"I can't wait for laundry day!" ... said no one, ever. The in-home washer and dryer at Springs at Corpus Christi makes this task more convenient, especially when you use these clever money-, time- and labor-saving hacks.
1. Post a Stain Removal Guide
What good does a stain removal guide do when it's buried in a junk drawer or stashed away in a cabinet? Download and print a one-page stain removal guide and post in in a visible spot by your washer.
2. Turn Your Washer into a Memo Board
Keep a dry erase marker handy to write special instructions and other notes on the top of the washer. No more shrinking that new knit top because you forgot and put it in the dryer!
3. Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
Chemicals in commercial laundry detergent can be irritating to sensitive skin, and they're not particularly friendly to the environment either. DIY laundry detergent is easier than you might think, and you can store it in a jar or container that's more attractive than the conventional boxes or bottles.
4. Add a "Tip Jar"
Keep a Mason jar nearby to hold the loose change that gets left inside pants pockets.
5. The Case of the Disappearing Socks
Stock up on safety pins and use them to keep socks paired together. Another effective method is placing socks in mesh lingerie bags.
6. Creative Fix-Its
Has your favorite blouse turned into a crop-top? Unshrink garments by soaking them in a mix of water and hair conditioner for five minutes, then stretching them back out on top of a towel.
Speed up drying time by tossing a dry towel in with damp clothes, removing it after about 20 minutes or so. If you have only one item to dry (and it’s small enough), run it through a salad spinner first to remove the excess moisture.
If you have some clothes that are a bit rumpled, there's no need to pull out an iron or steamer. Put them in the dryer with a damp washcloth and run it for 15 minutes on low to medium heat.
A hair flat iron is great for touch-ups on hems, around buttons and other tricky spots. Make sure the flat iron is free of hair product residue, however.
Restore softness to dried-out towels by washing them with vinegar instead of detergent.
7. Washing the Washer
Add one-half cup of mouthwash to your empty washer and run it through a full cycle to clean, deodorize and disinfect.
Share your favorite go-to laundry hack with us in the comments!