Aside from choosing the right laundry detergents, pre-treaters, and fabric softeners, there are a few more things you can do to make your Laundry Day easier.
- No More Lost Socks: I used to have a client who was so adamant about keeping his socks in pairs he used to tie them together. I had the pleasure of having to untangle ten pairs of socks that were still damp in the middles, despite having gone into the dryer. I do not recommend this. Instead, use safety pins to keep your socks paired up in the washer and dryer. This will keep them from disappearing into “the void” (the drain of your washer or the air-lock of your dryer) and they will already be matched up when you get around to folding and storing your laundry.
- Out Of Pocket: A lot of the damage that happens in the washer or dryer begins in your unchecked pockets. As you are sorting your laundry, turn out the pockets in your pants and shirts to be certain to remove any items that could damage your clothes or your machinery. Common things forgotten in pockets include lip balm, lipstick, ink pens, lighters, and money. (Pro-tip: The rules in my house are, if Mom finds money in your clothes, that’s my tip. I rarely find money in the laundry anymore. *Sad.*)
- Keep Snags and Tears At Bay: Use a small wash bag to hold your bras and lingerie. Bra hooks have a tendency to get snagged on the rest of the laundry and either get pulled apart, destroying the bra or they end up damaging other clothes in the wash. A wash bag is great for velcro clothing, too. The velcro hooks get attached to other clothes and cause damage as you try to separate these items. You can get wash bags at the dollar store or any retail store that sells laundry supplies.
- Pretreat Now, Save Time Later: As soon as you get a stain on your clothes, even if you don’t have time to do a rigorous pretreatment exercise, spray pretreater on the stain before you throw it in the hamper. Some pretreaters are still effective up to 48 hours after treatment, but it’s a very good idea to do your laundry as soon as possible to ensure that stains do not become difficult or set-in.
- Spoil Yourself With A Shirt Folder: My secret laundry weapon is an inexpensive shirt folder. It’s great for quickly folding shirts, pants, pillowcases and towels. Your items will come out with wonderful sharp creases and they will lay nice and flat for storage and wrinkle prevention. Plus, if you have children helping you with the laundry, they will really enjoy helping out with this handy gadget.
I would love to hear from you! Do you have any laundry hacks that you swear by? Drop your idea in the comment box.