10. 1/4 cup of vinegar in your rinse cycle works wonders in keeping your clothes soft.
9. Always check pockets. There is nothing worse than opening the dryer to find silly putty on your entire load of clothes. (Don’t try to sleep with silly putty in your bed either. Body warmth + bedding and pajamas + silly putty = DISASTER. BTW Silly Putty has been officially banned from our home.
8. If you use dryer sheets, cut them in half. You will never know the difference in your clothes…. just in your pocket book.
7. Sorting clothes is a great chore for little kids. One of the first “jobs” I gave my kids was sorting dirty laundry. They loved it. Yes, you do need to do a bit of fixing later, but it’s well worth the trouble. I like to think it helps with their decision making skills!
6. Don’t have too many clothes. If you have less clothing you are less likely to allow large amounts of laundry to build up. You’ve got the motivation to get it done or your kids will have nothing to wear. This is also a great help for keeping drawers and closets under control.
5. Fold clothes when the dryer stops. It’s so much easier to fold clothes when they are warm. Plus it’ll make you happy to fold warm, fresh smelling clothes in the winter.
4. Try to rinse stains out when they are fresh. They are so much easier to get out.
3. Invest in a Folding Drying Rack or a clothesline. I have a folding rack and LOVE it. I use it to dry all my delicates and many of my clothes (anything we’re not in a big hurry for). I pin clothes to it just like a line, or use the “wings” to layout my sweaters. It puts humidity in the air, saves money, and is great for the environment. Air drying will also extend the life of your clothes. I especially like to use it for any clothes I don’t want to shrink. During use, I set up my rack in my family room (next to the laundry room) and even though it’s very visible I don’t mind it. When it’s not in use, it folds up and fits next to my washing machine. I bought my Polder brand rack at Costco for $15 dollars. One day I may invest in a wider rack, like the Moerman they sell on Amazon, to make it easier to dry wider towels, etc.
2. Have a mending basket where any clothes with missing buttons or holes can be kept until they are mended. Set aside a day, just like our grandmothers did, for mending. Clothes are so expensive, it really pays to mend.
1. If you have a family, do laundry every day. One load a day can keep laundry from getting overwhelming.