Doing the laundry is never at the top of the list of things we would like to do when we come home from work or over the weekend, which is why many of us have developed our own laundry hacks to help get us through this task quickly but with the same clean results.

“Creating hacks is not about taking shortcuts, but about finding what works for you and helps you cope with a filled-to-the-brim laundry basket,” explains Bronwyn Ragavan, brand manager for laundry brand Personal Touch. “Finding ways of doing things that work for you while delivering the results you want is the perfect way to get through the day without dreading what comes next.”

Ragavan suggests trying the following laundry hacks the next time you are staring at an overflowing laundry basket:

  1. Chalk is very absorbent and rubbing a bit on an oily kitchen cloth can eliminate the grease. Once you have rubbed it on the relevant spot, leave it to absorb the oil before brushing it off. If a little oil remains, rub it again before washing.
  2. To avoid the unexplained disappearing sock trick, place all socks in a mesh laundry bag before putting them into the washing machine. The socks will be cleaned and, more importantly, kept together.
  3. Look for a product that offers no mess, no fuss, and no disappointment. Personal Touch Washing Powder Sheets is an innovative new washing powder that offers multiple benefits, including being environmentally friendly and taking up less space in your laundry cupboard. A 90g box of Personal Touch Washing Powder Sheets, which includes 18 sheets, holds the equivalent of a 2kg bag of powder.
  4. Use ice cubes to de-wrinkle your clothes. Simply add a cube or two ice into the tumble dryer with the clothes and switch on the machine. The steam from the ice will smoothen out any creases.
  5. If you need to de-lint your clothes before washing, but are tired of the tiny lint roller you have, why not make your own? Take a paint roller and wrap it in tape with the sticky side facing up. Now you have a lint roller big enough to tackle any job.
  6. To get rid of strong odours, soak your clothes in a half a cup of vinegar mixed with cold water for at least an hour before putting them into the wash.  The vinegar will help break down sweat stains and remove any unpleasant odours.




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