Household Hints - Laundry

Blankets...
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.

Blood Stains...
Remove with hydrogen peroxide.

Blue Jeans...
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.

Delicates...
Slip them in a covered jar with a little cold-water soap and shake until they are clean.

Designer Jeans...
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.

Detergents...
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 cup.

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.

Fabric Softener...
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.

Grease...
Remove grease by using a few drops of coconut or banana oil, then mild suds.

Ink Stains...
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.

Ironing...
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.

Lingerie...
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.

Panty Hose...
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.

Sweaters...
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.

Whites...
Soak white laundry in lemon juice and water. Lemons have a natural bleaching ingredient and can be used to whiten clothes.