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Top Laundry Tricks & Hacks You Need To Know

Posted on November 28, 2023 by Steven Toltz

We get it — laundry can be a massive undertaking week after week, and it’s easy to let cleaning get the best of you. Between washing, drying, folding, and sorting, keeping up with laundry can be monotonous, time consuming, and a bit of a mental strain. 

Clothes piling up, difficult stains, shrunken sweaters — no matter what your laundry woes are, Dependable Cleaners wants to help. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of laundry tips, tricks, and hacks to alleviate your laundry strain and streamline your washing routine. 

It’s time to refresh your clothes and your relationship with laundry!  

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Try These Clever Laundry Hacks:

Eliminate Creases By Air Drying

Air drying saves money, prevents shrinkage, and can lessen the wear-and-tear of your wardrobe. Unfortunately, drying racks tend to cause unsightly creases in clothing. With one easy hack, creases become a thing of the past! Simply cut a pool noodle to fit the length of the rack, make a slit in the side, and slide it on. No ironing required!

Clean & Dry Socks With A Mesh Bag

If your washing & drying routine tends to make socks disappear, this laundry trick is for you. Put a washable mesh bag next to your hamper and throw all your socks in throughout the week. Come laundry day, just toss the bag in the washer and dryer. By keeping all your socks together, pairing and sorting will be a breeze!

Sort By Fabric Or Soil Level

Keep your clothes looking better longer by organizing them by soil level or type of fabric. By separating out your sweaty gym clothes from delicate fabrics, like blouses or slacks, you can follow each item’s care instructions and avoid damage. Just be mindful about washing white or light colors with solid, dark clothing to avoid staining your laundry.

Speed Up Dry Time With Dryer Balls

Reusable dryer balls are extremely environmentally friendly. Not only can you use them again and again, but they work to absorb heat and moisture to cut your dry time down by about 40%. Since dryer balls are unscented, they can be a great choice for those who are sensitive to smells or the ingredients in fabric softeners.

Clean Seasonal Clothes Before Storing Them

To make your clothes last as long as possible, it’s best practice to wash your wardrobe at the end of each season. Stains that seem invisible now, like spots of white wine or sweat, can worsen over time, especially if they’re left in a drawer or closet for months. To keep your clothes looking good each season, give them one final wash before folding them up for the year.

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Use A Damp Handkerchief for Wrinkle-Free Clothes

Want to avoid wrinkles without needing to iron? You may be able to get fresh-pressed clothes with much less effort. Simply dampen a small item, like a sock, washcloth, or handkerchief, and throw it into your dryer with the wrinkled items. That small amount of moisture will create steam, which can help smooth out any wrinkles or creases.

Laundry Tips & Tricks for Fresher, Cleaner Results

Fold Your Clean Clothes, Right Away

Keeping your laundry tidy and put away is one of the hardest parts about an effective home laundry system, but it’s so important! Not only will you and your family feel more relaxed and comfortable in a household with less clothing clutter lying around, but you’ll also be able to find the clothes you want to wear more easily. Of course, if folding is not your thing, you can always enlist our help with our wash and fold services!

Don’t Let Stains Leave a Dark Spot on Your Year

If you ask us, there’s a reason why “stain” rhymes with “pain.” Grass stains, ink, sweat, and blots of all sorts can really mess up your day — and your wardrobe. Never fear. This year, take the pain to the stains instead, and brush up on your arsenal of stain-fighting knowledge. Resolve to conquer ink spots, snuff out smudges, and banish stubborn stains that resist everything but dry cleaning.

To learn all the laundry tips you need to know about stain fighting, check out our guide on stain treatment.

Iron Your Dress Shirts and Pants

Wrinkles are never in fashion. Even if your only meetings happen over Zoom, it’s important that everything in frame looks its absolute best. Make a promise to iron those pieces of clothing that need it. This is a laundry tip that takes very little time to execute, and is definitely worth it in the long run! 

Read More: 5 Reasons Why You Should Dry Clean Dress Shirts

The Best Laundry Hack of All: Let Someone Else Do It

Let’s face it – laundry is a time consuming chore. All the greatest laundry tips and tricks in the world won’t change that. You can, however, eliminate the problem while also making sure your clothes, entertaining linens, specialty items, and everything else are kept as good as (or even better than) new! It’s as simple as hiring a reliable professional cleaner to take care of the dirty work for you. With laundry pickup & delivery, same-day cleaning, 24 hour self-serve kiosks, and guaranteed results, doing the laundry and looking your best have never been easier! 

When you’re ready to make cleaning a snap, give Dependable Cleaners a call at 303-777-2673, or find one of our many convenient Denver area locations