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Practical life hacking for washing and ironing


Every hostess dreams that after repeated washings things look like new. Using our tips, you can easily achieve this.

How to wash clothes

  • Wool items will become much softer if, after washing, add a teaspoon of glycerin to the last rinse water.
  • To eliminate the smell of sweat from wool knitwear and refresh the color of things, add baking soda to the wash water. The main thing is not to forget to rinse your clothes well after that.
  • To preserve the color of white socks, soak them for 1-2 hours in a solution of boric acid: 2 tablespoons per 10 liters of water.
  • The collars and cuffs of men's shirts perfectly wipe off hydrogen peroxide added to detergent. Water temperature should be at least 80 degrees.
  • New jeans before the first wash soak for 12 hours in a strong solution of salt, it will help keep their color longer
  • When washing and drying a down jacket, put a few balls for tennis in the drum. They will not allow the fluff to fall down, but will whip and evenly distribute it. Temperature range should not exceed 40 degrees.
  • Table salt perfectly preserves the color of bright and black things: add 20 grams per liter of water when rinsing
  • To improve the appearance and condition of tulle curtains, soak them in salted water or wash them in a solution of blue and milk.
  • Suede gloves will get a pristine look, if you wash them, putting them on your hands. After that, the gloves should be rinsed, blot with a towel and smeared with glycerin. Dry suede products should be in a dark and cool place. Fully dried gloves should be put back on the hands, “combed” with a soft brush.

How to iron clothes

  • For products that have wool in their composition, be sure to use a damp cloth. Make sure that the fabric does not have time to dry.
  • To make the arrows on the trousers look perfect, pre-rub them on the wrong side with dry soap and iron as usual through wet gauze.
  • Stitch embroidery always only from the wrong side.
  • Lacy products iron necessarily be wet and from the seamy side, it is desirable to put a soft cloth.
  • For small items, first iron the edges of the fabric and then the middle.

  • Products from flax and cotton should not be completely dried. If it was not possible to keep track, it is better to sprinkle them with water and only after that start ironing.
  • Iron velvet products first with an iron (after having slightly moistened and put something soft on it), and then with a hard brush, this way you keep the pile in an elevated condition.
  • Embossed and boucle knitwear, as well as velvet, suede and plush things should not be ironed at all, such products should be steamed by weight.
  • Things made of viscose and silk can not be ironed using steam or moisture, otherwise they will remain stains.
  • Silk, be it artificial or natural, can be ironed only from the wrong side and not very hot iron.

If trouble has happened or how to return the "commodity" type of things spoiled during ironing

The first trouble is ugly glosswhich often appears after repeated ironing. But it is easily removed steam jet. You can also moisten a cotton swab in the brewing of tea and wipe the sunken spot.

The second trouble - burns. Onions fights well with them: they should wipe the affected area, then wash the thing with soapy water.

We hope that our advice will be useful to you. Share in the comments your life hacking for laundry and ironing!