Help with the Laundry

A little attention goes a long way to keeping clothes and linens as good as new!

By FamilyTime


These hard times demand vigilance when it comes to taking good care of what we own. Nowhere is this more important than in the laundry room. The more tenderly we treat our clothes and linens, the longer they will last.

We have assembled 10 random tips that should help you in the laundry room.

  1. Salt helps brighten clothes. A few teaspoons dissolved in warm water and then added to the washing machine will keep clothing fresh looking, particularly if you have hard water.
  2. If you have hard water, you might need to install a water softener. Hard water does not clean clothes as effectively as softer water does. If your plumber says you do not need a water softener and the water is only slightly hard, always use enough detergent or even a little more than recommended. Packaged water softener, added to the washing machine before you add the clothes, helps a lot, too.
  3. If you turn dark-colored clothes inside out, they will fade less after multiple washes.
  4. Add about ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to the final rinse cycle for soft clothes. This same amount of vinegar added to the final rinse cycle also helps rid fabrics of lint and pet hair.
  5. Add about 2 cups of white distilled vinegar to the final rinse cycle for soft and fluffy blankets.
  6. If colors bleed in the wash, do not dry the affected clothes but instead wash them again with detergent and color-safe bleach. This does not work every time, but often helps.
  7. When your kids clothes are caked with mud, let it dry and then brush off as much as you can. Rinse the troubled areas with cold water and then rub liquid laundry detergent over them. Launder as usual.
  8. Never overload the dryer. This will only result in excessively wrinkled clothing — and will put a burden on the dryer.
  9. On the other hand, small loads don’t dry well as they don’t tumble effectively. If you must dry a very small load, add a few dry towels to the dryer. This bulks up the load and the wet clothes tumble and dry evenly.
  10. Dry towels and heavier cotton sheets separately from lighter clothes to insure even, complete drying.