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Laundry Room Tips

Updated on April 6, 2013

Laundry Room tips and hints that could save you a fortune

Have you ever scorched a white shirt?

Would you like to know some Laundry Room Tips to fix the problem, save the shirt and remove the scorch?

Well this and many more laundry room tips to save laundry day from the realm of disaster is presented here.

These Dorm room Laundry tips may save you from embarrassment and at the least they might give you a good chuckle.

Gathering, Storing, and Sorting Laundry

This little book tells about automating your home laundry.

Laundering at home vs. sending out the laundry...

Reducing the amount of laundry in your home...

Scheduling; how often you should launder; l

aundry day...Deciding when clothes need washing;

clothes hampers...

Why we sort before laundering...

Care labels;

the rules of sorting;

Laundry: The Home Comforts Book of Caring for Clothes and Linens
Laundry: The Home Comforts Book of Caring for Clothes and Linens

sorting by washing method, color, level of soil, potential for damage; compromises in sorting...What counts as white; more about sorting colors; bleaches...How to test for colorfastness...Pretreating and other prewash preparations

 

Convenience is Key To Ironing

There I was, setting my ironing board up in the kitchen and putting the clothes on the kitchen table.

After articles of clothing were ironed, I would carry them to the bedroom and hang them up.

I folded my clothes on the kitchen table as well and then carried them into the bedroom to put them into dresser drawers.

No wonder ironing wears people out.

Set the ironing board up in the bedroom, after all, the closet is right there.

The bed also makes a good place to fold the laundry and the dressers are right there for putting the clothes away.

Besides, if the laundry is on the bed, you will not put off folding clothes, unless you want to stay up all night.

A Great Dryer For Sweaters

Drying sweaters can be a major pain in the ... You can not throw them into a regular clothes dryer and you can not hang them on a clothes hanger. So you take a towel and lay the sweater on it to slowly dry.

One reason the sweater drys so slowly is no air circulation. Here is a really great tip to make drying sweater's a breeze. Get a screen for windows, one that has the fiberglass screening not metal and wallah, you have a first class sweater dryer that is easy to store.

Be Sure To Save Garment Labels

Keep the labels you remove from clothing, I put them in a zip lock. If I follow the washing directions and the garment does not wash properly, I can take all those labels and return the garment to the store for a refund.

I hate lint

Seems like everyone has at least a few garments that collect lint every time they are washed. If you add about a yard of nylon netting to the dryer with the wet clothes it will catch most of the lint. If there is still lint on the garment take some tape and remove the lint with the sticky side.

Having Nice White Socks

With time my white socks are not white and my white Tee shirts are not white. I hate that yellowing and bleaching seems to wear them out quicker. A simple solution is to boil your socks and Tee shirts in water with some lemon slices added.

A little slow with the Iron: Scorched White Fabrics

I hate to think how many times I moved the iron a little too slowly or just had the iron too hot. The results, a nice scorched mark on my white shirt. My answer was simple.

1. throw it away

2. great work shirt if my car breaks down.

Neither is a great answer so if you scorch a shit you can usually remove it by Soaking a piece of cotton in peroxide and sponge fabric.

Save those buttons

I am not great at sewing on buttons, so for me the best answer is to not lose the buttons in the first place. I Button all buttons on clothing and turn the item inside out before putting into the washer. I lose fewer buttons this way and garments fade less when washed inside out.

Talking Dirty Laundry with the Queen of Clean

Are you sick of turning your underwear pink and finding freshly washed tissue bits all over your new jeans? Perhaps it's time to investigate the deeper mysteries of the laundry room. There's more to clean clothes than soap and water, and Linda Cobb is willing to get down to the nitty-gritty in her simple, straightforward Talking Dirty Laundry with the Queen of Clean. No question is too small for the Queen--she tackles everything from stinky shoes to starched collars.

Talking Dirty Laundry with the Queen of Clean
Talking Dirty Laundry with the Queen of Clean

Each short chapter concerns a specific topic, starting with the care and cleaning of the washing and drying machines themselves. Who knew the washer needed regular cleaning? A short section on line drying is included here as well; never again will you ponder the proper way to hang hand-washed slacks.

 

Does Your Washing Machine Need Washing?

Nothing like throwing in a load of whites and have them get dirty. When this happens, your washing machine probably needs washing. Fill the washing machine with warm water and add a gallon of distilled vinegar to the water. Run the washing machine through the entire cycle, this will clean soap scum and clogs out of the machine and hoses.

Eliminate Soap Scum During The Final Rinse

Nothing like adding a little to much soap to the laundry and having soap scum remain in and on your clothes. You can add a cup of white vinegar to the final rinse when washing clothes to make sure the alkaline in the soap is dissolved.

Your clothes will feel so much nicer and smell better as well. Unless you add way to much vinegar.

Do You Know How To Iron Pants?

Turn your pants inside out and then press the top part of the pants and waist band. Now turn the pants right side out and iron the legs. Your pants will have nice creases in the legs and be smoother around the pockets and waist band.

Soap Suds Abound

I always get a huge laugh when I watch one of those movies where the washing machine fills the house with soap suds. Well I always laugh when its a movie but not when its my washing machine. If you realize there is an abundance of soap suds just throw some salt in the water. Quick Suds be Gone!

Oil - Dirt - Grime and Smells abound in my Work Clothes

I work on my car, I work around oil, I work around all sorts of things that make my clothes smell even after washing. By adding 1/2 cup of household ammonia to the wash, you can eliminate these wonders of nature from your work clothes.

If we don't want to do this I guess we could hire a mechanic and find a new profession.

Laundry Odor? - Dr Stink Speaks Out

Learn to eliminate clothing smells with Dr Stink.

Does your laundry still seem to have odors after you do the laundry? Well Dr Stink may have the answer you need

You Can Air Your Dirty Laundry and More

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My name is Dee Medley and I want to welcome you. I hope you found some useful hints for doing your laundry. Do you have tips or would you just like to say hello? We would love to hear from you.

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      Nara White Owl 9 years ago

      Dee, Thanks for this len, I have had some problems with laundry.I do hot stone therapy and getting the oil smell out is always hard .I'm going to try the ammonia next time, and I;'ll let you know how it works,Thanks agian!!!!!!!!!