Not fun….but necessary. Doing the laundry that is. Unless you send all your laundry out with the dry cleaning….someone has to do it! So why not make it as simple and pleasant as possible? Here are a few tips to help lighten the load…..
1. Be sure there is a laundry hamper in each bedroom and bathroom. This also
helps to keep the rooms tidier. Yes!
2. Get the family involved. Have them bring the hampers to the laundry area on
wash day. And returning their clean clothes to their rooms adds to their responsibility. As soon as they are able to do so….kids should do their own laundry. Simple verbal instructions regarding sorting, amounts of detergent, softener, etc. will help. Then post an instruction chart nearby for easy reference. Trust me…when they run out of clothes they will see the value!
3. Sort each load into plastic laundry baskets. They can then be stacked up and out of the way until they are washed. Sorting on the floor is just too messy. It also makes it easier to just toss in a load when you’re on the run. And I know you are!
4. Separate whites, darks & medium colored items. Items to be chlorine bleached should be washed last to avoid drips on any other items. Ouch! Be sure not to pour the bleach directly on the fabrics. Most washers have a bleach dispenser which helps.
5. Be sure that items with a lot of lint (throw rugs, chenille, etc) are washed separately.
And empty the lint tap before each load for maximum dryer efficiency.
6. Turn dark or brightly colored items inside out. Friction during washing causes
colors to fade.
7. Delicate items (lingerie, knit tops, etc.) should be placed into mesh laundry bags.
They won’t get tangled up during washing and they will last longer.
8. Turn on the washer and place detergent and any other additives into the washer before the clothes. Keep a stain remover nearby for spots. Quickly check for stains as you are loading the washer. They are much more difficult, if at all, to remove later….especially after they have been dried.
9. Shake out the washed items before placing in the dryer. They will dry faster.
To evenly dry items, place fabrics of similar weights together. EG: sheets VS towels.
10. Be sure to empty all pockets to avoid disasters. I could tell horror stories of my early days in the laundry room. Does gum, marking pens, notes from the teacher, etc. ring a bell?
Last tip: Any money found in the washer or dryer belongs to the one doing the
laundry. That’s only fair! Oh, I forgot…the only fair is the county fair!
c Ann Gambrell Sept 2012 Laundry tips That Work