Household Hints and Tips for Laundry

Some helpful household hints and tips for laundry and cleaning clothes.



* Here's a convenient way to dry wet sneakers. Fold a wire coat-hanger in half (pointed ends together). Slip the sneakers over the protruding bottom wires and hang up in a ventilated area to dry. (Never dry sneakers in the dryer. They are certain to shrink, and the toes will curl up.)

* After washing mittens, turn them inside out and brush to fluff up the nap. This makes mittens warmer and more water-repellent.

* To use bleach or not to use bleach? That question can be answered by making a mixture of 1 tablespoonful of bleach and 1/4 cup of water. Put a drop or two on a seam inside the garment, leave for a minute, then blot dry with a paper towel. No change in color means you can use bleach. If it fades only slightly, you can use bleach two or three times, when you need to remove a stubborn stain.

* Soak colored items that "bleed" into the wash water for 24 hours in a solution of 4 tablespoons salt to each quart of water. Rinse in vinegar water. Colors will stay put from then on.

* If you pour too much detergent into the washer, sprinkle salt on the suds to settle the bubbles. Excess suds keep the clothes from agitating freely.

* If you hang clothes outside in the winter, you can prevent them from freezing to the line by adding 1/4 cup of salt to the last rinse water.

* You can wash your nylon stockings in the washer if you stuff them into a nylon bag. Use an old stocking as a bag, knotting the end to close it. Never put your nylons in the dryer.

* Launder bras and slips inside a pillowcase, closed with safety pins. This will keep the straps from getting tangled around other clothes. Prevents your having to replace straps and hooks.

* Water from a spray bottle works better than a steam iron. Dampen only the area that needs it.

* When you've let down the hem on a garment made of wool or a synthetic fabric, apply white vinegar with a small sponge to the wrong side of the fabric and steam-press. This will remove the shine as well as the crease left by the old hem.

* To remove bubble gum from clothing, place the garment in the freezer. Once the gum has hardened, it should peel off cleanly.

* To remove mildew from cloth, moisten the area with a paste made of lemon juice and salt. Then lay the item in the sun to bleach.

* Perspiration stain is not easy to remove unless you apply a thick coat of paste made from baking soda and water. Leave this paste on for 15 minutes. Then rinse and wash the garment as usual.

* For rust stains, rub on lemon juice and salt made into a paste. Let this stand until thoroughly dry. Rinse. Repeat if necessary.

* Never hang clothing in the closet until it is thoroughly dry. An unventilated closet can cause staining.

* Save your washer from breakdowns. Every three or four months, clean out your machine by adding a quart of white vinegar to a tubful of warm water and running the machine through a full cycle, without a load of clothes.

* A plumbing tip which will prevent costly repairs: Every month, open the spigot at the bottom of your hot-water heater and drain the water into a bucket until it runs clear. This cleans out rust and corrosion that can eat away the bottom of the tank.

* A different gift for the bride-to-be? Fill a laundry basket with individually wrapped kitchen and laundry items: soaps, cleansers, clothes-pins, scouring pads, dish towels, bleach, etc.

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