Laundry Hacks To Save Your Sanity.
Laundry is one thing I think many people hate. It sucks. It is not that it's hard to do, as this is the 21st-century and we do have washing machines. The days of going to the river with a bar of soap and a washing board are gone, yet it is still an issue for millions of people. Why? It is tedious. Laundry does not fold itself, and we are all just too busy, so here are my best tips.
Sort your laundry from the get-go. Get a divided hamper (Wal-Mart sells them cheap). The sorting bags are removable, so you can take the bag and dump it in the machine. Keep your favorite pre-treater in the hamper and pre-treat right away.
I sort my laundry like this: the towels, socks, and underwear go in one pile. The towels also help generate more friction, so your socks and underwear get squeaky clean.
If your kids have sports uniforms that are soiled try washing them with the towels next time.
It is a huge no-no for most, but mix your clothes if you have small loads. As long as you don’t have very dark colors or reds, and you use cold water, it should be okay. Add vinegar or salt to prevent bleeding when you mix colors.
Add vinegar to the fabric softener tray. It is cheaper than fabric softener. Vinegar breaks down suds as it softens laundry, and has less harsh chemicals, and don't worry; there is no smell.
Clear hand sanitizer is a great stain remover, so keep it with you to pretreat stains. Rub it into the stain. It will evaporate, and will not leave a spot.
Give each member of your family a laundry bag and tell them to put all their underwear and socks in the bag. Throw it in the wash. You don't have to sort it after drying, you can return it to them, and they can do it for themselves.
Not everything needs washing after one use. Cleaning expert’s opinions on washing jeans vary. Some even say never to launder them. As long as there are no stains and they smell all right, put them away. Wore a blouse for a party and it's still clean? Hang it up. Make the kids, and yourself wear the same pajamas for a few days.
Consider buying quick dry towels. You can use these for a few days before washing. It is not gross, as long as they dry and do not smell. I know some people use the same towel for weeks.
Line dry. UV rays bleach stains, and dryer heat can set stains. If you have kids, this is a great option. Some stains take a few hours or even a day to fade. As long as it does not go in the dryer, the stain will not set. You won't have to try washing the same item several times trying to lighten the stain.
Consider buying extra socks and underpants and only doing laundry once a week. If you only have to do a few loads in one day, it might be easier.
Dump clean laundry on your bed. Make it a rule that you can not throw it on the floor, and must get it done before bed. It makes it harder to avoid.
Skip fabric softener; it’s a waste. If you use Borax or OxiClean, it softens the water, making for softer cleaner clothes. You avoid chemicals as well. You can use vinegar as well. Also, use dryer balls. The more, the merrier. Your laundry will wrinkle less, will have less static, and dry quicker.
Try Wool Dryer Bals. I love Woolzies. I've had mine for years, and they still work. They help prevent wrinkles, static and reduce drying time.
Hopefully, some of these tips are not only helpful but new to you.
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