Hacks to keep you well-organised in the laundry

September 3rd, 2015

Appliance Hack Appliance Talk Laundry


Last week we brought you Hacks that’ll make your life easier in the kitchen, and because it did so well, we thought we would bring you hacks for your laundry!

Again, I set forth with my pen and paper and made my way around the office to see if I could find any great tips and hacks from my colleagues. I also did a bit of research on the Internet and grabbed the 10 best hacks I could find.

Separating colours from whites can actually be fun, and a whole lot easier

Image and hack courtesy of http-::www.thepinjunkie.com

Image and hack courtesy of http-::www.thepinjunkie.com

Hang laundry bags from the wall and label them to make it less time-consuming when separating colours and fabrics before the wash.

Read more here 

Spruce up your favourite black shirt


Image courtesy of foto76 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of foto76 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Do you, or someone in your household, have a black shirt, pair of pants, or dress that has faded a little too much?

Just add two cups of brewed coffee or black tea to your washer’s rinse cycle to restore faded black fabric.

Ironing, who actually likes it?

If you’re anything like me, then ironing isn’t up there on your ‘excitement’ list.

Just by adding 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water, you can create a de-wrinkle solution. After removing your garments from the dryer, spritz some of the solution onto your wrinkled clothing item then hang it up to dry. Genius!

Do you have little to no storage space in your laundry?


Image and hack courtesy of http-::www.mysweetsavannahblog.com

Image and hack courtesy of http-::www.mysweetsavannahblog.com

Hang shelving behind your laundry room door to maximise even the smallest of laundry spaces. Read more here 

Your clothes maybe clean, but is your washing machine drum?

If you have an older machine that doesn’t have a tub clean function, simply run your machine through a cycle with hot water and a bottle of white vinegar. The hot water and vinegar will help rid your machine’s tub of bacteria and soapy residue.

The organiser’s dream


image and hack courtesy of http-::becauseimaddicted.net

image and hack courtesy of http-::becauseimaddicted.net

Make your laundry shelves a lot prettier by storing detergents, cleaning powders and fabric softeners in clear jars, and then labeling them with tags. Read more here 

Bread can be used for more than just eating or feeding the ducks

Remove lipstick stains from garments by using bread. Yep, you heard right, bread!

Remove the crust from a piece of untoasted white bread, then roll the bread into a bread ball, and then use it to blot lipstick marks away. Once you’ve done all the blotting you can do, launder the garments as normal.

INK STAINS! We hate them




If you’re tired of wearing ink-stained shirts to the office, try spraying hairspray or squirting hand sanitiser onto the stains before washing them.

Read more here 

No one likes ugly yellow sweat stains

As I went around the office gathering information for this blog, one thing was quite common; everyone hated the yucky sweat stains that ruined white tops. They also all had at least one way of getting rid of them. These are the top 4:

  • Make a paste out of baking powder and water. Apply to the stained area, and let set for a few hours before washing.
  • Make a solution out of equal parts lemon juice and water. Apply to the stains before washing.
  • Apply white vinegar directly onto the stained area before running it through a wash cycle.
  • Make a solution out of hot water and table salt. Apply the solution to the stained garment before washing.

 Grease may have been popular in the 50s, but not so much today

Absorb grease stains on clothing with baby powder or chalk. Dab the stain with the powder or chalk, wipe of any excess powder, and then repeat until the stain has vanished.

All the way from the land of the flightless bird, Krissy brings a part of New Zealand culture to the Appliances Online content team. And although she is adamant she does not say 'fush and chups', she can't deny her continuous use of the term 'sweet as' and her ongoing argument with her team on the correct name for jandals (thongs). One thing is for certain, however, her passion for her kiwi slang is matched with her love for sharing news, hacks and buying tips for all things appliances! Krissy's favourite appliance is the Tefal Cook4Me multi cooker, as she believes it's ok to let an appliance do all the work for you.

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