[an error occurred while processing this directive] Dirty Laundry Secrets - Steven and Chris

Dirty Laundry Secrets

No, we're not airing that kind of dirty laundry! Domestic diva Sara Lynn Cauchon is here to share her laundry room must-haves—some of which may surprise you!

Steven, Chris and Sara Lynn

Clear Nail Polish

Have a loose button and no time to pull out the needle and thread? Buy yourself a couple of washes by putting a drop of clear nail polish on both the front and back of the button. It will seal the thread until you have the chance to mend it properly.

White Cotton Pads

These bathroom staples aren't for just removing makeup anymore! You can also use them to treat stains without worrying about colour transfer and to test for colour fastness before laundering new clothes.


Cornstarch is extremely absorbent, so it's great for treating greasy stains caused by butter, mayo, salad dressing and the like. Simply sprinkle a little on the stain, let it sit for 30 minutes, then brush away gently. Baby powder and dish soap can also treat oily spills.

Disposable Razor

Keep an inexpensive disposable razor on hand for dealing with fabrics that fuzz or pill in the wash. Gently "shave" the pills right off the garment.

Linen Bag

A linen bag is fabulous for washing your unmentionables but it's also an amazing sweater-saver. Toss your fine knits in a linen bag and launder on a gentle cycle. You won't have to worry about potential pulls or the pilling often caused by regular washing.

Baking Soda

Stretch your liquid laundry detergent further by using half the recommended amount and adding 1/2 cup of inexpensive baking soda to your wash. Your clothes will come out smelling fresh and looking bright—plus, you'll be saving a bundle of cash, which you can then spend on more clothes!


Lemons actually have natural whitening abilities. So if your socks are looking a little dingy, why not skip the bleach and try soaking them in a pot of hot water and lemon slices instead before laundering as usual? Your whites will come out that much whiter and brighter and you'll have avoided all those extra chemicals. Want to take 'em even brighter? Dry your whites in the sun—another natural bleach!

Do you have laundry tips you'd like to share? We'd love to hear from you! Share them in the comments below, and they might be used on the show!


Also on CBC