These laundry tips for busy moms make my life so much easier! Between housework and chores, drop-offs, pickups, homework, extracurricular activities, and everything else, anything that makes my life easier is welcomed. Since laundry is one of those things that are necessary and can be a lot depending on how your household operates, tips are always helpful, even if you don’t use all of them, all the time.
About a year ago, when my then three-year-old started school, I was introduced to my first laundry shock. My heart pretty much leapt into my throat when I saw light blue jeans with a butt so dirty, I panicked thinking about all the scrubbing I’d need to do to make it clean.
A few days later, the scenario was repeated, but with white bottoms. Yikes is right! It’s a year later, and between my daughter doing swimming lessons a few times a week, going to school and, being careful with the pandemic, I find myself doing laundry several times a week, no small feat as a work from home, stay at home mom.
7 Laundry Tips for Busy Moms
1. Don’t Let Stains Sit For Long
Don’t let stained clothes sit for longer than they have to. If it is possible, rub liquid stains with bar soaps and rub underwater immediately. With more stubborn stains, stain treat the clothes and wash them at the earliest opportunity. Spray stain remover on the spot immediately before it settles in.
2. Sort the Loads Beforehand
Sorting the laundry beforehand is a great way to eyeball which loads need to take priority. With the loads sorted, I can easily see which loads are more urgent and make a calculated decision on what day each needs to be done. I
have several loads; whites, lights, colours, darks/blacks, sheets and towel loads.
3. Pre Soak Extremely Dirty Clothes
Pre-soaking is often very necessary, but there are some things you can do to make it worth the effort. Ensure your detergent is of good quality, otherwise, all the soaking in the world will not be enough. In addition, presoaking works best she tip number one is used. Fresh stains lift faster and better than stains that have been first allowed to dry.
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4. Grate Bar Soaps for Machine Use
As a Caribbean national, bar soaps are a critical part of wash day. Especially blue bar soap for whites. But rubbing pig white clothes to soak is a time-consuming and strenuous affair. But I want my bar soap in my wash, so what do I do? I grate them. Sometimes I’ll mix it with powdered laundry detergent, other times I’ll add it separately, either way, it’s very easy to get the soap to dissolve more quickly.
5. Put the wash load in at Night
It’s super helpful to put a load in the washer the night before. That way, I can get the. To dry first thing in the morning. Since Jamaica is a tropical country, we rely primarily on the sum to dry laundry. That is great for the rainy season. They’ll blow out quickly and be dry by midday. In the summer, it’s helpful in that you are able to avoid peak heat periods like midday. No one is looking for a heat stroke, rights?
6. Fold laundry ASAP
I don’t know about anyone else, but sitting down to fold laundry and putting them away in the same session isn’t fun for me. So, whenever I’m collecting dry laundry, I like to spend the time folding them immediately. If I’m outside, I’ll fold each piece before putting them into the basket. It’s a great way to soothe out and avoid too many wrinkles (if hung dried). When I get inside, it’s much easier to it away [in theory.]
7. Put laundry away ASAP
A completely transparent moment here. This one is a piece of advice I need to take myself. In my house, we wear our clothes out of the laundry basket [clean] a lot. Everything goes smoothly until it’s time to put the laundry away and most weeks, we just never make it. So we end up wearing the clothes from the baskets and never actually putting them away.
I used to feel bad about this, but now I don’t. Hey, they are clean. That’s the truly important part!
What are some laundry tips you use as a busy mom to help keep the mountainous piles at bay?
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