At GE Appliances, they sure do love laundry. That’s why April 15th is their favourite day of the year; it’s National Laundry Day! And to celebrate, we asked their laundry experts to share their top laundry hacks—their very best (and most secret) ways to get the most out of your laundry duties.
1.Ink and oil, begone.
To remove even the most stubborn ink stains, apply hairspray or hand sanitizer and pat dry. For oil stains, apply baby powder and let it stand overnight. And remember, don’t use force when trying to rub out stains, always blot.
2. Pit stains, no more.
To remove sweat stains, spray the affected clothing with pure lemon juice before tossing in the washer.
3. Adopt a basket system.
Hate sorting laundry? Adopt a basket system for your darks, lights and whites to sort clothes as you go so it’s less of a chore come laundry day.
4. Think inside out.
Faded clothing is the worst. To keep your darks the darkest they can be, simply wash your clothes inside out.
5. On a tight schedule?
If your wet clothes are taking forever to dry, speed things up by simply adding a dry towel to the load.
6. Never lose a sock again.
Don’t you hate it when your sock disappears into the laundry vortex and you’re left with mix-matched pairs? Avoid the frustration by using safety pins to keep socks tied together as they wash or put them all in a mesh bag.
7. Shrinking woes.
Ready to ditch that shrunken sweater? Before you do, soak it in tepid water with a bit of hair conditioner and mold it back to shape. When drying, just be sure to lay it flat.
8. To dry or not to dry.
It’s easy to forget which clothes should go in the dryer. Just write on your washing machine using a dry erase marker to remind yourself which clothes can’t go in the dryer.