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Cut Your Laundry Time in Half With These 7 Easy Tips

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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.

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