Life Hacks to Make Laundry Day Stress-Free

Everyone has that one chore that they hate. Laundry always seems to top the list. It’s not that it’s difficult, but that it takes up so much time, and it seems to be never ending. To make laundry day a little bit more stress-free, try using a few of these hacks to make life easier.

  1. Dry Clothes Quickly: If you’re in a pinch and need to get a load of laundry dry quick, add a dry towel to the load and let it run. An extra towel will absorb some more of the water and help the clothes dry faster. Of course, the towel will be a little on the damp side, but if you don’t need it right away, then you can hand it over the shower curtain to dry ready to use for the next shower.
    • If you have only 1-2 articles that need to be dried in a hurry, toss them in a salad spinner before you throw them in the dryer. You wouldn’t want to wring out any garments because that could change the shape and fit of the clothes. Spinning them quickly will whisk away extra water without hurting your clothes.
  2. Towels Feeling Old: After several uses, towels start to feel rough and bumpy instead of soft and cuddly. Don’t run out and get new towels. To bring back that new towel feel add vinegar and baking soda to the wash. Baking soda scrubs out any grime that makes the towel stiff, and the vinegar softens the fabric and rejuvenates the fibers. Do this about once a quarter for all of your bath towels to keep them fresh and soft all year long.
  3. Labeled Hamper for Separate Loads: Before laundry day is even here, start separating the clothes as you wear them. By chopping the chore up into little tasks, it can help make the day go faster. Get a hamper for everyone in your family that has separated slots. Put all of the whites in one slot, the darks in another, and the brights/delicates in the last. As the separate bins get filled, you can do whichever one is the most full to tackle the most immediate need. This will help you cut out one more thing to do on laundry day.
  4. Fold-Out Ironing Board: Save space in your living space by having a folding iron board. The traditional boards are bulky and hard to store in limited closet space. Instead, get one that hangs on the back of the closet door that you can fold down whenever you need it.
  5. Mesh Bag for Socks: Those pesky socks are notorious for mysteriously disappearing into the washer. No one likes to play the game of match with all of the socks coming out of the washer. Make life easier by washing all of the socks that go together in a closed mesh bag. That way, they’ll all stay together and keep you from pulling your hair out.
  6. Slip-On Shoe Drying Bag: Every now and then, our shoes need a good washing. Save your dryer from getting beat up with tennis shoes tumbling around with a slip-on drying bag that fits over the door. Change the setting on your dryer to time-dry because the sensor on the back of the dryer won’t sense the shoes at the front. The shoes will get dry from the heat, and you’ll put more life into your dryer. Not to mention that it’s extra annoying to hear those shoes banging around.
  7. Write Notes on Top of Dryer with Dry Erase Marker: When you’re doing laundry for multiple people, it’s hard to keep track of what goes in the dryer and what doesn’t. Have each person write any special instructions for their clothes on top of the washer door with a dry erase marker. That way, whoever is around to toss the washed clothes in the dryer knows exactly what to do.

Use the simple changes to make your laundry day more enjoyable. Little changes can make a big difference when it comes to everyday chores. One less thing to think about, means more “me time” for you. Plus, with these changes, more people in the family can take charge of their own clothes.

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