5 Must-know tips on how to be super lousy at doing laundry – from the lousy laundry expert herself! Plus discover my favorite laundry products to use for my chemically sensitive family.
I’ll be honest . . . I sat down to write this post and had a nice little chuckle at myself. Here I was, proud as can be that I managed to make my laundry look absolutely stunning in pictures . . . while baskets of week-old clean laundry sat in heaping piles in my bedroom . . . just waiting to be folded and put away.
And while I wanted to so badly offer you laundry tips that would change your life . . . the truthful realization sunk in, that all I had to offer you was hypocritical laundry statements.
So – I decided to take the higher road and honestly share with you how you too can be super lousy at doing laundry.
Because being lousy at the laundry, is something I am reeeeeally good at.
Before we dive into my 5 must-know tips, I want to elaborate that this post is part of a cleaning series here on TIDBITS, where I share some of my favorite cleaning products for the home. You can view the other posts in this series where I have shared my go-to cleaning supplies in other areas of the home.
This post is made available to you because of my horrible laundry habits and in collaboration with my good ol’ friends from Grove Collaborative. I have come to love their earth and family-friendly products and services passionately and obsessively.
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And now, without further ado, my 5 tips on how to be super lousy at doing laundry + my favorite laundry products to use for my chemically sensitive family.
Tip #1: HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO LAUNDRY SCHEDULE
It really helps to be lousy at the laundry when you kind of fly by the seat of your pants . . . or lack of clean pants . . . better said. I pretty much do the laundry when I absolutely HAVE TO. Like when my kids outright refuse to wear one another’s underwear, because they have run out of clean options. 🙁
I’m sure if I had a routine schedule, things would go significantly smoother.
Dirty laundry aside, these Molly’s Suds wool dryer balls have changed my life! I haven’t bought a single dryer sheet in months, because these magic balls kick the static, cut the drying time, and soften the feel of my linens – all without the use of chemicals. They are good for 1000+ loads of people! Well worth every penny and can be bought from Grove Collaborative.
Tip #2: LET YOUR CLEAN LAUNDRY SIT WADDED UP IN A BASKET FOR DAYS
It’s really efficient when you get to wash your clean clothes twice because they have sat so long in a basket they start to smell and are a wrinkly mess. Or your kids mistake the clean laundry for dirty laundry (naturally) and begin to top it with their daily wear.
Just don’t ever fold your laundry! It’s a real-time savor 😉
Speaking of smell, I have searched the whole world over for a laundry detergent that doesn’t make me itch and smells good too! I hit jackpot when I desperately picked up Mrs. Meyer’s detergent from the grocery store isles one day. I haven’t used anything else for myself since, and I love saving time and money by buying it from Grove and having it routinely shipped to my house.
Tip #3: WASH YOUR DARKS WITH YOUR WHITES
You can see from my images, I knowingly separated my whites out and washed them aside from the darks. So logically, I would remember to do that all the time. Right?
Wrong. It’s usually those rare favorite white items that I forget to separate and somehow manage to destroy even the best of shirts.
I can save some of those items by washing them with this Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Bleach. Bleach in general means an instant migraine for me, so I was thrilled to find something to take its place.
Tip #4: ASK YOUR CHILD TO START THEIR LAUNDRY WITHOUT SUFFICIENT INSTRUCTION
While I was thrilled to death that my 10 year old wanted to do her own laundry, I should have realized 2 things.
- It meant that she was sick and tired of waiting for mom to get to her laundry stash
2. I should probably have shown her beforehand how to properly load a washer.
She happened to help herself to our highly concentrated Mrs. Meyer’s detergent, and use A TON of it. On the upside, our house smelled like yummy detergent for days!
Mrs. Meyer’s detergent works well for almost everyone in our family. I do have a little 3-year-old who has a terrible case of eczema, and our dermatologist recommended avoiding any scents or colors for soaps that would come in contact with his body.
This free and clear from Seventh Generation has come to my rescue. It seems to help his situation and leaves his clothes still smelling fresh and clean. I’m grateful Grove carries this brand as well.
Tip #5: HOLD ON TO MISSING SOCK MATCHES INDEFINITELY
You know how washing machines are notorious for eating socks, right? Well, we have a terrible case of missing sock matches in our home.
But just in case they decide to show up, I’ve decided to hold onto every un-matched sock indefinitely. I have a basket full of lonely socks as proof.
Surely, they will show up eventually 🙁
Those were probably very unhelpful tips, but I’m certain if you can manage the exact opposite of everything I mentioned, this will be a most helpful article for you.
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Now I would love to hear from you!! How do you keep a handle on the never-ending task of doing the laundry? Perhaps you know something I don’t 😉
Please feel free to leave more helpful comments and suggestions below!