Doing the laundry is arguably one of the least appealing chore for people but a little adjustments to your attitude and routine can help take the wrinkles out of doing the wash.
If you consider the fact that for hundreds of years, doing the laundry involved some serious arm muscles, you should see yourself lucky for being able to toss clothes into a machine and have them come out clean.
That said, keeping a busy household in fresh garments, sheets and towels isn’t always easy. Here are five tips and tricks to make your laundry chore more appealing.
Do Your Laundry More Often
On first thought, this seems counter intuitive, but if you count laundry among your least favourite chores, it may be time to shake things up. If you’ve been saving up your laundry all week to do in one go, try dividing the task into smaller chunks throughout the week.
On the other hand, if you feel as though you’re always doing laundry, see if you can get away with cutting back to twice a week.
Remember that you can also use laundering as an excuse to take some downtime for yourself. Put on a podcast or audiobook, listen to music, or catch up on a favourite show while you wash, dry, and fold.
Do Separate Loads For Each Person
One of the more time-consuming parts of doing laundry is sorting out whose clothes are whose when they come out of the dryer.
Avoid this issue entirely by giving each person their own laundry basket and only running one person’s clothes at a time. Doing this can help you reduce the frustration of folding.
Sorting the clothes while the laundry is going on always makes the floor a mess. It is best to presort prior to washing.
This habit can make a big difference in the speed with which you can fold a load of clothing. You will most likely discover that you can fold a load of laundry in nearly half the time when the contents were all right side out to begin with.
Keep your washer fresh by leaving the door ajar after each load
Washing machines, especially the new high-efficiency models, have a very tight seal, which means that moisture trapped after running a load of laundry can’t escape, leading to mildew and stinky smells.
You can prevent this problem by leaving the washer door open a crack after each load. Some new models come with a magnetic door latch for this purpose.