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My Best Laundry Tips
Laundry: no one likes doing it, but we all have to! I’m doing SO MUCH laundry these days I thought I’d share my best laundry tips with you guys (and honestly, see if you have any to share with me too). Whether I’m in the Tiny Mountain Home doing laundry in our tiny set-up there, or at home in Huntington Beach, having a baby means there’s always laundry to be done. Seriously… how does a tiny human make that much laundry?! It will never cease to amaze me. My tips might be no-brainers to you, but I do these things with every load and I’ve never had a #laundryfail. Knock on wood. Do you guys have secret laundry tips you might want to share with me in the comments?! 😉
My Best Laundry Tips
1. Wash in Cold Water
I know everyone can get a bit heated about this water temperature topic (get it?! ha!), but I wash everything in cold water. Everything. If you wash your laundry with cold water, you don’t run the risk of your clothes shrinking. Cold water also helps keep the color in your clothes and keeps them looking “newer” longer. Cold’s the way to go!
2. Don’t Separate for Color
I feel like this tip needs to come with a loud disclaimer: ONLY IF YOU WASH WITH COLD WATER. Because if you don’t separate your laundry by color and wash it all in warm water… YIKES. But tip 1 and 2 are really connected in my strategy. Since I wash everything with cold water, I don’t need to separate them for color. This means I can throw a bunch of stuff all in the laundry – Hazel’s clothes, mine, some dish towels, etc. – and get more loads done more efficiently.
3. Use Natural Detergent Pods
I love using laundry detergent pods because it’s just that much easier for me to start a quick load. Grab a pod, throw it in, hit start – boom. I’m all about using more natural products too these days, so I’ve been loving these.
4. Use Shout for Stains
My Mom is all about using Shout for laundry stains. She’s Hazel’s daytime caretaker during the week, so she’s doing a lot of baby laundry too and wanted to make sure I included her “Shout” tip in this post! If something has a stain she puts Shout on the stain, lets it sit there a bit, and then washes it in the washer. Thanks, Mom 🙂
5. Don’t Let it Pile Up
Another no-brainer, but I think we could all use this reminder! Seriously: if you don’t mind running a small load a day (or every other day, depending on how much laundry you have in your household), it’s worth it. That way it doesn’t pile up!
6. A Cute Laundry Space Helps
Even if you just hang a cute sign, or put all your pods in a pretty glass jar, or bring in a cool basket (that isn’t plastic) to hold your folded laundry, doing laundry in a space you enjoy makes all the difference.
And lastly, if you want some small-space laundry tips, I wrote a blog post about that too!