Depending on the size of your household, tackling the laundry might be a weekly or even daily chore. But take a deep breath — fresh scents and laundry tips and tricks are all ahead!
DO LESS LAUNDRY
Barring big spills, sweat or stains, rewear pieces like sweaters and jeans, or use items like bath towels 3–4 times if you hang them to dry after use.
ATTACK SMELLY GYM CLOTHES
Put the fabric softener aside (it only traps and worsens odors over time). Instead, add a cup of baking soda to the washer as it fills to get workout clothes that are fresh as new. Be sure to wash in cold water, as heat can damage stretchy fabrics.
GET KIDS ON BOARD
Kids who can operate cell phones and video game controllers with finesse can do their own laundry and put it away, too. Show them how, then make it a rule: unless they wash their clothes themselves, they won’t have anything to wear.
STOP SORTING CLOTHES BY COLOR
Since cold water cleans clothes just as well as hot, you don’t need to separate white, color and dark loads. If you prefer separating by type — that is, a load of towels, a load of delicates, a load of gym clothes — go for it. Otherwise, everything can go in the drum at once.
STOP USING HOT WATER…
Seriously! The vast majority of clothes will get clean in cold water with today’s detergents (but if you’re not convinced, try a cold-water detergent). There’s an added benefit, too: you’ll save on your electric bill since you aren’t heating anywhere from 15–45 gallons of hot water per load. Plus, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by hundreds of pounds of carbon emissions per year.
CLEAN THE WASHING MACHINE
If your washing machine has a self-cleaning function, use it every few months. Otherwise, there are a couple easy ways to clean it. Whatever you add, be sure to leave clothes out!
For top-loading machines: Set to the highest temperature and capacity, and the longest cycle. Add four cups of white vinegar to the hot water and let the washer run as usual.
For front-loading machines: Add white vinegar to the bleach dispenser, filling to its maximum level. Run it on hot (or the stain cycle) with an additional rinse cycle.
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