My secret weapon with laundry is to not even have a laundry day—I just work a load into my daily routine. But even I am sometimes faced with a mountain of laundry, whether I’m back from a trip, getting back to the routine after a busy period, or, heck, I just decided to save it all for laundry day! Don’t worry—these are my 5 laundry tips for speeding things along, whether you’ve got a little, or a lot.
Always Be Prepared
Don’t let a short stash of supplies stop you before you even begin. Be sure to add detergents and other laundry additives (vinegar, baking soda, essential oils etc.) to your shopping list when they’re just about empty. Consider keeping an extra box or bottle on hand—especially when things happen to be on sale! In my experience, these items always seem to run out right when you need them most.
Pretreat Stains Immediately
The sooner you attack a stain, the more likely it is to lift out completely, so waiting days, or even weeks to get rid of it is not going to be your friend. I recommend keeping an effective pre-treater wherever you take off your clothes at the end of the day. I keep one in my purse, as well as one in the kitchen, to deal with any meal-prep stains. A hydrogen peroxide stain stick or even some dish soap rubbed into most stains will be all you need. However, be sure not to add more than 3 or 4 dish-soap-treated items to the washing machine at once! Dish soap foams up quite a bit and too much can overwhelm your machine with suds.
Use a Tri-Sorter
You don’t need to spend time and brain power deciding what to wash with what! Make your hamper do the work for you—invest in a tri-sorter for clothing. These have one compartment for whites, one for lights, and one for darks. To increase efficiency even further, hang a mesh delicates bag off the side where you can stash lingerie that will be washed right in the bag.
Make Sock Sorting a Snap!
If you hate the chore of finding and matching up socks, get yourself a second mesh delicates bag. Keep all your socks together in this bag, and then toss it in the washing machine when it’s full. This way so you’ll never have to wait for that stray sock that got stuck to the inside of your sweatshirt to finally shake free.
Tack Laundry on to Another Task
Getting back to my earlier point—laundry is a fairly inactive task. If you pair it up with another chore you’ll make the whole process more active. Throw a load in the washing machine while you have your breakfast. Once you’re done and cleaned up, you’ll find that the load is done and can be transferred to the dryer. By the time you’re ready for the day, you can toss it into a clean basket and bring it to your room to fold when you come home in the evening. Pair the folding up with something you enjoy—listening to a podcast or watching TV at the end of the day. Done, and done!