I don’t know about you, but laundry is one of the chores that I least look forward to doing each week the most. With three boys, it appears laundry is never done and my partner works in an outside environment so his clothes can be extra dirty. When football season starts I will have one son playing that and my other son is still deciding what sport he wants to do (with my luck it will be something that causes sweat stains, grass stains, and more), which means even MORE laundry.
Thankfully, there are some laundry tips that I have picked up over the years that make doing laundry a little more bearable.
Clean Your Washer Every 1-2 Months
This may sound a little silly or to frequent for some, but if you are a parent you are washing clothes multiple times per week and, when kids get older especially, their clothes can be filled with all sorts of germs and stains. Therefore, cleaning your washer consistently is necessary.
I’m not sure about the health benefits of doing this, but it can prevent you from doing two loads of laundry only to discover that you must redo both loads because of a stain or odor.
I like to clean my washer once a month and recently I started using the EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer to do so. Before I was using bleach and vinegar, however, with all my vinegar hacks I have been driving my partner insane (I will try to write about vinegar hacks soon because there are just so many things that you can do with it). However, I am glad that I was introduced to the EnviroKlenz brand because all their products are safe, non-toxic, fragrance-free, and environment-friendly. The EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer can help you eliminate chemicals, fragrances, and sour odors.
With the laundry enhancer, you just must add ½ to your longest wash cycle using hot water and you are good to go. You can add in some extra ingredients if you want but you must avoid combining it with bleach and vinegar. The best part is it is safe enough to use on a variety of fabrics such as cotton, nylon, spandex, washable lace, and washable wool as part of your regular laundry cycle in combination with your fragrance-free laundry detergent.
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Toss in a Dry Towel or Two into Your Dryer
From my experience, it always takes the dryer load longer to dry than it does for a load of clothes to wash. With my busy schedule, this usually results in the clothes in the washer sitting in there for a day or so before I remember they are there and I need to put away the clothes in the dryer to be able to add them in. However, what I have found is that if I throw 1-2 dry towels inside of the dryer with the laundry, it cuts back on the amount of time that it takes for the dryer to dry the clothes. As a result, the dryer stops close to the washer load and I can eliminate the need to have to rewash the laundry before it is okay to go inside of the dryer.
Turn Pants & Leggings Inside Out Before Washing
Do you hate when your jeans and leggings have lint on them from shirts and other items?
I know I do. Nothing is worse than running late in the morning only to find out that what you want to wear is covered in lint and the lint roller is nowhere in sight.
My trick for eliminating this issue is to always make sure that when I take pants and leggings off that I turn them inside out to decrease the amount of lint that gets stuck to them while they are washing and drying.
The exception to this would be if something is stained. Before turning them inside out, I would recommend applying your stain remover technique, washing them, and then turning them inside out before they go into the dryer.
Teach Your Kids to Fold & Put Away Their Laundry
My oldest son learned how to fold clothes when he was 4 and he now is a master at putting them away correctly too. Having three kids means a ton of laundry each week for me and I absolutely hate folding clothes yet at the same time, I am a bit OCD. Therefore, once laundry comes out of the dryer it must be put away promptly or it will drive me insane (I mean literally it’s the only thing I can think about until it’s done).
Since their laundry must be done twice a week (not for lack of clothes I just don’t like seeing full laundry baskets either lol) his weekly chores including folding and/or putting away their laundry. If I have time to spare from other tasks we will tag team it – I’ll fold and he’ll put it away neatly.
Closing Thoughts on Making Laundry More Manageable
I hope the tips that I have shared today can help make laundry a little bit more manageable for you and not such a huge pain in the butt. I know it’s one of my least favorite chores – the only thing that ranks higher is cleaning my kid’s bathroom.
Tell me what you are already doing to make laundry more manageable for you in the comments section below.