Life Hacks: Laundry tips and tricks

(WFLA) — Doing laundry gets frustrating when you end up with stains and wrinkles after a day of chores. Selecting a cycle and soap is a start, but far from doing the trick on tricky situations. In fact, it can make matters worse — fading bright colors and shrinking expensive clothes.

Here’s a round-up of laundry hacks to help the following stains or problems:

  • Keep brights bright: Try adding a teaspoon of salt to the wash.
  • Hard towels: Baking soda and vinegar softens towels.
  • Blood: Vinegar and hot water are a powerful combination against blood. So is hydrogen peroxide.
  • Grass stains: Hydrogen peroxide kicks grass stains to the curb.
  • Ink stains: Hair spray first, then hand-sanitizer. The alcohol in these products erases ink.
  • Drying: To dry just a few items, toss a clean, dry towel in with the items in the dryer. It will help absorb excess water.
  • Wrinkles: Don’t want to iron? Toss wrinkled item in the dryer for a few minutes, then hang up immediately to smooth out wrinkles.
  • Shrinking: If the dryer shrinks your clothes, let the fibers expand in a solution of hair conditioner and warm water.
  • Lipstick: Dabbing bread on lipstick stains will help lift it off the fabric. For stronger stains, try petroleum jelly. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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