Best laundry tip

@deesamps (653)
United States
March 27, 2007 10:07pm CST
What is one of your best laundry tips? Mine is from a lady at my church. She told me to use hairspray on ink(from a pen) that is on your clothes. I have done this lots of time since I have young children and somehow always end up with ink on their clothes or mine. And it really works!!!! I love it. You just spray the hairspray on the ink mark and then use your fingernail and sort of scratch at it and it comes off!!!! So cool!!! So What is one of your best laundry tips or secrets?!
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
29 Mar 07
BTW hairspray will also remove pen ink from vinyl and leather (try an inconspicuous bit first!) Great for cleaning handbags/purses or furniture.
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@deesamps (653)
• United States
29 Mar 07
I did not know that! Thanks for the tip!
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
29 Mar 07
Always (I mean ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!) check all pockets of pants, tops, sleeves, etc for tissues or paper products. This is especially necessary if you're doing a dark/black wash. Inevitably the tissue will never be in the all white wash. I can guarantee it! Useful post BTW
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• United States
28 Mar 07
Turning your clothes inside out before you wash them is supposed to keep them longer; and hanging them to dry instead of using the dryer is supposed to be better for them.
@deesamps (653)
• United States
28 Mar 07
Thank you for sharing your tips.
• United States
28 Mar 07
Never wash your husband's dress socks with the towels. The socks look horrible afterward and your husband won't be happy. Hide the clorox when your grandmother comes over to help with the laundry. My grandmother is a clorox fanatic and has changed the colors of much of our wardrobe. I have also used the hairspray on ink and it works. If you are washing something with spandex, you probably don't want to dry it. Also a good idea is to stretch it out some while allowing it to dry if it is a little snug.
@deesamps (653)
• United States
28 Mar 07
Thanks for sharing your tips!
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
28 Mar 07
Mine is to add oxy clean to every load, so clothes are coming out clean and very fresh looking.
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@deesamps (653)
• United States
28 Mar 07
Thanks for the reply. I love using oxyclean too. I also use it in every load I do, which is nice when the kids clothes get grass stains on them. It also takes out dried blood. My son got a bloody nose one night and bleed on his pillow and instead of telling me he just turned it over. I discovered it like 3 days later when I went and got the sheets to wash and the oxyclean took it right out with no soaking or anything! It is so cool!
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
28 Mar 07
I rated this as a + because although I will probably never need to use this method I wish there where more of these threads started because they can be very helpful. There was a time when I'm sure this would have helped me out but now not so much. There are a lot of simple home remedies for the everyday problems we encounter and I'd like to see more of these posts started. So Thank You so very much !!!
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@deesamps (653)
• United States
28 Mar 07
Thank you for your response and for rating it a +. I hope that you have a great night.
• United States
28 Mar 07
I like to spray perfume or fragrance oils on either a damp washcloth or an old sock before I put everything in the dryer. When the clothes come out they smell SOO good. Much better than regular dryer sheets in my opinion:)
@deesamps (653)
• United States
28 Mar 07
Thanks for the tip. I am going to have to try that sometime!
@dixielol (1581)
• United States
29 Mar 07
GREAT post! Like the other person said, it would be nice to see more of these posts. Thanks for that tip too, my niece (& I) have alot of clothing with ink marks on them. Everytime I get her a new outfit, she thinks she has to wright on it first thing! I only have one tip that I can share & it really dont have anything to do with laundry. Safe your old dryer sheets & use them to dust. It works great. Instead of just pushing the dust around like a feather duster dose, the laundry sheet actually grabs the dust. Not to mention, it leaves your house smelling pretty good. Also you can put dryer sheets into your drawers & it will make your room & your clothing smell great.
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@happymommy3 (2013)
• United States
29 Mar 07
I always use ajax dishwashing liquid on my clothes stains. Works great on most stains. Before I wash the clothes I will put the ajax right on the grease stain, even grass stains on my kids' clothes and let it soak in there for a little while than wash them and the stains are gone. Works great on the grease stains! Thanks for that tip on the ink stains. I have thrown away alot of my daughter's shirts because I couldn't get the stains out. Will have to try that now and start saving our clothes, lol. Thanks!
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
29 Mar 07
sometimes I will put some white vinegar in as a rinse agent. It makes the clothes very soft, and also brightens them somewhat. When I wash baby clothes I like to add a smidgen of pure vanilla onto a dampened washcloth and add that to the wash. The vanilla scent is so pleasant.
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• United States
29 Mar 07
I like to use the hairspary too. I use shout on everything. Works great. I havent yet found any thing to take out mold. so if anyideas let me know.
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
29 Mar 07
That is an excellent idea! I never thought to do that. I read this tip in a magazine and tried it with my fiance's uniforms and it really worked! If you have really dirty or greasy stains from engine oil or something, pour a can of cola into the washing machine with hot water and put the clothes in, add your usual amount of detergent and run the machine as you normally would. The acid in the cola is supposed to dissolve the grease and loosen up hard to remove grime. Give that a shot!