Doing laundry can be one of the most boring household chores, but one that cannot be ignored. Although the world keeps moving forward and new technological breakthroughs happen every day, even Bluetooth washing machines don’t make the process any more fun.
Washing clothes isn’t an impossible task, but it’s not as simple as pushing a single button. Besides the washing instructions in clothes’ labels – which are recommended by the manufacturers and should always be followed – there are a few tricks only calloused hands know.
From getting rid of those difficult stains that don’t seem to go away to making sure that clothes keep their original colors, we’ve put together a few useful and practical tips that will surely come in handy when doing laundry.
Check out the 8 most unusual things that will help clean your laundry:
1. Black Pepper
No need to stock up on expensive laundry detergents on your next grocery run – a small bag of black pepper will do. Apparently, this variety of pepper is quite abrasive and works as an “exfoliator” of sorts on the soap residue, which is the main cause of clothes’ colors wearing out.
Just add a teaspoon to the washing cycle along with the soap you normally use. Remember that the water temperature should be set to cold!
Of all the stains, sweat can be one of the most persistent – especially in white shirts. A good way to get rid of these is to give the old lemon trick a go: squeeze half a cup of lemon juice and another half of water.
Place the mixture in a spray bottle and shake well. Then, spray the mixture onto the stained area, making sure it’s well dampened. Gently rub the lemon juice into the fabric and the stain will begin to come out! Just let the juice do its magic for about an hour and wash the blouse normally afterward.
3. White Vinegar
Do your gym clothes have a lingering unpleasant odor? Well, the stench will go away if, with every wash, you mix a little white vinegar into the load. It must be placed before the cycle begins, so it will be rinsed off and neither the previous smell nor the vinegar’s will settle in the fabric.