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Home Remedies for Cleaner Clothes

Did You Know these Simple Tricks Really Work?

Staff Writer

Published: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 21:04


Coffee. Aspirin. Some may turn to these items for a caffeine boost, fighting off a headache or an intense hangover, but that's not the only thing this "dynamic duo" is good for.

When it comes to doing laundry, it may take more than a cup of bleach and a little fabric softener to get the job done. Surprisingly, aspirin and coffee are known to work wonders for helping clothes maintain their brightness. Junior marketing major, Datrianna Meeks shared her personal methods for how they keep clothes clean and crisp. 

"I knew that you could use coffee for darks, but I think that's weird because your clothes will probably come out smelling like coffee. The thing that works best for me is Oxy Clean because I can use it for any color," said Meeks.

Other students also have secrets for effectively washing their clothes without ruining colors.

"For my whites I make sure I mix Clorox and water together before I put it on my clothes so it's not too harsh. To keep my colors colored I wash the same scheme of colors together," said Crystal Agbu, freshman political science major.

Below are some simple home remedies for how to keep your clothes looking brighter and cleaner:

  1. Baking soda: Soak in a solution containing 4 liters water and 1 cup of baking soda.
  2. Aspirin: Soak in hot water in which 5 aspirin tablets (325mg each) have been dissolved.
  3. Vinegar: Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the washing machine's rinse cycle.
  4. Coffee or tea: For black clothes, add 2 cups brewed coffee or tea to the rinse cycle.
  5. Salt: For dark colors like navy blue or plum, add 1 cup of table salt to the rinse cycle.
  6. Vinegar and salt: To keep denim from fading quickly, soak jeans in salt water or a 50:50 solution of water and white vinegar before the first wash. Turn the jeans inside out before putting them in the machine and turn the temperature setting to cold.

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