Laundry Myths Debunked!

Use Hair Spray to remove Ink:

The idea of using hair spray to remove ink from laundry began in the 1950s and was actually a valid tip. It was the alcohol in hair spray that worked on the ink stain. However, today’s hair sprays are different from those aerosols of yesteryear. Many formulas do not even contain alcohol and can actually cause stains compounding the ink that’s still on your garment.

Add Coffee Powder to Rinse Water to keep clothes Black:

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You might not have heard this myth until recently but a reader was convinced that adding a cup of black coffee to the rinse water would prevent black jeans from fading. It would take a washer-full of espresso to make a difference in the colour of black jeans.

Coffee can colour fabric if it is used it to dye some white or off-white fabric into a lovely brown. But adding one cup will not keep your black clothes from fading.

Use more Detergent to get Cleaner Clothes:


More is not better when it comes to laundry detergent. We are all quite accustomed to using too much detergent and creating excessive suds that actually deposit soil onto our clothing.  Many liquid detergent caps make it difficult to see measuring lines. Take time to use a permanent marker to enhance those lines. You’ll save money and get cleaner laundry. It is also a good idea to use half as much detergent as recommended and see if you are pleased with the results. You can always add more but you can never pull it out.

If you have a front load washer, that smell coming from your machine could be because you are using too much detergent and fabric softener.

Treat all stains from the front:

As tempting as it is to tackle the stain on shirt by rubbing away, turn it inside out and start there. By treating a stain from the back of the fabric, you are pushing the stain out of the fabric fibers rather than rubbing it in deeper.

Chlorine Bleach boosts Detergent Powder:

Chlorine bleach and detergents can actually cancel each other out and leave your clothes still looking dull and stained. To allow the enzymes in the laundry detergents time to do their job of whitening and brightening, wait about 5 minutes after the wash cycle begins to add your diluted bleach. This tip and learning to use chlorine bleach correctly will save your clothes from a bleach stains and give you better looking laundry.

Want to boost chlorine bleach’s whitening power? Add baking soda at the same time!

Hot water kills all laundry germs:

Unfortunately, using hot water alone for laundry does not kill all germs and bacteria. Washing clothing or linens of someone who is ill can spread the germs throughout the entire washer whether you use hot or cold water.

Only a disinfectant like chlorine bleach, pine oil or a phenolic disinfectant will sanitize the laundry and the washer.

High dryer heat causes Shrinking:

There are many reasons why clothes shrink. Some of it is beyond your control due to decisions made by the manufacturers.

But there are ways to avoid stretching and shrinking clothes. Some fabric shrinkage is caused by the lack of moisture in fibers that comes from over drying. Clothing should be removed from the dryer while still slightly damp and allowed to air dry if shrinkage is a concern.

Dryer lint is no big deal:

With just a little effort, your laundry routine can be better and safer. Emptying the lint trap on the dryer should be a routine step every time you use the dryer. Just check the lint filter before you press the on button. Easy, easy, easy.

Then take the time once a year to clean the duct work and upgrade if needed.

Dry Cleaning is 100% Dry:

Dry cleaning is a bit of misnomer. Water isn’t used but other fluids are.

Traditional dry cleaning used perchlorethylene and other solvents. Even green dry cleaners use silicone fluids and liquid carbon dioxide in their processes.

Mystery behind the missing Socks!

Have you ever thought why the socks go missing? Most missing socks are not eaten by a monster in your washer or dryer or even trapped in the machine!

Most socks disappear between leaving the foot and the hamper or the hamper and the machines. Check behind your washer and dryer for a stash of socks that have fallen. Also check the inside of pant legs for those secret clingers due to static electricity.

Keep a basket or bin or mesh bag in the laundry for all those extra socks!



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