How to wash dark clothes
When washing dark clothes, add a little vinegar to the water in your washer to stop your dark clothes from fading. Use only cold water in the washing and rinsing cycles.
How to wash dark silk clothes
For washing black or dark silk clothes, you must use strong cold tea instead of clear water. Add a few drops of ammonia to the water.
How to wash silk clothes
Use only cold water in all cycles. Do not ring, just squeeze in your hands. Add sugar and a few lemon drops to the last cycle. Never dry in the sun. Iron on the wrong side.
Add a little bit of vinegar to the water in the last wash cycle, when you wash white silk clothes.
Silk scarves are better washed with soft soap like hand soap. Roll them in a towel. When they are dry keep them rolled so they do not get creasing marks.
How to wash delicate clothes
If you don’t have a mesh bag for your delicate clothes, you can use a pillow case. Put your clothes in and close the ends with safety pins. Use the delicate cycle of your washer
Washing wool, cashmere or angora
If you want your cashmere or angora sweaters look new for a long time, leave them in a tub with water and add a few drops of ammonia. After that you don’t need to use soap or detergent and do not need to scrub either. Rinse with cold water and place them on a clean towel or drying rack. Remove wrinkles and give them the desired shape. When they are dry, they will be ready to wear.
Another way to preserve angora or cashmere clothes from losing their hair is to put them in an air tight zippered plastic bag and place them in the freezer for three or four days.
How to wash wool sweaters
Pure wool sweaters require a little more attention so this is what you should do: Mix the following ingredients and put them in a bottle. Use this instead of detergent.
- 1 bottle of potable alcohol
- 1 small bag or bottle of gentle detergent
- 1 ounce of glycerin
- 1 ounce of eucalyptus essence
If you want your sweaters to be soft and you don’t have any fabric softener, add a tablespoon of hair rinse to the water.
How to wash cuffs and collars
Make a soft paste using soap and baking soda. Use a soft brush and gently brush it the dirtiest areas. Wash normally afterwards.
You can also put a little bit of shampoo and leave for a couple of hours. Then rinse.
How to wash white dirty socks
White clothes, especially children’s clothes, get very dirty. To remove stubborn dirt from white socks, put them in a pot with water, heat, and add a slice of lemon. They will recover their whiteness.
How to remove sweat smell from clothes
To remove the smell of sweat from clothes, prepare a solution of 2 part of ammonia and 8 parts of water and apply on the most affected areas.
Add ½ cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle in your wash.
Another way is to prepare a mixture of warm water and vinegar and apply it directly over the most affected area.
How to wash tarnished clothes
Wash with warm water, detergent and vinegar.
Boil potato skins, and use that water to wash tarnished clothes. They will look good again.
Boil clothes in water with white vinegar and milk.
How to wash towels
Sometimes towels keep a funny smell even if they are clean. To prevent this add a ½ cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle in you washer. Adding vinegar will also make them feel softer.
Towels must dry well and fast. If they take a long time to dry they will smell. Always place towels in an area with high ventilation.
If towels are highly tarnished and smelly, soak them overnight in water and salt. Wash them normally.
How to keep your clothes looking new
Don’t wear them. Just kidding! Always add white vinegar to the last cycle in your laundry.