Laundry is that chore hated by most because it has the most steps: sorting, stain fighting, washing, softening, drying, folding, and putting away. In my quest to make this chore easier for me, I’ve come up with 5 practical laundry trips for every busy to make it a little less painful.
Instead of sorting by color, sort by person.
Traditional wisdom says you should sort laundry by color to prevent white lint on black clothes or color bleeds. So, be radical and wash everything together (regardless of color). I do this with my kids’ clothes. Wash by owner, based on what’s in their individual hamper. I sort into baby girl, soccer boy, hubby, and mine. Then, I wash the towels, sheets, and other linens in batches.
Treat all stains at the same time.
First, you have to determine the type of stain, then you spray, then you have to let the solution sit. If you’re not completely certain you have completely removed the stain, you can’t put it in dryer. Instead, use a product you can add to the whole load. Stains like ketchup, jelly, chocolate, and grass stains could come out the first time. Soaking may be required, depending on the type of stain and its age.
Handle it once.
We fold clothes to organize them and prevent wrinkles. If you normally hang it in your closet, place it on a hanger as soon as it’s dry. No need to fold it, put it in a basket, remove it, then hang it. Instead, hang them directly onto hangers and put them away. Or, have the owner fold them as soon as they come out of the dryer. Then, have the owner put them away. An added benefit is this will prevent the need for going to the laundry room every morning to get clothes to wear.
Create and follow a laundry schedule.
I don’t really like to do laundry every day, but I’ve learned that if I save it all for Saturday, it takes me too long to catch up! Instead, I process one complete load each day. I wash a load before work. When I get home, I move the load from the washer to the dryer. If I’m doing laundry on the weekend, I set a timer for 18 minutes to be sure that no matter where I am, I know the load is done and I can move it to the next step. No more soured or mildewed loads. My mom taught me a time-saving trick that reduces my complete wash cycle to 18 minutes: skip the second rinse. Since I use about half the recommended amount of detergent and don’t use liquid fabric softener, it works just fine. While a load is washing, I can wash dishes, get dinner started, or help with homework.
Remove items from dryer promptly.
Your first line of defense against ironing is to avoid purchasing clothes that require ironing. Since ironing smooths out wrinkles, prevent them from happening. Take clothes out of the dryer promptly. Since I hate to iron, I try really hard not to let anything get wrinkled. If I remove it then fold or hang it right away, no ironing is required!
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