My kids love to play outside and I’m so happy that they get time away from their screens – TV, computer, Xbox, tablets – every day, even though it means that I do LOTS of laundry. A couple of the kids take after their mommy in that they have sensitive skin and some laundry detergents tend to make us itchy so I love this all free clear Oxi with Stainlifters. It is free of perfumes and clear of dyes so it’s tough on stains but gentle on our skin.
Whether you do a lot of laundry like I do or just a load or two a week, here are some great tips for making your laundry chores easier to handle.
1) Keep Your Sneakers from Banging
If you’re washing tennis shoes but can’t stand the banging noise they make in the dryer, tie the shoe strings together and wedge them in the dryer door when closing it so the shoes stay in one place while drying. You could also consider buying a dryer sneaker bag that attaches to the inside of the door if you wash a lot of tennis shoes.
2) Keep Dark Clothes from Fading
You know that you should wash all of your dark clothes together, but if you turn them inside out before washing it will help keep them from fading.
3) Help Sweaters Keep Their Shape
Let your sweaters air dry on a flat surface, not on a hanger, so that they will maintain their original shape.
4) Remove Wrinkles Faster When Ironing
Mix five parts water and one part fabric softener in a spray bottle and spray your wrinkled clothes when ironing to make the job easier. If ironing delicate fabrics moisten a handkerchief with the spray bottle and lay it on top of the wrinkles before ironing.
5) Help for Extra Dirty Clothes
Pre-soak any extra dirty or grimy clothes in a tub of water overnight before washing. For ring around the collar use a small clean paintbrush and “paint” laundry detergent along the line then wash as usual.
6) Prevent Color Bleed
If one of your garments bleeds onto others in a load of wash don’t let the discolored items dry. Instead, remove the garment that caused the problem and wash the load again.
7) Wash the Right Sized Load
Be careful not to over or under load your washer because you’ll waste energy and the clothes won’t get as clean as they should. Plus when you dry them a too large load won’t allow air to circulate properly and too small of a load will reduce the tumbling action and actually make the clothes take longer to dry.