Laundry Tips to Make Clothes Last -- Savings Experiment

Laundry Tips to Make Clothes Last
Laundry Tips to Make Clothes Last

The wear and tear that washing machines put on your clothes can put a dent in your budget. Luckily, there are a few simple laundry tricks that can help you make your clothes and linens last.

It's no secret that tumble drying can damage your garments, so the less time your clothes spend in there the better. Try speeding up the process with a few tennis balls. Placing these in with your load can cut your drying time by as much as 50 percent.

Simply wrap each ball in a sock to prevent any lint from escaping before you throw them in. As the dryer spins, the balls help separate the clothes, which in turn allows more warm air to circulate to the center of the load. The more balls you add, the faster the drying time. And best of all, these can be used over and over again.

If you have old towels that always seem to smell and don't absorb as well as they used to, chances are the cause of this is detergent and fabric softener build-up, which can accumulate in the fibers over time. To get them fresh and fluffy again, all you need is a little vinegar and baking soda.

Simply place the offending towels into the washer and add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar. Then start your cycle on the warmest water setting possible. Once you're done, repeat the process, except this time add 1/2 cup of baking soda. When that's through, just put the items into the dryer, and you're done. The vinegar and baking soda combo is really effective at stripping old residue from the fibers, making your old towels just like new. Bonus: This also works great for brightening and revitalizing dingy white sheets.

So remember, you can keep your laundry clean without deteriorating it in the process. With a little know-how, your clothing and your budget can last a lot longer than you think.


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