I don’t like doing housework except for laundry. Over the years, I’ve developed a laundry routine which helped me to save time and money. I’ve adopted these laundry habits for years, and they totally worked well for me and have made my life easier. If you feel like laundry is something you hate, try to use a simpler way to do it. Today I’m going to share 5 laundry tips with you and hope you’ll find them helpful.
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My Super Simple Laundry Routine as a Minimalist
1. Use Less Detergent
I found out that there is no difference when I use less laundry detergent. Our clothes still come out clean and fresh. I use only half of the amount that the detergent bottle recommended.
2. No Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets are never necessary for our laundry. I don’t like the chemical in the dryer sheets and I don’t even use them to remove static cling from our clothes.
There are some other natural ways to remove static such as using wool dryer balls or throw white vinegar in the rinse cycle. For me, I just don’t use any of them.
3. Do a Load of Laundry Every Day
It all depends on your lifestyle and work environment. If you are like me, I workout 2 times a day and my daughter attend Taekwondo class after school on weekdays, our smelly clothes need to be washed. Also, my husband’s work clothes need to be washed after each wearing.
Don’t get me wrong. Some clothes like pants can be worn a few times before washing. We wash jeans every 5 wears. At-home clothes like pajamas I usually wear 3 nights before washing.
I like to throw a load of laundry in the washer at night every single day. I only spend a little time each day to do the task to keep my home clean and tidy. I talked about this life-changing habit before and doing a load daily save me so much time.
4. Use Cold Water
I wash all our clothes on a cold cycle. Yes, all the clothes and everything! It totally gets the job done.
If there is any washcloth that is greasy, I’ll roughly hand wash in dish soap first and rinse it, then put it in the washer. That’s less than a minute work. Wash clothes in cold water conserve energy and save money.
Always pretreat stains as soon as possible before washing. The best way to remove blood stains is by using cold water. Hot water can make the blood stain set in.
5. Sort by Fabric Type
I don’t sort laundry by colors most of the time. Only when I buy a new red or black one, I’ll sort it into the dark colors clothing and do the wash. Then, no more sorting next time.
The way I really care about is sorting laundry by fabric type. Something like a down jacket, fleece jacket, sweater, pantyhose, swimwear, or anything I think they are delicates and need a shorter wash cycle, they will all in one load of laundry. I use the delicate cycle to get the job done and then hang them to dry.
When the label says wash by hand, 99% of the time I don’t wash by hand. I just put it in the delicates laundry bag, wash it with other clothes on a delicate cycle.
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Final Thoughts on Minimalist Laundry Routine
I don’t keep a basket of clean laundry. I only keep one hamper in the bathroom for dirty clothes. Once the clothes are all done in the dryer, I’ll transfer them to the bed in my bedroom. (Laundry room is on the same floor as my bedroom) I fold them on my bed and put them away immediately. My easy laundry routine works well for me and this simplified routine can help me save time and money. Simplify your routine and it’ll improve your life.