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.

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The real meaning of Dry Cleaning

We all know what goes into doing laundry: mainly water and detergent and if we’re feeling especially ambitious, perhaps a little bleach or liquid fabric softener. Have you ever wondered what happens when you send your clothes to the dry cleaner? How can they be “dry” cleaned, anyway? You’re about to find out.

When you arrive at the dry cleaner’s, the clerk counts your items and documents each piece (shirt, slacks, blouse, etc). He/she should then ask if you know of any areas requiring special attention due to stains, tears, missing buttons, etc. The clerk then attaches a small tag to each piece of clothing, in order to identify it as yours. Items that need special attention will also receive a special colored tag. These tags will remain on your clothing throughout the entire cleaning process. An invoice showing the drop off and pick-up dates will be generated; one copy stays with the cleaner and the other is given to you.

The process of pre-treating stains at the dry cleaner’s isn’t much different than how you do it at home. The goal is to get rid of the stain prior to cleaning the garment or to at least make it easier to do so during the dry cleaning process. Keep in mind that you are more likely to have a favorable outcome if you take time to pre-treat the stains as soon as they happen.

Once the pre-treament is completed, the clothes are ready to be dry cleaned. The cleaning and drying process takes place in one machine. The clothes are placed into a large perforated basket, which rotates as it is sprayed and submerged by constant flows of cleaning solvent. The solvent most commonly used is perchloroethylene or “perc”. Because the process does not use any water, it is referred to as “dry” cleaning. The clothes are gently dropped and pounded against baffles in the basket, which is the equivalent of the agitation of your washing machine.

A good dry cleaning company will do “post-spotting” after cleaning your clothes. This process uses special equipment and chemicals, along with steam, water, air and vacuum in order to remove stubborn stains from your clothes. A majority of soil and stains are removed by this procedure, but stains that were set by heat and time may be around to stay. This is why it is so important to attempt to remove a stain as soon as it makes contact with your clothing.

The last phase of the dry-cleaning process is called “finishing.” This is the process by which your clothes are steamed, pressed, ironed and repaired. Once your items are finished, they will be folded and placed in wrapping or hung in plastic to ensure they remain safe and clean during the ride home.

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3 ways of making your active wear smell clean

Wash your workout gear ASAP

To avoid the bacteria growth that can lead to a strong or musty smell, be sure to wash your workout gear ASAP once you’re done wearing it. If you’re not able to wash your activewear right away, hang it somewhere airey rather than leaving it balled up in your gym bag so that it has the chance to dry out.

Soak it first

Activewear becomes stinky because of a build-up of sweat and dead skin cells (yeah… gross). While the washing machine will do a pretty good job of getting it clean, adding a little soak time before you run the wash cycle will help loosen any yucky bacteria or build up that may be on your clothes.

Be sparing with detergent

While it might seem intuitive to add more detergent to a cycle with really dirty clothes, the truth is that conventional at-home washing machines can only handle so much detergent. If you add more than what is recommended (or even the recommended amount with a smaller load), your clothes will end up less clean, with more detergent built up in the fabric and still holding onto their unpleasant post-workout odor.

Add an odor-busting ingredient

When you want to be sure that your activewear remains stink-free, it can be worth it to add an odor-busting ingredient to your rinse cycle. Instead of adding fabric softener, add a small amount of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to your stinkiest loads to ensure they smell fresh by the time they cycle is finished.

Hang to dry

While most activewear is pretty resilient, tossing it in the dryer is likely to wear down fabric and make it less likely to resist odors as it ages. Preserve the sweat and odor wicking properties of your activewear by letting it air dry instead of tossing it in the dryer.

This spring, don’t let stinky activewear keep you from your workout. Follow the steps above and your workout gear will smell as good as it looks!

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The Best Temp for your clothes

Most modern washing machines offer a dazzling array of settings on their dials. From delicates to bulky towels to speed wash, those of us actually doing laundry might feel that there’s a setting for every laundry situation. However, one simple yet puzzling question remains: whether to wash in hot or cold water. If you’ve ever stood over the temperature dial on your washing machine wondering which temperature to choose, this article is for you. Read on to learn when you should use hot water or cold water, and you’ll be a washing pro in no time.

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