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I would much rather be at the pool with my kids or doing something fun, than doing laundry. It’s the chore that I like least. It never ends, but there are a few things I do to make it a little more bearable and am able to save some time and get things done quicker.
Have a place for missing socks
Don’t spend all day searching for missing socks. When putting laundry away and you are missing a sock, throw it in a sock bag, box, or whatever you want to use. At the end of the week, empty out the bag and find all your matches at one time. I’m always finding single socks in our garage, bathroom, and backyard (I have 2 boys) and this saves time in the long run. Sometimes a sock will be in there for a few weeks before its match reappears. I go through and clean it out every 6 months or so and trash the ones that are forever loners.
Get stains out as soon as you can
My son was just eating cherries and now there are spots of cherry juice all over his shirt. Instead of waiting until that shirt comes through the laundry normally, I have him take it off and treat it now so I’m not having to deal with it later. Maybe even having to wash it a couple of times.
Turn all clothes the right way before washing
I don’t like folding clothes. It’s probably one of my least liked chores. I try and get as much done before the wash so when I get to the folding it’s less painful. When I see a pile of clothes sitting there and half are turned inside out, it can be really frustrating. If I do it before I wash, then the folding part is a little more tolerable and much faster.
Wash each child’s clothes separately
My kids normally wear mostly colored clothes. Instead of dumping all of our clothes together to wash I will just do a load of each kid’s clothes separately. When they come out of the dryer, it is easy to fold and pile up because they are all from the same kid. I can call them to put it away. If it’s a nicer outfit or something that may get ruined then I just pull it out and sort with my clothes.
Use NEW Clorox® Bleach Crystals™ and Clorox® Bleach Packs™
Clorox® has come out with these great new products and they are such a time saver. My son plays baseball and his pants are always so dirty. My washer doesn’t do well when washing small loads, so I like to add my towels to them. However, I have gotten bleach stains on them in the past. This solves that problem! I washed 3 pairs of baseball pants and 3 towels (2 dark green) and used the Clorox® Bleach Crystals™. You just measure it out and pour in the washer. There were no spots! It worked great.
I also love the packs. When I pour bleach I am always in a weird position bending over because I’m afraid it will splatter on the clothes that I’m wearing, but with the packs (They are similar to dishwashing packs) you can just throw it in there and not worry about getting any on your clothes or skin.
What time savers do you have when doing laundry?