Household Hints - Laundry
Set the cycle, add detergent, and let the machine fill. When all the
soap is dissolved, add the blanket. Let it soak, and then wash on gentle.
Add 1 1/2 cups white vinegar to the final rinse. It will give the blanket
a clean smell and give it a little fluff.
Remove with hydrogen peroxide.
To soften new blue jeans, soak them overnight (or for 12 hours) in cold
water with plenty of fabric softener. Then wash as usual.
Body Oil Stains...
To remove body oil stains from collars and cuffs of colored shirts and
blouses, rub hair shampoo directly on the stains. Rinse out the shampoo,
then wash the clothes as usual.
Color Transfer on Clothing...
This solution was submitted to recipegoldmine by Katie Dunagan.
To remove colors that have bled onto clothes, run at least two inches
cold water into bathtub, mix 1 part bleach to 2 parts white vinegar
and add to cold water, mixing together well. Add clothing 1 piece at
a time. If solution is mixed right, you should see the colors (that
bled) disappear instantly; otherwise, add more cold water. Hint: you
should not be able to smell the bleach over the vinegar and always be
in a well-ventilated area. To prevent color transfer add anywhere from
1 to 2 cups white vinegar to wash cycle.
Slip them in a covered jar with a little cold-water soap and shake until
they are clean.
The first time you wash them, soak them for two hours in cold, heavily
salted water (3 tablespoons per gallon). This will set the dye. Then
wash, using the cold water setting.
If you use concentrated liquid detergent, keep a plastic cup handy by
the machine. Use it for measuring. After you pour in the detergent,
throw in the cup (or the plastic cap for the bottle if you use this
to measure). The wash will pick up all the excess that was left in the
If you are out of laundry detergent, substitute 1/4 cup powdered dishwasher
detergent per load. Use this ONLY if the clothes you are washing can
stand a little bleach.
To make your own fabric softener sheets, dab a little liquid fabric
softener onto a washcloth. Throw it into the dryer.
If you run out of fabric softener, add a little of your hair cream rinse
to the rinse cycle. Clothes will be soft and fluffy.
Remove grease by using a few drops of coconut or banana oil, then mild
To remove ink stains from clothing, scrub with a washcloth dipped in
rubbing alcohol. Rinse with clean water.
Squeeze lemon juice on the stain, place stained item between two pieces
of cloth, and press ink stain onto the surrounding fabric. Wash as usual.
To clean your steam iron, fill it with white vinegar. Let it steam until
the big bursts are over. Turn it off, and pour out the vinegar after
it has cooled.
Fill a clean catsup dispenser with water for your steam iron. Keep it
near the ironing board to save steps.
Make some very strong tea and soak dingy lingerie until it is just a
little darker than desired. Rinse quickly once in cold, clear water,
and the dye is set.
Dye dingy lingerie with onion skins. Simmer the dried skins of 8-10
onions with 1/2 cup salt and 2 tablespoons alum in a large pot of water.
Add several items of lingerie at a time. Cook the dye bath over low
heat, stirring gently but constantly, until the desired shade is achieved.
Depending on the fabric content, onion skin dye will color lingerie
from gold to rust.
Add cologne to the final rinse water.
Add a dash of liquid fabric softener to the final rinse when washing
panty hose. It lubricates the fibers, and adds life to the hosiery.
You can keep it handy in a leftover dishwashing detergent squirt bottle.
Outline the sweater on an old framed screen. Make the outline in white
chalk. After you have washed the sweater, block it to fit the outline.
Put the screen upon bricks so that the air circulates. Or rest the screen
over the tub to catch drippings.
Soak white laundry in lemon juice and water. Lemons have a natural bleaching
ingredient and can be used to whiten clothes.