When it comes to laundry day, most people follow the instructions on back of their laundry detergent or the washing instructions inside their garments. As it turns out that may be the wrong approach after all.
With some simple tricks, that will surprise you, you will be able to speed up the process.
More soap doesn't mean cleaner clothes
Soap is fat-based and too much fat attracts dirt, so using too much soap will make your clothes get dirtier more quickly.
"You know how your towels go all prickly and nasty? That's because there's too much soap left behind and because it's fat-based," said Shannon Lush, an Australian cleaning guru. "When you put your towel in the dryer you are melting the fat so the towels come out all nice and fluffy but a day later they are all dry and hard again."
So how much soap SHOULD you be using?
With a front-load washing machine it's one eighth of the recommended quantity of soap powder or liquid. For a top-load machine, it's one quarter of the recommended amount.
Add vinegar to each wash for better results
To get better results out of your laundry add 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate soda (or baking soda) and 2 tablespoons of vinegar to each wash.
"Use the white vinegar instead of fabric softener - fabric softener does not work at all," Shannon said.
Since fabric softener is oil-based, it is adding oil into your wash. Instead put vinegar in the fabric conditioner slot. Don't worry it doesn't leave a smell behind at all.
"The one thing people complain about is that there is no fragrance and a lot of people use fabric softeners because of the fragrance. You can add fragrance oil if you want but for goodness sake use the tiniest amount, just one drop of lavender oil," Shannon said.
Cut drying time by adding a tea towel in with your wet clothes
By adding a dry tea towel into your load of dryer clothes, it could actually cut your drying time down by a third.
"It wicks the water away and spreads the surface area for the dry[er] to do its work," Shannon said.
Continue to the next page for a way to skip sorting and ironing and an important reminder about when clothes need to be washed.
When it comes to household chores, laundry can be very time consuming. Sorting, washing, drying, folding and ironing can really seem like the biggest time sucker on your To Do list.
Don't spend one more minute than you have to, thanks to these tips that will surprise even the most efficient cleaners.
By the end of this article, you will be spending less time doing laundry and more time taking care of other things in your life.
Use a hamper to save yourself sorting time
Get a hamper that is clearly marked for each load to save yourself from having to rummage through a giant dirty clothes pile. Train your family to put their clothes into the right pile, so on laundry day all you have to do is toss the load in.
Cut down on ironing time
Cut down on how much ironing you have to do by, but folding or hanging your clothes as soon as they come out of the dryer. By not having to throw them into your laundry basket, you can avoid wrinkles and extra time spent trying to get them out.
Does it really need to be washed?
Don't create unnecessary work for yourself washing clothes that don't need to be washed. Some clothes can take a few wears as long as you don't throw them on the floor once you're done for the day. Check the quick guide on how long you can go between washing clothes, as long as you haven't made a huge mess on them.
- Bras can last 3 to 4 wears, but give them a rest for 24 hours between uses.
- Jeans can be worn for 4-5 wears. Let's face it, no one wants to have to break them in EVERY time you wear them.
- Jackets and blazers can be worn 5 to 6 times before needing a wash
- Khaki shorts and pants can go 2 to 3 wears before being delcared dirty
- You can get away with 3 to 4 wears of pajamas before throwing them in the laundry
- Skirts and dresses can be worn 3 to 4 times
- T-shirts and tanks should be washed after every wear, unless it's only been a couple of hours.
- Towels need to be washed twice per week, as long as they're hung up after every use.
- Bed sheets should be cleaned every one to two weeks.
It's all about the timing
Don't feel like just because you're doing laundry, that you can't do anything else with your day. You have 12 hours to get your clothes out of the washing machine before that "cat pee" smell takes hold of your load. Which means you can throw in a wash before you leave for the day and dry or hang it when you get back. This also means you can start the washer before heading to bed and dry them in the morning!
Which tip will change the way you do laundry?