Laundry is one of those household chores that seems to never really be done. Wouldn’t it be nice if at least the end result was less of a hassle with more reward? Learn how to protect your clothes and keep them looking brand-new with these nine simple laundry tips. You may even end up washing less often!
Wash Inside Out
This is a must — along with using cold water — for dark-dyed fabrics like denim. If you’re really concerned about fading, hand-wash those slacks! Lastly, skip the dryer and air-dry flat. This tip goes for black pants and any shirts or dresses with beading and embellishments, too.
Treat And Wash Stains Right Away
If you let stains linger, you may end up washing the same garment multiple times or ruining it altogether. If you’re using a stain treatment product, make sure it’s made for clothing and the fabric you are treating. Better yet, you probably have everyday items on hand to treat the 12 most common stains.
Don’t Use Chlorine Bleach
Treat your clothing and the environment with care by avoiding using chlorine bleach when possible. It will break down fabric fibers over time and there are plenty of natural brightening alternatives such as vinegar, lemon, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
Air-Dry When Possible
Obviously, not everyone has unlimited space to air-dry all of our clothes. Even so, it is a good idea to be choosy about what goes in the dryer. In addition to dark pants, denim and embellished clothing, you’ll also want to avoid tossing elasticized items like bras and bathing suits in the dryer so they don’t lose their stretch.