* Over time your washing machine will build up soap scum. To clean it add one cup of white vinegar to an empty washer and run a small load cycle using the hottest setting. Your machine with run smoother and your clothes will come out cleaner.
* Add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to the wash when you add your regular liquid detergent. The baking soda will give you whiter whites, brighter brights, and odor free clothing.
* Hard water can cause clothes to become dull or dingy after several washings. Add a couple of pinches of ordinary table salt to the washer with the detergent and your colored clothes will come out much brighter.