8 Time-Saving Laundry Tips
Spend less time doing laundry!
There are a few things that you may need to actually spend some time on in order to speed up the laundry process overall. So before we get into any time-saving hacks, you might want to take the time to clean your washing machine and dryer so they will work better and more efficiently for you! Also, take measures to keep your laundry space organized and clean – shelves, cabinets, containers, whatever. It will be a lot easier and faster to get things done when everything is nice and organized, easy-to-find, and peaceful (as peaceful as a laundry room can be anyway).
1. Faster Pre-sorting
I love having laundry pre-sorted in the baskets and ready to go. One basket or bin for light colors, one for dark colors, and one for towels. This works wonderfully for us and cuts down on the time spent sorting. Dirty clothes go straight into the appropriate place. I can basically just dump the bin into the washer and start the load.
My young kids basically only have dark colored clothing, so I don’t even bother sorting their laundry. But each child has a dirty clothes laundry basket in their bedroom closet. They bring their basket to the laundry room when I’m ready for it. Of course, as they get a bit older, they will get to do their own laundry. Someday having them do their own laundry should save me some time too, right? 😉
2. Laundry Routine and Frequency
Here’s a method that might just work wonders for you…Do laundry by person. Assign one day of the week for each person’s laundry! It is faster and easier to get the clean clothes to the right person and place when you only have one person’s laundry washing each day. Each person’s laundry will still get done every week, the loads will probably still be full enough, and you might be able to avoid accumulating a huge mountain of clothing to sort and fold.
For some people it works well to do all of the laundry on one day. For others, it works to do one load of laundry each day, or as needed. I say, try out both types of methods and then stick to what works best for you!
3. Easy Stain Removal
Rub white chalk on grease stains – the chalk powder will absorb the grease and the stain should come right out in the wash. If you don’t have chalk, you can try sprinkling baby powder on the stain (see more uses for baby powder). I also love this homemade stain remover for grease, yellow pit stains, and more.
Tip: Add a few drops of lavender oil to the rinse cycle while your bed linens are washing. It will give the linens a fresh scent, which also promotes better sleep. If you want to learn more about the lavender essential oil we use and recommend read this essential oils blog post, email us at seekingwellness at fabulesslyfrugal dot com or text us at 208-907-OILS we can answer questions for you and tell you how to get pure essential oils for less.
4. Faster Wash Time
For average everyday laundry, skip the normal cycle setting and use the quick wash cycle on your washing machine. Maybe this is old news to you, but I had been using the normal cycle all the time until I heard this tip. It will cut the wash time down a lot, maybe even by half, depending on your machine. The clothes still come out clean and fresh! Note that you will want to use a longer cycle for the more heavily soiled clothing.
Tip: Add 1 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle to soften clothing. One cup of vinegar in the wash also prevents bleeding color, fading, and kills bacteria.
5. Set Reminders
I have had sour stinky laundry so many times. These tips keep me from making the mistake of leaving my wet laundry for too long. When you start a load of laundry, set a timer on your phone, or whatever you will keep with you. You will then have a reminder for when you need to go rotate the load. Consider committing to a rule of not letting the laundry sit in the washing machine or dryer. When the timer goes off, keep things moving along! I know I’m not the only one that has had to run the load through the wash again because it sat in there too long. 😉
Tip: Use a dry erase marker to write on the washer or dryer reminding yourself of the items that you don’t want to put in the dryer.
6. Faster Dry Time
Add a dry bath towel to a damp load in the dryer. It’ll absorb extra moisture and speed up drying time.
We also love using these high quality Smart Sheep wool dryer balls instead of disposable dryer sheets. The dryer balls help the clothing dry faster, among other benefits!
7. Skip Ironing
You can often avoid wrinkles if you hang the item up once the dryer is finished. Sometimes that just doesn’t happen though. Here are a few ways to get rid of the wrinkles without ironing…
Dampen a clean wash cloth with water, throw it in the dryer with the wrinkled item and let the machine do the work for 10-15 minutes. It will steam and remove most of the wrinkles!
Try spraying your clothing, before putting it on, with a solution of lavender oil and water. The lavender relaxes the fibers of the fabric, making the wrinkles disappear!
8. Fold and Sort Faster
The pre-sorting and/or assigned days mentioned above can really help speed up this process, but here are a few more tips on the matter…
Keep a clean laundry basket for each person in the laundry room. Once the drying is done, put their clean clothes directly into the designated basket.
Fold any short-sleeve shirt perfectly in just 2 seconds. This is pretty cool!
Tip: To keep socks from getting lost and for faster sorting, you can try using sock clips, or something similar, to keep pairs together throughout the washing and drying. Use a different color clip for each person. Or if you don’t have many socks to wash at once, you can wash and dry the socks in a mesh laundry bag.
You might also like these tips on how to wash your jeans so they last longer!
I’d love to hear your best laundry tip! Leave a comment!