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.
Great tips! I didn’t know I need to clean the inside of my washing machine. My girls clothes don’t get all stained, and that could be why my washing machine stays clean.
Yea that would definitely make a huge difference.
These are some great laundry tips of making laundry more manageable. I hadn’t heard of this brand before, but I’ll check it out.
Excellent tips! I recently started teaching my son to fold his clothes and put them away. Cuts back on a lot of the work.
Perfect timing because today if laundry day! 🙂 I only wash clothes once a week and I make sure to fold them all up after coming out of the dryer. We’ve never cleaned our washer in a while though.Yikes! We should clean it pronto!
I usually used tide and oxiclean to make my laundry more manageable. Especially the color safe bleach.
I don’t tend to clean out my washer very often, and my usual excuse is just simply a lack of time. Laundry is one of those chores that I can’t escape, and thank you for your little tips – I am always learning!
Awesome tips on how to make laundry time easier! It’s really important that you clean your washer at least once a month. I think that dry towel trick is awesome. I can’t believe I didn’t try it before.
I need to make sure to clean my washer more often. We just got a new one not long ago and I believe we have cleaned it once so far. I should probably go about doing another cleaning here soon.
I actually didn’t know that I needed to clean my own washing machine. I didn’t even know they made products specifically for that!
I love your post girl. I just shared this in Twitter. I like the tips you gave and that product looks great. I turn t-shirts with a printed picture inside out and dry them on a lower setting so they do not crack and ware out sooner! #productreviewparty ! Have a great weekend girly.
Oh i love this idea! It will be a big help especially to moms. It will saved more time.
Oh thanks for this wonderful tips! This will be a big help for me and for my mom.
I will have to pick up some EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer to try. My Son plays a ton of sports and is always staining his clothes.
I use the EnviroKlenz pet stain and odor remover and it works AMAZINGLY well! I need to get this from them too! I had no idea I needed to clean my washer but it totally makes sense!
Thanks for these tips! They are all great! I do already make my kids fold and put away the laundry with me, however I am bad about not cleaning my washing machine often. I need to get better about this and I love the idea of using a laundry enhancer!
Cleaning the washing machine is so important. We had a washing machine break about 5 years ago, as it turns out the spaces underneath the drum had gotten clogged with all sorts of debris, lint, and grime. They ended up snaking the washing machine out, sort of like you snake a toilet, and they were able to put together a ball of gunk about the size of a softball. I had no idea that much gunk ended up inside of a washing machine!
My tip for making laundry easier is to use dryer balls instead of fabric softener sheets. They save a lot of money, they don’t make your clothes smell, and they are good for the environment. Wool dryer balls are the best, unless you have a wool allergy, and you can sent them with a couple of drops of essential oil.
That is a great tip. I have used Wool Dryer balls before and had a great experience. I had forgotten all about them. Maybe I should start using them again. I forgot why I stopped.
I learned the hard way you need to turn your pants inside out. They collect fabric in the dryer if I don’t.
You and me both lol. Now it’s second nature to me.
Thanks so much for these tips! Laundry is my nemesis, so anything that can help me conquer it is awesome!