Aaargh, that’s the time of the week that I dreaded the most.
I don’t know about you but I’d rather spend my Saturday morning sipping cold lemonade and pretending I’m on a Caribbean cruise with Jason Momoa than having to face all the dirty laundry.
Regardless of how I dislike doing the laundry though, I have to swallow this bad feeling and deal with it.
Thankfully, there are some brilliant hacks that I can use to make my laundry easier and way less distasteful.
1. No to Procrastination When it Comes to Treating Stains
If there’s one thing in life that you have to act quickly on, it’s dealing with stains right away.
If you let minute, hours or even days pass by, you might spend an eternity rubbing that stubborn stain away.
The moment you take off your clothes, instantly spray stain remover on the stained area. Put your stain remover in an area where you’re changing your clothes so it’s easily accessible and becomes a habit.
Here’s another tip: Make your own stain remover so you don’t have to spend a lot of money. All you need are these ingredients: hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, Dawn dish soap and a plastic storage container.
Step 1: Mix one part Dawn with two parts peroxide in your chosen container.
Step 2: Then add 1–2 tablespoons of baking soda, making a paste.
Step 3: Pour a generous amount of liquid onto the stain
Another quick fix. If you have a nose bleeder in the family as we do, milk gets the fresh blood stain out quickly, pour it on and let it soak for a while before throwing it in the wash.
2. Be a Guru in Sorting Clothes
So there’s a debate going on that’s even bigger than legalizing gay marriage.
It’s whether to sort clothes or not before laundry.
While some of you may think sorting clothes is totally unnecessary and a waste of time (I am with you on that count), my mom believes that sorting is a critical stage in doing the laundry. Sorting your clothes allows you to give each type of clothing the right treatment that they deserve – that is the key, our machine is a top-loading cold washer, it makes little or no difference to what goes in with what but my mom has a machine that heats the water, putting a wool sweater in a hot wash is going to end in disaster!
What most moms don’t like about sorting is that they have to spend ages in separating the coloured from the whites. So here is a smart idea:
Buy some laundry baskets and label each one as: Whites, Lights, Darks, Jeans and Delicates. (or whatever your sorting preference is) Instruct each family member to put their dirty clothes in the respective basket where they belong.
Voila! goodbye to hours of endless clothes sorting.
What if they don’t sort them- then a lesson for them on how to do the laundry themselves is in order.
3. Cut Down the Time You Spend on Drying
Thank goodness dryers were invented! It is one of the things I miss from back home since we air dry.
Can you still remember the time when you had to depend solely on the sun to dry your clothes? It’s a pain, especially in the rainy season.
Whilst we are beyond thankful for the invention of dryers, we should be even more thankful for the minds that created these hacks to cut down the time you spend on drying.
- When you’re loading your wet clothes into the dryer, don’t forget to put a dry towel in also. It helps absorb the moisture and make drying faster.
- Separate bulky items from lightweight.
- Clean your drying vents regularly.
4. Add Borax to your Wash Load
Another laundry necessity that many of my friends can’t live without: Borax
One friend I swear is in love with borax, possibly as much as she loves her husband. If she was in a sinking boat with Borax and her husband, I’m sure she’d have a hard time choosing which to save between the two.
Well, Borax is certainly deserving of this love. Not only does it make my whites much whiter, it also disinfects your clothes and removes bad odour. It is difficult to hunt out in Japan but the drug stores sometimes stock it.
5. Household Items to Remove Sweat Stains
That yellow armpit stain can be a big turn-off and with teens in the house, it isn’t kind on the nose either.
Thankfully you don’t have to search the entire universe just to find a solution to this ugly problem. You don’t even have to leave your doorstep. The answers are right inside your home!
Here are the household items that you can use to bid sweat stains goodbye:
- Aspirins – crush two tablets and mix it in ½ cup warm water then rub it in
- Dish soap – combine one part dish soap with two parts hydrogen peroxide
You might need to experiment to find the perfect solution to your sweaty stains, part of the fun, just imagine yourself as a mad scientist mwah ahaha hahahaaaaaa
6. Fold Laundry Like a Pro
Who is guilty here of putting off folding as long as you can?
I can see a lot of you raising your hands.
In whatever you do, always use a pairing method. Pair one thing that you dislike to something that you love.
If you dislike folding, why not do it while you’re listening to your favourite podcast or watching Friends for the millionth time? Or if you want to go all hardcore on the folding, watch Marie Kondo!
With this folding laundry hack, you will no longer be guilty of putting off this chore.
I also recommend getting the kids into the habit of helping with folding, it’s an easy job and even toddlers can match socks and fold clothes, it actually work that they teach pre-schoolers in Montessori class on the Practical Life shelves.
7. Remove Wrinkles with Ice Cubes
Maybe you don’t have time to iron, who does? Or maybe you’re just too lazy today or have better things to do with your time.
But this hack works like magic.
Only set back, you need a dryer!
Throw some ice cubes with your wrinkled clothes in the dryer and set it on its hottest setting.
It’s an ingenious way of getting wrinkle-free clothing without the touch of a flat iron. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work on air-dried clothes!
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