There are a few things certain in life: death, taxes and a never-ending cycle of laundry. Just when you finish all of the laundry, someone is going to get something dirty. It’s practically a law of nature. Laundry is, unfortunately, one of those chores that can quickly escalate to emergency levels, if left untended. But it can also be a bit of a pain to squeeze washing, drying, folding, putting away and ironing (if you’re an overachiever) into a busy schedule, especially when you have work and family to manage.
We’re always looking for ways to keep our homes cleaner, faster so we can spend more time with our family and friends. Check out a few of these handy hacks to keep your laundry pile under control:
Get rid of Stains:
1. Remove grease stains from your clothes with WHITE chalk. Rub the chalk over the stain before tossing in the washer. The chalk will absorb the grease.
2. Ditch lipstick stains on the shirt by rubbing the stained area with a rubbing alcohol-soaked towel. Wash as usual.
3. Soak grass-stained clothing in vinegar for a half hour before washing to remove those annoying green spots with ease.
4. Did a pen break in your pocket? Soak the stain in a bowl of milk before washing.
5. You can also remove grease stains from clothes with a can of Coca-Cola. Just pour it into your regular wash cycle.
6. Pour hydrogen peroxide on bloodstains before washing the clothing.
7. Remove sweat stains from shirts by mixing three aspirin with two tablespoons of warm water. Put the paste on the stain and let it set for an hour.
8. If you accidentally get foundation on your shirt when applying makeup, put some shaving cream on the stain and wash as usual.
9. Did you accidentally turn your husband’s white shirts pink? Remove the new shade by rewashing the clothes with a cup of white distilled vinegar and laundry soap. (He never needs to know!)
10. Remove wax from clothing with an ice cube. Let it set on the wax and then remove with a butter knife.
Save Time in the Laundry Room
11. Sort your clothes when you take them off. Consider having a two-basket system for each bedroom. Whites go in one basket, colors in the other. This will save you from having to sort the laundry when it comes time to wash.
12. Use lingerie bags to wash your socks and underwear. This helps prevent lost socks. (As an added bonus, wash your little one’s stuffed toys in a lingerie bag to keep them safe during the washing cycle.
13. Do you remember when you forgot that your daughter’s favorite shirt wasn’t supposed to be dried, and then it shrunk two sizes? Skip the melt down and use a dry erase marker on the lid of your washer to remind you of any items that need you need to remove before drying.
14. If you forgot about an item in the washer and shrunk the clothing in the dryer, try soaking it in water and conditioner to restore it back to original size. Learn more here.
15. Toss a towel in with your clothes to help them dry faster. The towel will absorb some of the water, speeding your drying time. Pull the towel out after about 15 minutes and continue your cycle as normal.
16. Air-dry your sweaters a little faster by laying them on a dry towel and them rolling them like a burrito. Press down firmly (don’t wring).
17. Dry your bras and underwear in a salad spinner. If you have places to be and you need a pair dry quick, this can save time and protect your “delicates” from the washer.
18. Get rid of wrinkles with 1 part fabric softener and 10 parts water in a spray bottle.
19. Label drawers with stickers to help your little ones remember where their clothes go.
20. If you have kids that are close in size, label the insides of their socks and underwear with their first initial, using a permanent market.
21. Bonus tip: If you have a hard time getting rid of clothes, turn them all around on the hanger. Have each item facing outwards. When you wear the item, turn the hanger the other way around. At the end of 6 months, items still facing the other way go in the donation pile.
Laundry is a chore that can quickly get out of hand. Creating a schedule can help keep the task manageable so you never feel overwhelmed. Check out these simple ideas for creating a laundry routine you can work with. This article reviews a few different options and gives you the pros and cons of each.
Don’t let your laundry weight you down. Create a plan, tackle stains immediately and make a system that works for you!