Have you looked forward to a weekend to relax but have to forego it for the huge pile of laundry that has piled up over the week? Doing your laundry is a time consuming chore, unless you know certain tips and tricks on how to get a proper wash while spending less time on it. Here is how you can make laundry day easy on you and your clothes.
1. Make a laundry routine
Depending on whether you are single or have a family, your laundry load will differ. The easiest way to not let dirty clothes pile up is by arranging a laundry schedule on a regular basis. If you are a family, especially with kids, you might have to do your laundry two or three times a week. If you are single and have enough clothes, you can get away with doing it once a week. Whatever number of time you pick, try your best to stick to it. Even if you are busy on the scheduled laundry day or caught up in house cleaning routine, make sure you do that week’s laundry the previous or next day. There is nothing like building a laundry monster.
2. Do your laundry in the morning
On laundry days, wake up, collect your load of dirty clothes to wash and put it in for washing before you do anything else. This way, by the time you and your family are ready to get out of the house, your wash cycle will be done. Put it in the dryer or hang it up to dry before your leave the house. When you come back, your clothes will be ready to be folded and your house will smell nice as well. Your morning chores will hardly take five minutes each, and as for folding, you have the rest of the evening to do it while you multi-task.
3. Address stains immediately
If you want to have a chance at removing a spill stain without destroying the fabric or having to go through a number of wash cycles repeatedly, make sure you address spills and stains as soon as you notice them. If you spill something, use several paper towels to blot it up. Hold the fabric away from the layers underneath so that the stain does not get a chance to seep through. Depending on whether you are using professional stain cleaners or domestic cleaning ingredients to clean the stain, pre-treat it before putting it in the wash. Make sure you apply it on the back side of the fabric as well, then wash in warm or cold water, as recommended for the fabric. If your fabric is especially delicate or you are not sure which pre-wash stain cleaner to use for it, give it over to a cleaning company as soon as possible.
4. Use less detergent
When it comes to cleaning clothes, less is more. Too much of detergent will only leave behind soapy residues on your clothes if not rinsed properly and your clothes will look dull or waxy after the wash. Not only that, too much of detergent will also clog up the insides of the washer thus making the machine less efficient. So only use as much detergent as recommended on the manual or bottle.
5. Do not wash your clothes too often
We do not recommend you become a complete slob, but most clothes can be worn for a number of times before they need to be washed. This protects their colour and fabric and makes them last long. If you find that you are having to do your laundry too often than necessary just to get a pair of clean clothes to wear, it might be time to buy new socks, underwear, sheets or whatever else that you need.