There’s nothing like laundry day to make a busy person feel they’re about to short-circuit! You might think you’ve got your hands full with screaming children, work deadlines, and household chores—but you can always count on laundry to be the cherry on top!
It’s hard enough to keep track of all the little things standing between you and disaster on a good day: from color runs, wrinkles that won’t quit, and mystery stains that just won’t budge. But on a day when you’re already stretched thin, it’s enough to make you want to give up and just live in your PJs!
But what if we told you we had the laundry hacks to make your life easier?
Your life will still be as busy as it is—nothing we can do about that, but at least you’ll be wearing clean clothes while chasing after the kids or running to work!
No rest for the weary, right? Let’s get into it!
Laundry Organization Hacks
It may seem like extra work, but the more organized your laundry is, the easier the job will be. Over time, this will become second nature and you’ll only ever have to deal with laundry—not all the little things that take the fight out of you before you even start!
Separate laundry baskets for whites and colors
Don’t even think about throwing all your clothes into the same pile. Doing this means you have to rummage through a stinky pile of 4-day-old laundry. It will also set you back in time trying to separate them come wash day.
Get your laundry basket fundamentals right and you’ll be good to go. Separate your whites from the colors before it enters the wash, and you’re well on your way!
Squeeze every last bit out of your liquid detergent
You can always get the last bit of detergent out by removing the spout with a pair of pliers and adding a bit of water. This will help you get the most bang for your buck and reduce how often you need to buy detergent.
Develop a standard folding method
Use a flat surface that’s about waist height to make the job easier. We like folding clothes into rectangles and then stacking them together in the same direction with thicker items at the bottom, but you can find whatever folding method works best for you.
Laundry Hacks for Large Families
Laundry can be a whole lot easier with everyone pulling their weight. Of course, that’s easier said than done—you’ll have to put in the legwork at the start to get everyone on board. But once you do, we promise: it will be like magic!
Here’s how we make laundry day a fun—or at least, bearable—family activity:
Get a whiteboard with an assignment list
Make it easy for everyone to know what’s expected of them by installing a whiteboard in your laundry room. This way, everyone can see what they have to do and be held accountable for their tasks.
Separate hampers for clothes that need special attention
Everyone in the family should know the basics of where clothes go and how to sort them. But for clothes that need special attention, like jerseys, towels, or sheets, assign a separate hamper for those. That way, no one has to go through the hassle of trying to decide whether a certain item should be included in the regular laundry day.
Opt for smaller loads
With a large family, it’s tempting to just throw everything into one (or two) huge loads. But that’s a perfect recipe for being bone-tired by the time you get to the drying part! Unknown stains also get more time to settle, making them harder to remove.
It will take some getting used to, but upping the number of loads and spreading them out throughout the week will make your life a whole lot easier. Not only will each load take a shorter time to finish, but you’ll also be able to spot any stains right away and give them the treatment they need.
Stop losing socks and other small items
To save yourself the hassle of rummaging through your entire laundry pile, use mesh bags as compartments to keep everything together during the washing process. If your socks still find a way to travel to parts unknown, be sure to check out your washing machine’s inner tub and walls, or if you have a front-loading washer, the area between the inner drum and door gasket. It might be a little tight in there so be sure to use a flashlight and a pair of tongs!
Laundry Hacks for Busy Moms
Being a mom means you get to wear all the hats and juggle all the balls. You could be closing a huge deal at work but when little Timmy or Susie spills something on their shirt—you best have your superhero cape ready!
Stock up on white vinegar, baking soda, and salt
Banish most lingering odors and stains with just three simple ingredients!
White vinegar helps remove any stubborn odors and can be used as a fabric softener as well. Baking soda works great for removing odors while salt works well for most pesky food stains and tougher grease spots.
Say goodbye to wrinkles with ice cubes!
If you leave your clothes too long in the dryer, you might find them a bit too wrinkled to wear. No problem! Just add a few ice cubes to the dryer and run it on high heat for roughly 10 minutes. The steam released from the melting ice will help relax the fibers and get rid of those nasty wrinkles.
The Easiest Laundry Hack of All: hampr!
Yes, these laundry hacks are great and all, but they won’t be half as useful if you don’t have the time to actually get them done.
We at hampr would love to take all the hassle out of laundry day for you, so all you have to worry about is enjoying your newfound free time.
hampr offers flat-rate pricing, 24-hour turnarounds, and free pick-ups and deliveries (even without you being home), all done by expert washrs who take exceptional pride in their work. You can even choose what works best for you: on-demand or on-schedule.