It is quite enticing to see how everyday household items can be used for so much more than we already use them for, and so much more than we thought they could. These hacks and tips will show you just how many other uses laundry detergent can be used for. Not only is laundry detergent a great substitute for many things in a home but it may actually just make your life super easy in these additional ways.
Clean Any Spilt Oil
Not just for your clothes but if you happen to spill oil anywhere, grab that washing liquid and reap the benefits. Washing liquid is great at quickly removing oil from anywhere- have you ever noticed your dishwashing liquid and laundry detergent have the same kind of consistency and texture? We recommend powdered laundry detergent with a drop of water, let it sit overnight on an oil stain and it will soak it right up.
Remove Stains From Pillows
Washing white pillows simply never gets rid of those tough yellow stains, in fact, it usually makes more. Well, here is the solution to beautifully white pillows that look good as new. Use one cup of laundry detergent, one cup of dishwashing soap powder, one cup of bleach and half of a cup of borax. This mixture is what dreams are made of. Even though pillow covers can hide the stains it is nice to know what’s inside is pristine and clean.
This is a great idea if you ever run out of floor cleaner, window cleaner or pretty much any kind of cleaner. Laundry detergent will do the job. Simply mix warm water with laundry detergent whether it is liquid or powder and voila. You can even pt the mixture in a spray bottle for countertops and windows, this will create an easy and on-hand all-purpose cleaner. The great thing about this is that it has minimal chemicals and smells delightful if you have a scented laundry detergent that is even better.
De-grease Your Kitchen
Make the perfect on-the-go spray that will combat grease stains and marks anywhere in your kitchen, from your oven to pots and pans and everywhere in between. Mix liquid laundry detergent with bleach and some water. You should be very careful when mixing bleach with other household products, however, it is safe and acceptable with laundry detergent. This will catch and weaken any grease, if the marks are particularly tough let the mixture sit for a few minutes before wiping clean with a damp cloth.
Destroy Weeds And Moss
The versatility behind powdered laundry detergent is immeasurable. You can use it in your garden too. Simply sprinkle a cup or even two over moss and weeds that are growing in your garden. Simply let it sit for roughly three to four days and you will start to see a difference. The weeds and moss will turn brown once this has happened clear the dead overgrowing and hose the entire area very thoroughly. Once rinsed your landscape will look fresher than ever.
Give Toys A Bath
Toys very quickly become not only dirty but filled with germs and who knows what other kinds of bacteria. It is important to take note of how and what we clean toys with, why? Well, kids put toys on their skin, in their mouths and come in to very close proximity with their toys. It is better to use laundry detergent than other harsh chemicals or sprays for this very reason. You can simply use some of the everyday spray you have made previously!
Unclog A Drain
Well, we have discussed exactly how laundry detergent catches grease and rids grime, thus, it is only natural it will unclog your blocked drain and clear all the tough grease that may be blocking it. First, pour a cup or pot of boiling hot water right down the drain than a quarter to half of a cup of liquid laundry detergent down the drain, leave it for a few minutes and let it get to work. After about 7-10 minutes pour an additional cup or two of boiling water down the drain, the hot water will blast past any stubborn build-up.
Rid Soap Marks And Buildup
Soap and kalk buildup marks that form around the bathtub or in the shower are simply inevitable. If you do not have anti-Kalk lying around or you’ve run out well, guess who is your handy friend: laundry detergent. Once again you do not need to utilize those harsh chemicals nor do you need to suffocate yourself with bleach. Simply mix powdered laundry detergent and water, or use liquid detergent and spread the thick paste around the scum marks. Rub using pressure and then rinse with hot water half an hour later.
Refurbish Your Veranda
Decks are often affected by seasonal change and on the day to day, they are susceptible to wear and tear. Your deck discolors in no time from shoe marks and all the other damage it succumbs. Mix three-quarters of a cup of powdered dishwashing detergent with water and oxygen beach, scrub your deck using a deck brush and let the mixture sit, scrub again and rinse the deck thoroughly. Your deck’s color should be refreshed and good as new.
Wrinkled clothing is always annoying after the wash, if your dryer does not dry them ironed or maybe you are just in too much of a rush to hand iron them, well we have a fabulous and easy solution. Simply fill a spray bottle with water and laundry detergent, then spray the wrinkled clothes. Leave these items on a hanger and hanging somewhere to dry and the wrinkles should be gone in no time. Your clothes will also smell fresh and as if they just came out the wash.
Clean Stained Vases And Jars
When vases and glass get stained, to thoroughly clean and target the dit can take ages. It is a super tie consuming time activity and difficult to get it sparkling clean. Well, this is now made much easier with the use of laundry detergent- we recommend using a pod to do so. Pop the pod in the vase with some warm water and let it dissolve and soak, once soaked the grime will be easier to remove and look brand new.
Goop is an essential tool for mechanics or anyone working with grimy and oily substances. Goop was tailor-made to cut through grime, grease and rid dirty hands of these gross substances and feelings. Goop also leaves ones’ hands soft and not irritated. Well, a great substitute is mixing a teaspoon of laundry detergent with a teaspoon of vegetable oil and following using this mixture with some regular hand soap.
Mold is something that can be particularly dangerous, thi solution will allow you to rid it from the surface but may not penetrate the actual problem. Using laundry detergent with a bit of warm water you can wipe away mold, as well as buildup on baseboards or doors. The laundry detergent lifts the stubborn mold and leaves your walls and doors clean and fresh.
Whether you hand wash your carpets or use a machine cleaner- this trick works for both. Simply add laundry detergent to your vacuum if it is designed to clean carpets. Additionally using a bristled scrubbing brush and water you can wash your carpet by hand, the laundry liquid will leave it smelling fresh and looking clean.
Run out of hand soap? No problem, this little hack is a life-saver especially when you need hand soap urgently or you’re hosting and it runs out mid-event. Simply fill up your old hand-soap dispenser with some laundry detergent and you can even add a little water to thin the mixture out a tad. Laundry detergent has cleansing and sanitizing properties too.
Mop Your Floors The DIY Way
Laundry detergent is a great floor cleaner for a number of reasons. The detergent foams very nicely, it releases stubborn grime and dirt which may be stuck to the floor and it also smells great. Simply add some powder, a capsule, or some liquid to your warm water and you have your own DIY floor-cleaner.
Clean And Clear Oven Racks
Naturally, as we have stated before laundry detergent can remove all grime and grease. It is the worst when your oven racks get all crusty and built up with that black dirt, instead of scrubbing away and seeing no results your laundry detergent is a great solution. It will penetrate the grime and allow you to clean much easier. We recommend a good soaking in laundry detergent and some hot water for maximum effect.
Target Your Stains Beforehand
Often when you simply put a stained item in the wash it does not come out properly, for maximum effect it is a good idea to get your laundry liquid on to the stains as soon as you can, allow the liquid or powder to sit on the stain for a while. Ensure you dab and do not rub on the stain. Once soaked place the necessary items in for your regular washing procedure.
Whether you are using it in the form of your dirty washing water, fresh liquid mixed with water or some powder laundry detergent is actually good for your plants. Basically, the detergent breaks down barriers in the soil such as nitrogen and phosphorous which allows nutrients to target and enter your plants much easier. This is a great trick for gardens and especially if you have washing water run-off that needs a place to go!
Clean Makeup Brushes
Cleaning makeup brushes is a true struggle, to get all the buildup of foundation out of those bristles can take ages. Well, laundry liquid is a great way to clean and rid your brushes of makeup buildup. Soak your brushes in warm or hot water with laundry liquid, let them sit for 30-40 minutes or even longer, rinse and repeat until they are clean. We thought it would be a good idea to include a few hacks that will help remove stains when stain remover is simply unavailable…
Trusty baking soda seems to come in handy for almost any and every problem we have. It is no doubt it will help combat tough stains and remove them once and for all. Place the baking soda on the stain with water and let it soak before placing it in your machine. This is also a great trick to rid smelly armpit marks or stains.
Due to the acidity in 100% lemon juice it has the ability to penetrate stains and causes a natural bleaching mechanism to occur. The acetic acid bleaches clothes. Thus, this is a trick for white’s and if you spill on colored clothing you will want to wash or rinse it ASAP as it may make the coloring lighter.
Talc, Cornstarch And Chalk
This trick is especially useful for oil stains or spills. Talc powder, baby powder, chalk, and cornstarch assist in absorbing the excess oil. Allow one of the three substances to sit for 10 minutes on the stained area and then brush the excess away. After this wash it as you would according to the label on the clothing and it should be as good as new.
Rust and red wine two tremendously tough things that stain. The trick is to get the salt on the stain as soon as you can before it sets. Pour salt generously on the stain and let it absorb as much as it can. IKt is super important to wash the stained item after because salt can leave a white mark if not washed out properly. Never fear those red wine stains, in today’s world any and everything can be removed and fixed!