Wash jeans inside out

To help minimize color loss, turn jeans inside out before placing them in the washer, and leave them inside out until you remove them from the dryer.

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Splash of vinegar

It may zap a mildewy smell and help your colours come out bolder and your whites whiter. (And no, your clothes won't smell like vinegar!)

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Get rid of odours

First, add ½ cup baking soda to 4 litres water and presoak any smelly washable items for about 2 hours. Then, as you machine-wash them, add ½ cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle.