August 14, 2013

The Right Way to Do Laundry – 5 Steps You Might Be Missing

The Right Way To Do Laundry - 5 Steps You Might Be Missing - Clean Mama

To be honest, I’m not a fan of doing laundry. I do my best to enjoy the mundane task, but I also know that as soon as all the laundry is “done”, there’s probably another load lurking somewhere. Today I have a couple tips and tricks that might make the process a little easier and more manageable.

  1. Don’t over load your washer. Cramming two loads of dirty laundry in your washing machine might save you time, but you are making your washer work too hard and more importantly, your clothes probably aren’t getting as clean as you’d like them to.
  2. When it comes to detergent, less is more. Use the least recommended amount – adding extra isn’t going to get them any cleaner, it will actually cause build-up that will make them dirtier.
  3. Cold water is your friend – you can mix lights and darks as long as you wash them on your cold water setting AND assuming that it isn’t a brand-new red shirt with white undershirts. (I wash any new brights just with brights for at least 3 washes before mixing it up.)
  4. The secret to super soft and fluffy towels? No fabric softener! The liquid fabric softener actually coats the fibers and not only do they take longer to dry but they aren’t as fluffy as they could be. You can use white vinegar in lieu of fabric softener in your rinse cycle or dryer sheets for the same effect.
  5. There really isn’t a right or wrong process to doing laundry. I prefer to do a load or two of laundry every.single.day because having to do gobs and gobs of laundry all on the same day is a big downer for me. If I just have a load or two to wash/dry/fold/put away, it’s much less overwhelming to me and it eliminates baskets and baskets of clean, but not folded laundry.

Any helpful laundry tips to share?

If you liked this post, you might want to read my thoughts on the right way to vacuum!

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