Your laundry can reveal many secrets to you. All you have to do is listen. And read the care instructions on the back of the tag. Sure, the pictographs might be confusing, but they tell you a story. And that story is how to not ruin your favorite sweater by putting it in hot water when you should only wash it on cold.
Don't use how much detergent the box tells you. It's actually too much. It's all part of Big Laundry Detergent's scheme to make you use more laundry detergent than you actually need. If you use a third less than what you're told to use, you'll be using the right amount. Some rules were meant to be broken!
White sneakers get dirtier than a sailor's mouth. Throwing them in the washing machine isn't a great idea. It's super noisy if anything. Combine water, detergent and baking soda. Then use a toothbrush to clean all the grime off. Voila! Your shoes will be white as ever!
It happened again. Your hoodie drawstring came out of its loop when you were doing your laundry. Now you have to burn your hoodie because there's no way that thing is going back to where it was, right? Wrong! Put the drawstring in a drinking straw, then thread the straw through your hoodie hole. Good as new!
If your dryer shrinks your favorite shirt, it might feel like you'll have to donate it to your dolls. But there's a quick fix to make your doll-sized shirt human-sized again. Fill your sink with water, then pour in a table of hair conditioner. Let your clothes soak for a little bit. Then, when you take them out, stretch them out and leave them to dry. This will loosen the fabric of the clothes, thus returning them back to normal. Sorry, Barbie! You won't be getting a new wardrobe anytime soon!
Drying your clothes takes forever. But if you add a dry towel to the beginning of your laundry cycle, the dry towel will suck up the moisture, making your wet clothes dry faster. Just take the towel out after 15 or 20 minutes. And then take your clothes out of the dryer when the whole dry cycle is done, but that should go without saying, right?
You might think that your T-shirt is dirty after one wear, but trust us, it's not. If you wash your clothes literally every time you wear them, you're putting wear and tear on your clothes that they just don't need. Obviously, this rule does not apply to underwear!
Stop wasting money on disposable dryer sheets and make your own reusable dryer balls. Just ball up aluminum foil and put them in your dryer to reduce static cling. They won't make your laundry smell like an ocean, but they'll get the job done!
Why spend time ironing your clothes when you could just take them in the shower with you? No, not for weird bathing purposes. Hang up your clothes while you let the shower run. The steam from your shower will steam out the wrinkles in your clothes.
Freeze your jeans instead of washing them. Tucking your pants next to the frozen peas in your freezer will kill the bacteria, omitting the need to wash them. Putting your jeans in the freezer is controversial, for sure, but are you really going to throw your studded Ed Hardy jeans in the wash?
Washing your clothes with cool water is a win-win all around. It saves you wear and tear on your clothes, plus it saves you money. You'll save about $60 bucks a month on your electric bill. Not too shabby!
Can't be bothered to sort your clothes between light and dark? Get two hampers - one for lights and one for darks - and cut out that pesky "sorting colors" step. It's easy, and you won't have to spend half of laundry day trying to figure out if your striped shirt should go in whites or colors.
Keep your pants nice and folded with a Saville Row fold. The fold prevents pants from sliding off of the hanger as they're inclined to do. You can learn how to do the fold properly here. Now your pants won't run away!
Sweaters are delicate things. If you hang them incorrectly, they could stretch out and look all funky. Nobody wants hanger marks poking out in their wool! But you can still hang your sweaters, you just have to do it properly. You can find the proper folding technique that won't cause your sweaters to sweat here.
One of the biggest laundry hacks is simply taking care of the thing you do your laundry in. Take care of your washing machine. Clean out your lint trap. Make sure your machine is running smoothly. Be good to your washer/dryer, and they will be good to you.