Spring commenced just a few weeks ago, which means that most of you probably have already got down to doing some serious spring cleaning to give your home and possessions a serious makeover. Bringing out lighter clothes for warmer weather inevitably ends up in doing more than a couple of loads in the washing machine. Laundry doesn’t have to be a headache – take a look at some tips and tricks brought to you by Portughes.
Use Vinegar to Remove Nasty Smells from Clothes
Vinegar is a great alternative to washing liquids, which may cause the delicate fibres of certain garments to come apart over time. It’s a natural disinfectant which kills germs and bacteria. Simply fill a spray bottle with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar and shake well. Turn the piece of clothing inside out and test out the mixture by spraying first on a lower seam that is hidden. If there is no negative effect, continue spraying the liquid all over the rest of the material.
Ice, Ice Baby
Freshen up a shirt or any clothing that has been worn once with the use of an ice cube. Toss it in the washing machine along with the garment in question – it will smoothen out any wrinkles and leave it looking and smelling lovely and fresh.
Dry Clothes Quickly with a Towel
If you throw in a fluffy towel with the rest of your clothes in the washing machine, it will soak up any excess moisture from the other garments and greatly reduce drying time.
Say Hasta La Vista to Stains with Hairspray
Most hairsprays can act as powerful and effective solvents, thanks to their alcohol content. Spray a good amount on the affected area, making sure that it’s saturated, and then leave to sit for 10 minutes. Afterwards, give it a thorough clean as usual in the washing machine.
De-Shrink Clothes with Conditioner
Honey, I Shrunk the Dress! Fret not – simply leave the shrunken clothing to soak in a mixture of lukewarm water and hair conditioner. This loosens the fibres so it’s easier to stretch back to its original size.
Brighten up Whites with Lemon Juice
Illuminate your clothes and give them a fresh new shine with this fruity cleaning technique. Slice up some lemons and boil them in a pot of water. Toss the clothes in and leave to soak for about an hour. Instead of putting them in the dryer, leave them hanging in the sun to really leave them gleaming.
Contact Portughes Dry Cleaning for the ultimate laundry hack – we’ll return your clothes smelling as fresh as spring with no hassle at all. We offer top cleaning services in Malta; get in touch and leave everything in our experienced and dedicated hands.
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