4 expert laundry hacks for mums

4 expert laundry hacks for mums

Pui-San Wong is the Operations Executive at Laundrapp, who collect, clean, and deliver laundry across the UK. Here, she shares her top tips for getting your washing done quickly, efficiently, and without any mishaps.

When you have kids, the amount of laundry you need to do each week can double or even triple. And, once you’ve washed, dried, and sorted everything, it can feel like you have little time left to do anything else.

To help you out, I’m going to share some expert hacks that will help you to get through your laundry quicker than ever before. These hints and tricks could help your clothes to look and feel much better, too. Read on to learn how you can tackle your family’s washing more efficiently.

Sort your clothes into different washing baskets

Sort your clothes into different washing baskets

When it comes to laundry day, do you find yourself rifling through a basket full of dirty clothes, looking for all of the white, dark, or delicate pieces that you can wash together? Not only is this unhygienic, but it can be time-consuming, too. Plus, finding a pair of black socks at the bottom of your basket after you’ve washed all your dark colours can be really disappointing when you were hoping to see your basket completely empty for once.

To save time and stop you from having to create piles of dirty washing on your floor every laundry day, buy different baskets for the kinds of washes you tend to do. Or, you can opt for a basket that comes with compartments, like this one from Argos.

Use the towel trick to help your clothes dry faster

If you tend to use your tumble dryer when you’re short on time but still find that it takes longer to dry your clothes than you would like, try the towel trick. This involves throwing a clean, dry, and preferably thick towel in with your wet washing for the first 15–20 minutes of it being in the dryer. This will help to absorb a lot of the excess moisture, drastically reducing the amount of time your washing will take to dry.

Hang clothes up straight out the dryer

Ironing is the chore that Brits hate the most, according to YouGov. It can take a lot of time and effort — plus, you don’t always get the results you’re after. So, to reduce the amount of ironing you must do, try hanging your family’s clothes up as soon as they come out the dryer. Most wrinkles should simply fall out, and this will also prevent any stubborn creases from being made through folding.

This tip should help to reduce your ironing pile dramatically, and you’ll only be left with the likes of formal shirts, suit trousers, and skirts or dresses that are prone to creasing.

Throw a ball of tin foil in your dryer

If you aren’t a fan of dryer sheets, or you need to dry a load of washing and don’t have any to hand, throwing a couple of balls of tin foil in your dryer can do a similar job, but without the residue. They will help to remove static from your clothing and can even help your washing to dry faster.

This is also an eco-friendly and cost-effective option when compared to dryer sheets, as a ball of tin foil can be used in this way for up to six months. Just make sure you replace your tin foil when it starts to look worse for wear.

Being a mum can be hard work and finding ways to save energy and time is always helpful. If you take these expert tips on board, you should find your laundry becomes much easier to manage. And, you’ll have even more time to enjoy the fun and exciting aspects of being a parent!

* Post written by Pui-San Wong, Operations Executive at Laundrapp*

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Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 6. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/