laundry hack you should know

Laundry Hacks you should Know

Each and every day, Laundrymann is committed to “doing good while doing well.” That’s why we commit to treating every day like it’s Earth Day when it comes to our laundry practices. Whether you’re the environmental expert amongst all your friends or you’re just looking for more sustainable ways to change your ecological imprint at home, we have you covered with these environmentally conscious laundry hacks:

Cold water is your friend.

Turning the dial to hot water on your washing machine isn’t going to make much of a difference when it comes to just how clean your clothes will get. In fact, 90 percent of energy associated with laundry comes from using hot water. Cold washing will not only treat your clothes better but it will decrease your total energy use and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.

Go with a natural clean.

Natural detergents can go a long way! We allow our customers to choose between scented and hypoallergenic options. If you are looking for your own at-home natural detergent to use, make sure to read the labels and look for products that are free of chlorine bleach, synthetic fragrances, dyes, and brighteners. Usually plant-based, natural detergents contain biodegradable surfactants — these specifically work best in cold water. If you suffer from sensitive skin, natural detergents are also a perfect selection to keep your skin irritant-free.

Hang it old school.

Believe it or not, keeping your clothes out of the dryer actually extends their wearability. If you’ve got the time and space — consider air drying your laundry. While it may not be practical to do this for every piece of clothing, consider air or line-drying for shirts, pants, dresses, delicates, and lingerie. Air-drying can take place inside or outside. However, if you want to string up a line in your backyard, make sure to keep in mind that dark colors like black or navy blue could fade with too much sunshine. If you’re not into letting your clothes blow in the breeze, foldable drying racks are easy to tuck away when they aren’t being used.

Lemons aren’t just for making lemonade.

Just like Beyonce, you can also take lemons and turn them into lemonade. Use lemons instead of bleach to bring your whites back to life. While many people rely on bleach to get back that vibrant white color they love in their favorite shirt or dress, the eco-friendly route to do the same thing is easy peasy lemon squeezy. Mix in ½ to 1 cup of lemon juice into your washer during the rinse cycle when treating white and voila, you’ve got all-natural brightness once again.

Wear it again.

Not all clothes need to be washed after one wear. Unless you spilled wine on your dress, sweat through your shirt like you were at Coachella, or danced the night away in a smoke-friendly bar, you can probably get away with wearing that dress or blouse you love one or two times before it needs to go in the wash. This simple trick will help you cut down on the need to constantly do laundry, help preserve the quality of your clothes, and of course cut down on the energy it takes to do an additional laundry load.

Routine is key.

If you’re constantly running your washer and dryer at random, you’re subsequently using up energy and running up your electricity bill. Outlining a set schedule of when you will run your washer and dryer — AKA having a designated laundry day — you are looking at saving both time and money. Don’t have time to throw your clothes in the wash or dreading the hour it will take you to fold all those shirts? Schedule a 2ULaundry pickup and we’ll handle it all for you within a 1 business day turnaround.

Whether you spend this Earth Day hiking your favorite trail, inside at your office, or doing laundry at home for your family, we’re wishing you a happy Earth Day.

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4 ways to remove smell from your clothes Laundrymann

4 way to get smells off your clothes

We all know that smell. The one that lingers after a night out bar hopping, dinner around the fire pit or an evening spent at a concert. That stale ashtray stink that follows you home and seems to engulf everything you touch. Yuck! How do you get that unmistakable smoke stench out of your clothes?

Without Washing:

Air it Out

The first thing a smoky garment needs is some fresh air. Hang the garment in a well ventilated area…even better hang outside. It’s amazing what a little sun and fresh air can do.

Odor Eliminating Spray

If the smoke smell remains, keep the garment hanging and use an odor eliminating such as Febreze all over the front and back. You can make your own odor eliminating spray by combining equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil such as lemon or mint oil.

Baking Soda

Place garment in an extra large plastic zipper bag with plenty of room for the garment to move around. If you don’t have a large enough zipper bag can also use a plastic shopping bag or garbage bag. Add ½ cup of baking soda, seal or tie the bag securely, give it a quick shake and let the entire thing sit overnight. That will give the baking soda time to absorb the odor. Once it’s done sitting, take the bag outside, open and shake excess off baking soda. Tumble garment in low or no heat drying cycle to help.

Steam

Steam is another option to reduce the odor in garments that cannot be washed in the machine. Check the garment care tag to be sure steaming is ok first. Then steam the item slowly, making sure not to miss any portion. Use a 3:1, distilled water to rubbing alcohol solution to the water reservoir for extra odor elimination.

In the Washing Machine:

Vinegar Pre-Soak

Before washing, give your garment a nice, long, odor-eliminating soak. Add 1 cup vinegar to sink or wash basin, then fill with warm water. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a fresh scent. Soak garment for 30-60 minutes, then wash as directed.

Scent Booster

Laundry products have come a long way in the past decade. So much, that they make products just to add a long-lasting fresh scent to your laundered clothes. We’ve tried Gain Fireworks and Downy Unstopables and love what they do. Just add a scoop to a load of smoky-smelling clothes and let them go to work.

Lemon Juice

Fresh lemon juice can do wonders for all kinds of cleaning purposes, especially in the laundry room. Whiten whites and remove all sorts of odors, such as smoke, just by adding ½ a cup of lemon juice to the wash.

Vodka

Alcohol is a powerful odor remover and safe on most washable fabrics. Pour ½ cup of cheap vodka (or rubbing alcohol) into the wash to eliminate tough odors.

Other Tips:

OdoBan is a product specifically designed to remove smells and odors. It has been found to work well for removing smoke odor and can be purchased at most superstores or online.

Febreze has a relatively new product on market called Laundry Odor Eliminator. It’s an in-wash detergent booster (used in addition to detergent) designed to target tough odors. It can also be found at most superstores or ordered online.