Top 10 ways to breeze through laundry like a boss
Laundry is possibly the world’s most boring chore (you’re probably getting bored just reading this). But it’s something we all have to do every week – or day – and so it makes sense to do it better and faster if possible.
Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in!
- Wash your clothes less often.
The most obvious way to avoid doing so much laundry is to… well, not do it. Not every item of clothing needs to be washed after one wear. Shirts can usually survive a couple of wears, especially if worn with an undershirt, and denim is especially suitable for multiple wears. Worried your skinny jeans will get pongy? Try this ingenious hack, and freeze them to kill bacteria instead! Killing the bacteria (by freezing) that cause odours will keep your jeans fresh without the fade that comes with multiple washes. Thaw in sunshine if possible before wearing.
- Get stains out right away.
Almost all those nasty spills are easier and more quickly removed if you treat them right away. Do don’t wait, scrub as soon as you spill. This infographic is a handy guide “how to” – or try the very handy Bosisto’s Pre-Wash Stain Remover, with the grime-busting power of eucalyptus and a handy built-in 'scrubber’.
- Eliminate sorting with multiple hampers
Do you separate your whites from your colours? Good for you! But it can be a tedious and messy job to seperate them in the laundry. A simple solution: use two dirty clothes baskets, and chuck whites in one and darks in the other, as soon as you take your clothes off. Now you can do a load when one basket is full, with zero sorting.
- Wash everything properly.
Ever look at the washing instructions your clothing tags? It’s such a simple thing, but following the instructions can save a lot of grief in the laundry. If in doubt, wash on cold. It’ll avoid colour run and is generally kinder on fabrics. Don’t use fabric softener on towels, either: it makes them lose absorbency.
- Give up the sock search
Is half your laundry day spent looking for missing socks? Just declare it a loss! Another great tip is to begin buying only one or two colours of socks, in the same brands, and just throwing them all in the drawer. As long as you grab two socks of the same colour they’ll be sure to match. Never pair socks again! (ps. socks without partners make great sock puppets)
- Carry a load like a pro
Don’t have a laundry basket? Can’t carry one? You don’t need it: all you need is a towel or a large item of clothing and you can wrap everything else up in it!
- Use detergent sparingly
More soap means cleaner clothes, right? Wrong. In fact, the more laundry detergent you use the greater the risk of particles staying trapped in your clothes, causing re-soiling and catching bacteria. Or, use a laundry powder that’s 100% soluble in the wash, like this one.
- Fill your drawers from front to back
Do you stack clothing in your drawers from top to bottom? If so, you’ve probably noticed how much of a pain it is to find what you’re looking for and get it out later on. The next time you fill your drawers, try doing it this way. You’ll be shocked by how much easier it is to pick something out!
- Fold and hang your clothes in seconds
Check out this video and you’ll be a clothes folding ninja!
- Clean your machine.
Your clothes won’t be clean if your washing machine isn’t, and re-washing to remove those awful black marks is a huge time-waster. Every month, run a ‘clothes free’ cycle with a cup of vinegar and a capful or two of Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Oil. It will clean, freshen and remove all those nasty odours.