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A No-Fuss Guide to Laundry Tools & Products

The following post is from LifeasMOM contributor, Prerna:

Does the thought of tackling your laundry make you want to run and hide? Well, you aren’t alone. I’m there, running with you. Yeah, right there…a little ahead of you in fact!

However, I’ve found that having a well-stocked laundry cabinet can take away some of the pressure and stress associated with washing, drying and folding clothes. You may still want to run but the right laundry supplies and products will convince you to probably just stroll away. Okay, enough of running and strolling. Let’s get washing now!

Laundry Essentials

Does your laundry room have these must-haves?

Detergents – Gentle, Strong, Unperfumed. I am a big fan of making my own green laundry soap but am now considering buying some since it is easier and will help me save time as well.

Bleach – Colorsafe, chlorine-free bleaches are a great way to remove stains while brightening up the clothes. While I have a bottle, I haven’t used it in a while since I dry my clothes in natural sunlight which is a free and eco bleach in itself. However, if air drying is not your thing, a bottle of chlorine-free, colorsafe bleach can help you.

Laundry Additives – Since I try to be green when it comes to laundry, I’m personally not a big fan of additives, such as softeners and boosters, but if you have hard water or want softer, sweeter smelling clothes, you can either buy the commercial ones or just use plain vinegar.

Tools to Make Doing Laundry Less of a Chore

Sink or Bucket – A sink is a blessing since it lets you treat stains and soak clothes easily. I have a bucket as well, since it is handy and I can carry it along with the washed clothes out to the racks to dry.

Scrubbing Brushes – Great for scrubbing dirty collars, cuffs or in my toddler’s case, slacks and trousers before tossing them in the wash.

Drying Racks – Since I don’t use a dryer and air-dry our clothes, a drying rack is an essential for us. If you use a dryer, you may want a rack to hang dry clothes that shouldn’t be put into one.

Laundry Baskets and Hampers – I have a system for separating our laundry which accounts for me having 5 laundry hampers.

  • One for our clothes
  • One for our toddler’s clothes
  • One for kitchen dusters and cleaning cloths
  • One for undergarments, socks and delicates
  • One for bed and table linen

You may not want to be as obsessive-compulsive as I am but you’d still want at least two separate baskets for coloreds and whites. Me? I separate the coloreds and whites at the time of taking the clothes to the machine. I can’t have 7 or 9 baskets. Or maybe I can? ***laughing***

A well-organized laundry cabinet can really take away the stress of washing clothes. Plus, since you have everything you need all ready and waiting, doing laundry becomes much easier and quicker.

How do you ease laundry day blues?

– Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in parenting with love, being postively productive, and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Find her sharing her simple tips and easy-to-do ideas at The Mom Writes or follow her on Twitter.

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  1. I put all cotton shirts in the dryer with a dryer sheet for fifteen minutes then hang them to dry. This keeps them from shrinking and they come out wrinkle free.

  2. I do at least one load of laundry every day to keep it more manageable.

  3. I LOVE laundry day!! I have 4 kids so we have a lot of laundry but it’s my relaxing day. I do load after load all morning & gather up the clean clothes in the t.v. room & spend the afternoon catching up on all my recorded shows while I fold & iron! All the kids are at school now but when they were here I would do it during nap time. I also have a very large frontal washer/dryer which do HUGE loads, cutting down wash time drastically.

  4. I have several baskets in my closet:

    whites (for warm washing)
    lights
    darks
    whites (for cold washing, like blouses)
    delicates (wools and linens)

    When we take off our clothes, they get sorted immediately.

    My children have laundry baskets in their rooms, and each morning they sort their laundry into the baskets in my closet.

    On top of my washing machine, I have two 3-gallon buckets. One is labeled for washcloths and rags, and the other is for cloth napkins and bibs (I have 3 children who wear bibs at the table).

    Whenever a basket is full, I wash that load. I wash between 2-4 loads a day, 6 days a week. (Towels are washed once every 7-10 days and sheets are brought in next to the laundry room sepearately, but they are all white, so no sorting needed.)

    I start laundry at 5am, and usually have 2 -3 loads done by the time the children are ready to fold laundry. I hang up my clothes and my husband’s clothes, and I have one child who hangs up the children’s shirts and girls dresses. The other 3 older children (I have 6 children) fold laundry each morning before breakfast.

    I make 3 batches of homemade laundry soap at a time so that I don’t have to make it as often.

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