Home cleaning is one of life realities. Personally I’d rather be out on a bike ride, making cupcakes with the kids or flipping through home design books than doing domestic duties! Of course, for all of us laundry is a fact of life and having that washing machine spinning leads to fresh and clean little happy campers in the home. It is satisfying to hold one’s nose to a freshly washed towel or toddler’s t-shirt. But wouldn’t it be great to get the job done faster and have a list of tricks up one’s sleeve to make that happen? Since I’m not in a position to hire help nor do I want someone rustling through our dirty socks and undies, I’ve put together this comprehensive list on how to save time and sanity on home cleaning duties.
So! Here is my big list of 100 time and sanity saving laundry tips!
Hot home cleaning and laundry tips!
Add a plant
Add a plant that enjoys a hothouse environment.
Art and pictures
Change a wall colour using some pale blue or floral lemon fabric tightened against the wall.
Avoid the dryer
Only use your dryer if it is an emergency. Never use a dryer if it is sunny outside.
Baking soda socks
Boil up socks in baking soda and water and soak overnight.
Build a table you can pull out or fold down from the wall.
Place great value on energy and water ratings when purchasing appliances.
You can add half a cup of baking soda to bleach to make it more powerful.
Soak immediately in cold water. For dry blood soak in baking soda and water first.
Large white box style bookcases are perfect for the laundry for towels, sheets and products.
You can add baking soda or vinegar to the wash cycle to brighten clothes.
Bring themes in
Bring other colours from the home into the laundry.
Clean iron vents
Unplug iron. Clean out vents with a pipe cleaner.
Clean out your iron
Add vinegar and water to the chamber. Turn the iron on and off. Rinse out chamber.
Rub a paste of vinegar and baking soda on collars before washing.
Create a home cleaning toolbox
Keep all cleaning gear in one big plastic tub. When cleaning grab the tub and get to work!
Rub shampoo on a collar before washing it.
Only wash your clothes in cold water. This will also stop them shrinking.
Add a little salt to the water. This will keep colours fresher for longer.
Add a little dish washing liquid to your laundry cycle when washing cotton.
Make house members responsible for their own laundry. Use a system.
Iron clothes inside out with a damp hand towel. Set the temperature to medium.
Recreate a laundry design from a home improvement magazine using thrifty finds.
Dry similar items together. E.g. Towels with towels.
Clean out the lint filter after every drying session. Excess lint can start a fire.
Install signs on your dryer E.g. For Emergency Use Only or Use After Hours Only.
Create a dump bucket for each person in the house for quick cleans.
Extra washing line
Turn a large wooden playpen on its side and then repurpose it to hang laundry.
Sprinkle a little baking soda in your nappy bucket to reduce the smell.
Dip a flannel in half fabric softener and half water. Wash the flannel with your laundry.
Consider a feature wall colour or wallpaper on one wall in the laundry to brighten it up.
Find your stuff
Look behind the washing machine if you have lost small items from pockets.
If you are short on space invest in some cheap shelving.
If you add vinegar to your wool cycle your garments will be fluffier.
Reduce home cleaning duties for more sanity
You won’t notice you are doing laundry if you are watching TV.
Get on YouTUBE and learn some new laundry tricks, like how to fold towels perfectly.
Fold washing tip
Fold washing in the morning while the kids are eating breakfast.
Fresher the better
Make the décor in your laundry fresh and light. The way fresh laundry makes you feel light!
Consider a fold-down ironing board that doubles as your folding table.
Generally always iron clothes inside out and on a medium temperature.
Get a funky curtain
Change the curtain in your laundry for a quick makeover. Use a shower curtain.
Get rid of lint
Add vinegar to your washing cycle to help reduce clingy lint.
Scrub the item with an old toothbrush and shampoo.
Use some salt and ammonia. Then blot it with a cloth and rinse away.
Hang items directly onto hangers on the line and then place them directly into wardrobes.
Add a tablespoon of corn flour to one litre of water. Shake in a spray bottle and use.
Ink from leather
You can remove ink from leather with nail polish remover.
Ink on fingers
Grab a nailbrush; dip it in vinegar and salt. Scrub ink away.
Add a colourful shower curtain or some durable plastic fabric across a wall.
Buy clothes that do not require ironing. Go polyester!
Use a peg to secure the hangers with clothes on them on the line.
If you have the space set up your iron and ironing board permanently.
Install good lighting for a bright and happy space. Better stain spotting!
Be sure to check out my laundry system posts for different home situations.
Buy laundry powder in bulk every season.
Home cleaning tips | Get creative!
Paint up a gorgeous old box or tin to decant your laundry powder into.
No-one ventures into a laundry. They will not find you there if you need some peace!
Do one bag of laundry per person on a certain day each week. Reduce sorting.
Check out Ikea for cost effective laundry sorter systems.
Less stiff jeans
Soak jeans overnight in salt and cold water to soften the denim.
Use a dryer only for little items like baby socks and underwear
Loosen a knot
Loosen a knot by applying some baby powder or talcum powder.
Run some vinegar through your machine using a warm cycle.
Machine sud saver
Many machines have a sud saver cycle. Use for heavily soiled clothes, like baby clothes.
Mesh laundry bag
Invest in a mesh laundry bag for placing your delicate items. E.g. Lingerie.
For milk on baby clothes soak the clothes in cold water and then wash in cold water.
Rewash laundry left in the machine with vinegar. The mouldy smell will go away.
Mud off boots
Dry in the sun, bang together and scrub with a toothbrush.
Never fold washing
Fold washing directly from the line into each person’s basket.
New clothes smell
Include a little vinegar in the cycle to remove the new smell from clothes.
Install open shelves near the machine. These are great for quick access to laundry products.
Open the windows
Be sure to use a fan or open windows in a laundry to prevent mould
Paint the laundry
Consider painting your laundry a light and bright colour. Looks fresher.
Home cleaning | Get those socks organised
Pin socks together before placing in washing baskets. Keep the pins handy.
Spray the mark with hairspray. Dry. Brush over with vinegar and water. Wash.
Checkout, a Flip-Fold, which perfectly and easily folds garments. Try to make your own.
Soak a garment in salty water to help remove perspiration stains and smells.
Apply a baking soda and water paste to the underarms of the garment and wash as normal.
Add vinegar to the washing cycle to preserve stockings.
Zip up your clothes before washing them. Preserve zips.
Technology has certainly changed. There are machines out there with 15-minute cycles!
Repurpose a table
Use the dining table for sorting and folding washing if you lack space in the laundry.
Spot clean sauce stains before washing to get more wear out of baby clothes.
Scrub the bottom of the iron with vinegar and salt.
Dab a little vinegar onto a damp cloth and shine your shoes.
When washing smelly clothes add baking soda or vinegar. Both products remove odours.
Soak garments in warm water and vinegar.
Boil socks with slices of lemon to help whiten and lighten them.
Starch your board
Spray the ironing board instead of the clothes.
Sprinkle some salt on a brown paper bag. Now iron the brown paper bag.
Designate one tall cupboard for brooms, ironing board and long items.
The perfect fold
Place clothes open onto an open port-a-cot mattress. Fold both sides over. Slip garment out.
Tray for small items
Keep an open ice-cream tub or tray in the laundry for items that come out of pockets.
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Fold up washing baskets are a great space saving option and also good for travel or camping.
To wash jeans turn them inside out and wash with one cup of vinegar. This sets the colour.
It is a good idea not to place your washing powder on the machine!
Think outside the square with washing lines. Repurpose furniture.
Only do laundry on selected days of the week. Do not become a slave to laundry.
Add a little dish washing liquid to a washing cycle to help whiten socks.
Wire shelves are cheap to install and a sturdy solution for storing laundry products.