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Okay, so I may not be a laundry expert my any means, but I have done a lot of laundry over the years and now as a family of 4, the laundry battle has reached new heights. Today I thought I’d share my tips to become a laundry pro.
Okay, so start before you begin. I know, I know, sorting laundry is just ridiculous, why can’t I just throw it all in there and hope for the best? Well, because to be a PRO, you can’t just hope for the best!
I’ll admit- more days than not, I am not sorting laundry, but it is actually helpful to sort the colors and the types of clothing. It means that your colors won’t bleed and won’t be as likely to fade. It also means that the button on your jeans isn’t going to snag that lace cami and rip it to shreds. So, at the end of the day, sorting is definitely the first step to laundry success.
I also like to wash things like kitchen rags, towels, etc… separately from regular clothing (and on a higher temperature!). Sorting laundry can lead to smaller loads which is less work for the washing machine (cleaner clothes) and for the dryer (less dry time!).
Now, my next tip is this- do you see all those settings on your washing machine? Use them! I know for me it’s tempting when I’m rushing around doing housework to power on the washer and just go. I’ve memorized the number of beeps I hear to start an average load of laundry and muscle memory takes over to put it on the basic settings. However, these new fangled machines know what they’re doing, and your clothes will come out cleaner and be better protected if you use the recommended settings for what you are washing.
Use your delicate setting for delicate items (remember, those things you sorted through in my first tip!) and then use the bulky setting for bedding. You’ll get the job done better this way.
Now, when it comes to washing, here’s another thing- I firmly stand by the fact that you get what you pay for- a high quality detergent is really going to go a long way, and be sure if you have an HE machine that you are using HE detergent (we all know this, right) okay… but I will also add in my two cents that I do not buy the most expensive brands. Find a mid-level (or, expensive if that’s your favorite!) that you love and stick with it. Bonus points if it doesn’t break out anyone’s skin!
We also love to use fabric conditioner. Have you ever done laundry WITHOUT it? Yuck! I was not always a believer in liquid fabric softeners, but my husband showed me the error of my ways. Fabric softener can change your whole laundry experience and make your clothes feel soft and smell fresh and clean.
Our go-to brand for softener/conditioner is Downy! We grab some when we need it on our usual shopping trips at Walmart, which makes it budget friendly as well.
Here’s how Downy protects your clothes:
-Instead of losing their shape, clothes bounce back to their store-bought form
-Colors stay true and resist fading
-Towels are protected from pilling and fuzz
-Fabrics are softened for added comfort
Downy literally protects your clothes from the damage that washing machines can do, which is great because hello, we have to wash them, that’s not an option! Downy also recommends to turn clothing inside out (you can do this while sorting!)
Once your clothes are done washing, a higher spin cycle means less dry time, but it can be rough on your clothing- I try to find a happy medium between spin cycle damage and dryer damage, myself. This is kind of just a whatever you prefer type thing and there’s no right or wrong answer. However, they’re more protected from spin cycle damage from Downy. 😉
Finally, once your clothes are dried, my BIGGEST tip is to fold them RIGHT THEN. Don’t leave them in the dryer or in a basket, this is what makes everything all wrinkled and in our house- susceptible to the never ending dog hair. I try to fold as I go, each time I switch a load I go ahead and right there in the laundry room or at the kitchen table, fold what I just washed. This makes the whole process easier and keeps my clothes fresh and wrinkle free.
I know in our house, we spend a lot of money on clothing for 4 people (especially for the kids!) and we need what we buy to last, so we protect our laundry using these tips and Downy. What can you add? Are there any other steps you take to make sure your clothes are protected? Share in the comments!