My family generates LOADS of laundry every week. I used to stay on top of it throughout the week, but ever since I started blogging, I’ve been letting it up until the weekend. Throwing clothes in the washing machine is easy: pre-treating the endless food stains and folding and putting away laundry are not.
Pre-treating & Removing Stains
I HATE pre-treating my laundry. Yes, I spray everything with “stain remover,” but unless I’m willing to spend an hour scrubbing every item, it doesn’t remove the stains and I end up ruining my kid’s clothes. Unfortunately, once your clothes have stains, you can no longer give them away, let alone try to sell them. Fortunately, I have 2 easy solutions for this problem.
- Always remove your kids’ clothes before they eat. Yes, I’m actually very serious. This strategy is nearly fool proof, except for the fact that I often forget or am too lazy to follow-through. So, I needed to come up with a back up solution for all those days I forget.
- Use baking soda, Dawn, and peroxide to pre-soak your clothes. A couple months ago, I found this DIY stain-removing mixture online. It actually remove stains even after your clothes have been dried and the stains have been set in. It works great, but I really just don’t have time to get out my toothbrush and scrub this magic formula into each shirt every time I do laundry. Rather than take the time to treat each item separately, I experimented with putting these magic household ingredients in a soak bucket instead. I didn’t measure, but I know I used about equal parts of each of these three items. Then I added a scoop of Oxiclean for good measure and filled up a 10 quart bucket about three-quarter’s full. In order to fit everything in, I dunked just the part of the clothes that had stains. I let everything set about 40 minutes, or until my first load of laundry was finished.
¼ c. Peroxide
¼ c. Baking Soda
¼ c. blue Dawn dish soap
1 scoop Oxiclean
8 quarts water
The results were absolutely amazing. ALL THE STAINS WERE GONE! I didn’t have to waste time carefully looking through each item so I could re-wash half the clothes before throwing them in the dryer. The two minutes I spent throwing this together were well worth it. I will definitely make pre-soaking part of my laundry routine.
Folding & Putting Away Laundry
I don’t mind folding because I can sit in front of the TV and feel productive, but I HATE unfolding clothes to hang them up and put them away. A serious waste of time!
- Rather than hanging up each item, I started using clothing bins instead. I don’t really even fold their pajamas or sweatshirts, I simply throw all together in the correct bin and call it a day.
- Likewise, why waste time folding all my shirts if I’m just going to hang them up in my room anyway. I actually hang the clothes I don’t want to put in the dryer on a rod with hangers in my laundry room. That way, after they dry, I can just walk them up to my room and put them away. Click to view more pictures of my laundry room makeover.