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Today I’m sharing 10 easy laundry hacks you need to know that will save you time, stress, and money and will help make doing laundry a whole lot more enjoyable! I’m also sharing a special discount on my favorite Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Fresh Clean Detergent at Sam’s Club that you don’t want to miss, so be sure and keep reading below!
10 Easy Laundry Hacks To Save Time, Stress, and Money
Oh the joys of laundry. It’s the one household chore that most of us busy moms dread doing and the one task we all try to put off until the very last minute.
But over the years I’ve gathered quite a few simple tricks to make doing laundry less time consuming, less expensive, and have even found ways to make doing laundry less stressful. Let’s dive right into my 10 Easy Laundry Hacks below!
Wash Clothes Less
The number one laundry tip I recommend is simply to wash clothes less. Now of course some items need to be washed after each use, such as t-shirts, undergarments, and washcloths; however, items like jeans, pajamas, and towels do not need to be washed everyday, unless of course you spill something on them. Washing items frequently will quickly cause the clothes to fade, become dingy, or cause it to lose its softness, which I think we all can agree is not the overall goal.
- Extra Tip: Hang towels up to dry after every use to get a week’s worth of use out of them. Place pajamas at the end of your bed or under your pillow for use the following night.
Sort As You Go
I don’t know about you but one of the reasons I used to always dread folding clothes is because I hated having to sort through mounds of clothes just to find that one shirt. The remedy? Sort your clothes BEFORE putting them in the washer/dryer.
To keep clothes at their optimal quality, items should be sorted according to fabric, weight, and color. This is as simple as investing in 3-4 baskets and labeling them with lights, colors, towels, and delicates and sorting accordingly. If you have the room, you can place all the baskets in your laundry room, but if not I find putting a basket right near the door in each bedroom helps keep things organized.
The small effort of sorting items prior to washing will save you a huge headache later and I’ve found it helps motivate me to fold items more quickly, since everything is already sorted for putting away.
- Extra Tip: Invest in baskets/hampers with easy carry handles that make carrying clothes from bedrooms to the laundry room a breeze.
Hang A Laundry Bag For Socks
Tired of losing socks all the time? This laundry hack will save you headaches and extra $$$ simply by investing in a small mesh laundry bag and conveniently hanging it in your laundry room for everyone to drop in their socks. Previously anytime we’d wash clothes, socks would somehow mysteriously disappear in the washer/dryer, which of course would result in me having to go out and buy more socks.
With separating the socks in its own laundry bag, I now never have to waste extra time and energy searching for lost socks, plus it saves money! I know this adds another step to pre-sorting your clothes, but trust me it is a such a life changer for families who have lots of little socks floating around.
- Extra Tip: For added organization, purchase multiple mesh laundry bags for each family member and label with their name.
Use Quick Wash Option
This laundry hack has saved me SO much time and will absolutely change the way you wash clothes! Save on time and your energy/water bill and start using the quick wash setting for washing regular loads of laundry. Most washers today have a quick wash option which are perfect for busy days when you don’t have a lot of time for waiting on 2 hour long loads to get done. And to be honest the quick wash setting is all you really need for washing everyday items that aren’t heavily soiled.
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Write Notes On a Chalkboard
One of the things that has caused me the largest headache with laundry over the years is having something delicate accidentally dried or having sweaters shrink up because they shouldn’t have been put in the dryer. That’s where having a chalkboard or dry erase board in your laundry room really comes in handy!
To avoid mishaps, simply leave a note or special instruction on your chalkboard! This simple hack helps remind anyone else who might be doing the laundry to double check the loads for items that require special drying instructions.
Alternatively, put cute quotes or special messages to brighten up your laundry space. Hey, if you’re going to be spending so much time in there, might as well make it a cute space, right?
Use Vinegar to Clean and Soften
Vinegar has so many amazing uses around the house but when it comes to laundry, it really can work some magic! If your towels have seen better days, try adding in a cup of white distilled vinegar and running on a hot cycle to bring them back to life. If your towels have a musty odor, you can also add in baking soda before running the cycle. This laundry hack will make your towels look and feel brand new again and is such a simple solution instead of running out and buying new towels.
- Extra tip: You can also use the vinegar/baking soda trick to clean your washer. Simply sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your washer, pour in a cup of vinegar, and run a quick rinse cycle to remove any odors!
Cut Dryer Sheets in Half
My mom taught me this trick years ago, and it’s such a great tip I had to share! Dryer sheets are wonderful for making your towels and clothes smell amazing, but depending on how many loads of clothes you use a week, the cost of dryer sheets can quickly add up.
To get extended use out of them, simply cut your dryer sheets in half using a pair of scissors and toss in a half sheet in each load. Your clothes will still smell amazing and your wallet will totally thank you for it!
Iron With Your Dryer
I truly believe there are two types of people in the world- those who iron and those who find any and all alternative methods to avoid ironing. I am the latter! (haha) But really, I discovered this hack a few years back when I was on vacation and one of my blouses needed a little help in the de-wrinkling department.
Simply dampen a washcloth or lightweight t-shirt and place in the dryer with the item(s) that need to be de-wrinkled. After the cycle completes, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find your item is wrinkle free and ready for wearing!
- Extra Tip: If you’re traveling and don’t have access to a dryer, you can use a blow dryer on the lowest setting to steam out any wrinkles in a blouse or dress.
Don’t Fold All of Your Clothes
I just recently started implementing this tip and it has been seriously life changing. I used to waste SO much time folding items that didn’t really need to be folded, such as underwear, wash cloths, and bras. While I’m a very organized person, I found this task unnecessary and I now prefer to simply stack/lay the items flat in the drawer that I’m putting them in.
- Extra Tip: If you have the closet space, hang t-shirts in your closet rather than folding them in a drawer. Not only will this save you time but it also helps keep wrinkles in your tees at bay.
Make Folding A Family Affair
Last but not least, as wives and mothers I think it can sometimes be difficult to accept and ask for help, but laundry shouldn’t be a one person job. Since folding and putting away laundry typically takes up the most time, make it a family affair and ask all the family members to pitch in and help. Bring the baskets in the living room and turn on a movie or music to make it fun for everyone! This will help make the process so much quicker and it really helps instill responsibility by letting others help out.
- Extra Tip: Resist the urge to correct or re-fold items folded by other family members. Even if it isn’t the way you would fold it, they took out the time to help and should be thanked for doing so. Remember, in the end it’s just laundry and it doesn’t have to perfect. 🙂
Organizational Tips For The Laundry Room
In addition to the 10 Easy Laundry Hacks I shared above, I have also found having a clean, organized laundry room really helps make doing laundry more enjoyable. Here’s 5 quick tips for keeping your space clean, organized, and looking great!
- Keep laundry detergent, dryer sheets, and other items in a nearby cabinet
- Keep a trash can right next to the dryer for easy cleaning of the lint trap
- Use hanging hooks to organize cleaning items, an ironing board, and for hanging up clothes to avoid wrinkles
- Keep a small tray or container on top of your washer/dryer for storing of loose items such as coins, keys, or papers that might be found in jean pockets
- Always keep a laundry basket nearby for easy carrying of clean clothes
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So there you have it! I hope these laundry hacks will help make doing laundry easier and a little less time consuming for you this year! Be sure and give this post a re-pin or share with a friend who’d find it helpful!
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I’m still on Christmas vacation until next Wednesday, but I hope you all are enjoying this wonderful season with your families! Let me know in the comments if you have any other laundry hacks to add to the list!
Thanks for stopping by! -Cara