There is one household chore we’re all destined to do and it’s laundry. Most people get the washing and drying down pat but it’s the putting away that’s usually the issue! Laundry is a tedious and yet necessary task and it’s one that we all could use a little help with from time to time. It can help to have some hacks to make your life a lot easier with it.
You never appreciate your ability to do laundry more than when your washer or dryer breaks down. There could be many reasons why your washer won't drain, but it can cause a huge pile of clothing and bedding to build up without much of a break for you! You need hacks to get you through your wash pile, tackle the ironing and keep your washer and dryer from breaking down for as long as possible. With this in mind, here are some of the best laundry hacks you wish you knew earlier.
Make your own detergent. Most shop-bought detergents are packed with chemicals and if you’re sick of that, you can make your own detergent instead. All you need to do is chop up a bar of soap and mix with baking soda and lemon essential oils. You can add this to a food processor to get it mixed together and it’ll be a fine, powdery consistency when you’re done. You’ll have clothes that are clean, smell beautiful and more vibrant than ever.
Embrace vinegar. Your pantry cupboard may have a range of salad and sauce vinegars (including vinegar for your fries!), but it’s white vinegar you need for your towels. Soak your towels in a large sink or bucket with white vinegar and a tablespoon of baking soda, and you’ll have more vibrant, fresh towels than ever before!
Trap the laces. There are two options for washing dirty sneakers and one is to trap the laces in the washer door so that they don't slam together while they are being washed. You can also use a shoe washing bag and bag up the sneakers so they aren't banging around too noisily in the drum.
Salad spin the socks. There are some cases where you might find a hidden sock in the plastic area of the door of the washer. When this happens, you end up with a sodden sock that you really don't want to put through the washer again. Keep a salad spinner in the laundry room and add the socks – spin them through to get rid of the excess water in no time at all!
Let go of dryer sheets. We’re trying to make home living a little greener and the best way to do it is with dryer balls. Dryer sheets are nice but dryer balls do the same job! You can use them over and over again, and you don't have to worry about sheets and towels getting tangled up ever again. If you want to choose something cute, there are plenty of awesome dryer balls out there in different designs.