“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” ~ Colossians 3:17
1) Sort clothing the moment you take it off. Have separate hampers/bins for light, dark, and red clothing as well as one for towels (whites in our house). In our house, I use an assortment of vintage crocks and baskets to meet our hamper needs. Additionally, we have a basket set aside for items that need to be washed individually or by hand.
2) Empty pockets, remove belts, and inside out your clothes before you place the clothes in the hamper. No one wants to handle someone else’s dirty socks and underwear any more than they have to, so each person needs to take care of this themselves!I don’t inspect clothing before loading in the washer. I expect this to be done by the person wearing the clothing. I simply pull clothes from hamper and toss in the washer.
3) Use vinegar as fabric softener. It’s safer and cheaper. Plus vinegar sets colors in so they won’t run, and vinegar does a better job of helping your washer rinse soap residue out of clothes (which makes clothes last longer). Additionally, it prevents static cling and removes mildew smells from towels, swims suits, etc. I pour white vinegar directly into the fabric softener dispenser of the washing machine. Mine has a fill line, but my old washer didn’t, and I used 1/4 cup. If the clothes were mildewed, I used 1/2 cup instead of 1/4 cup.
4) Have assigned laundry days. In our house, I wash laundry all day on Wednesdays. I pick this day because it’s the day my husband and I teach youth group. Laundry doesn’t require much though, so I can spend my time folding/putting up laundry in meditation on the lesson or prayer over the class and its participants.
5) Buy underwear in different colors. No matter what color load you are washing, you can include a few pairs, and you’ll never have to worry about having clean underwear again.
7) Shake out wrinkles as soon as you remove clothes from the dryer. As soon as I pull clothes from the dryer, I carry the load to the bed and dump. I shake out the wrinkles in each item and then lay it as flat as possible. Once all things are lying flat, I gather needed hangers and hang clothing up or fold. This ensures all clothing is wrinkle free, requiring little or no ironing.
8) Fold laundry standing up beside the bed. It’s faster than when you are sitting. It doesn’t hurt your back bending over (if you were folding on couch). And you are more likely to put it away if you are already in motion.
9) Pre-treat laundry as soon as it gets stained. I carry tide pens in my purse for when we are away from home, but if we are at home, I will simply take stained item, spray it down, and then wash it pretty much immediately. This prevents multiple washes or stains setting into garment.
10) Keep baskets near washing machine to corral loose items. Next to the washing machine, I keep 2 baskets. One is for clothes that need treatment (hand wash items, items that bleed, items that have stains, etc.). The second basket is for any miscellaneous things. Sometimes someone strips by the washer and empties pockets, leaves shoes, etc. When I see things on or by the washer, I pick it up and dump in miscellaneous basket. Additionally, I keep a box going all the time for clothes that no longer fit. The box is labelled free store, and we put any donations into it (clothing, kitchen items, etc.). When the box is full, I carry to car and drive to the free store.
Bonus: Have a wrinkled ribbon, collar, or some other minor area? Use your hair flat iron as a quick fix for minor wrinkles.
What do you do to make laundry easier? What’s your best tip?