Amazing laundry hacks you didn’t know 16



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Laundry can be super overwhelming. Does it feel like you are drowning in clothes? Do you need more help?

It doesn’t need to be a tedious and dreaded task. Be more efficient and have more fun with these hacks.

Below are the top 12 tips Starts At Sixty recommends:

1. Salad sprinkler


Get excess liquid out of items you can’t throw in the dryer using a salad spinner.



2. Watering cans


Don’t throw away the old laundry detergent containers.  Re-purpose them and create watering cans from them to feed and fill your garden.  The slight soap residue will help keep the bugs away too.



3. Lost socks


Repurpose your old socks to become swifter covers.  Alternatively, make a sock puppet.  All you need are buttons and some scraps of yarn.



4. Reminders


Don’t forget what items you can’t put in the dryer.  Use a dry erase marker and write reminders to yourself on the lid of your machine.  Add a magnet to your marker and keep it on the machine.



5. Static balls


You can buy some dryer balls or make your ownusing bunched up aluminum foil.  They cut down on the static AND help your clothes dry faster.



6. Shelves


Add a shelf below your washer and dryer for the baskets of clothes waiting to be washed.



7. Overhead drying rack


Maybe you have an old ladder sitting in your garage! Free up space on your surfaces and make an overhead drying rack.



8. Chewing gum be gone


Instead of trying to scratch the sticky stuff from your kids’ clothes, place the gummed garment in the freezer. When the gum is frozen it can be broken apart and easily removed.



9. Tumble dry faster with tennis balls



Toss a couple of tennis balls into the dryer to fluff up towels, quilts and other bulky items. The balls will bounce around, getting rid of lumps, while speeding up drying time.



10. Banish Bacteria


If your tea towels and dish cloths are a health hazard, disinfect them by adding 15ml of Dettol to the rinse cycle.



11. Speed drying trick


Need a school uniform or other garment dried in a hurry? Throw a dry towel in with the wet item of clothing in the dryer and it will be ready to wear quick-sticks.



12. Dry up grease stains with chalk


Grab some of your children’s white chalk to keep in the laundry for absorbing greasy stains. Simply rub it on and the chalk powder will absorb the grease, making the stain easily removable when washed. Don’t have chalk? Use baby powder instead.



What do you think of these tips for the laundry?  Do you use other tips have that work well? Tell us more below!


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  1. Love the sock idea.. Shame I threw them out before I read this!.. Sure will have more though! Lol

  2. Back in the day I had a twin tub Hoover and the hose would fly off during the spin and squirt water through the laundry door into the kitchen a lot. One day I sat on the wet floor and cried. He fixed it. My tip always have a mop handy.

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    • You cried and he fixed it! Might try that.

  3. My front loader sits on a brick plinth, and so it is easy to load and empty with a stuffed back!

  4. Loathe ironing, don’t own one.. If anything looks a bit crushed I put it in the dryer for about 10mins and then onto line.. But I am v meticulous about how it’s hung out too.. Lol just ask my kids on that one.. Always said to them hang it out nicely and you’ll get away without ironing it!!

  5. Most people, most of the time, don’t really need to use a tumble dryer. I know people who use them during the Adelaide summer. What a waste of electricity.

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    • When I moved into my house at Moana there was not a washing line in sight! Apparently they threw everything into the dryer! Now I have a nice retractable line and NO dryer!

  6. I only iron a shirt for my husband about three times a year, hang everything cuts out the time wasted ironing, I have enough to do without standing ironing madness!…I am very careful when purchasing most look for the no iron tag and the feel of the fabric.

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