10 Amazing Laundry Hacks That You Never Knew You Needed

10. DIY Detergent

If you’re sick and tired of washing your clothes with harsh chemicals, then this is the perfect DIY hack for you. All you need is to mix a chopped bar of soap (preferably made from coconut oil), baking soda, and lemon essential oil in a food processor. When it’s a fine consistency like that of normal detergent you are ready to go! We promise it will leave your clothes looking more vibrant than ever.

9. Vinegar and Baking Soda for Towels

Do you ever feel like no matter how many times you wash your towels they still have a funk? Well, worry no longer! All you need to do is soak your towels in a bucket of water with one cup of vinegar and a tablespoon of baking soda. Not only will the strange stink be gone, but you will have more vibrant towels as well.

8. Un-Shrink Clothes with Baby Shampoo

There’s nothing worse then washing your clothes at the wrong setting and finding they’ve now gone from an adult size 2 to toddler-size. Thankfully, there is a little hack we’ve come up with that can save the day–baby shampoo. Yep, you read that right. All you need to do is soak your shrunk clothing in baby shampoo and then wash them again as normal and hang dry. Your clothes will return to normal size and you don’t have to throw out your favorite pair of jeans.

7. Wedge Shoe Laces in Door to Avoid Banging Sneakers

Have you ever tried to wash your sneakers but have found that the noise from all the banging drives you absolutely insane? Well, we feel you on that one. However, there is an easy solution. All you need to do is catch the laces of sneakers in the door and you won’t have to worry about any “banging” ever again.

6. Salad Spinner to Remove Excess Water

If you find yourself in a situation where you can’t dry your clothes with a dryer, here is a little tip to remove excess water–use a salad spinner! All you have to do is drop the article of clothing into the spinner and give it a few good spins and the excess water will be removed and you can hang up your now damp clothes to fully dry.

5. Dryer Balls Instead of Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are a thing of the past, now you need to pick up dryer balls! Dryer balls work just like dryer sheets but are reusable and you don’t have to worry about residue, lint or the sheets falling all over the place in your house. They also come in super cute designs (like these hedgehogs). Too cute!

4. Salt Will Prevent Colors from Fading

One of the downsides to washing your clothes is that the color fades over time. Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about that any longer. All you have to do is add salt to your laundry whenever you wash it and your colors will be preserved and last much longer.

3. Wash Dark Clothes Inside Out

Another way to avoid color fading is by washing your clothes inside out. Simply, turn your jeans or favorite shirts inside out and you will notice that not only does the color last much longer, but the designs will also stay intact for a longer period of time as well.

2. Save Time By Throwing Dry Towel in with Wet Laundry

If you want to speed up the drying process of your laundry loads, all you need to do is put a dry towel in with the wet clothing. The dry towel will help absorb the moisture faster and you’ll have dryer clothes in no time. We’ve tried it and we have to say it’s a real time saver.

1. Keep Blue Jeans Fresh in the Freezer

You may think it’s a little strange to keep your jeans in the freezer but it actually helps them stay fresh in between washes. The more you wash your jeans, the more faded and less durable they become. Thankfully, with freezing them they stay fresh with little to no smell and you can reduce the amount of washes needed.