Laundry can be super overwhelming. With six kids, it feels like we are drowning in the clothes… BUT these laundry hacks will help.
Laundry does not need to be a dreaded task. Be more efficient and have more fun with these hacks and DIY Laundry Recipes.
Laundry Hacks for Busy Moms
Your clothes can’t get fully clean if your washer is gross and gunky. Keep the build-up at bay with these washer cleaning tips.
DIY Soap versions. This one is a powder recipe – we have used that recipe and suggest using Zote instead of Fels Naptha for best results. Another recipe we have just begun to love is homemade Laundry Paste. The stuff is thick, creamy, great for stain treatment… and we have only done a few loads with it so we will need to let you know in a few months if it leaves a residue. Another great homemade laundry detergent recipe uses Ivory.
Looking for a fresher scent without all the chemical additives in fabric softener and additives?? Try this Lavender Linen spray.
When your whites aren’t as bright, you can use bleach, sun dry them, OR make your house smell super fresh by boiling them with a sliced lemon.
Are your towels musty smelling? We add two cups of white vinegar to our towel load every other month to keep them fresh.
Another towel trick: Add a dry fluffy towel to a load before you put it in the dryer. Your clothes will dry faster.
Don’t throw away the old laundry detergent containers. Re-purpose them and create watering cans from them to feed and fill your garden. The slight soap residue will help keep the bugs away too.
Socks are the worst! We are constantly finding mate-less socks. Put a bin up on your wall to collect socks while they wait for their pair.
Use a brightly colored sponge and a big bottle of fabric softener to create reuseable dryer tabs. Cut a sponge into strips, soak them in fabric softener, wring them out and drop one into the wash. Store them in a bin next to the dryer and reuse. You will use a fraction of the softener and your clothes will still smell fresh.
Don’t forget what items you can’t put in the dryer. Use a dry erase marker and write reminders to yourself on the lid of your machine. Add a magnet to your marker and keep it on the machine.
Organize your laundry room with a basket system. It’s brilliant, especially for families. Fill each basket with a type of clothes – then wash and you have the clean clothes already sorted!
Move it up. Add a shelf below your washer and dryer for the baskets of clothes waiting to be washed.
Put it in a closet. Alternatively, you can also use a curtain to hide some of the clutter that laundry rooms tend to accumulate.
This is super cool… washing machines are so drab and when they work there is no reason to buy a new one, just for style. Love it. Paint and stencil them to liven up your decor!
If you have extra wall space, this option of a drying rack might work well. Create a fold-down wall unit. You can store it against the wall when you don’t need it.
The Delight clothes line attaches to a wall and can be removed at any time so you can hang your clothes, dry them and then put the clothes line away quickly. The folding drying rack is a simple solution that works wonders! Just unfold it, lay the clothes out to dry and when you’re finished, fold the rack back up and stash it away easily.