COLUMBUS (WFLA) — Doing laundry gets frustrating when you end up with stains and wrinkles after a day of chores. Selecting a cycle and soap is a start, but far from doing the trick on tricky situations. In fact, it can make matters worse — fading bright colors and shrinking expensive clothes.

Here’s a round-up of laundry hacks to help the following stains or problems:

  • Keep brights bright: Try adding a teaspoon of salt to the wash.
  • Hard towels: Baking soda and vinegar softens towels.
  • Blood: Vinegar and hot water are a powerful combination against blood. So is hydrogen peroxide.
  • Grass stains: Hydrogen peroxide kicks grass stains to the curb.
  • Ink stains: Hair spray first, then hand-sanitizer. The alcohol in these products erases ink.
  • Drying: To dry just a few items, toss a clean, dry towel in with the items in the dryer. It will help absorb excess water.
  • Wrinkles: Don’t want to iron? Toss wrinkled item in the dryer for a few minutes, then hang up immediately to smooth out wrinkles.
  • Shrinking: If the dryer shrinks your clothes, let the fibers expand in a solution of hair conditioner and warm water.
  • Lipstick: Dabbing bread on lipstick stains will help lift it off the fabric. For stronger stains, try petroleum jelly.

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