More Time-Saving Laundry Tips

As promised here is another handful of housekeeping tips to reduce the time you spend in the laundry room.

  • Keep a bath towel in your laundry room to throw in the dryer with something that needs “ironing.” Set your dryer for a 10 minute spin, and you are good to go. (If the wrinkles are bad, lightly spray the item with water or put a damp wash cloth in the dryer with the item).
  • Clothes dry faster if you pop a tennis ball or two into the dryer with the wet clothes.
  • Have pants that can’t go through the dryer? Hang them upside down. The weight of the top of the pants–which is now at the bottom ;-)– will pull out all or most of the wrinkles.
  • Keep a bag or box in the laundry area for those lone socks that always seem to show up in the wash. At the end of the month you will have the joy of witnessing socks reunited with their mates. Hey, you’ve gotta get joy where you can find it!
  • Vinegar makes a superb fabric softener. Just pour a cup into the fabric softener section of your washer. Vinegar also makes your towels more absorbant, and actually deoderizes your wash too. (I know that’s counter-intuitive, but it’s true–trust me!)
  • Yes, you can keep your dark colored clothes from fading. Before the first wash set your washer to the small load setting and add 2 cups of salt and 2 cups of white vinegar to the water, agitate and then add the clothing item. Run it through the wash cycle and then launder as usual.

Now, it’s your turn. What makes “laundry day” easier for you? Please share.

6 thoughts on “More Time-Saving Laundry Tips

  1. I live on a farm. So when it’s loading day or when it’s a pretty messy day for the boys outside. I have a huge bucket that their dirty dirty dirty clothes get to go in as soon as they enter the back door. This helps with soaking them. I can just fill it up with warm water with Odor Eraser by Dawn (Dish Soap) (This helps removes the animal, sweat, and other smells and also helps removes grease.) Then comes Oxy Clean. Let that soak for about 8 hours then the clothes get put in the washer with an extra rinse cycle! It has worked every time!

  2. Sounds like a good recipe – Salted Tennis Balls with Vinegar Dip. And then clean up later with Dawn liquid dishwashing soap.
    Kidding aside, these are very good tips. I got here following “laundry” tags and sites for laundry detergent coupons. It is a worthwhile trip, very useful blog. Thank you and cheers.

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