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6 surprising laundry hacks you need to know



Even if you're a laundromat, these tips might surprise you. They solve some of your biggest laundry problems and even save money, from the need to buy dryer sheets to whiter your whites.

Let your laundry smell good without dryer sheets

Dryer sheets are the right choice if you want a fragrant laundry. If static adhesion is not a problem, there is a much easier and customizable way to make clothes and towels smell good.

I love to use dryer sheets for all kinds of household appliances but I use them in the dryer too much. You can create a sticky film that covers the lint trap and the exhaust hose and blocks the airflow. In the end, your dryer is less efficient and you use more electricity to dry your clothes.

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Put a few drops of essential oil on an old sock to make your clothes smell good.


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To make your laundry smell fresh without the sheet, take an old (clean!) Sock, steam and dab it with two drops of vanilla, rose or peppermint extract. Then turn the sock over and throw it in the dryer with the rest of your clothes.

The vanilla leaves only residues on the sock, not the lint trap. You can also customize your fragrance by mixing and adjusting extract combinations.

Put foil in your dryer

If you have problems with static adhesion in the dryer, just throw in a few balls of aluminum foil. CNET's Taylor Martin explains that the balls unload the static charge and prevent the clothing from sticking together. Here's more on foil dryer balls .

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Add a little bit of blue

If you want your white to be super white, try bronzing. The blueing can be found in most grocery stores in the laundry besides the starches. This product is also available as a wash blue, dolly blue or washes blue and adds a small blue dye to the laundry load.

It's not as scary as adding a red towel to a white wash. The hint of blue deceives the eye that the laundry is whiter and brighter. Blueness is a great way to lighten bedding, button down shirts, or towels that have turned a little yellow.

Bonus Tip: Hanging white laundry in the sun to dry it naturally can bleach without dyes.

Inside out

Make your favorite little black dress or dark jeans go away by turning them to the left before throwing them into the washer. Turning objects around ensures that the inside – the part that nobody sees – gets more abrasion through the washing process than the outside.

Bonus Tip: Wash your dark even in cold water. The cold water sets the dye on the fabric so that it does not float in the wash water. Finish your darkness by drying it. Heat from the dryer can make it fade faster. Here are some tips to keep your clothes from fading .

Extra Flushing Means More Fluff

If you wash something from down, rinse thoroughly to remove any soap residue. Leftover debris can make the feathers less fluffy, making your winter coat, comforter or pillow look a little sad.

Hotter is not always better

If you turn up the heat in the dryer, your clothes will dry faster, right? Well, yes, but the more heat you use, the faster your clothes will wear off. A medium heat for a longer cycle is much better. Plus, mid-heat is less likely to make your jeans and T-shirts shrink.

Bonus tip: Cold water is also better for washing. This is because most modern laundry detergents are designed to work better in cold water.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on April 5, 2018 and updated with additional tips.

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