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!
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
This 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
- Sponge vinegar on affected area. Turn piece over and press with iron.
- 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.
- 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
Chlorine 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
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 ;).