Laundry Hints & Tips
Nice N Clean Dry Cleaners are the experts at laundering your clothes but if you do insist on a little DIY, here are our top laundry hints and tips!
Please note all advice is taken at your own risk, never ignore the manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations and take all safety precautions where necessary.
- Deodorant Stains on the Underarms of Washable Shirts
Sponge on white vinegar (or soak stain in it); wait 30 minutes. Launder shirts in the hottest water safe for the fabric using any biological detergent.
To prevent: Let deodorant dry before dressing. And don’t let stains sit! Apply prewash spray or liquid detergent ASAP, then launder. For every third or fourth washing, use the hottest water safe for the shirts.
- Soiled Shirt Collars
Brush a small amount of hair shampoo onto soiled shirt collars before laundering. Shampoo is made to dissolve body oils.
- Save Energy on Tumble drying
Include a few tennis balls or proprietary tumble dryer balls in each dryer cycle. The balls cut drying time by 25% – 50% and give extra softness to the clothes/towels
- Save On Hand washing
Launder bras, slips and other delicate inside laundry nets or pillowcases.
- Remove Bubble gum
Place the garment in the freezer and once hard it should peel off cleanly.
- Have a Clean Washing Machine
Three or four times per year, treat your washing machine to a good clean. Add a litre of white vinegar to a tubful of warm water and run the machine through a full cycle, without a load of clothes.
- Shrunken Knitwear
Try to reshape a wet sweater to its original size. Add 2-3 tablespoonful of hair conditioner to a bucket of water at room temperature. Put the sweater in the bucket to soak for about 5 minutes. Lay the sweater on a clean dry towel and slowly and gently try to stretch the fibres and reshape the garment before allowing it to dry on the towel.
- Dingy Whites
For gray and dingy whites try the triple soak. Soak the whites first in a solution of a bucketful of water and 2 tablespoons of liquid dish soap. Next rinse out the whites and soak in a solution of 2 tablespoons of ammonia and a bucketful of water. Next, rinse out the whites, and soak in a bucket of warm water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Rinse thoroughly and dry. This soaking method will leave your whites bright and clean. (NB you should be a professional to be able to use ammonia)
- Burnt Stuff on the Iron
Wearing a pair of heat proof gloves, rub the iron with aluminium foil to remove burnt on starch, etc.
- Colour Run
Proprietary colour remover is now commonly available at supermarkets. Colour Removers can be effective at removing transferred dye on some coloured or patterned backgrounds, although please note that you run the risk of having the original colour or pattern of the garment damaged.
- Mildew Smells or Stains
Did you forget about the clothes in the washer and now they have a sour smell? If the clothes smell, but aren’t stained by pinpoint sized dots of mildew, you may simply be able to rewash them with a helping of bleach for whites, or colour-safe bleach for colours. If you indeed have mildew stains, washing with chlorine bleach will remove the stains from white clothing. For coloured clothing use a mixture of colour-safe oxygen bleach (1 teaspoon) , and hydrogen peroxide (1 cup) to sponge the stained areas before rinsing thoroughly and rewashing. Clothes may also benefit from soaking in a borax solution.
- Washed Tissues
Remove the biggest clumps of shredded tissue and put the clothing in the tumble dryer. The smaller clumps will get caught in the lint filter where you can remove them after the drying cycle. The more clumps you can remove before the clothing goes into the dryer, the better. Once the clothing is dry, shake out the garments to remove any loose pieces.