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I’m a laundry expert and here are five ways to keep school uniforms fresh without using the washing machine


From ink spills to grass stains, it can feel like school uniforms need to be washed every day to stay stylish.

But an expert has revealed how parents can save time and money when it comes to keeping uniforms clean this school year.

Alex Econs, founder of clothing printing company ICON Printing, explained that there are a number of different methods for giving clothes a quick facelift without having to run the washing machine.

And he revealed that there are a number of different household items you can use to get rid of even the most stubborn stains…

Here he says to FEMAIL five tips for keeping uniforms fresh without having to put them in the washing machine.

Alex Econs, founder of clothing printing company ICON Printing, has revealed how parents can save time and money when it comes to keeping uniforms clean this school year (stock image)

1. Spot clean grass and ink stains with household items

Instead of adding lightly stained items to the laundry pile, Alex revealed it’s more cost-effective to spot clean items.

Alex said: “The majority of stains on school uniforms can be easily removed with common household items, especially stains on white t-shirts and school shirts.”

“For grass and mud stains, try a natural vinegar-based solution. Not only is this method gentle on the garment, but since vinegar is less toxic than bleach, it is also more environmentally friendly.

“To make the solution at home, mix 1/2 teaspoon of washing powder with 1/4 cup of white vinegar and 1/4 cup of cold water.

“Apply it directly to the stains, brushing it lightly over the affected areas before rinsing with cool water.”

“For ink stains, hairspray can do the trick. Spray a small amount directly onto the stain, leave for a minute, then wipe with a clean cloth to watch the stain disappear.

2. Baking soda scrub

Sometimes it feels like the only solution to a stubborn stain is the washing machine.

But Alex suggested a less expensive alternative using a closet staple.

He said: “For tougher stains, mix baking soda with a small amount of water until you have a thick, paste-like consistency.

“Use an old toothbrush or cloth to gently work the stain in. Let the paste sit for half an hour before rinsing with cold water.

3. Absorb odors overnight

If your kids’ polo shirts, t-shirts, and sweatshirts are starting to smell a little less than fresh but don’t yet need washing, you can instead use baking soda to absorb odors overnight.

Alex revealed: “Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and can help remove unwanted odors from clothes.

“Fill a small sachet with baking soda (or even leave an open can) near the uniform overnight for a natural refreshment.”

4. Deodorize with a homemade spray

Odors naturally cling to school uniforms, but some items like sweatshirts, hoodies, fleeces and jackets require less frequent cleaning.

A quick homemade spray with essential oils is the best way to make them feel and smell fresh.

Alex advised: “Adding a few drops of essential oil to a spray bottle of water is the easiest way to remove odors from clothes, especially if you’re short on time on school mornings. Simply shake well and spray lightly on clothes.

“Not only does it leave an immediate fresh scent, but because essential oils have natural antibacterial properties, this simple homemade spray can even inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria, meaning the uniform stays fresh for longer.”

5. Be raunchy

Did you know that your morning shower routine is a great way to straighten your clothes?

Alex said: “The ultimate trick for multitasking and saving money is to take your laundry into the bathroom with you while you shower.

“Simply hang the uniforms in the bathroom when you shower to allow the fibers to soften and the wrinkles to relax without having to iron them.

“Hang clothes as close to the shower as possible without getting them wet and make sure the bathroom door is closed and your exhaust fan is off – you don’t want to blow away all that steam.

“When you’re finished showering, try keeping items in the bathroom for fifteen minutes before letting them dry.”

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