Tips to clean all those smelly socks
Washing socks (socks) may seem easy, but many people put their socks in the washing machine and still feel dirty after pressing the machine, and the smell is still not gone. So how do you clean everything properly?
The socks are in direct contact with the skin and mix the smell of foot sweat. In addition, the socks rub on the floor and accumulate a lot of dirt, so the soles of the feet are always dirty.
According to Ettoday experts, the following steps should be followed to wash socks after they have been taken out of the machine.
Dampen socks before washing if dirty.
If you put a dirty black sock on your feet and then throw them in the washing machine, it’s very difficult to keep them looking new. You can try soaking your socks with the following solutions.
Use a small bowl of warm water, add soap and baking soda. Then mix the solution, soak the socks. Soda has a deodorant that helps reduce odors effectively. Let it soak for a few hours, then add a cup of white vinegar to soften the fabric. Finally, remove your socks, put them in a mesh laundry bag and high pressure wash as usual.
Use boiling water and lemon.
Another effective way to whiten socks is to use boiling water. Add lemon juice to the water, bring to a boil, then turn off the heat. Soak your socks in this solution for about 30 minutes, then wash as usual.
If your socks are too dirty, mix warm water and lemon juice into a soapy paste, apply directly to the dirty area and leave overnight before washing.
Use white vinegar
Acetic acid found in white vinegar or laundry detergent is great for cleaning and removing stains from socks. For this method, boil water, add white vinegar and soak the socks overnight, then wash them again.
When you soak your socks in bleach, choose a mild one, as using a strong alkaline detergent can damage the fabric they are made of.
Please note that you can use a clothes brush to clean stubborn stains on the socks, but do not use it if the material of the socks is nylon, mesh…
follow the reverse rule
Before putting socks in the washing machine, you should turn the sock inside out, put it in a mesh laundry bag, and then put it in the machine. This prevents the socks from snagging on clothing or stretching and ruining their natural shape and elasticity.
Hang them up to dry.
Flatten the socks without leaving lumps and place them in the dryer one at a time. This ensures that the sock is “cleaned” of odors and dirt left behind in the sun. If you use a tumble dryer at home, make sure the socks are completely dry with no clumps or moisture. For silk and wool socks, you should also air dry instead of machine dry to prevent shrinkage, as the material is not suitable for high temperatures.
tuy linh (after Ettoday & The Spruce)