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So much goes into running a household and keeping your own and your family’s lives going. It’s stressful and overwhelming. The laundry piles up and towels and bedding seem to just make the situation worse am I right? Who has time today anyway to remove stains and fret about laundry.
But luckily I have some hacks that will not only save you time and money, but they will save your sanity too. I’m not saying that you will love doing laundry, but these hacks sure will make the process a lot quicker and a ton less painful!
DIY Laundry Detergent
Laundry detergents can have many nasty chemicals in them. Not to mention that they can be pricey sometimes too. If you or someone is allergic to a certain laundry detergent, or you simply don’t like the scent of them, then you should definitely make your own laundry detergent. It is much cheaper and actually better. I know this one may be a difficult one to wrap your head around. Laundry detergent isn’t something you normally think of making yourself! But honestly it’s much easier than you think. Try it now.
Bleach Clothes Naturally
Bleach is so toxic so why not opt for a more natural bleach. In order to make your own bleach you will need: two tablespoons of lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Mix them well and pour into your wash cycle. Your clothes will thank you and they will be more vibrant!
Use Salt As A Colour Fastener
Seeing my favourite clothes’ colour fade is not only frustrating but super annoying too. Luckily you can save your clothes and lengthen their lives by placing one tablespoon of salt in a basin and soaking your clothes in it for 30 minutes. Then place it in the laundry afterwards.
You want to spend as little time as possible doing laundry. So help yourself out and make your life easier by organising your laundry into baskets beforehand. Have 3 different baskets. Namely, lights, colours and darks. This will really speed up the laundry day process and you won’t be sifting through the laundry come wash day. You’ll also ensure that none of your whites become pink!
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Chalk For Grease Stains
Who would have thought that chalk would have other uses than just the chalkboard? If you have a grease stain on your clothing simply rub the chalk on the stain. You can then wash as per usual. The soap will then remove the stain in the wash. Chalk will work on lipstick stains too!
Wrinkle Free Clothes
When you’re short on time you really won’t have time to whip out the iron and ironing board. What I like to do is if I’ve just had a shower I will hang the wrinkled clothing in the bathroom with the steam. The steam will help remove the creases. Alternately you can place the clothes in your dryer with some dryer sheets and a couple of ice cubes. Top tip: only place a few garments in at one time and let the ice work its magic.
Use Mesh Bags
Anyone else the queen of having mis-matched socks? I’m forever losing one sock. Keep tabs on your socks and lingerie by washing them in mesh laundry bags. These bags are super affordable and really useful.
DIY Fabric Softener
As you may have noticed, there is a real natural movement at the moment. By which I mean people are more conscious about what they are consuming, putting on and in their bodies. Why not try some of these DIY projects I always suggest to people. DIY fabric softener is so easy to make. It’s as simple as using only two ingredients. Hair shampoo and vinegar. Mix them in to a 1:1 ratio and you have fabric softener!
Use Aluminium Foil As A Dryer Sheet
Dryer sheets are expensive and you no longer need them. Rather roll up some aluminium foil into a ball and place it in the dryer with wet clothes. The great thing is that it will remove static and you do not need to replace it each time! Make sure to ball the foil up tightly.
Bid Farewell To Yellow Sweat Stains
Deodorant causes those nasty yellow armpit stains. It might be time to switch up your deodorant. Have you ever thought of using natural deodorant? In order to remove the horrid sweat stains you will need a special concoction of dish soap and oxygen-powered hydrogen peroxide. Look here for a step by step guide.
I hope that you find these hacks useful. Do you have any laundry hacks? Please let me know in the comments below.