Laundry, like taxes, are an inevitable part of life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it an easy and fun chore to do. Take heed and follow these expert laundry tips and tricks from your local Winter Park dry cleaner and achieve a higher state of efficiency and knowledge when washing your clothes:

Keeping Your Clothes Looking Brand New:

1. Wash in cold water- natural fabrics such as wool, linen and cotton tend to shrink when immersed in warm and hot water, and it fades the colors from fabrics that much faster as compared to using cold water. Plus, it will save you valuable time and money not having to heat water needed for washing, saving electricity costs in the process.

2. Air dry your clothes- nature really is the best when it comes to practical solutions, and laundry is no exception. Limit the use of your dryer to only doing your jeans and underwear, as hot air can also contribute to shrinkage. Everything else should be air dried outside with the use of a clothesline. Air will dry clothes pretty quickly, and when out in the fresh air they smell absolutely amazing. Consider buying a clothes-rack when outdoor space is not available.

3. Turn them inside out- it is such a simple tip to follow, but the best of us forget this valuable nugget of advice. Turn all your clothes, dresses and tops inside out before placing them in the washer. A machine’s spin cycle can greatly reduce clothing quality, and it is better for the clothes’ insides take the wear and tear. Also, beading, buttons and sequins are kept safe from falling out or becoming loose.

4. Use a mesh laundry bag- extra protection never hurt anyone, and your clothes can benefit from it as well. Put your most delicate articles of clothing in, put them in the washer, and worry not about having any tangles, rips or snags that will damage your favorite clothes.

5. Choose the right stuff and the right washer setting- Use gentle cycle as the default when using the washer. Use liquid detergent instead of powdered to prolong your clothes’ life, and brush up on which detergent works best in preserving your clothes’ color and keep it from shrinkage. Remember, not all detergent products are equal.

Removing Stubborn Stains:

The most effective way to remove a stubborn stain is to deal with it right away. Pre-treating and soaking them before they have a chance to work inside the fabric gives a great chance of success as compared to washing them when the stain has already dried. Surprisingly, a good number of different stain types can be solved by the humble vinegar. Here are some of the toughest ones and how to deal with them directly:

  • Coffee and tea stains- apply absorbent powder like cornstarch and baking soda to the stain, then rinse with vinegar and repeat until stain is gone.
  • Blood stains- flush the area right away with cold water and blot it with your fingers. Soak with a mixture of water and ammonia for a good 20 minutes, then rinse.
  • Wine stains- saturate the stain area with vinegar, and let it stand for a few minutes. Rinse with water, and repeat as needed. You may also try to soak it with club soda and wash thoroughly.
  • Grease stains- pretreat it by putting absorbent powder such as baking soda or cornstarch, then soak the affected area with undiluted white vinegar. Put in an absorbent white cloth underneath the stain while treating. Wash it right after.
  • Ink stains- hairspray can do the trick. Put an cloth underneath the affected area and spray until the cloth is wet. Let it stand for a few minutes, then blot with a rag. Apply vinegar and rub it with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar until gone. Let it dry and wash right after.