Let’s face it, spending hours doing the laundry every week can be a drag. Perhaps you hate waiting for the cycle to finish or you hate the folding, but there’s definitely some part of it you hate!

You’ve probably experienced at least one moment of despair when your clothes have changed colour after a load of washing has gone wrong, or your machine starts to emit a strange and unpleasant smell.

Well these handy tricks will make doing your laundry effortless, so that you can get on with more important things.

1. Soften sheets with vinegar

When washing your linen, add half a cup of white vinegar to give them a quick boost of softness and brightness, and to remove lingering odours.

2. Throw your detergent cap in with the load to remove grime

There’s nothing worse than a sticky detergent bottle lid. Don’t waste time wiping it. Rather, just toss it into the wash with your clothes – as long as they’re not delicates. Remember to remove it before you use the tumble dryer!

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3. Use chalk to remove grease stains

Rubbing a little chalk into the stain before tossing the garment into the wash will soak up every annoying grease splodge, from lipstick to bacon!

4. Put your Covid-19 hand sanitiser to good use

The alcohol found in both hairspray and hand sanitiser can act as a powerful solvent. If you have a stubborn stain, saturate the stain with either product, allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes and then throw it into the wash as usual.

5. Use the right tools

The LG ThinQ™ range of AI-enabled washing machines will make doing laundry effortless and save you precious hours. And, as they’re super eco-friendly, these machines will also be gentle on your pocket and the environment, too.

They’re so smart, they take the guesswork out of laundry. AI DD technology detects the weight of a load, identifies your laundry’s fabric type and automatically chooses the best motion to suit a load. LG washing machines will bring out the best in your clothes and save you time, every time you wash.

6. Un-shrink clothes with hair conditioner

Don’t chuck clothes away when they shrink in the dryer. If you’ve shrunk your favourite woollen jersey, simply soak it in lukewarm water mixed with ordinary hair conditioner. After about 30 minutes, you should be able to gently stretch it back out to its original form.

Unfortunately, this hack only works with wool, so don’t go shrinking your jeans on purpose!

7. Add a tennis ball while drying blankets and pillows

Adding two or three clean tennis balls into the dryer with throws, pillows, and other bedding will not only help them remain nice and fluffy, it can even help them dry faster.

8. Use baking soda and vinegar to clean your machine

All the grime that you’re rinsing off can sometimes leave your machine smelling downright nasty. Simply run an empty load with baking soda and vinegar to refresh your washer.

9. Less is more

We know how tempting it is to try and squeeze just one more pair of pants into the machine, but in this case, you’ll end up doing yourself (and your laundry) a disservice. Rather do more loads of laundry with fewer items in each load. Your clothes will come out cleaner and they’ll be easier to iron too.