This groom couldn’t believe his eyes when his best man gave him the biggest surprise of his life on his wedding day. How did he do it? He dressed up as the bride to add a bit of levity to the photoshoot.
David Hofmann was psyching himself up for his imminent wedding ceremony to Brianne Dennis. As he stood in thought, his bride-to-be called out his name. Expecting to see Brianne, David turned around to see his best man Timmy Horton.
Naturally, David was completely taken aback to see that the best man was actually wearing a bridal gown. Timmy hadn’t even shaved for the occasion. Anna Morrison, who was the photographer that day, captured the hilarious moment.
“Right in that moment I was anxious. I was trying to calm my nerves because I was about to see my bride for the first time,” David said. “I was expecting to see Brianne and I turned around to see Timmy in a wedding dress.”
“He was pale and hairy and we love each other very much but not in that way…I was falling down laughing.” In fact, Timmy and Brianne had planned the outrageous moment well in advance. After seeing wedding gags online, they were determined to create their own.
The moment was supposed to be the “first look,” a tradition where the groom sees their bride for the first time on their special day. “I really wanted a serious ceremony at first,” Brianne said. “I didn’t want any of their shenanigans on the day, but a few months down the road I changed my mind.”
“When I look at the photos I’m really happy,” Brianne said. “I’m so glad we did it. It was hilarious.” Anna Morrison also commented on the moment, saying, “We made a forever memory and laughed so hard everyone was crying.”
35+ Tips That Can Make Our Laundry Routine Much Easier
Reuse Your Lint
Some laundry rooms can be tiny — not much more than a closet full of the washer and dryer. So if you don’t have room for a trash can, you might find yourself leaving handfuls of dryer lint on top of the machines, which can accumulate dusty and just look messy.
Instead of letting things get out of control, pop an empty tissue box on top of the dryer and stuff the lint in that. Once it’s full, you can throw it all out at once or, better yet, compost everything.
Hang Up Dirty Clothes
If you have a chair in your bedroom, then we’re pretty sure you have a laundry chair. If you just run out on a quick errand and slip out of your jeans as soon as you’re home again to wear your pajama pants, you probably toss your jeans on the laundry chair.
They’re not that dirty! They don’t really need to go directly into the hamper or washer. If you’re willing to wear them again before washing, go ahead and hang them back up in your closet. You can always track these pieces with a clothespin so you can wash them when you’re ready to take care of a load or two.
A Wrinkle in Time
Nobody has time to iron their clothes anymore. That’s why so many of us rely on the dryer to do the hard work for us. But what’s going on when the dryer cycle finishes and we’re still left with wrinkly clothes? One culprit could be an overloaded dryer. Too many clothes stuffed in makes every item more susceptible to wrinkles.
Try removing some of the clothes, adding ice cubes, and drying for a little while longer. The moisture in the melting cubes will help essentially steam the clothes.
Don’t Shrink Away
One of the worst laundry catastrophes your wardrobe can suffer is when you accidentally shrink a beloved clothing item due to mistakes in the washing and drying cycle. You may assume that this item is a total loss, but we’re here to tell you that you have options!
Did you know that you can get your piece back in shape by soaking it in warm water and hair conditioner? All it takes is about half an hour. The fabric will loosen and your clothing will be back in shape.
A Special Spin Cycle
Do you remember when salad spinners were all the rage? Those devices are still around, but we’d like to recommend them for uses beyond ridding your salad leaves of excess water.
Salad spinners are actually a wonderful solution to gently but thoroughly wash your delicate clothing items, like crop tops, lingerie, and more. Use your choice of soap and submerge them in the spinner. Afterward, you can spin them dry before hanging them up.
Optimize the Dryer
Why is it that the washing cycle only takes 20 to 30 minutes while the dryer seems to go on and on for hours at a time? If you’re tired of waiting around to fold clean laundry when you have a busy day ahead of you, try throwing in a dry towel with your wet load of clothes in the dryer.
The dry towel speeds the drying time, eliminating valuable minutes of downtime before your clothes are good to go.
Dry Without Doubt
The professionals recommend drying clothes outside, where the sun can finish disinfecting the fabrics you use in your everyday life. However, we understand if you can’t find the time to do that — or if you simply don’t have the space.
That’s why we suggest tossing a tennis ball in with the load of linens you have to use a machine to dry. The tennis ball will, essentially, tenderize your towels. The end result will be soft, fluffy linens that you’ll look forward to using.
Track Your Items
There’s no shame in not being able to memorize which clothes need what kind of care. You’re a busy human being — not a machine! Don’t be too hard on yourself if you send a clothing item through the dryer that should’ve been hung up instead. Next time, though, invest in a cheap dry erase marker.
That way, you can have a look at the tags when you throw the clothes into the wash and jot down which ones need to be separated from the load that goes into the dryer.
Keep Towels Tender
You’ve just gotten out of the shower and are fumbling around in the steamy bathroom for a nice, soft towel to dry your clean body. However, when you drag the towel over your skin, it scratches uncomfortably.
That’s called a rigid towel, and it’s due to chemical buildup in the fabric. A secret ingredient that hotel workers add to their washing is white vinegar during the rinse cycle, which will leave your towels deliciously soft.
Having a Ball
Nobody wants to wear a stiff, scratchy outfit. So why do so many of our wardrobe choices leave the dryer just like that? Try tossing in some wool balls while you’re drying your clothes next time.
You can easily make your own, or there are several styles available for purchase. The balls get tossed around in the dryer along with your clothes. The end result is soft, huggable, and highly fluffy items that you’ll be dying to snuggle with.
Save on Energy
There are all kinds of items you can add to your washer and dryer to keep everything running smoothly and more efficiently than you could ever imagine. These two tricks are simple and highly effective.
Just take a length of aluminum foil, ball it up, and throw it in the washer to reduce the static in your clothes. Then, you can add another aluminum foil ball in the dryer to reduce drying time for all your wet items.
Be Gentle With Delicates
It happens all too often: You spring for a gorgeous bra or lingerie set and ruin it the minute you toss it in the washer and dryer. Preserve your lacy intimates for much longer by using this simple technique.
Hand wash your bras, underwear, and other delicate items, then let the water drain in a colander — just like the one you may use to drain pasta on spaghetti night for dinner. Once the excess water flows away, you can hang up your delicate item to finish drying completely. It will retain its shape perfectly.
Don’t Drink That Vodka
Most people associate vodka with hazy memories and morning headaches. But vodka is also a natural way to eliminate odors from fabrics — which is surprising given its potent smell.
If you have a bottle of cheap vodka on hand — or perhaps the remnants one from a night you’d rather forget — add whatever remains to a spray bottle. Spritz stinky clothes with the vodka to get another wear in prior to sending them through the wash.
Clean the Cap
All it takes is one bad pour to make the cap of your bottle of detergent sticky and unpleasant to use. You don’t have to tolerate this until the next time you get new detergent.
And you certainly don’t have to wipe it down every time it happens. Just toss the cap directly into the washer to rid it of the sticky residue. Remember to remove it from the load before transferring to the dryer and you’ll be good to go.
Smooth It Out
When you’re running late, the last thing you need is to have to run your wrinkly clothes under the iron or through the dryer one last time. You don’t have the time! Keep a bottle of this DIY wrinkle releaser on hand to spray on the go when you’re ambushed by wrinkles in your nice clothes.
With just a couple of cups of water, a teaspoon of hair conditioner, and a tablespoon of vinegar, you can pull out the wrinkles of your favorite wardrobe items in no time flat.
Shaving Cream Surprise
The shaving creams that foam up when sprayed contain ingredients that are actually similar to soap. That means that shaving cream is a handy tool in your stain-fighting arsenal — especially if you’re on the go!
You can easily slide a travel-size canister of shaving cream in your purse or briefcase so you can always have the power to fight stains. Just spray it on, let it soak in for a bit, and use a tissue to blot it.
Not Too Hot
Did you know that hot water can actually damage your linens? We didn’t, either — which probably explains a lot when it comes to the holes we’re finding in our sheets. Water that’s too hot can be too much of a good thing.
But it’s important to not wash in terribly cold water, either. Cold water won’t sanitize things like sheets and towels, which means that bacteria and dust mites will remain. To get your linens ideally washed and disinfected, your water temperature should be anywhere between 104 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remove the Ring
Do your shirt collars suffer from greasy stains accumulated during your daily routine? You might be surprised to discover that shampoo can help treat those stains prior to washing.
In fact, you can even use dishwashing liquid — both items are ideal to lift the grease directly from the fabric. Just leave the shampoo or dish soap on the fabric for about 15 minutes before tossing the clothes in the washer for their regular cycle.
Wash the Washer
Just like it’s important to regularly wash your clothes, you also need to clean and disinfect your actual washing machine. Otherwise, harmful mold, fungus, and bacteria can build, affecting both your machine and just how well it washes your clothes.
Sure, you can spring for the pricey washes that are designed specifically to clean and brighten your washing machine. Or you can use mouthwash — which is just as effective and something you might just have on hand to begin with.
Freeze Off Sticky Stains
Can you remember the first time you ever took a seat on a park bench to rest your weary legs and realized, much later, that you’d plopped down directly on a warm, soft, sticky piece of used chewing gum?
We feel like it’s something of a rite of passage to have to figure out how to get that sticky mess out of your favorite pants. Thankfully, we can suggest using ice cubes to solidify the mess. Once it’s hardened, scrape it up with a butter knife or your nails.
Fold Clothes Efficiently
How do you think boutiques and other clothing retailers keep their displays so nice and neat — and redo them multiple times a day? They have a clothing folder that makes neat folding happen in a snap.
Those kinds of gadgets are now available for everyday, at-home use, putting the professional power into your hands. Folding can be one of the most grueling steps of taking care of your laundry. You can now do it in a fraction of the time and effort with a laundry folder.
In a Pinch
Look. We’re not advocating for you to never wash your clothes again. Doing laundry on the regular is important to looking and feeling — and smelling — your best. But if you need a top in an emergency and don’t have enough quarters to send it through the washer, you can just pop it in the freezer.
Spending time overnight in the coldest place in your house won’t kill germs that a proper wash cycle deals with. But it will eliminate just enough stench from your wardrobe to allow you to get another wear from it without washing.
Banish the Dust
Sticky lint rollers can be invaluable in saving us from the embarrassment of going in to work or school practically wearing pet fur. But if you’ve lost your roller — or used it all up without replacing it — you can make your own using duct tape and an old, clean paint roller.
Wrap up the roller with the tape sticky side out before going to town on your hair- and lint-covered clothing items. This also works well if you’re trying to remove the lint on large swaths of fabric.
Use Your Noodle
There’s nothing quite like the frustration of springing for a pricy drying rack to do the right thing and air dry your delicate clothes … only for the wire of the rack to dry a crease in your clothing.
Now, you have to add ironing to your laundry routine. Ensure your clothes stay free from wrinkles by cutting foam pool noodles in half to place over the wires. They’ll increase the surface and keep the wire lines away.
The Perfect Load
It’s all about how you treat the load of items you’re washing. The ideal percentage to fill your washing machine is 80. That way, your items will be washed thoroughly and properly. If you overfill your washer, you risk damaging the machine — as well as clothes that aren’t washed as cleanly as they should be.
However, if you only wash a few clothes, those items run the risk of becoming damaged due to a lack of protection from other linens and items.
Assess Your Stains
Not all stains are created equal, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to getting rid of them. For oil stains, try sprinkling with a sweetener or starch before washing. Use WD-40 to eliminate tomato sauce stains.
Dealing with some sweaty pits discoloring white shirts? Prewash before doing a bleach cycle. Banish coffee and wine stains with a water and salt soak. Get rid of stubborn stenches in your fabric with baking soda.
A Strategy for Stains
We’re busy human beings. It’s a miracle if we get the washing done before we run out of clean clothes to wear. And we completely understand if, when your clothes sustain a stain, you don’t always have time to treat the stain immediately — which is actually recommended.
If all you have time to do is toss your dirty clothes in the hamper, do one more baby step and mark the items that have stains with a clothespin. It will remind you to treat the stain before tossing it in the washing machine.
Written in Ink
It’s happened to all of us. We either accidentally jot a line across our favorite pair of pants at work, or a fancy pen explodes on us unexpectedly. The resulting stain can be an absolute mess.
Before giving up and relegating the clothing item in question to the rag pile or the trash, try hair spray. Spritz the spray on the stain, back it with a paper towel, and press down. You can even successfully use this method on old ink stains.
Trap the Colors
If you’re in charge of the laundry in your household, then you recognize what a terrible enemy a single red sock can be to a load of whites. Protect your whites from becoming pinks with homemade color and dirt catcher cloths.
These clothes are easy to make and will go a long way in protecting your clothes and linens. Take a simple towel and soak it in a mixture of washing soda and water. Wring it out and let it dry before adding it to your load of laundry.
Your Blackest Black
Black is one of the most classic colors to wear. But washing black fabric to keep it clean can cause the dark color to fade. Thankfully, we have a handy little trick to keep your black shirts, dresses, shorts, and trousers just as dark as the day you bought them.
Just add a couple of cups of already-brewed coffee or tea (without the grounds and leaves, respectively) during the rinse cycle. Your black wardrobe will come out looking as good as new.
Elevate the Fragrance
It can be difficult to select a laundry detergent or fabric softener based on smell alone. Some scents are too overpowering, giving you a headache if you’re stuck with folding or wearing an offending item in question.
Other scents may disappear completely during the washing and drying cycle, making your clothes and linens more susceptible to carrying stench instead of fragrance. Try adding a few drops of essential oil during the rinse cycle — try lavender or lemon — to get that delicious fresh feeling.
Keep the Pair There
Is your family always struggling with missing socks? There’s no rule stating you can’t keep them together in both the dirty laundry and the washing and drying cycle! Once you’re done wearing your socks for the day, use a clothespin to secure them together.
You can toss them in the laundry basket like that and then add them to the washer and dryer. There won’t be any more socks lost in nooks and crannies — especially with the added weight and bulk of the clothespin.
Don’t Be a Slave to Color
Is your whites cycle of laundry always a little wasteful — especially if you just have a few light-colored items? You don’t have to strictly adhere to sorting laundry by color. If it doesn’t work for the laundry and clothes usage habits of your family, do something different.
For example, you can sort by how stinky and dirty your clothes are. If you have an athlete in the family and you’ve just done yard work, those items can have their own cycle so you can treat them for stains, as necessary.
Goodbye to Grease
If your kitchen towels and aprons have fallen victim to grease splatters while cooking, don’t just sit there and take it. You can do something about it as long as you keep a small piece of chalk in one of your kitchen drawers.
Rub the chalk directly into the grease stain as soon as it happens. Chalk dust is highly absorbent and will neutralize the grease until you get the item in the laundry.
Quick Wrinkle Release
You can do everything right in the dryer and still get clothes with a little bit of a wrinkle in them, like around a button or on one part of the hem. But you can easily get that wrinkle out with the use of a flat iron for your hair.
As long as the flat iron is clean and you don’t have that many wrinkles to smooth out, you can easily get into the nooks and crannies of your shirt to make sure it looks the best it can.