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16 Helpful Laundry Tips to Make Laundry Less of a Chore

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If you dread doing laundry, here are some laundry tips to make it less of a chore. Laundry can be done more efficiently and in less time with these helpful hints! Our laundry tips can help you save both time and money! What’s better than that?

Whether you’re doing laundry for a few people or a whole family, saving time and money with these laundry tips will help you tackle mount laundry with (dare we say it) – ease. If you have to spend hours each week washing clothes, we’ve got laundry time saving tricks to make laundry efficient. Try these laundry tips out and let us know how they work for you.

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1. Wash Your Clothes Less Often

The most obvious way to avoid doing so much laundry is to…well, not do it. Not every item of clothing needs to be washed right away; in fact, you could probably wear lots of clothes more than once before you wash. Shirts can survive multiple wears if worn with an undershirt, and many people don’t even wash their jeans at all (or very infrequently).

2. Do Laundry Less Often

Wait? Isn’t this the same as the above tip? Nope, not quite. Do laundry weekly . It might seem like more laundry equals more work, but by doing laundry once a week instead of every day, you’ll have less laundry to do in one go. If you think about it this way, laundry is no longer an arduous task! You can even build laundry time into your schedule weekly. Make laundry a priority and you’ll have more time for fun things.

3. Eliminate Sorting with Multiple Hampers

One of the best laundry tips I ever put into practice was putting three laundry baskets in my closet: one for whites, one for colors and one for towels and sheets. That way, when you take off your clothes before bed, you can sort them with almost zero effort, instead of having to rifle through everything later on. It seems like a small annoyance, but come laundry day, you’ll be happy everything’s sorted out for you.

4. Get Stains Out Right Away

Don’t waste time trying to scrub out that stain later on, after you’ve finally found your stain stick. You can remove nearly all of your clothing stains right away using simple house hold items!

Check out the handy reference guide below with tips on removing many types of stains from clothing. I like to keep this chart laminated on posted on the inside of our laundry cabinet – for a handy reference and so that nothing slips through the cracks and gets missed in between loads – makes cleaning much faster too. This is one of the best laundry tips to keep you from ruining your favorite clothing!

5. Avoid Bleeding Colors

I’m pretty sure your husband doesn’t want unexpected pink undies or to have their white shirt turn tie-dyed. To avoid this, always sort clothing properly before washing so colors don’t bleed onto unsuspecting fabrics and ruin them in the process.

To find out if something is colorfast before you wash it, wet a cotton swab and rub it on an inside corner or seam and see if the dye transfers to the swab. If it does, hand wash the items separately. If no stains show up when testing the item can withstand several washings without bleeding its way into other fabrics.

If you do have an oops and your colors bleed, you can usually remove the unwanted dye from your clothes following this – one of the great laundry tips – from Good Housekeeping.

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6. Reduce Fading of Your Clothes

Clothes are expensive and fading can cause them to look worn out very quickly. Turning dark-colored clothes inside out before washing you avoid abrasion, which leads wear on the fabric surface of your clothing that causes dull appearances; black in particular should be cared for carefully so as not to damage its sheen.

7. Wash Everything Properly

Ever look at your clothing tags and see those little symbols? They’re supposed to tell you how to wash that item, but heck if any of them make sense without a description. Check out the download for a chart to help you decipher these confusing little things. It will help you figure out what all those symbols mean so you can get it right the first time (and avoid ruining your clothes). Make sure you don’t use fabric softener on towels, either—they’ll lose their absorbency. (I only recently learned this!) One of the most important laundry tips you’ll use!

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8. Select the Right Water Temperature

Similar to number seven of the laundry tips, but distinctly different, too. The key to a successful laundry day is selecting the right water temperature. Cold works well for delicate fabrics, items that might shrink and sensitive dark colors which can sometimes cause them to bleed when put in hot water. By reducing your utility bills by using cold instead of hot water, you’ll save money too!

Warm water is appropriate for moderately soiled clothing and human-made fabrics (i.e. polyester). Hot water should be used for bedding and towels, cotton whites, and heavily stained work clothes, specifically those with oil or grease stains.

9. Keep Whites Bright

When whites start going gray or yellow, it could be because you are using water temperatures that are too low. You may have been overloading your washer and piling in really dirty clothes which cause dirt to resettle on mildly soiled garments making them dull again!

10. Avoid Your Clothes from Shrinking and Stretching

There are several reasons that clothes shrink and stretch during washing and drying including fiber content and type of weave as well as how you wash or clean them.

Some of the best ways to avoid shrinking or stretching in clothing are to use a cold water setting, avoiding too much agitation, and a too hot clothes dryer. Absolutely a key of the best laundry tips!

11. Toss Missing Sock Partners

Sometimes it feels like half of laundry day is spent looking for that missing sock, or trying to pair everything together. If you’re tired of sorting socks, it may be time to buy a whole new set of socks. Buy only a few colors, all from the same brand, in large quantities. You’ll never have to fold or sort them again.

Just throw them all in your dresser and as long as you grab two socks of the same color, they’ll be sure to match. Plus it helps a bit with that whole “lost sock” problem. I also have a basket in my laundry room with missing sock partners. I keep them for about a month and if no partner shows up, they get tossed or used for cleaning.

12. No Laundry Basket or No Room for One

Don’t have a basket? Can’t carry a basket? You don’t need one: all you need is a towel or some item of clothing large enough to wrap everything else up. You can transport an entire load of laundry down to the washer just by wrapping it up in a pair of pants, no hamper required. Similarly, you can throw a clean towel into the dryer after it’s finished, rotate the dryer, and use that towel as a little laundry bag that you can carry with one hand. Never drop anything on your way back up the stairs again!

13. Select the Right Detergent

When it’s time to choose a detergent, shoppers often buy the one their parents used or grab what they think is cheapest. There are much better ways of selecting the right product for your laundry needs though!

I know choosing from all those different choices can be tough but don’t worry – we’re going over some tips that will help make this process easier and give you more confidence when browsing retailers’ shelves for the right laundry detergent.

Powdered detergents can be a great option for general loads, but they don’t always work well in cold water as they don’t always disolve properly and can leave residue on fabrics.

Liquid detergents, which usually contain enzymes to break down stains and oils in fabric, are a good option for pretreating your clothes. The key is to read the ingredients list on the bottle as the more enzymes contained the best the cleaning effectiveness.

One thing that’s nice about pods and tablets is they’re easy to use, but price per load can be an issue. If you have a lot of laundry or are doing small loads on occasion then this product may not work for your needs because it’ll cost more in the long run.

If you prefer all-natural laundry detergent and DIY laundry products, you’ll certainly want to check out this post. And for a look at the most toxic chemicals in laundry detergent, see this post.

14. Use Less Detergent

Okay, so this one won’t save you a ton of time, but it can save you money. Many of us use way too much detergent in our laundry, and while you could make your own at a fraction of the price, the easiest way to save money is to just use less. You know how much soap the manufacturer recommends using? Use less than that. A lot less. Your clothes will be just as clean and you’ll save lots of money.

In addition, using too much detergent can create an overabundance of suds that they trap soil allowing it to redeposit on clothes.

15. Clean Your Appliances

It’s weird to think about cleaning the thing that cleans your clothes, but it can make everything work a whole lot better. Cleaning your washing machine every few months can help get rid of excess dirt, soap gunk, and other things that may be invading your laundry, while cleaning the dryer can make it dry more effectively in a smaller amount of time (especially if you clean that moisture sensor). Your clothes and your patience will thank you. You can find directions on cleaning your washing machine and dryer on the machine or the documentation that came with the appliances.

16. Fill Your Drawers From Front to Back

Do you stack clothing in your drawers from top to bottom? If so, you’ve probably noticed how much of a pain it is to find what you’re looking for and get it out later on. The next time you fill your drawers, fill them from front to back (think like files in a filing cabinet). You’ll be shocked how much easier it is to see what you have and pick something out. We cover this method and other drawer organizing method in our mini-course, One Drawer at a Time.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your laundry routine, these 16 helpful laundry tips will make the chore less of a hassle and save some cash. From how often you should wash your clothes to what temperature is best for various fabrics, these ideas will help simplify your life as well as reduce up front costs on things like detergent. Which tip are you most anxious to try? Let us know in the comments below!

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