We can all agree that laundry is the worst, right? It's never-ending when you've got a family! It can definitely feel like an a constant cycle of washing, drying, sorting, and putting clean laundry away. As soon as you've put the last piece of clean underwear away, somehow there's a new giant pile to dirty clothes to tend to. How do kids wear so many articles of clothing?! If you want to simplify your laundry life, these five laundry hacks can help you do it. Too bad they can't actually do laundry for you, though.
1. Sort ahead of time with labeled laundry baskets.
Keep a laundry basket in each room, and rotate washing, drying, and putting away that room's laundry throughout the week. It's so much easier than doing it all at once!
2. Know your stains and how to get rid of them.
All stains are not created equal! For tomato-bases stains and cloth diapers, the sun is your best bet (hang it outside when it's very wet!). White bread can get rid of lipstick stains. For ink stains, use a combination of hand sanitizer and hair spray. hydrogen peroxideCold water and hand soap can get rid of blood stains, and works wonders on grass stains.
3. For fresh-smelling laundry, add a cup of white vinegar to the load.
Use this trick on clothes that smell sour, like towels or workout clothes. Make sure to add the vinegar at the beginning of the load, so your clothes don't come out smelling like a bag of salt-n-vinegar chips.
4. To keep whites looking bright, use baking soda.
Add 1/2 - 1 cup of baking soda to your load to brighten your whites. It's much gentler than bleach, which can damage fabrics.
5. Get some lingerie bags!
You can wash all sorts of stuff in lingerie bags. Lingerie, obviously, but also stuffed animals. Or use lingerie bags to wash socks, so you never lose a sock again to the seedy underbelly known as the inside of your washing machine or dryer.
Laundry doesn't have to be the worst if you use some of these genius laundry hacks! Doing laundry smarter works out better for everyone in the end!
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