It’s easy to save time on laundry depending on the laundry schedule, the size of load, and the level of family involvement you have.
Reasons Why Laundry Takes You So Long
Does this sound like you?
- Sorting everything
- Folding things that ultimately get hung up
- Letting the first load rinse twice
- Sorting by color instead of by person
- Not knowing how long a load takes to wash
- Letting clothes wrinkle in the dryer
- Letting clothes mildew in the washer
- Washing too often
Save Time on Laundry
Here are some reader tips featuring easy ways to save time on laundry:
Full loads only – I save time on laundry by only washing when I have full loads.
Multiple hampers – We save time on laundry but having two hampers – one for whites and one for colors! No spending time sorting!
Do laundry every day – I don’t really save time on laundry. I have a husband and three sons, so I do laundry every day. I could skip a day, but then it takes me too long to catch up!
Baskets in each room – I save time on laundry by giving each kids room a basket and mine. They put their clothes in them and when it’s full they tell me. It saves me time on sorting each kids loads. And folding since the older do their iwn
Small loads only – I do little loads.
Sort as you go – I save time by having a basket for each type of clothes that I’m washing and when my family pulls off their dirty clothes I sort them and when I’m ready to do the laundry I can just go ahead and wash.
Sort by type – I have 3 different hampers for each load…towels, jeans/darks & light colors.
I would add these tips:
Handle it once – 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.
Skip the second rinse – My mom taught me this time-saving trick that reduces my complete wash cycle to 18 minutes. Since I use about half the recommended amount of detergent and don’t use liquid fabric softener, it works just fine.
Multi-task – As I mentioned in my last tip, a load takes 18 minutes to wash. I could wash dishes, get dinner started, or help with homework during that time.
Remove from 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!
Set the timer – As soon as I load the washer, 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 sour or mildewed loads@