Mom divides social media with controversial laundry hack

A new TikTok laundry hack has social media deeply, deeply divided. The trick, shared by user @Araceli Jimenez, claims to make your clothes smell better for longer — all while saving you money. Jimenez claims that you can replace dryer sheets by combining fabric softener and water, then dipping a rag into the mixture. After that, the damp rag can go into the dryer with your other wet clothes. Some TikTok users loved the mom’s idea, saying it was “less wasteful” and that they couldn’t wait to test it. Others, however, claimed it was bad for your laundry. “Don’t do this. It puts spots on your clothes. Don’t ever do this,” one user wrote. “How to stain your clothes 101,” another added. Bailey Carson, head of cleaning for the household services app Handy, told Insider that this hack can be harmful. “This hack has the additional risk of causing damage to clothes in the drying process such as residue spots and in some cases lifting dye from clothing that can’t be reversed,” Carson told Insider