Do you ever feel like laundry never seems to end? There is always more laundry to do tomorrow.
Streamline your laundry process.
Invite your family to a sorting party and later to a folding party.
Laundry Day is always more enjoyable when shared!
Five Tips for Summer Laundry
Laundry Tip One: Sorting
Does it really matter if I sort or not? Can't I just throw all of the laundry in to wash together? Yes, it really does matter whether you sort. Clothes last longer when we take care of them and launder them properly.
Divide the whites from colors and delicate weight fabric from heavier fabrics. I do loads of towels, sheets, whites, color heavy, color light weight, delicates, small rugs. Sometimes there are other loads such as a down comforter or seasonal clothes.
Whites washed with colors eventually turn dingy and gray.
Empty pockets, unroll sleeves, zip up zippers, and turn T-shirts with silk screened or iron on transfered designs inside-out (this will protect the design in the dryer). Knits washed with pants with open zippers can snag!
Lightweight fabrics washed with heavier fabrics wear out faster.
Laundry Tip Two: Washing
Wash laundry in the safest hottest water for the fibers being washed. Usually there are instructions on the fabric tag inside the garment. My washer has a sanitize setting with a steam boost. I love it. I sanitize sheets, towels, and underclothing.
Laundry Tip Three: Timing is Everything!
Set the timer and attend to the load immediately when the load is finished. During the summer, make sure to check the washer before going to bed. Laundry left in the washer during the hot season and begin to mildew. You are a busy person. Dovetail and let the laundry wash and dry while you do other things.
Laundry Tip Four: Drying
When removing laundry from the washer to put in the dryer, shake each piece of laundry out. That way the laundry will roll freely in the dryer and not be wadded up. They will dry faster this way.
Laundry Tip Five: Follow Through
Have a folding party! Talk and listen to family members as you fold laundry and match socks. Save time by putting laundry away immediately! Laundry that is put away is less likely to get all wrinkled, need extra ironing, or end up on the floor and back in the hamper. Train your children in the pattern of taking their laundry to their room and putting it away. That means walking with them and seeing it through, until it is done automatically. Too often, moms give the laundry to children who still have not developed impulse control yet and expect them to follow through. later these moms find still folded laundry going through the laundry again. Think of the time and resources saved by not rewashing clean clothes! If your children are trained and have the habit of putting away, you are not having to sort, wash, use detergent, water, electricity, or gas to rewash clean clothes that ended up mixed in with the dirty clothes. This step really is a work saver!
Enjoy the Journey!
This post was originally written 28 August 2017 and was updated 3 August 2019.