When things come to the common laundry problems, would you cry or scream in a desperation voice? Do you feel like you’re the only one in the world with these problems?
Really, you are not.
First Laundry Problem – Keep white without chemicals
I know how frustrating when your white clothes and towels are yellowing. But hold your breath and don’t just shove your bottle of bleach in. Do you know that overuse of bleach can cause yellowing over time?
The solution is easy. Simply add 1/2 cup of kosher salt to the wash to help whiten whites. Also, it can help set new colors. If it’s yellowing whites, to whiten it back again, you need to follow the instructions on a container of oxygen bleach and add some to your next washing cycle.
For yellowing armpits on white t-shirts, make a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, and apply it to the stain with a toothbrush. Remember to do both inside and outside of the shirt and let it stay overnight. Then rinse and launder the shirt as usual.
Second Laundry Problem – How much Laundry Detergent to Use
If you have a front door washing machine, just load it up, close the door, and use that porthole window as your guide. If the laundry is stacked halfway up the window, then you have a medium load. Look inside the cap of your detergent and choose the middle notch as an indicator of how much detergent to add. If it’s just along the bottom of the window, fill to the lowest notch. If it’s stuffed in all the way to the top, use the highest notch.
Laundry Problem – Static Cling
There are a few ways to reduce and even eliminate static cling. One is to use dryer balls. They reduce friction and fluff up clothing so that there’s no need for fabric softener. Finally (and this is my favorite hack), pin a safety pin to something in the load that will be unlikely to tear—something sturdy like a towel or sweat sock. The pin will act as a lightning rod, attracting and absorbing all the static electricity so that the fabrics are left static-free. We actually have a whole article on how to eliminate static cling.
Another way is to hang clothes to dry, or at least hang your synthetics. It’s the friction in the dryer that causes the cling, and synthetics are the worst offenders. Just removing these pieces will “drop the charge” in your dryer for all the natural fibers tumbling around in there.
Laundry Problem – Towels Smell Funky
The reason for towels smell funky is because we often leave them crumpled and wet for long periods of time. We stuff our washer and dryer, so they may not really rinse properly and then dry properly. Well, since they tend to hang out in damp environments, like in humid beach houses and bathrooms, it is hard to stand a chance
Just run them through the washing machine twice, putting white vinegar in all the detergent-dispensing compartments of the washing machine: the bleach one, the detergent one, and the softener one. Cool or hot temperature, it doesn’t matter. Dry as usual, or hang them outside on a hot, sunny day.
Laundry Problem – Ditch Fabric Softener
Stop using fabric softeners. They will deposit waxy films on your clothing. It is a totally trash item to release into our environment. Instead, adding a cup of white vinegar to my laundry in lieu of fabric softener. Don’t worry about a vinegar smell, it won’t stay, and it also neutralizes any other odors.
Laundry Problem – Socks Disappearance
If you’re fed up with matching socks back together after a load, and I know you are, let’s do this trick. Use the mesh bags that you usually use for washing delicates. When it comes time to do a load of laundry, just stuff all the socks into each person’s respective bag, and wash and dry as usual. The socks come clean without ever getting separated from each other.
Laundry Problem – My Clothes aren’t Clean
You first want to make sure that your washing machine itself is clean and not stinky. If yes, add about 2 cups baking soda to an empty washing machine, run your machine’s self-clean cycle or if it doesn’t have one, just a long hot water cycle. Then run a second cycle adding 2 cups of white vinegar and 10 drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil. The oil helps to combat mildew and remove mineral deposits.
Then, soak a clean cloth in white vinegar and wipe down the inside of the machine. Don’t forget the gasket on a front-loader. Finally, wipe down the insides of the detergent dispenser, using a cleaning toothbrush as necessary to scrub any clinging grossness clean.
In addition, your detergent dosage also can cause your clothes not clean. Adding to much or too little is just wrong.