Doing laundry is a controversial thing — hear me out. Some people love it as it gives them a moment of privacy and space while others literally do it out of necessity. After all, who would want to touch other people’s dirty laundry? Definitely not me. Regardless, doing laundry is something that most people will have to do eventually.
You can’t just throw away old ones and replace them with new ones. If you’re like me and find that doing laundry is such a chore, read on to learn some tips to make laundry day easier. Let’s get into it!
Organize Your Dirty Laundry in Advance
In the days leading up to laundry day, make your life easier by pre-organizing your dirty laundry. This doesn’t have to be tedious. Simply purchase a laundry basket or hamper with multiple inner compartments. That way, you can just throw your jeans into one compartment and your white clothes into another. When laundry day comes you can simply toss them into your washers and dryers!
This simple move will help you to save lots of time and effort. Do give this a shot.
Use a Mesh Bag
Adding on to the previous point on laundry organization, you can attach a mesh bag to your laundry basket for the convenience of washing smaller items such as socks and undergarments. With all the smaller items neatly organized in the mesh bag, you’ll no longer lose your socks or wonder if the washing machine really did eat them.
Avoid Colouring Stains
You’ve probably heard of separating your laundry into colored ones and white ones, right? Well, this advice is widely spread as it is true that some colored clothes might stain the white ones. You wouldn’t want to see your fresh white tee turn a little yellow.
So, if you are like me and are for a lack of a better word, lazy, throw in a color catcher, which are little sheets that absorb the leaked colored dye in the washing machine. That way, your clothes will retain their original color.
Create a DIY Spot Cleaner
Whether you’re a messy eater or you’ve owned your shirts for a while, stained spots are bound to appear. A common household trick is to sprinkle some baking soda and a few drops of white vinegar onto the stain, let it sit for a while, and then throw it in the washing machine. Your clothes will come out looking brand new!
Conquer Grass Stains With This
Grass stains are no ordinary stains. Your DIY baking soda and white vinegar might not be able to get rid of them entirely. But don’t worry.
Many homemakers swear by laundry bars that are designed to remove stains. Simply rub the grass stains with the laundry bar several times and toss the laundry in the washing machine as per usual. It works wonders.
So, the next time you see your child coming home all muddy from soccer practice, whip out the good old laundry bar and you’re set.
Replace Your Dryer Sheets With Aluminium Foil
If you just did a load of laundry and found out that you’re out of dryer sheets, head to the kitchen cabinet and fish out your aluminum foil. Rip out enough aluminum foil that resembles the size of your usual dryer sheet. This can be used for up to six months.
Speed Up The Drying Process
If for some reason you’re in a hurry, or just want to quickly finish the entire laundry process, there are some things you can do to make your clothes dry faster.
First, before you place the clean and damp clothes from the washing machines and into the dryer, shake off the excess water by vigorously flapping it several times. Doing that extra simple step will allow your laundry to dry faster with fewer wrinkles.
Next, you could toss a dry towel into the dryer with your other damp clothes during the first 15 minutes of the drying cycle. Remember to take the damp towel out after 15 minutes for this method to be effective!
Get Rid Of Wrinkles With Ice Cubes
Yes, you read that right. Ice cubes can be used to remove stubborn wrinkles from your laundry.
If you leave your laundry in the dryer for too long, wrinkles and creases will start to form. You could iron them out but if you’re short of time (or just plain lazy, like me), place a few ice cubes in the dryer and run a quick-drying cycle. Your laundry will come out smooth and wrinkle-free!
Make A “Do Not Dry” Notice
Certain clothing items have to be line-dried or else they will shrink in size which might damage the material.
If you live with others or even if you live alone, creating a “do not dry” notice can make your life easier and stress-free. You can go old-school style and create the notice with a pen and paper. Place or stick this notice somewhere obvious and visible such that you and other people will understand to not toss them in the dryer.
A tip is to place all of these clothes into a larger mesh bag. Keep that mesh bag solely for items that have to be line-dried and use a marker to make a visible marking.
Use A Cardboard To Help With Clothes Folding
A recent trend to get children helping to fold laundry used cardboard as a tool. If you’ve seen the videos before, you’ll know what I mean. Otherwise, this cardboard idea might sound a little bizarre.
Basically, the cardboard template will fold each shirt to uniform precision. My suggestion is to look online for a tutorial on how to make the cardboard template. If not, you can purchase a plastic version online.
And there you have it! 10 simple and practical tips to make your laundry day easier. Hopefully, you’ve learned a few useful ones and will incorporate them into your future laundry routine. Know of anyone else who dislikes doing laundry? Share this article with them and surprise them!