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Spring is here. The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, your schedule is packed and the laundry is starting to pile up. Sound familiar? Well, it’s time to simplify your laundry routine! Today I’m sharing tips that will help you keep your laundry under control during this busy season. That means less time worrying about laundry and more time doing the things you enjoy most.
As much as I love spring and all the sunshine it brings, I often find myself stretched for time when the season rolls around. The sunshine calls me outside and there’s nothing I’d rather do than sit outside soaking up the sunlight and watching the birds from my back patio. Add those extra commitments that pop up this time of year, and I could easily get behind on my household tasks.
One task I don’t get behind on in my home is laundry. I used to despise doing laundry, but over the years I’ve acquired a few tips that have helped me manage this chore. I can now get it done quickly and easily, which leaves me with more time to enjoy all the fun that spring brings. Let me share with you these time saving tips so you can have some extra fun time, too!
Create a schedule
It’s easy to let the laundry pile up when you’re busy, but creating a laundry schedule will prevent it from happening. Depending on your family’s laundry needs, schedule the day/days when you will do laundry and stick to your schedule. Determine when if you want to do a load each day or schedule laundry time a few days a week. You can even do it all in one day if you’d like. That’s what I do…so don’t visit me on Monday mornings unless you plan on helping me fold clothes.
Treat stains when they happen
Stains are harder to get out after they’ve been sitting in the laundry pile for days, so get a head start and treat stains when they actually happen. Not only are stains easier to get out when they are fresh, but this will also save you time on laundry day.
Keep laundry sorted
Keeping your laundry sorted throughout the week is a big time saver, especially if you have large amounts of laundry. Invest in clothing hampers with separate bins for whites and darks to keep your laundry organized. When laundry day arrives you’ll be able to quickly get loads into the washer with your clothing already pre-sorted.
Choose the right detergent
When doing laundry, you want to choose a detergent that gets the job done without damaging your clothes or irritating your skin. For me that means using all® free clear detergent. Since I suffer from allergies and have sensitive skin, I only use products that are 100% free from dyes and perfumes. I’ve been using all® free clear detergent for years and it has never let me down. It is hypoallergenic and the #1 detergent recommended by dermatologists, allergists and pediatricians for sensitive skin. Although it is not intended to treat or prevent allergies, all® free clear detergent removes 99% of the top everyday and seasonal allergens, including the pollen and pet dander I am sensitive to. Using it has definitely made my laundry no hassle for me since I can trust that it will get my clothes clean without irritating my skin.
I purchase my all® free clear detergent at Sam’s Club because I love the size. This container will last up to 105 loads which means less trips to the store to purchase detergent, which results in more time for me. Perfect! You can find it down the laundry and homecare aisle at a Sam’s Club near you.
Use the right amount of detergent
Most people use too much detergent when washing clothes. Don’t estimate the amount of detergent you need. Instead, read the instructions on the packaging to determine the right amount of detergent needed for your load.
Use the extra spin cycle
Using the max or extra spin cycle on your machine will make sure all the excess water is removed from your clothing. That means less time waiting for clothes to dry.
Don’t overload the dryer
You may be tempted to get all your laundry done in the least amount of loads as possible, but load size really does matter when it comes to doing laundry. If your dryer load is too compacted the air cannot flow through the drum properly. Not only will it take longer to dry your clothing, but you will also have more wrinkles in the end.
Use zippered mesh bags
Most people know to use zippered mesh bags to keep delicate items safe through the wash, but have you tried using them to keep items separate? Have each family member put their dirty socks in their own designated mesh bag and you’ll never have to hunt for mismatched socks again!
Remove laundry from dryer promptly
Who loves to iron? I know I don’t, and I avoid it at all costs! The easiest way to prevent wrinkles in your clothing and avoid the dreaded task is by removing clothing from the dryer quickly when the cycle is finished. When you hear the dryer buzz, don’t put off the task. Promptly empty the dryer and fold or hang clothing to keep the wrinkles at bay and your iron in the closet.
Keep laundry units clean
The easiest way to make sure your laundry is done quickly is by keeping your appliances clean. However, most people forget this step. Make sure to empty your dryer vent after each load and periodically disconnect the dryer duct to clean out any blocking debris. You can easily disinfect your washing machine tub by adding bleach to an empty wash cycle. Use a scrub sponge to wipe away any residue from detergents or fabric softeners.
Follow these tips to simplify your laundry routine today. Now you have all that you know my favorite laundry tips, including using my fave all® free clear detergent, what are yours? Let me know by leaving a comment below!
These are great tips! I recently discovered the mesh bags. I need to be better about using them more often because they make life SO much easier.
Christie Selken says
Thanks, Abby! Yes, mesh bags can be handy, but only if you use them. Sometimes I forget! 🙂
Channing C says
Cleaning/ Organizing/HouseholdHack blogs give me life! Seriously! I love these types of blogs & I will definitely be subscribing to your newsletter! One of my favorite youtube channels is clean my space. I’m a little bit different from you as far as despising laundry is concerned. I despise a lot of other housework but for some strange reason I love doing laundry. It’s almost therapeutic to me. Ironing on the other hand is a different story. I think have ironed clothes twice in my life (i know, I should be ashamed). Also, thank you for the mesh bag tip, I had no idea!
Christie Selken says
I’m so glad you enjoyed this post! I am right there with you with the ironing. It’s a little sad to admit, but the only ironing I do is when it’s required for a sewing project. I stay away from the iron at all costs! LOL