Your back-to-basics guide to washing, drying, and tackling stubborn stains.
Simple Laundry Tips
You Can Tackle the Laundry
...and have time and energy to spare. Try these smart, helpful tips from real women and experts who tackled the ghastly scenarios you posed to us in a recent survey.
Follow this step-by-step guide to efficiently clean your laundry room (in just a few hours, or over the course of a few days).
- Run white vinegar through the washer. This will sanitize the inside and clear away soap scum.
- Empty the lint trap. Wipe off fuzz with a damp cloth or a used fabric-softener sheet. Or wet your hands and run your fingers over the mesh screen to scoop up the lint. Fabric softener can cause a waxy buildup on the screen, so wash it out in a sink or vacuum it.
- Wipe the interior walls of the dryer. Use a cloth dampened with dishwashing liquid and warm water. Scrub any linty residue around the trap opening with an old toothbrush, if necessary.