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When we wash delicate items in our
washing machine, we usually put them in a mesh bag to protect them. The mesh
will still let the water in, while providing protection against the abrasion of
the agitator. If you don't have a mesh bag, just use a pillow case. This will
still let the water in, and the fabric will cushion your items. This is a great
use for older, worn pillowcases. Also, Instead of buying expensive
products designed to launder delicate items, try this. Use baby shampoo.
If you run out of laundry
detergent, and must do the wash, use a 1/4 cup of dishwasher detergent. This
will work, but is a harsher solution. Do not use on delicate items, and items
that will not tolerate bleach.
Be careful when washing knitted items-
especially casual wear. Knitted items tend
to shrink. You may find after washing
a pair of long knitted long pants that they become crop pants. Some people wash
their knitted items in the washer, but instead of putting them in the dryer, lay
them flat to dry on the ground. Some stores are notorious for "shrinking"
clothing. If you buy quality knitted items, you won't have this problem.
Here is an inexpensive alternative to a
traditional hamper. Use a duffle bag. All my boys had a duffle bag (easy to
make) for their dirty clothes. They kept it in their closets and it was very
easy for them to take them to the laundry room.
90% of the cost of using your washing
machine is heating the water. Keep this expense down by only running full loads,
and use cold water when possible. Unless you are trying to whiten your clothing,
you usually never need to go hotter than warm.
We all suffer the occasional bloody nose
or other reason why blood gets on our clothing or linen. Don't try and remove
the stain with hot water. It will set the stain. Apply hydrogen peroxide and
then rinse with cold water, repeating the process if necessary.
If you get gum on your clothes or on
your household items, there may be an easy way to remove
it. If the item is small enough, put it in the freezer.
When the gum is frozen, you should be able to peel it
Homemade Stain Remover
Here is a homemade
solution for removing stains. Mix equal parts of 409,
rubbing alcohol, and water. Or use:
1 Quart of Water (approx amount to fill spray
1/8 Cup of Ammonia
1/8 Cup of Vinegar
2 Tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
Put all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well,
and apply to spots before washing.
Lipstick can be a tough stain to remove, especially if it
is a shade of red. Try this. Rub vegetable shortening into the stain. Then rinse
with club soda. Repeat if necessary.
If you are cooking and splatter some oil on your clothes,
here is a way to get it out right away. Quickly mix together some cornstarch and
water to make a paste and apply it to the stain.
It should remove the stain so it doesn't set in.
The sooner you can get to spots and stains on your
clothing, the better chance they will come out. If you can't attend to them
right away, at least put them the stained garment in water to soak.
If you have some tough stains on your clothes that
you don't think will come out in the regular wash, try this. It's a strong
solution, and this should not be tried with any item that cannot tolerate
bleach. Take a big bucket and fill it with about a gallon of hot water. Add 1/2
cup of dishwashing detergent and 1/4 cup of bleach. Soak for at least 20
minutes. Then wash as usual.
Here is another laundry tip. The
easiest, and most economical way to clean shirts with "ring-around-the-collar"
is to use shampoo. Apply shampoo to the stained area and let the shirts sit for
at least 15 minutes before you wash them.
Here is another one of those great uses for baking soda.
Use it in your washer to freshen your clothes when you do the laundry. Just add
about 1/4 cup to your washing machine. Dry as usual.
Here is a way to save a little money on fabric
softener. Keep a small bucket of water in your utility room (up high if you have
children). Fill it up with water, and add a little fabric softener. Place a few
sponges in it. Throw one in the dryer with every load. Another option for fabric
softener- Fill a bottle about 1/4 full of store bought fabric softener. Then
fill the bottle up with vinegar. Use about 1/4 cup per load.
If you live in an area where the water is hard, and
you need to use water softener when you do your laundry, here is a substitute
that may come in handy. Use a little hair conditioner. Just add it during the
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