Laundry is the kind of perennial chore I always try to make more efficient. I have four children and line-dry all our clothes, so you can imagine I always have a load either to hang, fold, or put away. Still, with a few handy hacks, I keep my laundry basket from overflowing.
1. Baby wipes for small stains.
Many stains will disappear miraculously if you treat them quickly by rubbing a baby wipe over them. I know there are wipes made specifically for this purpose, but I have found baby wipes to be quite efficient – and much cheaper.
2. Air rather than wash.
At the end of the day, if the clothes I’m wearing are not exactly dirty but could use freshening up, I will often hang them up on the line (not over the back of a chair). Often, a bit of time in the sunshine and breeze will leave the clothes crisp and fresh as if they had actually been washed.
3. Use vinegar.
In lieu of fabric softener, combined with water to soak particularly smelly clothes, or with baking soda to clean your washing machine.
4. Pre-treat sweat stains with shampoo.
Works a treat on those pesky underarm areas and soiled collars. A paste made of baking soda and vinegar is another treatment option.
5. Pre-sort the laundry by having two different hampers.
I thought everybody does that, but was surprised to find out that some people have one big hamper for everything and sort right before washing. It’s a lot less hassle to keep darks and lights separated in the first place.