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30 Squeaky-Clean Laundry Hacks

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2. White bread can blot out a lipstick stain.

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Cut off the crust, wad up the soft center into a ball, then blot. Anything that remains should come out in the washer. From here.

4. Cold water and hand soap wash out blood stains.

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This works best while the blood's still wet. If it's dried, hydrogen peroxide works best.

9. Use club soda, salt, milk, or kitty litter to remove freshly spilled red wine.

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Just make sure you treat the stain right away. Get more detailed instructions for each of these methods here.

11. Make your dry-clean last longer with spot treatments.

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Dry-cleaning actually shortens the life of your clothes. So if you can spot-treat stains, do it. Just test in an inconspicuous area first. From here.

13. Save time by sorting your clothes when you take them off.

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Buy four cheap laundry baskets: one for whites, one for darks, one for brights, one for dry cleaning. Of course, this assumes you have floor space for it...

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15. A little vinegar goes a long way.

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Use it for your towels, your workout clothes, and anything else that's a little sour-smelling. Add it at the beginning of the wash so your clothes don't smell vinegar-y at the end. From here.

22. Use a fluffy towel to make your clothes dry faster.

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Put it in the dryer with your clothes and it will help absorb water. Just pull it out after about 15 minutes so it doesn't continue to contribute to the water in the dryer. From here.

24. Use a salad spinner to help your panties and bras dry faster.

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You can't stick them in the dryer, but you need them for that date tonight. So pretend they're lettuce and stick them in the salad spinner.

26. Listen to your mom: Hang up your clothes.

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Pull them out and hang them up right after the dryer cycle's over. That way your pants won't be wrinkled when you need them first thing Monday morning.

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