Keep towels fresh
To keep bath towels fluffy and absorbent, leave out the fabric conditioner and throw a cupful of white vinegar into the wash instead – the vinegar will also help to get rid of musty smells.
Grab three laundry baskets and colour-code them according to the wash: whites, colours and darks. Come wash-day, you can simply empty whichever one into the machine.
DIY fabric freshener
In a hurry but forgot to wash your favourite top? Freshen it up in no time with a homemade fabric freshener. Mix one part baking soda, one part fabric softener and two parts of warm water in a spray bottle, shake, spritz and you’re ready to go.
Use a quick wash cycle
If your clothes are stain free and just need refreshing switch to a quick wash setting instead.
Wash trainers in the washing machine
Take the pain out of cleaning trainers – remove the laces, wipe off any excess dirt and pop them in a pillowcase to wash. Set the machine to a cold cycle to avoid the colours fading.
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Add half a cup of bicarbonate of soda in the drawer and either half a cup of white vinegar.
Make a bed sheet bundle
Keep matching bedding together by piling up the neatly folded fitted sheet, duvet cover and pillowcase and then sliding them into the other pillowcase. It's easier to store and quick to find, next time you change the bed.
Speed up tumble drying
Add a couple of clean tennis balls, a dry towel or scrunched up balls of tin foil into the drum with your clothes to stop them clinging together. It'll speed up drying time and help save you money.
Use the spin setting
If drying is an issue or you don't have much space, get your clothes as dry as you can, by putting them on for an extra spin in the washing machine. It will only take around 10 minutes but will mean a shorter drying time later.
Iron both sides of your piece of clothing at the same time by placing a sheet of tin foil – shiny side up – underneath the ironing board cover. The heat will bounce back up and take the creases out of the other side.
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