The Week of Clean: Laundry Tips and Tricks

My week of clean continues and today I hope to share a few tips and tricks for the dreaded laundry. I love vacuuming. I love cleaning the house, but when it comes to the laundry I just can’t get excited about it. However, living with a farmer and a toddler my washer and dryer seem to always be running… Here are my top 5 tips for keeping your wardrobe in tip top shape:

  • Tip #1: Bleach all towels. I don’t know about you, but unless I bleach my towels and wash them on the hottest water setting (I use the Sanitary cycle on my washer) my towels have a funky smell. I’ve had tremendous luck bleaching even colored towels in my HE washer using Clorox Ultimate Care Bleach without ruining them (mine were pottery barn brown towels). So bleach those towels.
  • Tip #2: The sun removes stubborn stains. Maybe I’m the only person who just heard this one, but when your laundry stain removers don’t get rid of those stubborn tomato stains on your child’s clothing – stick your wet clothes to dry in the sun and poof! the stains are gone. (This will not work on grease though.)
  • Tip #3: use your dryer to steam your clothes. My washer has a Steam Fresh cycle that I LOVE to steam clothes with. However, if you don’t have a washer with this setting you can just as easily add some wrinkled items to a dryer cycle (with wet clothes) and usually get the same effect. This obviously won’t press your dress shirts, but works well for fluffing jeans and cotton polo shirts. Make sure to promptly remove the items when the dryer cycle is complete or you may be back to square one with the wrinkles. This doesn’t work well if you’ve slammed the dryer full of clothes though as they don’t have enough room to move.
  • Tip #4: Shout Color Catchers are awesome! If you’ve been doing laundry for awhile you’ve probably accidentally added a new red shirt to your dark colors cycle to get red due on another article of clothing. Or maybe you’re sick of washing your dark jeans by themselves. Enter Shout Color Catchers. I use these with almost every wash cycle. I’ve used them to wash white and colored towels together. I use them so I can wash new dark jeans or a new red shirt with my older colored clothes. They are awesome. They catch all the dyes in the wash cycle. I highly recommend them. Be careful though, you don’t want to leave those dark jeans or that new red shirt sitting damp on your other clothes for long or you may still get your other clothes with dye.
  • Tip #5: Iron every week. So I need to take my own advice more often on this one. It’s so easy to not iron those few articles of clothing that need ironed, but before you know it you’ve got a huge ironing pile. Forget ironing for hours, I can usually keep up with the ironing with just 15 minutes a week if I iron weekly. Plus forget ironing jeans – steam those puppies following tip#3.

Well that’s all for now on this one. 🙂 Happy cleaning!

The Fashionista Farmwife

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