Laundry Hacks That Save Time, Money, and Frustration

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Here are a few ways to brighten up your laundry day and help make things a little easier on you.  These helpful laundry hacks are efficient and effective, so they will save you time and takes some of the hassle out of doing laundry.

Washing Hacks

Socks

The best way to wash and dry your socks is to put them in a mesh bag first.  Make sure the bag can be closed so the socks don’t tumble out. By keeping your socks separated from the rest of your laundry you avoid winding up with singles at the end of the cycle.  Keep your socks in pairs every time! Be sure to put your socks in the bag daily as opposed to just before doing laundry. Keep the bag attached to your hamper.

Chalk

One of your items you should keep on hand in the laundry room is chalk.  Believe it or not, chalk is ideal for removing grease stains from your clothes.  If you have an item that has grease on it, use the chalk to give the stain a good rub, then toss it into the washer.  The chalky residue works wonders on stubborn grease you wouldn’t be able to get out using ordinary detergent.

Rinse Cycle

Pay attention to the cycles as you wash your linens and bed sheets.  This hack is especially good for bedding. Once the wash gets to the rinse cycle, open the lid and squeeze two or three drops of lavender essential oil into the load.  Lavender is more than just a pleasant scent that will make your laundry come out smelling extra fresh. The soothing smell of lavender will also promote a better night sleep.  You can use other essential oils the same way, however you like, but I find the lavender and the bedding to be a very practical combination.

Drying Hacks

Dry Towel

If you need to get things dry and you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, then you can speed up the process by throwing a dry towel into the dryer with your wet load.  The observant towel will help make the dryer more efficient at removing moisture. This little trick is so effective you will start keeping a dry towel on hand in the laundry room, so you can do this every time and reduce your time doing laundry… unless you use this time to catch up on your favorite streaming series.

Aluminum Foil

No dryer sheets?  No problem. This tried and true method is cost effective and works very well. Just toss in some aluminum foil with your load and it will simulate the effects of a dryer sheet.  If you have dryer sheets, but still want to save some money, then just cut the sheets in half. Half a sheet is just as effective as a full one, and your supply will last just as long.

Dry Erase

You can leave yourself important notes and reminders about the laundry by writing on the machines with a dry erase marker.  If you have things you would rather not tumble dry, this is a good way to make sure you don’t accidentally toss it in with everything else.

Sorting Hacks

Pre-sort

Save so much time by non sorting.  Do yourself a favor and invest in an extra hamper so you can keep clothes separate from the beginning.  If you have a full house, wash the loads separately to begin with and you will never have to sort again, which is a huge time saver.

Wrinkle Free

Be on top of when the dryer finishes and separate all of the dress shirts and blouses immediately to hang.  Put them on hangers right away and put them in your closet wrinkle free, so you don’t have to worry about ironing them later after letting them sit.

De-Wrinkle

If you do let your laundry sit use this hack.  It’s like the dry towel in the dryer hack, but instead, use a damp cloth.  put your wrinkled clothes back in and let the wet cloth work it’s magic in removing wrinkles.  Give it about 10 to 15 minutes and then hang up immediately.

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