Laundry definitely isn鈥檛 on our list of favorite pastimes, but it鈥檚 just one of those unavoidable necessary evils of grown-up life (unless you鈥檝e caved and have a laundry service take care of your duds 鈥 so jeals). Luckily there are a few things you can do to make it a little bit more bearable and less time consuming, all while ditching toxic chemicals and solving pesky problems like fading. Ready to step up your laundry game? Check out these 9 laundry hacks.

1. Beat stains the natural way. If you鈥檙e anything like us, wearing white is just asking for trouble. Without fail, before the day is done, we鈥檒l be covered head to toe in everything from coffee to condiments to lipstick. But before you reach for the bleach, try a little baking soda and vinegar instead. (via Hearts)

2. Don鈥檛 (over)wash your jeans. To keep jeans looking fly, less is definitely more. Machine washing and drying should really be a last resort. Look to spot treating, an outdoor air-out sesh or an overnight in the freezer to freshen up those denim duds instead. Not only will it extend the life of your jeans, but it鈥檚 a little bit easier on the planet too. (via Levi Strauss)

3. No iron? No problem. Wrinkles are a total bummer, especially when you don鈥檛 have an iron on hand. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to kick those kinks to the curb sans iron. A quick stint in the bathroom with some hot steam will do the trick, but unexpected hairstyling tools like a dryer or straightener are great in a pinch. (via Brit + Co)

4. Say聽sayonara to (traditional) dryer sheets. If you鈥檙e looking to detox your laundry routine, ditching dryer sheets isn鈥檛 a bad place to start. By making your own reusable dryer sheets and dryer balls, you鈥檒l not only save a few bucks, but you鈥檒l be cutting out some serious toxins from your life (plus you can create custom scents!). What鈥檚 not to love? (via Free People)

5. Undo your shrinking sins. We鈥檝e all done it: Thrown a favorite top into the dryer without reading (or just totally ignoring) the care tag and wound up with something that looks like it came straight from the kid鈥檚 department. But don鈥檛 toss it into the donation pile just yet 鈥 there鈥檚 still hope. While you could totally work it as a crop top, with a little hair conditioner and a quick soak, your shirt will be back in business in no time. (via Brit + Co)

6. Add coffee. Wait, what? This is no joke. It might sound a little weird, but adding a little java to your next load of black clothes will help lock in that noir hue. (via Daily Motion)

7. Dry with tennis balls. There are some things that are just a serious pain to wash, like comforters, down jackets and pillows. The stuffing always seems to clump up (a quality that is less than desirable when you want to get some quality shut-eye). Adding a few tennis balls to your dryer is the perfect solution. They鈥檒l fluff everything up and will have them looking and feeling like new after just one cycle. (via eHow)

8. Throw in the towel. If you鈥檙e short on time and need your clothes dry STAT, just throw a towel into the mix. It鈥檒l absorb some of the moisture and cut back on both time and energy costs. Just don鈥檛 forget to take it out after you鈥檙e finished! (via Life Hacker)

9. Give your laundry detergent a boost. If your clothes are coming out of the washer looking a little less than amazing, your detergent might benefit from a little backup. Vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda can all be added to your standard detergent and will help brighten whites, zap stains and nix bacteria. (via Reader鈥檚 Digest)

What are your favorite laundry hacks? Tell us in the comments!