I don’t know about anyone else, but I have probably called my mom 20 times with questions on how to do my laundry. Some kids may have grown up in a house where you have cleaned your own clothes for the majority of your life. However, other kids, like me, may have had the good fortune of a mom who washes your clothes for you, and college is the first time you’ve done laundry. For this week’s article, I found it fitting to interview my mom and my grandmother, and I asked them what their secrets are for laundry washing. So whether you’re a ‘clean clothes’ aficionado, or a beginner, here are some tips I think you may find helpful.
- Pods!: There is seriously nothing easier than washing machine pods. These little packs are usually a mix of detergent, stain remover, and/or brightener. They dissolve in water, and all you have to do is throw them in with your clothes (not in the drawer) and press start. Easy-peasy; no thinking or measuring necessary.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: This common household kitchen product is the key to odor elimination in your clothes. Just pour some into your bleach compartment in the washing machine drawer, and the chemicals will deodorize many smells that you acquire throughout the day. Sometimes, it may even remove stains.
- The Ultimate Stain Removal: According to my grandmother, there is no better way to remove stains than by mixing powdered dishwashing detergent and Clorox bleach in a pot and pre-soaking it before washing. However, this is for whites only! In order to remove stains from colored clothes, mix powdered dishwasher detergent and OxiClean in a pot to pre-soak.
- Ink Stain Removal: We’ve all had that moment when a pen has stained our shirt or pants when we put it in a pocket. The best way to get rid of that big blotch of ink is, believe or not, hairspray! Just spray it on the stain, scrub it a bit with an old toothbrush, and then stick it in the wash.
- EXTRA TIP: When it comes to stains, never put an article of clothing in the dryer unless you are a 100 percent sure the stain is gone. Drying permanently sets in the blemish.