bacteria and whiten clothes with a little vinegar.

4. Remove Red Wine Stains

This is one of the more notoriously difficult stains to remove, but a simple mix of salt and club soda will usually do the trick.

5. Hand Wash Your Delicates Right

Delicate clothing shouldn't just be thrown in the machine. Place in a basin with warm soapy water and gently swish it around. Rinse it well and press to try without wringing or twisting. Lay flat on a towel and let it air dry.

6. Revive Old Towels

Don't throw them away, freshen them up with vinegar, baking soda and hot water and they'll be just as soft as when they were new.

7. Actually, Just Remove ALL Of The Stains

Who is going to remember all of these tips when it counts? Print out a list of common (and certain uncommon ones you might face) and frame it in your laundry room. Then you'll never have to search for the answers again.

8. Abolish Ink Stains

If you still use a pen and paper, then you know ink stains are bound to happen occasionally. Remove them easily by pre-treating with hairspray or hand sanitizer - the alcohol with abolish the stains in the first wash.

9. Ironing Made Easier

This is a chore EVERYONE hates, but sometimes it just has to be done. Damp clothes iron better, and if you put a little bit of cornstarch into water and lightly spray, clothes will hold their crisp look longer.

10. Grease Stains Be Gone

Greasy stains can be harder to remove and if the above method didn't work try dish soap! Since it is meant to tackle greasy pots and pans, it sometimes works better than laundry detergent. Just pour it on, give it a quick rub to saturate the area, then wash as normal.

11. Seriously, You Don't Need Dryer Sheets

If you're not convinced about using aluminum foil, then you can make a ball of wool for the dryer. It will smooth out clothes and prevent static AND help separate clothes in the dryer so they dry faster.

12. Don't Even Use The Dryer At All

Hanging your clothes outside is the most eco-friendly way to dry them. Plus, they'll be wrinkle-free, whites will be whiter, and they will smell amazing!

13. Ink Stains Part Two

If you don't happen to have hairspray or hand sanitizer, then you can remove the stain using a 2:1 ratio of milk to vinegar as a pre-treatment, rubbing it into more substantial stains. Wash as normal and the stain should be lifted.

14. Don't Use Dryer Sheets

You don't need dryer sheets to combat static. Simply crumble up a sheet of aluminum foil and toss in the machine. Your clothes will come out smooth and static free.

15. Get Rid Of Holiday Stains

So you invited the family over for dinner and before you knew it, the table cloth was covered in stains you can't even identify anymore. Dilute some of your regular laundry detergent with water and pour over the stain then wash as normal. This should tackle most of the stains.

16. Learn The Language

Laundry symbols can be confusing, but this handy chart explains them all.

17. Never Forget Again

Unless you're careful, you're going to throw those pants you just stretched back into the dryer. Write yourself a reminder on the machine instead and save your clothes.