Isn't it funny how your laundry pile seems to double or even triple once you have a baby? Add another kid or two into the equation and it seems like you're forever doing laundry. Sound about right?
As a family with two young children and sometimes multiple outfit changes a day I usually do around 2-3 loads of laundry a week not including bedding and towels as our trusty Beko washing machine has a small capacity load. Which I recently found out isn't actually a lot compared to most households! For many parents laundry is their most dreaded house chore so today I thought I would share some of my laundry life hacks for busy families.
Plan your laundry schedule
We've all been there when your laundry gets on top of you and the pile of clean clothes seems to get higher and higher when left until tomorrow or the next day. By maintaining a laundry schedule you are able to keep on top of the whole process from washing, drying, folding and putting away your clean clothes. Work out what's best for you and your family with your lifestyle, a load a day or will you do one dark load on Monday, whites on Wednesday and bedding and towels on a Friday.
Keeping whites white
It can be hard to keep your whites white especially with children. One tip I've learnt over the years to brighten your whites is to boil them in water with sliced lemon. This is especially good with baby grows, bibs or socks! Plus it leaves your house smelling super fresh too - bonus!
Say goodbye to wrinkles
As we don't have a tumble dryer and being a busy mum I don't always have time to iron everything. I've found that using a homemade wrinkle release spray can help get rid of them. It's really simple to make with just a few ingredients and you just spritz, shake and then you're good to go!
Dry your clothes quickly
Need to dry the kids school uniform quickly as they got it filthy the night before then fear not. Put a dry fluffy towel in with the clothes in the tumble dryer if you have one
Refresh your towels
Are your towels smelling a bit musty but you can't afford to go out and buy new ones. Add two cups of white vinegar to your towel wash every now and again to keep them smelling fresh and brand new.
Brighten colourful clothes
An old friend of mine taught my this tip a few years ago and it's one I've used many a time since. If your brights tend to bleed their colour often simply add a teaspoon of pepper to your wash. Pepper prevents your clothes from bleeding and decreases the likelihood of items fading during the spin. The pepper does wash out during the rinse cycle so don't worry about them smelling of pepper.
Do you have any laundry life hacks to add to the list? I'd love to know!