Savvy Laundry tips
I’m sure we all need some extra help at times with our laundry, whether it’s trying to cut back on chemicals, rejuvenating old clothes or getting rid of the evidence when a rogue red sock goes in with the whites!!
Some savvy laundry tips to you to try:
I’m sure most of you have heard of using vinegar around the house in our chores for adding sparkle to those windows but in our wash? Well yes you can!
- Use as a Fabric Softener – Add one to two cups of white (not brown or malt that you put on your chips!) vinegar instead of fabric softener. Worried about the smell? Then add up to 20 drops of essential oil to 1 gallon of white distilled vinegar to create your own fragrance.
- Odour removal – Vinegar is great at getting rid of those unwanted smells. Add one or two cups of white vinegar to the washing machine when washing sheets or clothing that have suffered from bed-wetting or vomiting – as it will help remove odours whilst also assisting in disinfecting and cleaning them. To make it even more effective, pour some vinegar into the pre-soak cycle and let it sit there before washing.
Wool Dryer balls
Pop these pure wool dryer balls into your tumble dryer and see the difference. They are a perfect alternative if someone in your household suffers from skin allergies, as they are 100% hypoallergenic, or if you are just trying to ‘go green’ with your laundry as these dryer balls can reduce the drying time by up to 50% (so saving money on electricity) and soften your clothes at the same time (saving money on buying fabric softeners).
The balls work by:
- helping your laundry to circulate better in the dryer
- absorbing moisture and odours
- the friction of the balls naturally softens and fluffs up your clothes
- are reusable – last over 1500 loads!
And if you want to give your washing a natural fragrance, then just put a few drops of natural oil on the wool balls like lavender, rose or tea tree oil.
Give your clothes a new lease of life
If you are looking to refresh the colour of your favourite pair of jeans or change the colour of that linen jacket – a simple packet of dye can do the job!
Natural and washable fabrics are the best to choose like 100% cotton, linen, wool, silk; but synthetic fabrics and blends will also dye. Some fabrics won’t take dye like 100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, spandex etc. Check before-hand.
You can buy dyes for the washing machine, which are more suitable for larger items and hand dyes for smaller items. They come in all of the colours of the rainbow and don’t cost that much.
You could even get creative and give that old white t-shirt or skirt an ombre or gradient tie dye effect. Watch this video on how to create this effect.
Ahhhh – your white shirt has turned pink?
If a rogue red sock has got into your whites laundry then the best thing to do is wash the item again with a stain removal powder/liquid like Vanish, Shout or Persil Stain Removal, or if the item will withstand it, soak it before washing. If this doesn’t work, try something like Dylon Colour Run Remover…or embrace the colour pink!
Got any more useful tips? Let us know…