When you're doing laundry you can increase the number of steps you take by taking one item at a time out of the hamper and putting it in the washer. That's a lot of walking back and forth especially if you move the hamper further away from the washer. If you are unbundling socks or checking pockets and haven't finished by the time you reach the washer, walk around in front of it until you're ready to put the item in the machine.
I've gone back to the old fashioned method of drying laundry.
I have a great trick to save money while getting your clothes clean: You use 1/2 of what the detergent says to use. I know a lot of people do this but it really does work and it gets your clothes just as clean!
After drying your laundry, you should always empty the lint trap. Yet when you do, it tends to fly everywhere. Take a used fabric softener sheet out of the laundry and use that to collect the lint. The anti-static properties will keep it from flying everywhere and the fibers help grab all of it in one swipe.
Laundry detergent usually says "Fill cap to line 1," but it's impossible to see line 1, so we just fill up the cap, right? This uses 4x as much soap as you need! Take a permanent marker and mark line 1 inside the cap (you'll need a bright light to find it). Only fill to that line -- even for extra-large loads. Your clothes will get just as clean, and you'll save tons of money!
did you know you could use plain vinegar rather than fabric softener & save tons? your clothes don't smell like vinegar when done either. Just use in your fabric softener dispenser or Downey ball. Also if you place a couple of crumpled up balls of aluminum foil in your dryer with your load of clothes you remove the static cling- basic science & it really works!
Got hangers lying tangled waiting for a laundry-day explosion? I had one of my fella's install a towel bar (cheap) UPSIDE DOWN under the cabinet over the dryer. I collect emply hangers and hang them here neatly until needed.
I learned this one from my sister (who was a kindergarten teacher). If a clothing stain has an oiliness to it (examples: tomatoes, oil based salad dressing), gently rub some Murphy's oil over the stain, then launder as usual. Do NOT put this article in the dryer...let it air dry. That way, if the stain needs another round of Murphy's oil (it rarely does by the way!), the dryers' heat won't have heat-set the stain.
I have color coded pop-up laundry hampers for my kids clothing. A red one for reds (& pinks), black for dark colors, and white for whites (and towels). Saves time on laundry day because everything is already sorted! Just grab the hampers and go.
Add a cup of Baking Soda to you washing machine when doing laundry. This will really get the dirt out & actually makes your clothes softer.
Wash specialty exercise clothing with a baby detergent such as Dreft or Ivory Snow. They are formulated to rinse away thoroughly & leave clothes almost residue free. Also, don't use softener sheets if you dry them. These steps will make them last longer & retain ability to wick away moisture.
I include a bag when doing laundry. If something is stained too badly, I toss it. If it doesn't fit or I'm not crazy about it, it's in the bag to donate. I don't have to put away anything but what I keep. It saves going through clothes another time.
I soak kitchen linens [towels, rags, cloths] overnight in my washer. Regular detergent + Borax + non-chlorine bleach. Gets out grease, coffee/wine/berry stains, general kitchen yuck. If ya wanna be healthy, ya gotta cook. This means kitchen mess. Clean kitchen linens = a more cheerful cook!
I read somewhere that when you use half as much of anything, you're earning 50% on your money. No bank accounts pay that kind of interest! So I tear my dryer sheets in half when I do laundry and get two loads out of each. Our clothes are just as soft and smell just as good.
We just got a puppy, and he gets walked at least 5-6 times a day. That adds up, as does running up and down the stairs doing laundry, parking a distance from your destination and walking, and running to all the bathrooms because you're drinking your water! Never give up, it all counts
To save time on matching socks from laundry, first make sure mates go in laundry together by folding their cuffs together. Then when I put them in the washer, I un-cuff them and hook them with a clothespin. Once they come out of dryer, they are already matched.
After you work out, wash your sports bra in the bathroom sink and drape it over a towel to dry. The next day, you'll see it hanging there all fresh and clean, and you'll be motivated to put it on and work out again!
We put shelves in my laundry room. I bought 6 baskets & labeled w/our names. Every morn/eve I put a load of laundry in the washer. What's in the washer goes in the dryer. What's in the dryer comes out & gets sorted into the right basket. When someones basket is full, they have to put it away!
My all natural, money saving, laundry detergent recipe: 1/4 Castille soap, 1/4 cup Washing soda, 1/4 Borax. In a very dirty load, I also put 1/4 cup OxyClean.
I love bright colors & black clothes, but I don't like seeing them fade and get dull. What I do is on the first wash, I put the new garment in the washer with 1 cup of white vinegar. This sets the dye and prevents fading. You can but don't have to use detergent--it's all about setting the dye.
Dryer sheets are chemicals that melt in the heat of the dryer that then coat your laundry. Use half or none at all for your bath towels and wash cloths, etc. This coating is what makes your towels less absorbent. This goes for liquid fabric softener, too!