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Ultra ALL Free and Clear detergent for front loader? 
I'm afraid this is a question, not a tip. I have over 2 giant bottles of the above detergent and I notice it says it's good for all machines including …

Aspirins in the wash 
Some one once told me that aspirins have a variety of uses. When I do my whites I drop a couple of aspirins into the wash, it helps remove some stains …

kids driving up laundry prices? 
Kids generate tons of laundry, especially in the mobile mess making stage (also called toddler hood). My best method was to combine kid diapers and …

"Free" water 
I use the water my dehumidifier collects for my laundry needs. I just empty the dehumidifier tank into my washing machine. It's great soft water and it's …

Get 'em While They're Young 
Teach Junior and Darla to do laundry when they are little. Let them learn the correct way from you. Sorting clothes helps them learn their colors. Even …

Dryer Sheets dotn't work well with towels 
I've found that using dryer sheets when drying towels will cause the towels to repel water instead of absorb it. Use liquid fabric softener on towels.

Removing articles from clothes before washing 
Make sure you check each and every pocket before you put clothes into the washing machine. I was about to wash my sons pant yesterday and found out he …

Use vinegar to keep color from fading 
Everyone hates it when they buy a cool black t-shirt or black jeans and a couple month later they are starting to fade. Here is a way to reduce the chances …

Line dry inside 
Have a date or special occasion and want your clothes to smell "downy" fresh... Wash them in cold water with the normal amount of soap for the load. Add …

White Socks Turned Pink? Don't worry! 
One trick I learned when I once accidently put in a bright pink shirt with some whites, is that most of your whites can be restored! Put in JUST the whites …

buy great smelling detergent 
The best laundry tip is to use great smelling detergent. This makes all the difference in the world

Hand Wash Helps!  
I always find that washing my delicate items like fancy blouses by hand helps them last longer. It preserves the integrity of the fabric while still giving …

Colored Jeans fading and running... 
Take a bucket filled half with water and half with Vinegar. Soak your jeans for 12 hours. Rinse jeans and wash in the washer. I did this and after one …

Towels 
Towels are more absorbent if you don't use fabric softener on them.

Never Dry Shirts 
I never dry any shirts. As soon as the wash load is finished I hang all shirts up to dry. For sweaters I lay them on a drying board. Once the shirts …

Sticky Velcro 
Make sure when tossing in Velcro bibs or jackets that have Velcro hoods or pockets to attach the Velcro together to prevent things from sticking together …

Did you forget to remove the clothes after a wash cycle? 
Never fear - you won't have to throw them all out!! Just start the washer for another cycle but this time instead of using any detergent or fabric softener, …

Removing oily food stains 
My mom taught me that if you keep a bottle of shampoo in the laundry, you can use it to remove oily food stains. Just pour some on the stain and gently …

Hang Slacks upside down after drying 
I always hang my husband's pants upside down by the leg cuffs. This avoids those annoying little dents that a hanger can create.

OXYGEN additives 
Oxygen additives work best when the water is as hot as you can get. I usually put a scoop in boiling hot water then add the stainedclothing and let soak. …

Prolong the Life of Your Dryer 
I had read somewhere a woman had dryer issues and called a repairman. He told her that using dryer sheets will eventually clog up your dryer lint filter …

Use Ammonia to Boost Detergent Cleaning Power 
Ammonia may smell bad, but it's great to add to laundry. It freshens, removes bad odors like fishing ickies, barn odors. It boosts the cleaning power of …

Cut Ironing Time In Half! 
Wrap a layer of aluminum foil around the ironing board, and then put the ironing board cover over it. The foil will reflect heat so you're actually ironing …

Clean and Whiten sports pants without bleach 
Soak your child's white baseball or football pants in electric dishwasher soap. Launder as usual. Will come out white with stains gone.

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Tips from a mom! 
1. Always check your pockets! Cell phones are small nowadays, you might end up washing it! 2. Put the detergent in while the water is coming in. …

Grass Stains 
After a full soccer match, grass stains are surely a laundry issue! To remove them from clothing, start by using a pre-treater(ex. Stain Stick) and let …

Baking Soda and Bleach - whites get whiter 
Add half a cup of baking soda to your load of laundry when using bleach and detergent to make your white laundry come out even whiter.

yellow stains - baking soda paste 
make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply to the underarm yellow stains and let sit. wash in hot sudsy water.

no more ironing 
I put my jeans in the dryer for about 15 minutes,take them out while the are still a little bit damp.If you like a crease in them ,then you hang them up …

Check the pockets 
My best tip for washing clothes is check pockets before you put clothes into washing maching.

Stopping Clothes wrinkling when drying  
When my clothes are finished drying, I leave the dryer set on the cool air setting and let it continue to run. I remove a few articles at a time and hang …

Stains in clothes 
I work in a meat packing plant and occasionally I come home from work with dried meat on my pants legs. I found the best way to get this out is to soak …

Fresh, light linen - use baking soda  
Add 2 teaspoons of baking soda to a load on sheets with the detergent. The sheets come out brighter and have an airy feeling to them. It's a great improvement. …

save bras; use mesh bag 
If you want to put bras in the laundry but save them some wear and tear, just put them in a zippable mesh bag. This will prevent you from having to wash …

Don't get bent out of shape about baseball caps 
To help a baseball cap keep its shape stuff with a towel or t-shirt before washing.

Inside Out Will Do The Trick 
Oftentimes, people throw their jeans in the washer without thinking to turn them inside out. Then, after only a few washes, the color fades away. Correct …

Be patient - delay putting detergent in 
Do not put the detergent before the water has risen to the desired amount because many clothes can get ugly stains or discolored if the detergent is put …

Mildew spots  
If you find a black mildew spot on something that was wet too long, maybe the beach towels in the trunk?, pour a good amount of peroxide all over the stain, …

Bachelors, Have unwrinkled clothes without ironing! 
This is a secret passed down to me by a very wise woman, my Mom. All you have to do to make sure your clothes stay wrinkle free is, Fold them as soon as …

Dry Clothes for Five Minutes then Hang 
I do not like to dry my clothes all of the way because of possible shrinkage. But I have found that if you just hang them to dry straight from the washer …

Money-saving Laundry Tips 
When washing laundry, wait until there is a full-load before running the machine or use a lower water setting. Use the proper settings for the proper …

Clean the dryer lint catcher! 
If you take out your dryer lint catcher about once a month and scrub it with dish washing liquid and a tooth brush, you will lower your energy bill and …

Cheap Hairspray for Ink Stains 
Cheap hairspray is a great way to get ink stains out of clothing. Before you wash the stained clothing, put a couple paper towels under the stained area. …

OxyClean 
Always pre-treat. Sometimes these usightly spills can go unnoticed. I always try to put one scoop of OxyClean in the wash. Also, nothing makes whites …

Safety pins fo stains 
Whenever I travel, I take a couple safety pins with me and use them to mark items that have stains. This makes it easier to pick out which pieces of clothing …

Make it a game 
I make laundry (the dreaded deed) in my house into a game for my two children to help me. So we get to spend some quality time playing while sorting clothes …

Color Catchers 
Worried about colors running together? Want to wash died clothing with your normal loads? Use a color catcher! These can be bought in most stores, and …

getting wrinkles of your clothes 
To get wrinkles out of your clothes quickly, without ironing, simply throw your clothes in the dryer with a wet towel.

soak em 
Before washing clothes you should allow them to soak in water. This allows the soil to easily break bown .

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Lestoil for oil and grease stains 
use a product called lestoil. it works miracles. it removed grease and oil from the rear of my white shorts! after i had already washed and dried them!!! …

Using Cold Water for doing Laundry 
I use cold water for all my laundry. It helps to prevent fading from colors, keeps designs in tact, and also is lowering my electricity bill because I …

Removing ring around the color or other body fluid stains 
Shampoo is a strong cleaner and will remove under arm stains, color stains, or other stains created by the human body. Any shampoo will do. Just buy …

Dewrinkler 
My mom taught me how to make my own dewrinkler without having to spend extra money on it while shopping. You take an empty spray bottle and mix 1/8 …

Common sense laundry tips 
Always use stain treater on soiled clothes before washing - especially if you have kids! Use bleach on white socks to keep them that way. Use fabric …

Stay close to the washer! 
Keep an eye on your washer. Our old one used to get stuck on one part of the cycle and would keep agitating until someone stopped it. I ruined a load of …

Sorting socks 
The best laundry tip I have to keep track of your socks is to buy a mesh bag and place your socks in the bag as you remove them. This way you won't be …

washing red clothes 
the first time you wash a red item of clothing, wash it in cold salted water only; that will set the dye and it will not bleed.

Don't Remove Your Dryer Sheets  
When I do more than one load of clothes, I leave the dryer sheet from the first load in the dryer. They still smell good and I'm sure they have some life …

The Cleanest Mens clothing  
My husband has the worst stains on his shirts, so right after he takes them off, I make sure to spray them with a pre-wash stain remover. This helps them …

A Different Use For Baking Soda 
So we all have boxes of baking soda just sitting there on the pantry shelf. I put leftover baking soda to work. When I do laundry, I use a mixture …

Sort for drying too 
You sort your clothes for washing; you should do the same for drying, so you’re not mixing slow- and quick-drying items.

Keep Them Separated 
Something my Mom taught me when I was young is to always separate your dark and light colors. Wash your towels only with other towels. But keep bathroom …

New Fabric Conditioners 
To save on water during rinsing and help the environment as well, the market now offers fabric conditioner that allows users to rinse their clothes in …

Washing super stinky clothes 
If you have to wash super stinky clothes, think clothes that have been in the gym locker all year, or that funky smell under the bed, I have found a great …

Freshen clothes up left in washer 
I am always washing clothes and then having to leave the house before they are finished. Then, I come home and they have that icky smell from sitting …

Smelly Washer Solution  
It seemed I had tried everything to remove a mold smell from my washer! Bleach, vinegar or baking soda didn't make any difference. I called the manufacturer …

Keep the dryer on a low setting 
We usually focus on getting the clothes dried quickly and efficiently. This usually requires us to the heat up, which results in fading and wear-and-tear …

Spray in Wash for all stains 
For any stain, minor to major, use Spray N Wash " In Wash". Instead of wasting time spraying every stain on every piece of clothing, you start your wash …

Wash Hanging Clothes together 
It seems so easy but I have just learned that if I wash all the hanging clothes together, I can obviously hang them all up without having to dig through …

An Odd Tip If You Have a Firepit! READ!! 
Do you have a firepit that you enjoy using? Are most of your washables natural fabrics like cotton or wool? If you answered yes, I have a great laundry …

More than laundry for your washer 
I put almost anything in my washer to disinfect it or clean it. Sometimes, I throw my white flip flops in there with some bleach and hot water, and they …

train the kids 
Kids can get in the habit of throwing their clean clothes in the laundry hamper, just so they won't have to hang the clothes up while cleaning their rooms. …

Using Dishwasher Soap to do laundry 
Told my daughter to do this with baby clothes- Automatic dishwasher soap is great for all kinds of baby stains. You can pre-soak or rub it like a paste. …

keep stain from setting 
If you are out and get a spot on your clothes (machine washable), just rub a little hand soap (liquid or bar is fine) and it will keep the stain from setting. …

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Save your washer parts  
While washing clothes keep in mind to put the all the zippers and buttons on the clothes closed and wash these clothes from insde out it will protect washer …

Regular Table Salt - add to the wash 
Adding about 2 tablespoons of regular table salt to your colors in cold water will brighten and enhance the colors! It will also act as an exfoliliant …

Vinegar in the Wash 
There is no need to spend outrageous money on those high priced oxygen cleaners. Add a half cup to one cup of vinegar to your wash cycle with the detergeant. …

Coca cola for cleaning  
If you have really greasy or soiled clothes i know this will sound funny or lame but trust me i thought the same thing till i tried it take 1 12 oz (CAN) …

Stale Smelling Towels 
Do your towels sometimes smell stale or sour? Try using an extra rinse cycle every other washing. The sour stale smell is soap which has accumulated …

Front load washer warning 
Be sure you've considered thoughtfully the purchase of a front loading washer. We had one and were very dissatisfied with it. Perhaps we're unique, …

Use Vinegar instead of fabric softener 
Use vinegar in the softener cycle instead of using fabric softner. It works great - just a 1/4 cup will make the difference! No your clothes won't smell …

liquid automated dish washing soap for Whiter Clothes 
I use liquid automated dish washing soap with lemon to brighten my dingy gray clothes. Just add 1/2 cup to any color fast load of clothes after the water …

Red Wine Stains (Used mostly for carpet, but works on almost all fabrics) 
I use this one for red wine stains in my carpet all the time! Equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide (used for first aid, you probably have some in your …

make your own laundry soap! 
my tip is to battle the rising cost of laundry soap. just make your own. it costs less and is better for the environment too! it is very easy and everything …

Rough Clothing Solution 
If your towels and other cottons get rough and stop being absorbant, just add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle and skip the fabric softner. I do this …

The power of Lemon 
Use fresh lemon juice mixed with water, and soak garments in it overnight to whiten and freshen up your clothing!

Tennis Balls when drying ! 
Toss a tennis ball in the dryer when you're drying your clothes. It prevents static cling and also helps to keep things soft and fluffy!

Remove Grease or Oil 
To get out grease and/or oil from garments, pour a generous amount of baby powder on the stain and let sit at least overnight. The powder absorbs all …

End the missing sock dilemma! 
Whenever my children take their socks off, I safety pin them together so that they can't be lost. This works great; I haven't had alost sock in months …

Get that Grease out of my Clothes 
If you have ever worked on a car, you may have gotten grease or oil on a pair of pants or a shirt and never been able to fully get it out. A little …

Laundry & Dishwasher Info Dot Com 
Hi, I have an information, non commercial site, which provides many laundry and dishwashing peices of informtion, for the domestic and professional user. …

Washing trousers with a crease 
When you want to wash a pair or trousers that has a crease down the front - try folding the trousers along the crease line and placing the folded trousers …

Softening Advice 
Instead of buying expensive dryer sheets: Take a slightly damp washcloth, and pour approx. 1 Tbsp. of your favorite Fabric Softener into the middle …

Running colours  
Soak your brightly colored tops in water containing one spoon salt before washing it for the first time. Color of these clothes would not fade.

Discouraging "Pilling" in Permanent Press 
Using a fabric softener will keep permanent press fibers lubricated and discourage breaking, which causes "pilling."

Just Do It - wash stains straight away 
The best laundry advice I have, is to just do it. Wash clothes right away after being stained. The linger the stain has to set, the more unlikely it …

Dryer sheets 
To help get extra soft and cling free clothes, add two or more dryer sheets to your dryer. Make sure that you clean the lint trap. SOmetimes I add the …

Kiss lipstick good-bye! 
Pour liquid laundry detergent directly on the lipstick stain; allow to settle into the fabric for a few minutes (3-4); rub detergent into fabric; toss …

Out of bleach need to whiten 
I have found if you are out of bleach and need to do a load of whites then you can also use liquid dishwasher soap it will whiten the whites very good …

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Goog off for Paint stains 
I have gotten paint stains and have used "Goof off" to get it off. It smells horrible, but after two washes even dried paint comes out. Good Luck and take …

The right detergent 
My best tip is to buy the laundry detergebt recommended by the manufacturer of your machine. Be especially careful to make sure that if you have a front …

Standard but important 
Firstly I wash my clothes by their color. I don't pass 5 kg at one time. I don't use softener for the coloured clothes.

USE LESS DETERGENT 
Using less detergent the first few times you run the machine will less the chance of that icky white build up that can end up on your clothes and clog …

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