Much.Most.Darling.: Tips + Tricks // Laundry Hacks

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tips + Tricks // Laundry Hacks

As every mom knows, the smallest of people can make the biggest of messes. Zach and I used to be able to go a week or more in between loads of laundry, and all of a sudden I'm doing it at least 3 times a week - it's crazy! Between spit ups and food messes, little H creates laundry that could rival a high school football teams, meaning my washer / dryer and I have become BFFs. 

Here are a few tips and tricks I've learned in the past year to help make laundry easier:

  • Want your towels to last longer? Skip the dryer sheets! Your towels will last longer and be more absorbent. 
  • Use a dryer balls (or tennis balls!) instead! You'll save money by not buying dryer sheets, create less waste and your sheets and towels will still be super fluffy and soft!
  • Don't want to spend the money on a dryer ball or have tennis balls laying around in your coat closet? DIY one with aluminum foil (directions here)! 
  • Wash your dark clothes inside out! It will keep their color from fading. 
  • Wash in cold water when you can, it'll save you money and help retain color. By using cold water, you can also mix your lights and darks without having to worry about color bleeding. 
  • Make sure you check before you set your machine that your detergent will, in fact, work in cold!
  • Want to know how to remove that pesky makeup / formula / grease stain? The University of Illinois created an extensive list of solutions for any stain you can think of!
  • Use the "quick wash" setting on your washer! While this isn't for heavier-duty dirt, it's perfect for everyday wear and will cut your washing time in half and you'll save on your water bill!
  • Use vinegar in your wash to get rid of that musty smell. It'll also help make your whites, whiter and towels fluffier!
My biggest and best laundry tip?
When using a mesh laundry bag, most delicates don't have to be hand washed (even if the tags say hand wash only). Place items in the bag, and then run your washer on the delicates cycle in cold water. These Premium Delicates Laundry Bags come in a set of 4 and are my favorites to use, not only for my personal delicates, but also our socks, and H's clothing and stuffed animals. I have used my fair share of laundry bags, but there are a few reasons why I like these the best. I also really like that they have a little elastic zipper holder so I don't have to hear it banging around in my front loader. They've been through the wash at least a dozen times and still look brand new, with no wear and tear or any holes in the mesh. Our delicates, stuffed animals and smaller clothing items come out of the wash looking clean and in perfect shape!
Most of H's clothes come from small Instagram shops and are screen printed and / or made with organic cottons - both of which have a  tendency to show wash wear and fade really fast if they're not cared for properly. With these laundry bags, I can prevent that wear so his clothes look nicer for longer!
I hang one of the medium sized and one of the small sized bags next to his dresser and changing table, and when I change his clothes, I make sure his tops and bottoms are inside out and throw them in the bigger bag and put his socks and Rad Revolution cozy hoods, scarfs and taggie teethers into the smaller bag. I then throw them in the wash with whatever laundry we have, and grab the bags out and hang dry everything in them. This saves me so much time of digging through every item in the washer and pulling out every teeny tiny baby item, and ensures that nothing goes into the dryer that isn't supposed to!

Do you have any tips or tricks you swear by for your laundry routine? I'd love to hear them!

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  1. Like the tip about washing your darks inside out :)

    1. Thank you Caitlin! It's actually made a pretty big difference for our clothes :)

  2. I never think to look for these bags, but I have some items that probably should be washed inside them.

  3. I am forever losing baby socks, do this is a great way to keep them together. Thanks for all the tips.

  4. I am forever losing baby socks, do this is a great way to keep them together. Thanks for all the tips.

  5. My Nana taught me about vinegar in the wash a long time ago. I love that trick.

  6. These laundry bags are something I need to have in my house. Your video is on point sound had me wanting the bags.

  7. You are so right about the smallest people making the most mess! That's my granddaughter. Thanks for this info!

  8. I definitely do the inside out washing trick. That works great! I do it with all jeans too.

  9. That is awesome and very true, the smaller the person the bigger the mess!

  10. I usually wash darks inside out. I have had the soap stick to things a few times and end up trashing stuff. Lesson learned the hard way lol. Laundry seems to be a never ending chore here.

  11. The laundry bags are great, thanks for sharing.

  12. These are great tips! I use vinegar to get rid of the musty smell. Laundry bags are also a great idea. I've never lost a sock since I used them.

  13. This is a constant issue for me. I hate dealing with laundry. Thanks for the tips and the tricks they will definitely aid me in my next laundry sesh.

  14. Such amazing tips!

    xo Bree

  15. I'm totally trying the vinegar tip too. That's a good one to share and I'm smacking my forehead that I didn't think of it sooner.

  16. Love the mesh laundry from InsideSmarts! I will have to check it out!

  17. I am always during laundry in my house, as a mom of three boys. I will definitely be keeping these laundry tips in mind.


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