How is it that clothes lose their luster after a couple of washes, and towels become crusty? What do you do if you accidentally get makeup on your favourite shirt? These are mysteries that were previously only known to the laundry gods, but not anymore! Let’s look at some of the most common laundry nightmares and prepare you for whatever fabric catastrophe awaits.
Fluff up your towels
The soft-touch feel, the fluffiness, and the clean scent are just some of the things we love about newly purchased towels. But, after only one wash, they seem to lose their newness and become as hard as the welcome mat outside the front door. No matter, though. There is a way to rectify the problem – without buying new towels! Plus, the ingredients can all be found in your pantry.
Option 1: Add half a cup of baking soda directly to the wash
Baking soda is a great natural detergent and is non-toxic. Just add half a cup directly to the washing machine, sprinkle it over the clothes inside, and let the machine do its thing. Note: No need to add any additional laundry detergent, as the baking soda will naturally clean clothes.
Option 2: Add half a cup of white vinegar to your rinse cycle
Did you know that vinegar works well to soften fabrics and can dissolve any build-up on towels? For a natural approach, add half a cup of white vinegar to your rinse cycle to break up any residue that may be lingering. Note: The odour will disappear after drying in the sun, leaving towels smelling fresh and feeling fluffy.
Get rid of makeup stains
Whether you’re a makeup artist or the victim of an awkward hug, we’ve all had makeup smeared over our shirts at some point. From brown foundation to pink lipstick smears and even black mascara, the moment it transfers to your clothes, you want it off! A quick fix is taking a makeup wipe to the stain and rubbing it out. Unfortunately, not everyone has makeup wipes on hand.
Option 1: Dissolve lipstick with alcohol
A simple alternative is soaking a cotton ball, earbud or the tip of a washcloth in rubbing alcohol. This works wonders on lipstick smears, as alcohol is known to break down oils and waxy stains. Alcohol-based hairsprays can also help with this nightmare! Simply spray the stain and let it dry before wiping it away with a wet wipe.
Option 2: Lift the stain with shaving cream
Shaving cream is another miracle worker for makeup stains! Lather on a blob of shaving cream, leave for 10 minutes, and wipe it off. The makeup should have dissolved into the cream, leaving your clothes looking new.
Say goodbye to grease stains
Just imagine you’re cooking in the kitchen; the oil is bubbling away in the pot on the stovetop as you batter the onion rings. Just as you drop the first one in, the oil decides to spew droplets all over the front of your clothes. Disaster!
Fortunately, that’s not where the story ends. Chalk is known to be ultra-absorbent and will soak up the grease where it splashed. Rub some chalk on the stain and throw the garment into the wash when you can.
Keep clothes looking their best with Intelligent Care
Besides avoiding mayhem, we also want our clothes to last longer than a single season. And most washing machines simply don’t cater for fabric protection. The best way to care for your clothes is by investing in washing machines that thinks for you, like the LG Vivace AI DD Washer Dryer Combo or anything alike.
Enjoy greater peace of mind with these hacks to fluff, clean, and care for your clothes.