Tips for Making Laundry Day Easier than Ever

You’ve avoided it as long as possible, but wearing that faded old t-shirt that you’ve had to reach for in the back of your closet is getting really old, really fast. Yup, it’s time for laundry day. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be the agonising task that it usually is. Here are some handy tips that will make laundry day easier:

Tackle those stains: I’ve experienced those moments of horror when my son runs into the house sporting terrible dirt and grass stains all over his pants. Or that moment when I tilt my wine glass back to take a sip and promptly get bumped from behind. Yup, that’s a brand new red wine stain on my favourite white blouse. It’s easy to groan and then carry on with life, planning to deal with the stains later. This is not the way to do it!

By tackling those stains as they happen, you will have to put up with a lot less hassle on laundry day. As a stain happens, blot it with water and some OMO auto liquid, which is an excellent stain remover. By treating the stain before it goes into the washing machine, you have a much better chance of getting it out. Find a good list of DIY stain removing tips and stick it in your kitchen or laundry room for future reference. Here’s a super cool one to print out that can help you in times of crisis:


Know your sorting style:

Unfortunately, by now, you probably know that you can’t simply throw all of the dirty washing into the machine and press ‘start.’ Whites must go with whites and colours with like colours. But will that turquoise top go with all of the dark colours or the lights? Here are some how-to’s for colour sorting:

The most common categories: whites, darks, lights, jeans and delicates.

  1. Whites: This pretty much speaks for itself. This category includes all white clothing that is cotton and doesn’t count as delicates (you’ll see what counts as delicates soon) and that can stand a normal washing cycle in your machine.
  2. Darks: These are the navies, reds, purples, deep greens and other dark, rich colours.
  3. Lights: These are your pastel colours and anything that is closer to white in colour than dark.
  4. Jeans: All denims should be washed together because they do tend to run. They are stronger and can cope with a slightly ‘rougher’ cycle.
  5. Delicates: These are the lacy, delicate items such as machine-washable silks, lingerie, underwear, (washable) chiffon and so forth. Everything that has a label which states that it needs to be washed on a delicate cycle. Speaking of labels, this leads us to…
  6. Read your labels:

    This can save you a lot of grief. I’ve once pulled a beautiful dress out of the machine that has suddenly become about five sizes too small. Read all of the labels on your clothing so that you know what kind of cycle and heat each item can take. If something needs to be hand-washed, don’t be tempted to throw it in the machine on a delicate cycle. Often, it can be fine simply to soak items that aren’t machine-washable in a sink full of cool water and half a capful of fabric softener for a refreshing scent.

    Here are some quickies that can hopefully boost your new laundry queen skills:

    • Don’t overload your machine! This will lead to inadequately washed items.
    • Use a good, reliable laundry detergent and fabric conditioner. Don’t overdo it, though. Use the amounts recommended on their packs. A little bit goes a long way.
    • Try to have two laundry baskets in the bathroom/wherever you have your laundry basket – one for light and one for dark. This helps to make sorting super simple.
    • Wash all towels together on a delicate cycle in order to avoid ruining them.
    • So there you have it! My top laundry day tips. Now it’s time to go forth and be an efficient laundry queen!