6 Secret Laundry Ingredients

6 Secret Laundry Ingredients© iStockphoto/Thinkstock

Get whiter whites and darker darks with these ingenious additions to your laundry.

Whiter whites

Do your white T-shirts tend to go grey? White socks look dirty no matter how many times they’re washed? Try one of these tried and trusted methods for making whites stay white.

1. Baking soda

Soak in a solution of 4 liters water and 1 cup baking soda.

2. Aspirin

Soak in hot water in which you’ve dissolved 5 aspirin tablets (325mg each).

3. Vinegar

Add 1 cup white vinegar to the washing machine’s rinse cycle.

Blacker blacks and darker darks

While faded and distressed-looking garments are sometimes the height of fashion, you may prefer not to look as if the last time you went clothes shopping was in the 80s. Here are some tips for keeping black and dark-colored clothes looking like new.

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 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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