10 Steps To A Better Laundry Routine

10 Steps To A Better Laundry Routine

Here are some tips to help you stay on top of the never-ending cycle of cleaning dirty clothes while being sympathetic to the environment.

10 Steps to a Better Laundry Routine

1. Keep on top of it.

If you regularly do your washing then you can make sure you always have space to hang out the clothes.


2. Pre-sort your laundry.

Have separate laundry baskets for coloured clothing and whites. This saves you digging through a pile of dirty washing to separate everything.


3. Use colder water and less detergent.

You can usually use significantly less detergent than the manufacturers suggest – so experiment to find out what is sufficient. Keep the temperature as low as possible to save energy.


4. Don’t add bleach

Instead of bleach, you can use half a cup of baking soda to your wash cycle and half a cup of vinegar to your rinse cycle. When combined with the sunlight from air drying it gives great whites.


5. Pre-soak.

Dishcloths, hand towels, cleaning rags, and sportswear are to be kept out of the laundry basket. Give them a quick soak in the sink with hot water and baking soda before adding to the machine.


6. Air dry where possible.

Hanging clothes out dries them quicker and makes them smell great. Air drying makes clothes last longer as it disturbs the plastic microfibres less.


7. Stretch out wet shirts.

As soon as they leave the washer, pull on the arms and collars of shirts to straighten them out and avoid ironing.


8. Don't iron unless you need to.

If you fold laundry as soon as it comes out of the dryer or off the line, it reduces wrinkles. You can fold sheets and pillowcases when they're still slightly damp to avoid ironing and form crisp lines.


9. Sort dried washing.

If you fold and stack together, it's easier to keep things like socks together and get them into the right room.


10. Make the kids help.

Many kids enjoy sorting, matching socks, and carrying clothing to their rooms.

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