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
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
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
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!