Our tried and tested eco clothes cleaning hacks to help your clothes look their best!
Clothes are kind of our life – we collect, unpack, sort, stage, photograph, and list them – and that’s just before they hit the website! Given this, it shouldn’t be a shock that Jumping Jack founder Sarah has become very, VERY good at getting clothes looking as good as possible. We thought we’d share some of our tips of the trade with our favourite clothes cleaning hacks!
Here are Sarah’s top clothes cleaning hacks:
Yellow stains, rust stains and discolouration on white clothes:
Use lemon juice! Apply directly to the area or combine with a little baking soda for some extra cleaning oomph. Adding in a little time in the sunshine also helps to brighten any discolouration.
Sprinkle with corn starch or baking soda (I hear baby powder or white chalk works well, but I haven’t tried them) to soak up the oil for at least 20 minutes. I also often soak these overnight with an eco laundry soaking agent and wash following garment guidelines.
Whitening, brightening & softening clothes in the wash:
White vinegar works a treat here! It also is great to clean your washing machine too.
Make a bicarb soda paste (bicarb and water mixed together) and apply directly to the area. Leave it for around 30 minutes to work its magic and either soak overnight with an eco laundry soaking agent and/or wash as per garment guidelines. Sal Suds is also a great product that can be applied directly or diluted to help shift stubborn stains (see below).
Something worth a try:
Soap berries are from the fruit of the Sapindus Mukorossi tree and work to reduce the surface tension in water to remove dirt from your clothes (or other household items). They are a handy hypoallergenic, antibacterial, odourless washing item and what’s more is that they are completely zero waste and will biodegrade at the end of their life.
To use for your laundry, simply add the berries to your washing machine (in a small calico bag) and wash as normal. You can use it as a laundry soaker by adding to a bucket and agitating before placing your clothes in.
You can also use soap berries to make a multi-purpose house cleaner, glass cleaner, shampoo or soap alternative, shaving cream, or dishwashing detergent to name a few – so handy!!
All-round favourite go-to product:
Castile soap is definately a favourite product of mine – I use it for just about every household activity. There isn’t much this stuff can’t do! I use it in the wash to help give the clothes a great clean after treating for stains and I also love it for giving the car seats or floor a good wash.
Another firm fave:
Sal Suds is another of Dr. Bronners awesome products! Sal Suds also has a whole heap of cleaning options, including great stain removal and laundry uses. Apply direct to tough stains, or use to create an all-purpose spray that also works as a great stain remover.
There you have it! Sarah’s top cleaning tips – let us know if you try some and if they work for you!
P.S. Keen to read some handy tips? You might enjoy our blog article on how to care for your clothes so they last longer.