I'm so excited to have Becky of Clean Mama as my Guest Blogger today. When it comes to laundry and cleaning, she seriously puts her whole heart and soul into homekeeping. For Becky's best laundry tips, read on.
Laundry is a mundane household task, and as soon as all the laundry is “done”, there’s probably another load lurking somewhere. Today I have a couple tips and tricks to make the process of laundry a little easier and more manageable.
1. DO A LOAD OF LAUNDRY EVERY DAY FROM START TO FOLDED AND PUT AWAY.
This simple habit might seem a little counter-intuitive to those of you that have a specific laundry day, but the concept works. Gone are the days of piles of laundry and wrinkled up clean clothes in the bottom of a basket. Put a load of laundry in the wash, promptly place it in the dryer upon the wash finishing up (to avoid a smelly washer), fold and up away the clothes. If your household doesn’t have a load of laundry every day, do a load from start to put away every other day or every third day. Need a cute laundry basket to get you motivated? This Paper Rope Laundry Hamper should do the trick!
2. USE A DETERGENT THAT SMELLS GOOD AND WORKS EVEN BETTER.
I am not an unscented detergent kind of person. It’s safe to say that a great smelling detergent keeps me interested in doing the laundry. Find your favorite detergent and softener and keep a couple bottles on hand so you don’t run out. I love The Laundress’ fabric care products – the Signature Detergent, Fabric Conditioner, and Sport Detergent are must-haves in my laundry room.
3. DON’T USE FABRIC SOFTENER ON TOWELS.
The secret to super soft and fluffy towels? No fabric softener! Liquid fabric softener coats the fibers and not only do they take longer to dry, but they aren’t as fluffy as they could be. You can use white vinegar in lieu of fabric softener in your rinse cycle or in a fabric softener dispenser or use dryer sheets for the same effect. Need that scent that fabric softener adds? I recommend The Laundress’ Scented Vinegar.
4. LINE DRY.
It doesn’t have to be spring or summer to line dry clothing. Line drying your clothing ensures that you won’t lose a favorite sweater to improper handling. Line dry delicates, sweaters, and my favorite – jeans with ease when you have a proper place to dry them. Add a simple retractable clothesline in your laundry room or space to hang your clothes to dry. Have a little more space and more clothes that need to be line dried? This 2-Tier Drying Rack with a Mesh Top is the perfect solution!
5. ADD SOME ORDER.
Regardless of its size, keeping your laundry room or space neat and tidy will make doing your laundry much more enjoyable. Add a cute and functional container to hold detergents. Keep it on top of the dryer if you are short on space. This Russell + Hazel Acrylic Tray is a great option – it’s wipeable and will contain any drips. This Cabo Harvest Basket is another lovely choice for containing laundry supplies.
6. SAVE TIME AND YOUR CLOTHES BY PRE-SORTING BY WHITES, BRIGHTS/DARKS, AND DELICATES.
Sorting your clothes by type and/color makes laundry foolproof. Pre-sorting clothes as they go in the hamper makes laundry easy and keeps your clothing the color you purchased. Take it a step further and make sure everything is right-side out before placing it in the hamper. I like this Honey Can Do Heavy-Duty 3 Section Sorter to make pre-sorting SIMPLE. I love that you can take each full-size sorting bag out.
Have a laundry method tip to share? We’d love to hear it!
Thanks SO much for joining us today, Becky. You are absolutely THE "Clean Mama".
About Becky Rapinchuk: Becky is a cleaning and homekeeping expert, a wife and mom to three, a business owner, a former art teacher and an author. She writes to help others discover new ways to do the mundane tasks of homekeeping and to bring a little more fun into the process. Read more about Becky, follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and check out Clean Mama. She offers daily reminders, tips + free printables on her blog and be sure to check out her book The Organically Clean Home, for the secret to a clean house.