Mother’s Day is around the corner- a time to let our moms know just how much we appreciate everything they do! No matter how busy and hectic their day may be, moms still find a way to take the time to make their kids feel special, safe and loved, every day of the year. It can be stressful to fit it all in sometimes, so here are some useful little laundry hacks that can minimize your load while making sure everybody’s clothes still look great!
Salad Spinners: Not just for salad anymore. Got a wet bathing suit, hand-washed pair of pantyhose, or other soggy delicate you can’t just toss in the dryer? Whip out the salad spinner and use it to get that excess water out before you hang to dry.
Boil whites with a sliced lemon. “Honey, what’s that great fresh smell coming from the kitchen?” “Oh, nothing, dear, just your gym socks!” Get whites fresh and bright without the use of bleach by boiling them in a large stock pot 2/3 full of water and a sliced lemon. Not only will your home smell springtime fresh, but your whites will be gleaming without the use of chemical bleach, and you won’t have to wait until you have enough laundry for a whole load of whites.
Shake it up! Give each piece of clothing a good shake before transferring it from the washer to the dryer. The simple act of shaking out your clothes will minimize wrinkles, cutting down on ironing time.
Write reminders on your dryer. Use a dry-erase marker to make notes about what needs to be pulled out early, what doesn’t go in the dryer, etc. Your little cheat sheet will help you to stop shrinking forgotten articles of clothing that weren’t supposed to tumble dry.
Don’t underestimate the dryer sheet. It does a lot more than make your laundry feel soft and smell fresh. Dryer sheets are also extremely useful for busting static cling and eliminating pet hair from otherwise clean clothes, and can also help relax wrinkles. Next time you’re in a time-crunch situation, try tossing a clean-yet-wrinkled shirt into the dryer with a slightly damp washcloth and a dryer sheet on a low setting. Five minutes later: Voila! Fresh shirt that looks like a million bucks.