When your business depends on your ability to hack even the toughest laundry challenges in a hurry, there’s no time to fight with stains. You need solutions that work reliably the first time. That’s why we’ve put together this list of laundry hacks that are effective at removing notorious stains and solving your commercial laundry issues.
1. Removing ink stains
Hairspray or antibacterial hand sanitizer will get rid of ink stains on clothes. Just spray or spread on, then let it sit for about 10 minutes before washing.
2. Removing oil stains
Chalk, baby powder, and dish soap are all effective ways to get rid of stubborn oil or grease stains.
Just spread the powder or dish soap on top of the stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before adding it to the wash. The dish soap is especially useful on delicate items because it won’t damage fabric.
3. Removing blood stains from clothing
Use liquid hand soap to remove blood from fabric right after the stain happens. If the blood is dried on, you can use hydrogen peroxide or Oxy Care.
4. Removing grass stains and other organic stains
Speaking of Oxy Care, this must-have miracle stain remover effectively removes a wide range of organic stains, including grass stains, blood, chocolate, mud, and more. Oxy Care is an essential product for school athletic departments who regularly need to remove grass and mud stains from sports jerseys.
5. Removing yellow underarm stains
To get rid of yellow armpit stains, do one of the following before throwing the item into the wash:
- Scrub with a solution of half lemon juice and half water.
- Sponge with hot water and table salt.
- Mix 2 crushed aspirin tablets with water and soak the garment for a few hours.
- Create a paste with baking soda and water and apply it to the stain. Let it sit for a few hours.
- Rub white vinegar on the stain before washing.
6. Removing red wine stains
To remove red wine from fabric, do one of the following:
- Wash with Oxy Care
- Scrub the stain with club soda.
- Soak the stain with milk for 10 minutes (not recommended for carpets!)
- If the stain is not dried, cover it with kitty litter. The litter will absorb the liquid.
7. Using a laundry bag to wash shoes, lingerie, or stuffed animals
Another item that your laundry facility can’t afford not to have around are commercial laundry bags available on Worldwide Janitor. They’re useful for washing everything from shoes to lingerie. They are also a good way to wash and sanitize stuffed toys, perfect for daycare facilities and nurseries.
8. Using a fluffy dry towel to make clothes dry faster
Save money on your business’s energy bill and reduce laundry dry time by adding a fluffy dry towel in with your dryer load.
9. Using tennis balls in your dryer to help bulky items like sheets or towels dry faster and remain fluffy
An unlikely addition to your laundry room arsenal, tennis balls will help sheets and towels dry faster and stay in good condition for longer.
10. Removing glue stains in 3 easy steps
Glue is one of the toughest laundry stains in existence: it’s a “varsity level” stain challenge. But removing glue stains is a cinch when you follow these easy steps:
- Wait until the glue dries. Trying to get rid of it while it is still wet is only going to make the mess worse and make it more difficult to remove later on.
- Cover the glue stain in a generous amount of Vaseline and massage it into the stain. Then pick off the dried-on glue.
- Remove all the excess Vaseline that you can with a dry paper towel. Then get rid of the Vaseline stain using dish soap (see hack number 2).
11. Improving the shelf life of your chlorine bleach
Did you know that chlorine bleach is available on Worldwide Janitor as a powder? Traditionally chlorine bleach is in liquid form, but chlorine dry bleach will last longer, saving your business money. This is particularly useful if your facility doesn’t use chlorine bleach very often.
12. Keeping darks dark
Keeping whites white is easy: just use liquid chlorine bleach (or chlorine dry bleach!). But keeping darks dark has always proved to be more of a challenge. Next time, add a cup of brewed coffee or tea to your darkest dark load and you’ll see less fading.
13. Removing gum from a garment
To remove gum, another king of all stains, simply put the garment in the freezer. When the gum is frozen, pull it off and wash as normal.
At Worldwide Janitor, we know commercial laundry. Check out our selection of laundry products which are all available by the pallet at discount prices.