Our moms taught us everything we know about being an adult, for the most part. Although our mothers are amazing and helpful, they might have not told you about these laundry hacks that will literally change your life.
You can prevent fading by adding half a cup of vinegar to each wash load. As a bonus, vinegar acts as a natural fabric softener. You don't have to worry about your clothes smelling like vinegar either, the smell always washes away throughout the rinse cycle.
While you're already in your cupboard getting vinegar, grab the salt too! Adding salt to your wash load will help stop new garments from bleeding. To do this, add half a cup of salt to a load with something being washed for the first time. The salt should dissolve throughout the cycle.
3. Ice cubes
If you have a piece of clothing that is wrinkled or even needs to be freshened up, throw it in the dryer with an ice cube and a dryer sheet. Let it run for 10 minutes and it will come out smelling fresh and smoother than ever.
If you need a load to dry quicker, toss a dry towel in with the load for 15 to 20 minutes. The dry towel will help absorb moisture from the other items, helping them dry quicker.
5. Add soap first
Before you add your clothes, put your detergent in first. Allow the detergent to dissolve in the water fully before you add your clothes in. By pouring detergent directly onto the clothes as the water fills, you're taking a big risk that the soap will not dissolve. Which means your clothes will come out dirty and therefore have to do the whole process again.
6. Vacuum your dryer
We all hopefully know to clean out the lint in the dryer after every use. But what you may not have known is that you should be vacuuming your dryer as well. Your dryer catches lint in its trap, but that isn't the only place that it causes problems.
Lint also builds up in your dryer's hose running to the external vent. The build up of this lint can increase your dryer's energy use by up to 30%, creating a fire hazard, and preventing moist air from venting outside, which can cause mildew problems.
To vacuum it, detach the dryer hose and vacuum lint from the back of the machine and from the pipes where the hose attaches to the wall; and head outside to clear any linty obstructions from your dryer's external vent. This should be done every six months or so, depending on how often you use it.
7. You can make your own laundry pods
Laundry pods can be extremely expensive and seem to go by very fast. Luckily, you can make your own and it will only cost $3.23 to make 28 tabs. These pods are all natural and don't contain any chemicals. You can find the recipe here. And hey, these are a lot safer to ingest than Tide pods, if you have any stupid teenagers around. We still don't suggest eating them though.
Laundry is the most time consuming, annoying task we have to do. So, why not make it a little easier? These life hacks will make your laundry process a little less painful. And no offense to your mom, but she probably doesn't even know about all of these, and moms know everything!