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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

5 Tips to Help Make Laundry Day Easier

Nicely Folded Stack of Clothes.

Simplifying Laundry Day Chores

Why is it laundry chores are something a lot of us just don’t like to do? It’s right up there next to doing the dishes, right?

Some may not like laundry day because of a shared laundry space in an apartment complex; needing to go to the laundromat; or simply because laundry piles up so quickly.

Whatever the reason, here are some tips to save time when you’re doing laundry.

Laundry Once a Week or Multiple Times a Week?

How often you do laundry depends on a few different variables. Some of them being how many people you’re doing laundry for, how often you wear clothes before you toss them in the hamper, and how active you and your family are.

If you’re only washing for a couple people, wear clothes 2-3 times before you consider them dirty, and/or not very active, you can probably get away with only doing laundry once a week.

If you have a large family you’re washing for, very active, or you wear it once and it’s in the hamper, you may want to do laundry two or three times a week so it doesn’t pile up and become overwhelming.

Treating Stains

In order to successfully remove clothing stains, you need to act quickly and hopefully you catch it before it gets sorted! The sooner you address the stain, the faster and the easier it will come out.

Treat the stain and when it’s been removed, place it in the appropriate laundry basket.

Use the below stain removal methods as a guide to help select the best cleaning method for your stain when it happens.

Clothing Stain Removal Methods

Sort Your Laundry!

Sorting laundry ahead of time can save time and make laundry day more organized. Sort whites/light colored items, darks, delicates, sports clothes, dry cleaning, etc. and hopefully everyone remembers to remove things from their pockets.

Either keep a laundry basket for each in one main area or keep them in multiple places like the laundry room, bathroom or bedrooms.

Then on laundry day all you have to do is move from basket to washer. Always eyeball the clothes as they go in the washer to make sure you’ve treated all stains.

Do’s and Don’ts of Washing Clothes

  1. Always check pockets before you put them in the washer. I have lost too many lip balms by forgetting to do a pocket check. Plus, you wouldn’t want to accidentally damage your washer with something that shouldn’t go through the wash.
  2. If you have new clothes and are not sure if it the item is colorfast, wash them separately the first few times in cold water so they don’t bleed and discolor other clothes.
  3. Make sure you choose the right setting for the type of clothing you’re washing. Today many clothes can be washed in cold water along with a good detergent and they come out just as clean as using hot water - but the temperature you use is totally up to you. If you’re not sure, always read the label.
  4. Don’t overstuff the washing machine. Not only does it make the machine work harder, your clothes may not come out as clean either and may come out with detergent residue on them.
  5. Don’t leave wet clothes sitting in the washing machine for an extended period of time, they can quickly acquire a smell. Who wants to wash the same load of clothes twice? Not me.

The below article can help with water temp, boosters, and fabric softeners.

How to Wash Clothes

Tips for the Dryer

  1. Make sure as you are putting clothes in the dryer you are also shaking out the clumpy, twisted clothes. This will help them dry more thoroughly and not be as wrinkled.
  2. Check the settings on the dryer and select the appropriate one for the clothes you’ve washed then throw in a fabric softener if you use one.
  3. Don’t allow clothes to sit in the dryer for extended periods either as it will definitely wrinkle your clothes. Folding or hanging clothes while they are warm will help to prevent wrinkling.
  4. Hang or lay flat any clothes that don’t go directly in the dryer. For any clothes that have been stain treated, make sure the stain is gone before putting in the dryer.

Get out the iron and iron clothes if that’s something you do.

Quick Tip for Removing Wrinkles

If you have a pair of pants, a shirt, or a skirt that has wrinkles and you just have to wear it, wet a clean dish towel, wring it out (if you need to de-wrinkle a pair of jeans, lightly wring out the dish towel) put that in the dryer with the wrinkled item and turn the dryer on for 15 to 20 minutes.

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