Laundry is one of those jobs that homemakers tend to either love or hate. There doesn’t seem to be a gray area in this.
I am in the love category. There’s something comforting to me when I fold laundry and put it away. It may help that my children are older and do most of their own laundry now. But, I remember way back when I had tiny babies, I enjoyed it then too. Washing tiny baby clothes is fun!
I thought I’d share some of my tips with you today. Maybe, just maybe, if you’re in the hate category, these will help sway you to my side. 😉
10 Laundry Hacks to Lighten Your Load
1. Everyone has their own laundry basket (except my husband and I share one, since we share a room). This keeps the laundry sorted. When the clothes are folded, they go right back into their basket. This makes transporting the laundry back to be put away much easier.
2. Learn while doing laundry, especially folding. Since I now have an iPhone, I find that I listen to podcasts more than ever. Pick a topic and search for podcasts you’ll enjoy. Many of those that I listen to last about 30 minutes. This is plenty of time to hang the laundry on the line, or fold it.
3. Use products that make you smile. Scents tend to make us feel better. I don’t go for flowery scented detergents, as they seem “fake” to me. I do, however, love the scent of the allFreeClear detergent. It’s clean-smelling, without any sort of medicinal smell.
4. Institute a laundry schedule. I wash my bed linens on Monday. Tuesday is towels and kitchen linens day. Friday is the day that I wash my husband and my laundry. My children wash as they need clean clothes.
5. Find and use shortcuts where you can. I do a lot of laundry, so buying detergent in a large container means I can go longer between times to purchase. I have one spot to place the container, and it fits well. Because it has a spout, I don’t have to pick the container up to pour out what I need. There are also detergent pods that you can use. They would save even more time!
6. Wear clothing more than once. Obviously, you can’t do this with all of your clothing. But, do you need to change out your pajamas every day? What about when you are having an easy day and not really doing anything that gets your clothes dirty?
7. Ask for help. The only way your children will learn to take care of their own laundry is by learning how to do it. Start when they are young by including them when they are older, they’ll be able to take on the task with ease.
8. Have plenty of hangers to hang that laundry. It’s frustrating to have to search for hangers when it’s time to put clothes away. As we take an item off a hanger, the hanger goes to the front of the closet. When it’s time to hang clothes up, the hangers are simple to grab.
9. Have a system in your closet for where each type of clothing belongs. For my husband’s work shirts, I hang those that need to be ironed first, then ironed shirts behind. This helps me see at a glance when it’s time to pull out the iron and get to work. On my side of the closet, I hang dress pants first, dress shirts next, jeans next, casual shirts next, then anything else (too small but soon clothes, holiday clothes, etc)
10. Be sure your laundry products are not harmful to your family. Excezma and other issues are aggravated by perfumes and dyes in most laundry detergents. all free clear is the #1 recommended detergent brand by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians for sensitive skin. It’s tough on stains yet gentle enough for the whole family. Plus, it’s safe for use in standard and HE machines. It rinses clean and has a gentle, hypoallergenic formula. Powerful Clean. Gentle on Skin. all free clear is also 100% hypoallergenic.
• all® free clear detergent (liquid and mighty pacs), fabric softener and dryer sheets have received the National Eczema Association (NEA) Seal of Acceptance™.
• Products with the NEA Seal of Acceptance™ are those that avoid certain chemicals, dyes, perfumes and residues that are known to be unsuitable for use by persons with eczema or a sensitive skin condition.
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What tips and hacks can you add to this list? Please share them below!
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