Getting tired of a long, boring, expensive laundry routine? Spice it up with these tips and tricks! Save money and transform your laundry room into a fun and functional part of the house!
1. Have two laundry hampers.
Hate wasting time sorting your whites from your colors? Put two laundry hampers in the restroom and have everyone separate their dirty clothes instead of stuffing them all into one place. I have enough space in my bathroom for three, so I have an extra bin for dirty towels, too. It saves time if you’re busy, and that’s why I love this trick!
2. Add a pinch of salt.
Want to save money and keep your clothing bright and beautiful for longer? Add a tablespoon of salt to your washing cycle. The idea is that the chloride in the salt will protect fabrics from fading over several washings. Saving money? Easy to add to a load of laundry? Yes, please.
3. Add tennis balls.
That’s right, you heard me! Add tennis balls to your drying cycle to make your pillows fluffier, your towels dry more quickly and more fluffily, and dry larger loads faster. Cover them in tin foil if you’re really in a rush.
4. Hang an empty junk jar in your laundry room.
Label this “pockets” or something clever! When anyone brings their laundry down, put any junk that you find in the pockets into the junk jar! This way you’re not stuck fishing out bobby pins, coins, crumbled receipts, or goodness no, LIP BALM. Nothing is worse than finding a half-melted lip balm all over your fresh load of laundry.
5. DIY Reusable dryer sheets.
There’s no need to spend a ton of money on dryer sheets! Just soak a sponge in diluted fabric softener and toss it in your dryer along with your wet clothing. You can reuse the sponges for a long time, and one bottle of fabric softener will last you several months! Check out the instructions here.
6. Hang your sweaters.
“Wait, won’t that stretch them out?” Not if you hang them the right way! This clever idea came from here, and I haven’t folded my sweaters since. It keeps them wrinkle free, and they no longer stretch oddly if hung up like normal clothing.
7. Are there grease stains on your jeans or clothing? The easiest way to get them out is to rub calk or baby powder all over it before washing. (This method also helped me to remove 8 ounces of oil from the front seat of my car when an expensive hair product leaked out during the summer. It works, I tell you!)
8. Spray your clothing with vinegar.
If you don’t have a washing machine at home and have to take your clothes to the laundromat, get multiple uses out of your clothing by spritzing with vinegar and hanging them out to air dry. The antibacterial properties in vinegar will allow you to get a few more wears out of your clothing if you just can’t make it to the laundromat this week.
9. DIY mini ironing board.
Are you running low on space but high on shirts that need to be ironed? Make your own miniature ironing board with a TV tray! Save space and money by making your own useful board. The best part is choosing what cute fabric you’ll want! Choose a fun, bold color, or a soft, calming pattern to brighten up your laundry room See the how-to here!