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23 Surprising Laundry Tips You Didn't Know You Needed

So you won't have to go buy more socks the next time you run out of clean ones.

1. Ditch the chemicals and DIY your own detergent.

2. Or make your own laundry detergent tabs.

3. Skip the dryer sheets for longer-lasting, more absorbent towels.

4. If your towels have already seen better days, use vinegar and baking soda instead of detergent.

5. Learn how to wash your filthy baseball cap.

6. Use a simple reminder board to help sort your clothes upfront.

7. Unshrink clothes using baby shampoo and a towel.

Just soak the shrunken piece of clothing in lukewarm water and baby shampoo, work through to relax the fibers, and gently stretch. Get the full tutorial here.

8. To prevent the dreaded sneaker bang, wedge knotted laces in the dryer door.

9. Or buy one of these ingenious sneaker dryer bags.

10. Use a salad spinner to remove excess water from clothes you don't want to put in the dryer.

11. Skip the dryer sheets — use long-lasting dryer balls instead.

12. Or DIY your own using aluminum foil.

13. Learn to decode the laundering tags on your clothes already.

14. To prevent color fading, toss your clothes in the wash with a teaspoon of salt.

15. And wash dark clothes inside out to keep them from fading, too.

16. Make sure you're washing things at the right temperature.

17. Keep your sweaters in shape by drying them flat instead of on a hanger.

18. Clean your washing machine on the reg.

19. Not all stains are created equal. Learn how to remove each one for spotless clothing.

20. Save time and energy by throwing a dry towel into your dryer with your wet laundry.

21. Stinky jeans have no chill. Skip the washing machine and keep them in the freezer between wears.

22. Hate ironing? Try to eliminate wrinkled shirts and dresses with this speedy hanging hack.

View this video on YouTube

23. Learn how to fold a tee in two seconds for a fast and efficient post-laundry routine.

View this video on YouTube

Way better than piling your clothes on the floor.

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