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1 bar of Ivory or Sunlight soap
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax
1/4 cup baking soda or 1/4 cup white vinegar
Grate the bar of soap and, combine with washing soda, borax, and either baking soda or white vinegar .
Add vinegar to the rinse cycle to remove static and replace fabric softener.

Bleach alternative

hydrogen peroxide or borax

Stain Removal
Discolored White Socks
Presoak in a liquid detergent and borax overnight. Put solution and socks in washing machine and launder as usual.

Blood, Fresh & Dried
Use peroxide to remove blood from just about anything. You will immediately seen the peroxide bubble, lifting the blood from the fabric. If blood is dried on or an older stains pour on peroxide and scrub with an old toothbrush. Rinse immediately as peroxide can remove color from some materials.
Dampen stain and rub with Sunlight hand soap. Rinse, then wash.
Stain around the collar.
Rub stain with Sunlight hand soap and wash in hot water.
Red Wine, Fruit Juice and Pop
This mixture works on a lot of stains but will completely remove the above stains in your laundry. Its a good idea to keep a mixture made up for rubbing into old mystery stains before laundering. Mix Dishwashing liquid soap with hydrogen peroxide and then pour on the stain and let sit as a presoak. Make sure to make up a new batch once a month as once the mixture gets old it doesn't work as well but a fresh mixture will remove old stains from tablecloths even if they have been washed and dried previously. Its also great for removing those mystery stains from t-shirts. Mix about 1/3rd dishwashing detergent to 2/3rds peroxide. For white carpets use liquid carpet soap and peroxide for red wine stains.

Coffee, Tea
For white items soak with detergent and bleach. To remove stains from colors liberally blot stains with vinegar. Then launder as normal. To soak an item mix a solution of three cups of white vinegar and one cup of water in a glass or ceramic bowl. Add the item and soak for at least an hour. Rinse and if the stain is still on the item mix a paste of baking soda and water and rub on the stain with an old toothbrush. Launder as usual.

Let mud dry and brush off as much as possible before washing. Mix a paste of detergent and scrub mud stain with paste and a toothbrush. Launder in as usual using as high of a temperature as the fabric will allow.

Rust Stains
Lay the rust-stained fabric over several white paper towels or an old white towel to act as a blotter. Pour on some lemon juice or cut a fresh lemon and squeeze juice on stain. Set the fabric out in the sun to dry. The rust stain should disappear. Launder as usual.
Brighten Colors with Salt, Vinegar or Baking Soda
Clothing can become dull when using hard water or from repeated laundering. To help remedy this problem, add a couple of tablespoons of salt or baking soda or a cup of vinegar to the washing cycle. If using salt or baking soda run water to dissolve before adding clothing.

Setting Colors
When laundering dark colors for the first time wash in cold water with 2 cups of vinegar. Dry as usual. This will set the color for future laundering.

Wash delicates in a pillow case or laundry bag on a gentle cycle in cold water and baby shampoo. Rinse with vinegar and hang to dry. Use a towel between the clothing and iron when ironing or steam to press.
Put a cup of vinegar in the wash with the diapers and then another in the rinse cycle. Vinegar will remove any odor and make them soft again.

Items with down can be washed on a regular cycle in warm water using baby shampoo. Since comforters are heavy when wet use a larger machine at your laundromat for washing. Items can be dried at home in your dryer on medium heat. Use an old pair of runners in the dryer when drying to help prevent the down from clumping. The runners also help the down to dry faster. If there are any clumps put back in the dryer on medium and dry for at least another hour.

Stuffed Animals
Wash stuffed animals on gentle in the laundry. Older stuffed animals should be washed in a laundry bag or an old pillowcase to prevent having stuffing come loose and plugging the drain. Hang to dry overnight and fluff in a cold dryer for about an hour the next morning.
Ink Stains
Use an old towel or paper towels and put under the stain. Spray on the cheapest hairspray you can find and let sit for 5 minutes. Spray again and launder as usual. Before drying check to see if the stain is gone. If not repeat above until it disappears.

Baseball Caps
To clean baseball caps either wash them in the dishwasher or cut the bottom off an old bottle of fabric softener and place the cap over the bottom to dry. Drying over the bottle will help the cap keep its shape. It will also keep its shape washing in the dishwasher.

Rayon when blended with polyester can be washed on gentle in cold water and tumbled in a cold or slightly warm dryer. I prefer to hand wash or wash on gentle and hang the item overnight to dry.
Silk can be washed on a gentle cycle using baby shampoo or vinegar. Tumble in a cool dryer with no heat at all and then press as needed.
Wash 2 pillows of the same size and material at the same time putting in the washing machine facing each other to balance the tub. Wash in hot water on gentle. With white pillows bleach can be added and the washing machine stopped to let the bleach work as it takes at least 14 minutes before the bleach really make a difference. Pillows will smell fresh after cleaning.
Wedding dresses
Wash your wedding dress in warm water on gentle using borax and laundry detergent. Any stains should be dealt with before putting it in by using a stain remover and gently rubbing in with a toothbrush. Hang to dry and steam to press. Hanging in the bathroom and running the shower or using the steam from a kettle will remove any creases.

Items Marked Dry Clean Only
Some items are tagged dry clean only but most can be washed in the laundry on the gentle cycle or hand washed in vinegar or baby shampoo.

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