This week's Five Tips are contributed by Joy at Pardon My Poppet........
If you're like me, you probably have some aspects of laundry day that you downright dislike. To start with, I hate sorting laundry, and used to just throw everything in together. But I noticed that my whites would end up dingy as they absorbed dye from the garments they
were washed with, so that put an end to it, and I'm now a diligent laundry sorter. I also supremely dislike folding clothes, which seems unending with teeny tiny toddler items that pile up faster than anything else around here. How to go about making life a little easier on laundry day?
1. Pre-sort your clothing -This is my favourite, and one of the
easiest things to do. Have2 separate laundry hampers in your home. One holds all the light coloured clothing, and one holds only the darks. Then it really is super easy to just throw it in the wash and get on with your day.
2. Pre-treat stains - We keep a bottle of stain remover in a closet right beside the hamper. As soon as a soiled garment comes off it gets a quick squirt and then thrown in the correct hamper. It really cuts down on ruined clothes. Once a piece of stained clothing goes through the dryer it is almost impossible to remove the set in stain. This one step alone will save you many dollars worth of discarded clothing.
3. Have individual clean clothes baskets - I had a friend who came from a large family. When the laundry was done, her mum would put all the clothing from one individual in a basket. When they got home from school they would grab their basket, fold their clothes and put them all away. I personally don't like a lot of wrinkles in my clothes, but I do like the idea of putting an individuals folded clothes in a basket just for them and letting them put them away themselves.
4. Hang anything to be ironed as soon as it comes out of the dryer - If you hang an item while it is still warm from the dryer, there will be far fewer wrinkles to remove.
5. Invest in the highest quality iron you can afford - Once I had an expensive iron, I quickly realized how much it was worth every penny of its cost. The difference between taking 3-4 minutes to iron a dress shirt, and taking only 1 minute truly adds up when you have an entire pile to work your way through. Go for the best iron you can afford. This is one time you don't want to skimp. Happy laundering!
Nan here, thank you to Joy for those great tips! Sorting and starting the machines aren't a big deal but I have a serious mental block when it comes to folding & putting away. When my kids ask me for clean clothes I tell them to get them out of the tub in front of the dryer! Actually, they don't even ask anymore.... my bad!
So what are your fav and not-so-fav parts of laundry? Do share and then go visit Joy at Pardon My Poppet and let her know you saw her post here!
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