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6 LAUNDRY LIFE HACKS FOR BUSY FAMILIES


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!
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26 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing these tips, I never knew that about the towels,def going to give it a try

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    1. I definitely noticed a difference when I used to do it x

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    2. Some great tips. Hate doing this mundane task especially the ironing afterwards

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  2. Great tips, I'm currently making my way through a very large pile of washing - we seem to be doing 1-2 loads a day atm (that's with three of us!!!) I just find it hard to dry when the weather is crap, luckily it looks like the sun is shining (from what I can see from the comfort of my bed!) so hope to get a load out on the sunshine today!

    Kay xxx

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    1. Thank you Kay. Wow 1-2 a day! Its lovely when we get a sunny day isnt it! x

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  3. Lucky enough we always have a warm house. Heat on or not. Clothes are dry the next day which is brilliant.
    I wash Chloes clothes separate to ours.

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    1. You're very lucky! Ours tend to dry the next day too or at least the day after that. I used to wash the kids clothes separate but now do them with mine too x

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  4. How do you manage without a tumble dryer? I would be absolutely lost without mine although i'm looking forward to the Summer months so i can hang the washing out on the line, always leaves it smelling so much fresher. Super tips here though hun! xxx
    Love From Mummy - UK Parenting Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Haha I have no idea. I'd love one but literally no room for one in the kitchen. If there was then we'd have one. Luckily our clothes tend to dry by the next day. xx

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  5. We don't own a hairdryer (i know, don't judge :)) BUT the hairdryer is amazing at getting creases out of things!

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  6. I've never heard about the pepper trick! :)

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  7. Good article - I'd add that if you get a blood stain on some laundry, use cold water with salt added! Hot water all only bake it in and make it harder to clean. And you can use white wine to get rid of red wine stains, or any clear fizzy drink (really, sparkling water or sparkling white win would work the best).

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  8. My kids are now adults and the washes are even bigger!! Especially when my son comes home from Uni and brings a suitcase full of laundry! lol x

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  9. Sunday is our laundry day for clothes and Thursday for bedding!

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  10. Thank you for sharing, laundry is so monotonous

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  11. Thank for the tips, i used to everything including sheets and tea towels, i stopped doing it and it's quite liberating !

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  12. Hate ironing but sometimes it's unavoidable, I will def give the spray a go!

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  13. I'm going to have a go at making the wrinkle release spray and try it on my clothes. I'm also going to put white vinegar in with the towels. Some of them I've had a long time, but don't want to buy new until I move house, when I may want a change of colour. Also I've noticed that my latest washing machine does not rinse any load well, so everything always feels soapy and they dry stiff. So maybe the vinegar will help

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  14. I'm going to have a go at making the wrinkle release spray and try it on my clothes. I'm also going to put white vinegar in with the towels. Some of them I've had a long time, but don't want to buy new until I move house, when I may want a change of colour. Also I've noticed that my latest washing machine does not rinse any load well, so everything always feels soapy and they dry stiff. So maybe the vinegar will help

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  15. This is ace!! thankyou for sharing your tips :)

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  16. Thanks for the link to the wrinkle remover post! I had not come across that before, but have been using white vinegar instead of fabric conditioner for years (fabric conditioner can stop the towels from absorbing water, so not great for drying you)

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  17. thank you very much for tips xx

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  18. Some very useful tips - I will definitely use the one about putting a towel in the dryer to speed it up.

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  19. Thanks for sharing. I hope it will be helpful for too many people that are searching for this topic.quirky life hacks

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