why are my clothes stiff after washing

Why Are My Clothes Stiff After Washing? We have researched how to keep clothes soft after washing. Hence, this article on how to make clothes soft again and how to soften a stiff sweatshirt. Below, in this article, you will find how to soften clothes. Read on to discover them.

Do you like the idea of line drying clothes, but hate how stiff everything feels afterward? Using the clothesline will save energy and money. Many people like the fresh scent compared with running a clothes dryer. But clothes hung out to dry often end up stiffer than the fluffy laundry you take out of the dryer. Check out these tricks for perfect, crunch-free clothes:

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Why Are My Clothes Stiff After Washing

White laundry gets stiffer as it hangs on the clothesline

Use White Vinegar In The Washer

Add a half cup of white vinegar to the final rinse cycle in your washing machine to help dissolve the laundry detergent. It is a natural fabric softener and you won’t be adding the artificial scents found in commercial fabric softeners. The vinegar smell will disappear when the clothes dry, so no need to worry about smelling like a salad.

Use Less Laundry Detergent

It is the residue of detergent left in your laundry that causes the clothes to be stiffer when you line dry them. Cut the amount of detergent that you use in the washing machine.

Use The Clothes Dryer Before Hanging

Run your clothes in the dryer for 10 minutes, before putting them out on the line. You won’t use much energy if you run it on Air Dry, Fluff, or Low. The tumbling action and airflow will help fluff up the fibers and this can result in less stiffness when they dry on the line.

Shake, Shake, Shake

Shake out your clothes before hanging them. This works similarly to tumbling them in the dryer, although probably less effective. But it’s only your muscles expending energy. Just don’t shake them into the dirt or grass, or you’ll have to wash them all over again.

Wait For A Windy Day

Hang your clothes out on a windy day and the breeze will help fluff them so they won’t be as stiff. This isn’t always an option, but it might be an inspiration to do laundry if the wind is picking up.

Fluff In The Dryer After The Line

Take in your laundry when it is still just slightly damp and run it through the dryer for a final 10 minutes. If you waited too long and it’s crisp and dry, toss it into the dryer with a clean, wet washcloth for 10 minutes. You will have saved using energy for a full cycle and your clothes will be less stiff.

The Trade-Off

Your clothes dryer is a big part of your home energy usage and expense, especially if you have a family that produces laundry daily. Some estimates are that the clothes dryer alone accounts for six percent of home energy usage. That can be over a hundred bucks per year out of pocket, and it’s burning electricity or gas unnecessarily. It’s up to you whether you can tolerate a little more stiffness in your laundry when you are saving energy, the environment, and your wallet.

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Tricks To Get Rid Of Stubborn Underarm Stains and Odors From Clothes

Each of these remedies works best if you turn the garment inside out and expose the underarm fabric before treating. These remedies are best used on shirts that can be handled a little “roughly”

1. Aspirin and Cream of Tartar

Mix three white, non-coated aspirin tablets with a cup of warm water and a tablespoon of cream of tartar (you probably have a can in your kitchen cupboard!). Scrub the solution into the underarm area with a nailbrush or old toothbrush, then allow the mixture to remain on the garment for at least 20 minutes. Launder as usual. Repeat, if necessary.

2. Baking Soda

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Seriously, what can’t baking soda do? It’s is great for neutralizing strong perspiration odors that are embedded in fabrics. Make a paste with baking soda and warm water, then rub the paste into the problem areas. Leave the paste on the garment for 15 minutes, or allow it to remain overnight. Launder as usual. Some have found luck with a paste of baking soda and Dawn dish soap, following the instructions above. But test for colorfastness first.

3. Salt

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Dissolve a ½ cup of table salt in a bucket or large bowl half-full of warm water. Soak the affected areas of the garment, then launder.

4. White Vinegar

White vinegar is a powerful odor neutralizer and works wonders on underarm areas of fabrics. Fill your washing machine with water, then add 1/3 cup of white vinegar. Turn off the machine and let the garment soak for 20 minutes, then launder as usual.

5. Washing Soda

Sprinkle a ¼ cup of washing soda (sodium carbonate, not sodium bicarbonate) onto the affected area. Be sure to wear rubber gloves. Add water to make a paste and work it in with gloved hands. Leave the paste on the affected area for 30 minutes. Launder as usual.

6. Mouthwash

Listerine® or Scope® work well on underarm fabric odors. Simply pour several capfuls on the armpit areas, wait 30 minutes, then launder as usual. You might want to test it first if you’re going to use mouthwash on white garments.

7. Murphy’s® Oil Soap

Pour the oil soap directly on the armpit which has been dampened with water, and use a nail brush or old toothbrush to scrub it in. Leave on for 20 minutes then rinse in cool water, then launder.

8. Meat Tenderizer

This remedy might sound a little strange but meat tenderizer works by “digesting” or breaking down the chemicals that are embedded in the fabric from underarm odors. Simply dampen the armpit area with water and sprinkle generously with the meat tenderizer. Work it in with your fingers and allow it to sit for 20 minutes. Then launder.

Be sure the stains and odors are gone before tossing any garment in the dryer, which will further set the unwanted stains and smells. Line drying clothing may also help eliminate odors.

Preventive Advice

All-natural fabrics are more breathable than synthetic fabrics, so be sure to choose fabrics made from cotton, wool, bamboo or silk, and avoid polyester and rayon. Allow perspiration to evaporate before tossing any garment in the dirty laundry basket or rehanging. And be sure to wash all of your clothing regularly.

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