A Little Help With Laundry: Short & Sweet Tips Collection

Here are a few tips for laundry & ironing that were previously published on Tipnut as Quick Tips that have been moved to this single page.

  • Before washing items with grass stains, try dabbing a generous amount of vinegar into the stain first. Launder as usual. This should help lift the stain right out.
  • If you have Liquid Paper or white correction fluid smudged on your clothes, try applying a bit of suntan lotion to a slightly damp cloth then blotting over the stain, gently rubbing with the grain or weave of the fabric if possible. Repeat as necessary until you’ve removed the stain. Be careful with delicate fabrics though and make sure it’s a clothing item that will easily wash out the suntan lotion.
  • Ironing Embroidered Linens: Place the linen with the embroidered side down over a white terry towel then press (wrong side up). This will help preserve the direction of the stitching without flattening it. You could also do this in reverse: first lay the embroidered side up, then place a terry towel on top, then press.
  • Try adding a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle when washing plastic table cloths. This will help them dry soft and pliable.
  • Before washing new colored or print fabrics or new items of clothing, try soaking first in 1 tsp Epsom salts to one gallon of water. Helps prevent fading as well as dyes running in future washes.
  • You can use a 50/50 mix of vodka and water to spray on suit jackets, coats, and other clothing items to freshen the armpit area. Lightly mist or spray the vodka mix underneath the arms on the clothing item, allow to dry then store until needed. If your jackets and clothing items are otherwise clean, this will help save money on dry cleaning costs.
  • When you let down a hem there’s usually a problem line showing where the original hemline was. Try sponging that line with a 50/50 water and white vinegar solution. Then cover with a damp pressing cloth and press with a hot iron. This may take a few tries, but I’ve had good luck with this process.

Sorting & Organizing

*First published November 1, 2006 and moved to this page for better organization

This simple trick was life changing in our household!

Materials Needed:

1 Basket for each member in your family

1 Basket for towels & misc.


  • As you fold your clean and finished laundry, sort each item into the assigned basket for each family member.
  • Each person is responsible for picking up their basket and putting away their clothing items (dresser drawers, closets, trunks, etc.).
  • Such a little trick like this keeps everyone’s laundry tidy and sorted right out of the dryer.

Easy Tip To Store Bedding

*First published November 21, 2006

Handy Tip - Tipnut.comThis is such a simple little tip that you’ll wonder why you never thought of it before. Keeps your bedding sets organized together as well as saves space in your linen closet!


  • Fold sheet, matching top sheet and 1 pillow case as you normally do. Then slide each into the 2nd pillow case to store. Stack these in your linen closet. When you change bedding, simply pull out the pillow case pack and the entire set is together.

No more digging around your closet looking for matching bedding items, plus the sets stay well pressed rather than getting wrinkled and bunched up in your closet from being tossed around everytime you’re looking for a match ;).

Remove Shine & Scorch Marks From Ironing

Method #1

  • Sponge vinegar on affected area. Turn piece over and press with iron.

Method #2

  • Lay piece shiny side up on ironing board.
  • Place a damp cloth on top of shine mark.
  • Steam with hot iron until shine is removed.

Method #3

  • If you don’t need the clothing item right away, rewash with a splash of vinegar in the wash cycle.

Arm & Hammer Tips

*First published June 20, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization

Picture of Arm & Hammer LogoChlorine Bleach Booster

  • Cut back on harsh chemicals in your laundry by reducing the amount of bleach you use. When washing whites, add 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1/2 cup of bleach (instead of using a full cup of bleach). This helps cut down the stinky bleach smell too.

Liquid Laundry Detergent Booster

  • Add 1 cup of baking soda to a load of laundry when using liquid detergent. This gives a better balance of pH which gets clothes cleaner, fresher and brighter.

Rinse Cycle Booster

  • Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle for added freshness. This neutralizes and eliminates harsh odors without perfumey cover-ups.

Starch & Stiffen Crinolines

*First published May 17, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization

Picture of Lady & Gent
Picture of Lady & Gent

1 cup boiling water, 1/2 cup sugar. Boil and cool. Add: 1 tbsp. gelatine and thin down to thickness needed.

To Stiffen Crinoline

Dissolve 1 package gelatin in 1 cup water. Wash and rinse crinoline then soak and squeeze crinoline in gelatin mixture. Remove and drain without rinsing. This will stay stiff longer than starch.

*Found on loose page of old cookbook. Included here because one just never knows when they’ll need a crinoline ready to wear ;).

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    • Pauline

    I just wanted to make a comment and I don’t know where. Actually I wanted to ask a question. How long do you soak the items in this solution?

    • Tipnut

    Hi Pauline, I don’t have any firm rules or guidelines on this. But I shoot for about an hour or so. I think as long as the fabric has a chance to soak in the solution it’s fine.

    • Pauline

    Thank you. Being a sewist and a quilter in particular, makes this a great tip. Much needed.

    • Amy Z.

    When I was a kid, my mom would use hairspray on grass stains.

    • Bea M.

    Hair spray (aqua net)also removes magic marker stains on clothes!! Some times you have to repeat the process but it is worth it! It has worked for me time after time!

      • Highball

      Hairspray for leaky pens or marks on white shirts also.

    • Bev

    Does anyone know how to remove the shine from velvet caused by a hot hair dryer

    • kelly

    Has any1 used any of the methods to remove shine/scortch marks? How does it work?

    • Tracy

    I have a problem with my washer getting dirty/filthy after each wash! After and before each wash, I have to scrub the inside of the machine. Is there something I could run through my washer that would cut down on this; or, something I could ‘wash my washing machine with?’
    Thanks so much:)

    • Tracy

    Regarding ‘Aqua Net’ hair spray, I have gone to the Ralph Lauren store where they put their ‘damaged goods;’ I got a pair of white cotton shorts for like $5.00 (from about $50.00), just because it had an ink mark on the back pocket! I came home and sprayed it good and then washed and it came out completely – WHAT A DEAL!

    • Pam

    They make a machine wash solution for the HE machines. They sell them at Walmart and I’m sure other stores carry them you could try it! I use them in my front loader and they are awesome!

    • Amy Morgan

    Using vinegar as a rinse will help keep your machine and drains cleaner because it cuts the junk in them.

    • Susan Hope

    How can you get faded color stains from washing clothing together ex. blue faded onto all other pieces in wash?

    • Minnie Cutbirth

    The very best solution I have ever run across is equal parts of Dawn Dish Soap, Clear Ammonia and water. Mix together and keep in a squirt bottle. Takes out all stains and I even tried it on our tile in the shower and it removed soap scum (with the use of a razor blade) better than any commercial cleaner.

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