Oh laundry laundry laundry, who else feels like her piles of dirty clothes are forever growing no matter how often she washes them? Girl, you’re not alone!
What if I tell you there are ways to help you tackle your laundry like a boss? No, I don’t have the secrets to getting your cat to do the work for you..
Now only if we can all have this kitty’s awesome laundry skills! #goals
But I did find 20 helpful tips and tricks that can make doing laundry easier and hopefully more enjoyable!
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1. Use chalk on grease spots
Chalk helps to absorb most of the grease stain left in the fabric. All you have to do is rub chalk onto grease-stained clothes then wash and dry them normally.
2. Create your own change collector
Make this cute basket art to hang on the wall. It will remind you to always check the pockets for any coins or loose items.
3. Printable laundry tips
via Tidy Mom
What a clever way to always have helpful laundry tips handy! Print out the printable cheat sheets, laminate, and hang them onto your laundry basket.
4. Freshen laundry with DIY natural lavender dryer bags
via Garden Therapy
I have been using lavender dryer bags from Trader Joe’s and I’m glad I found this tutorial on how to make your own. You can purchase lavender in bulk to save some money and add essential oil to make it smell extra nice. Make sure to tie the bags tightly so everything stays inside the bag. Each dryer bag lasts for about 10 cycles. I like to sprinkle the lavender from old bags on carpet before vacuuming to freshen up the carpet.
5. How to get rid of yellow sweat stains
Got stubborn yellow sweat stains on the shirts? All you need is some grease-cutting dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and a scrub brush (or a toothbrush) to get rid of the stains!
6. Make your own reusable dryer sheets
via The Mamas Girls
You need to stop buying dryer sheets! Save a ton of money by switching to homemade reusable ones.
To make: Cut up some new sponges in half. Soak them in a mixture of equal parts fabric softener and water.
To use: Squeeze out the excess, throw one or two half sponges into the dryer before your clothes, then dry your clothes normally.
7. How to remove excess dyes from dark jeans
Get a bucket that you don’t mind staining and soak the jeans inside-out in a mixture of water and laundry detergent. Swish the jeans around in the liquid, rinse, and squeeze out the excess. Repeat until the water turns almost clear and make sure to change to clean water each time. Soak the jeans in vinegar overnight and dry the jeans however you like. This will help to get rid of most the excess dye and also make your jeans feel softer because of the vinegar!
8. Use dish soap to get rid of lipstick stain
Thanks to PopSugar for testing out 5 different popular ways of getting rid of lipstick stains by using hairspray, chlorine bleach, homemade bleach, dish soap, and a natural stain remover. The winner is dish soap! Simply soak the stain in dish soap for 20 minutes then toss it in the washing machine.
9. Unshrink your shirt with baby shampoo or conditioner
I wish I knew about this trick before giving away some of my shrunken clothes! You can unshrink clothes by soaking them in a bucket of lukewarm water mixed with baby shampoo. Gently squeeze the water out after and roll the clothing item up in a towel. Gently reshape and stretch the item while it lay out to dry.
People have also had success with unshrinking their clothes by using hair conditioner. So definitely give that a try if you don’t have baby shampoo on hand.
10. Use an aluminum foil ball in the dryer to get rid of static cling
via Tip Hero
Wanna get rid of that annoying static electricity after drying your clothes? You can roll up 3 sheets of aluminum foil into a ball then toss it in the dryer along with your clothes.
11. Use a dry erase marker to write down instructions on the dryer
via Emma Magazine
What a clever way to reminding yourself which clothing item in the washer cannot be dried in the dryer!
12. DIY your own lint bin with a cereal box
Make your own lint box to collect lint from the dryer and just empty it when it’s full. You can repurpose your cereal box to this functional and stylish lint box by following a few simple steps.
13. DIY mason jar containers with chalkboard signs
via Simply Designing
It makes it so much easier to pour detergent and other liquid if you have them in a drink dispenser. Adding chalkboard tags is a cute way to spruce up your laundry room without breaking the bank.
14. Get rid of mildew smell from the towels
via Classy Clutter
Ever been curious about how to get that stinky wet towel smell out of your towels? Towels can have that stinky mildew smell when they are left wet or not completely dried for too long. Wash the towels with white vinegar in the washing machine with hot water cycle. Do not use detergent. If the smell lingers, then wash again with just baking soda and hot water. That should do the trick!
15. Homemade detergent
You can make your own laundry powder detergent by mixing super washing soda, Borax, pure baking soda, Fels-Naptha, Oxy-Clean, and Purex Crystals. By following the tutorial, you will get 18 pounds of detergent and you will only need 1-2 tablespoons per load. So that gives you a pretty good idea how long the detergent will last and how much cheaper this alternative is to buying detergent.
16. DIY mobile laundry station
via Hoosier Homemade
What a great way to keep your laundry organized! I love how it is built with wheels on the bottom so you don’t need to do any heavy lifting.
17. Create a spot for collecting missing socks
via Marielle Marie
How cute is this idea? Simply hang up a lonely sock on the wall until you can find its mate!
18. Make your own laundry softener
via Liz Marie Blog
You will need 6 cups of hot water, 2 cups of white vinegar, and 1 bottle of conditioner. You can use any conditioner, just pick a cheap one that smells good. Completely mix hot water and conditioner first then mix in the vinegar. This mixture will leave your clothes fluffy and smelling nice!
19. DIY behind-the-door organization
Got miscellaneous items hanging out on your washing and dryer machines? Why not make your own behind-the-door organizer to have everything in one place?
20. Make a star-shaped clothes drying rack
Are you always running out of space to hang your clothes on the drying rack? If you are feeling extra crafty, why not make this awesome star-shaped drying rack that is super cute and functional? What makes it even better is that it is collapsible and can be easily stored.
Do you have any laundry hacks that you love? Share with us in the comments. We would love to hear your ideas!