12 Surprising Laundry Hacks You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Laundry day doesn't have to be a hassle! I'll show you laundry tips that can save  you time, effort, and money, making your laundry process more efficient and effective (and fun!)

Here are 12 surprising laundry hacks you'll be glad to know:

1. Use Aluminum Foil as a Dryer Sheet

Crumple up a piece of aluminum foil into a ball and toss it in the dryer with your clothes. It helps reduce static and can be reused multiple times.

2. Add Ice Cubes Into Your Dryer to De-Wrinkle Clothes

Toss a few ice cubes in the dryer with wrinkled clothes and run it on a high heat setting for a few minutes. The steam from the melting ice will help release wrinkles.

3. Tennis Balls for Fluffier Towels

Add a few clean tennis balls to the dryer when drying towels. They help fluff up the towels and reduce drying time.

4. Shave Sweater Pills with a Razor

Use a disposable razor to gently shave off pills and fuzz from sweaters and other knits. It's a quick and effective way to refresh the appearance of your garments.

5. Add White Vinegar to Remove Odors

Add a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle when washing smelly clothes. It helps neutralize odors and leaves clothes smelling fresh.

6. Use a Hair Straightener To Straighten Collars and Hems

Use a hair straightener to quickly press collars, cuffs, and hems on shirts and pants. It's especially handy for touch-ups when you're in a hurry.

7. Baby Shampoo for Handwashing Delicates

Use baby shampoo instead of detergent when handwashing delicate items. It's gentle on fabrics and helps maintain their softness!

8. Sock Clips to Keep Pairs Together

Use sock clips or laundry pins to keep pairs of socks together when washing and drying. No more lost socks!

9. Rub a Drop of Dish Soap to Remove Stains

Use an old toothbrush and a little dish soap (I use Dawn) to scrub out stains before laundering. It helps loosen dirt and grime for easier removal.

10. Zippered Mesh Bags for Delicate Fabric

Place delicate items like lingerie and lace in zippered mesh laundry bags before washing to protect them from damage.

11. Rub Chalk to Remove Grease Stains

Rub white chalk over grease stains on clothing before laundering. The chalk helps absorb the grease, making it easier to wash out.

12. Freeze Clothes To Remove Stuck Gum

Place clothing with gum stuck to it in the freezer for a few hours. Once the gum is frozen solid, gently scrape it off with a dull knife or spoon.

13. Empty Your Dryer's Secret Compartment

If you hear rattling sounds when running your dryer, it's likely that a coin or some other small object has fallen into the dryer's drum or the blower wheel area.

To address this issue, you'll need to unplug the dryer, remove the lint trap, and use a flashlight to inspect the drum and blower area for any foreign objects. Once located, carefully remove the object to prevent damage to the dryer during operation.

These hacks are simple yet effective ways to tackle common laundry challenges and keep your clothes looking their best!

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