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3 Unconventional Laundry Tips for College Students


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Because most of us attend college far away from our homes, we are forced to conquer a task that is, to some, the most dreadful thing in the world… laundry.

But don’t worry – laundry isn’t as difficult as you think. (For a primer on the subject, see our posts, Laundry Tips & Tricks Every Girl Should Know, and 6 More Laundry Tips & Tricks Every Girl Should Know.) Below, I’ll introduce three useful laundry tips using items you probably already have stored in your cabinets. Master these tips, and you’ll beat the beast called laundry with time to spare.

1. Use Vinegar for Clothing Odors

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We all know how awful summer humidity can be for our hairstyles, but what about when you leave your clothes in the washer too long during the hot summer months? The humidity seeps in and makes them smell… rotten. Or, as I like to put it, like a 10-year old boy just in from recess.

Instead of using an entire box of dryer sheets, grab some vinegar  – it’s a great way to get the “stank” out of your clothes!

Here’s how to do it: When you put your clothes in the washer, put in your regular detergent. Along with that, pour in a bit of vinegar. It will smell at first, but don’t worry – your clothes will not smell like vinegar when they are finished in the dryer! As a bonus, it also brightens the color in your fabrics.

Other Uses for Vinegar:

  • Brunettes! Brunettes! Brunettes! Rinse your hair with a little bit of vinegar after you shampoo your hair. It will bring out any red tints in your locks and will also give your hair amazing shine.
  • Soak a towel in vinegar water and wipe your windshield to keep the frost off your car during winter months.
  • Mix 1 part water and 1 part vinegar in a spray bottle to use as a household disinfectant.
  • Mix 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar and soak your swimsuit for a day before you wear it. The color will be preserved and chlorine, chemical, and salt water will not break down the fabric as easily! Let’s face it, who wants a faded, limp swimsuit? No one.

2. Fight Stains with Hydrogen Peroxide

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Not only good for cleaning cuts and scrapes, hydrogen peroxide can also remove sweat stains, cocktail stains, wine stains, etc. from clothes. Just dab a little bit on a cotton ball or washcloth, and press onto the fabric. Hydrogen peroxide pulls the stains out of the fabric without leaving bleach marks or discolorations. Wash your clothes soon afterwards for best results!

  • Lagniappe: Hydrogen peroxide also works well to dry out zits! Just dip a Q-Tip in your bottle of hydrogen peroxide and dab onto your blemish. After it dries, I always put a bit of Neosporin on the blemish to keep the redness down.

3. Keep Leftover Soap for Laundry Treatment

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I always dread the day that my bar of soap finally diminishes to the size of a nickel. Why? Because that means it is too small to be useful to me in the shower, but as a girl on a budget, I don’t want to just toss it in the trash!

Instead of ditching your tiny nubs of soap, make like me and hang on to them! Before you ask, no, I’m not a hoarder. I do it because I know that if I keep my last bits of soap in a pair of cheap pantyhose from a drug store, I can use it to make my own laundry scrubber! Mix your soap cake with a bit of warm water and gently scrub our your clothing stains as a pre-wash.

What do you think?

Do you have any other suggestions for laundry tips? Did you try any of these? Tell us how they worked out? Let us know what you think in a comment!

Posted on on July 31, 2011 / Filed Under: College Life / Tags: , , , ,

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14 Responses to “3 Unconventional Laundry Tips for College Students”

  1. 1
    July 31st, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    cool! this is awesome! the only tip that I heard before was the hydrogen peroxide. I will definitely be using these.

  2. 2
    July 31st, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Here’s a little formula that really works well for stains on white t-shirts. I even got it to work on my boyfriends disgusting pit stains on his gym clothes.

    1/2 cup of vinegar
    1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide
    the juice of one lemon
    a couple tablespoons of baking soda

    mix it all together to make a paste and rub it into the stain. Let it sit for a few hours then wash as usual and voila, goodbye stains.

    you can also just throw this into the wash along with your detergent for overall brightness of clothing.

  3. 3
    July 31st, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    wow, I thought I knew every laundry tip there was! I’ll definitely be using these. The soap+pantyhose idea is geeenious.

  4. 4
    July 31st, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Wow! Great tips! :o
    Will definitely be using them!!

  5. 5
    July 31st, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    These are really great tips!

    I really LOVE Downy wrinkle release spray! It’s a lifesaver for clean clothes that you might otherwise have to wash to de-wrinkle rather than break out an iron (who wants to do that in a dorm room??? not me!). FAST, simple, easy, and effective.

  6. 6
    July 31st, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I didn’t totally understand putting vinegar in your hair to bring out any red tints. Is that getting rid of the red or making it more red. Thanks!

  7. 7
    July 31st, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Love it! Love it! Love it! I am always looking for ways to squeeze the last bit out of anything. Now my bits of soap will have new life.

  8. 8
    July 31st, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    This is such a great post! Thanks for sharing your wisdom :) I’ll definitely be using these tips!

  9. 9
    August 1st, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Another thing Hydrogen Peroxide is good at getting out is blood. Sounds gross, but sometimes its really helpful if you ever have a leak. Sorry, can’t think of a more pc way to say it!


  10. 10
    August 1st, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    @Lizzie The vinegar makes any red in your hair redder (more red? whatever). Sorry, that wording was complicated!

  11. 11
    August 2nd, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Awesome tips! Never would’ve thought of those.

  12. 12
    August 2nd, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    What kind of vinegar should you use? And how much should you put in your hair?

  13. 13
    August 6th, 2011 at 7:25 am

    A neat trick I learned for laundry is when you are tying to get rid of the static cling….place a safety pin on a clothing item then place in dryer….no more static cling.

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