Laundry made easy

Laundry made easy

Tackle your laundry duty one load at a time with these handy tips…


  • Leave your washing machine or tumble dryer door open after every load of washing to allow for moisture to escape. Wait a few hours before closing it again.
  • To clean the slate of your iron, wait for it to cool completely then give it a good scrub with toothpaste on an old toothbrush. Rinse with lukewarm water and wipe clean.
  • Put a tennis ball or two in the tumble dryer to cut down on your ironing. You can also use tennis balls when tumble drying duvets.


  • Rub a neutral or clear coloured shampoo on grimy shirt collars to loosen dirt before putting them in the wash. Or, rub a paste made with vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.
  • When doing your laundry in hard, brackish water, soap residue may be left on the clothes. You can prevent this by adding a quarter cup of white vinegar to the rinsing water.
  • That forgotten tissue left in a pocket can be very irritating when it has shredded all over your
    clothes. To remove the fluff, simply wash the load again and this time add an old stocking or microfiber cloth. The tissue will stick to it instead of the clothes.
  • To keep your clothes ultrasoft, leave them to soak overnight in a mixture of water and white vinegar. Rinse well before washing.
Joni van der Merwe

About Joni van der Merwe

Your Family’s Digital editor. Avid retweeter. When I’m not scrolling Instagram you’ll find me in my garden. Keen on DIY and I don’t believe there’s anything that can’t be fixed with some chalk paint.


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