My friend Sandra from Simple is Pretty is stopping by today to share a few of her favorite laundry tips, and guess what?? She brought presents!!! One lucky winner will get to choose their favorite lavendar bags & wool laundry balls from her brand new Etsy shop, and ALL of us get a discount! Get ready for some awesome DIY tips to help make your laundry routine feel like second-nature!
In our house, laundry is ongoing, but I’ve learned a few tricks along my way. When Casey asked me to share some tips with her readers, I was honored! Here is how I do laundry in my house…
Tip #1: A Load a Day Keeps the Chaos at Bay
I try to do at least one load of laundry a day to keep up. We are only a house of four, but I find if I leave the laundry to one day a week it is a very dreaded day that drags on forever.
I have two young boys and they each have a laundry hamper in their rooms. When it is time to do their laundry, I just dump the hamper into a laundry basket and remove any whites to wash separately (since we don’t have a lot of white clothes in our family, I wash everyone’s whites altogether). The laundry basket with one son’s clothes goes downstairs to be washed. I usually do my other son’s laundry the next day using the same process. This way, I don’t have to worry about sorting, since only one son’s laundry is in the basket. I just fold it and take it straight to their room to put it away.
I like to start a load of laundry before breakfast and then the load is usually ready to dry shortly after breakfast. I’m not super fond of doing laundry (I imagine many people feel the same), I try to get my least favourite tasks done as soon as possible in the day so I don’t have to worry about them anymore. Laundry is no exception!
Tip #2: Simplify, Simplify, Simplify
I use cold water to wash most of our clothes. Cold water helps prevent the dyes from different color clothes from fading and also transferring to other clothes in the same load. If I have new blue jeans, I usually wash them separately or in a jean only load for at least the first 3 washes and I also use 1-2 cups of vinegar in the washing machine (or in the detergent dispenser) to help set the color. This method also works well for red or pink colors to help prevent dye transfer. The only time I use hot water is to wash my white towels. I find the hot water just works better to get them super white.
Tip #3: Live Green to Save Green
I use my own homemade laundry detergent to wash our laundry. I originally got into making my own laundry detergent because my oldest son has sensitive skin and is easily irritated by detergents and fabric softeners. But I really love how it works for my family and I like knowing what is in our laundry detergent.
I also don’t use fabric softener. Instead, I use vinegar with a few drops of lavender essential oil in the softener dispenser. The vinegar smell washes out in the rinse cycle. Clothes are still soft and smell good and the towels will be more absorbent.
In my dryer, I use wool dryer balls. They save time and electricity by drying your clothes faster. The dryer balls absorb moisture and provide better air circulation by rotating the clothes. I usually use 4 to 6 dryer balls depending on the size of the load of laundry.
Thanks for the tips, Sandra!! If you’re interested in trying some of these laundry products at home, then you are in for a big treat!
One lucky reader will get to choose a free set of wool dryer balls & a set of lavender bags from Sandra’s new Etsy shop, and EVERYONE can use the code PRETTYORGANIZED15 to get 15% off anything in her shop!