A very long time ago, people decided wearing clothes was a good idea. After a while the clothes began to smell strange, but the early humans continued to wear them because everyone was doing it. One day one of the humans fell into the river and the water swept him away. He held on to a rock and the water beat against him until help arrived. Someone noticed that the human smelled much better, and washing clothes was discovered. After a while, someone figured out that humans did not have to be wearing the clothes to take advantage of the water and rock miracle. Laundry was born.
Women were primarily the ones who did the laundry. And it was hard, heavy work that did not leave them in a great mood. So the washer and dryer were invented. We have come a long way since those early machines changed our lives. Now, we have more choices and challenges.
The focus has moved from the challenge of cleaning clothes to the challenge of caring for the clothes we buy. How do we keep jeans from fading? How do we make our clothes stay fresh? How do we care for the machine that cares for our clothing? Here are some simple and brilliant laundry hacks that do just that and will amaze you.
Jeans are clothing staple. No more are they reserved for the farm. Jeans are probably the most popular item in any wardrobe today. In the past, keeping the jeans from fading was always a trial. By placing your jeans in a mixture of 1 cup of water and 1 cup of salt, that problem is no more. The salt will help set the color in the fabric. It is quick, easy and cheap and will keep your favorite jeans looking new for a long time.
Do your favorite jeans have an odor that you can’t get rid of? Levi’s suggest freezing them! Place your jeans in a large Ziploc bag and put them in the freezer. When you remove them, the odor is gone.
Washing clothes in cold water has many benefits. The cold water keeps the colors bright. It helps keep colors from bleeding onto other items. It reduces power bills and helps reduce shrinking.
To make your whites bright and clean, add a cup of white vinegar to your rinse cycle. For richer and brighter colors, add a cup of salt to the rinse cycle.
After all the activity your washer experiences in a week, not to mention the funky things it has removed from the laundry, it needs to be cleaned and disinfected. Simply adding ½ cup of mouthwash to the empty machine set on rinse will do that job. Run the machine and let the mouthwash disinfect every nook and cranny.
These are a few helpful laundry hacks that will make your life easier and your clothes fresh and clean and lasting longer than ever before.