Quick Tips to Make Doing the Washing Super Simple

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When it comes to doing the laundry, the average household – which, by the way, has 2.3 people in the UK – will use the washing machine around 270 times a year. 270 times, every single year! Now, this is what’s known as “normal domestic use”, but if you boil it down to the raw figures, you’ll see that it means your average person will put a wash on roughly 115 times per annum.

Pop that figure into your common “2 parents, 2 children” family, and you get a whopping 460 washes each year! When you’re having to do the laundry that often – not that far off one and a half times a day – then you know that it can really start to feel like a chore.

What you need is something to make doing the washing a little bit easier. And luckily for you, that’s exactly what we have right here: some quick tips to do just that. Let’s make life easier, shall we?

Use Water Dispensers for Your Detergent

Although this might sound a little silly, this tip can actually end up being a serious saver of your precious time. If you have a spare water dispenser – the type with the tap you can turn on and off – this will make the perfect storage solution for your clothes detergent.

Using one of these – or two if you want another for your fabric softener – will allow you to dispense just the right amount of stuff with the greatest of ease, saving you a little bit of time with each wash.

Divide Your Washing into Three Baskets

Isn’t sorting your washing into darks and lights a pain in the neck? Well, why not skip that step entirely? Clearly, we are not talking about chucking them all in the wash together each time.

No, instead, we are talking about using three separate laundry baskets. If you have one basket for your dark clothes, another one for your lights or whites, and a third for your delicates (if you need it), you can save yourself a bunch of time each laundry day. No need to waste time sorting all your clothes!

Get a Basket on Wheels

If you’re already looking to invest in an extra laundry basket or two, why not go the whole hog and get some on wheels? If you add this extra layer of portability to your baskets, it will save you from having to carry a massive armload of washing across the house to the washing machine.

And the extra bonus of this is simple: there’s no chance you’ll walk back up the stairs later on in the day and find an errant sock or two lying around on the floor where you’ve dropped them. Simple solutions are always the best ones!

6 Tricks to Make Doing the Washing a Breeze

The average family runs their washing machine around 400 times a year – which averages out at more than once a day. If you have little ones, you’ll know that it’s way more than that – sometimes four, five or even six times a day. If it feels like your washer is constantly running, and you want to cut down the load a little bit, use these six tips to make doing the washing a breeze.

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  • To save dragging around a heavy basket, or carrying around armfuls of laundry, just buy a basket on wheels! That way, you can wheel it from the bathroom or wherever the laundry is kept to the washing machine and bada-bing, bada-boom, you can do your washing without dropping any socks along the way.
  • A brilliant way to store lost socks when you’re looking for the other lost socks, is to use a free “lost sock” print that you can find online. We found one with the text “Clean. Single. Looking for a mate.” with applique detailing. Pop it into a frame, glue gun clothes pegs to the bottom of the frame, and when a lost sock appears from the machine, you can simply peg it up until its partner appears.
  • Use the same kind of dispensers you can use for water to hold your detergents – the kind with little taps. That way, you can dispense the perfect amount of detergent or conditioner into the ball that you pop into the drum. Just be sure to keep them on a high shelf if you have children, especially if you’re planning on keeping them on display.
  • Insert hooks and shelves into any nifty little spaces that you can find, however small or awkward. They might not seem as though they’d be particularly useful, but even if they can only handle a bag of pegs, a laundry bottle or some sponges, they could come in really, really handy.
  • Create a bookshelf/shelving unit-cum-ironing station. Sounds weird, but it’s a pretty handy way to store everything that you’re going to need to store, like your iron, ironing fluid, dryer sheets, conditioner, etc, etc, etc, and the top doubles as your ironing board! You won’t be able to buy one (we haven’t seen one anywhere) but if you have a handy husband then you can ask him to help you out, or get a builder to fashion one for you.
  • 3 laundry bags/boxes. Instead of having to sort out laundry when you’re in the laundry room, have 3 separate bags/boxes for coloured clothes, white clothes and delicates. Viola. No need for sorting. Just do your washes as and when.

Source: Real Simple

How to Do Laundry

It’s a little bit like not knowing how to cook fish and chips. You stick ’em in the oven at whatever temperature it says on the box, on a non-stick baking tray. Easy, eh? You’d be amazed at the amount of people who cook everything at 180C, from meringues to macaroni cheese yet are surprised that their meals never turn out quite right. The same goes for laundry – many people throw everything in the “easy care” cycle and are then surprised when their whites are grey and their blacks dull. If you’re one of those people, listen up – we’re here to tell you how to do laundry. Or, if you’d rather, you could hire someone else to do it for you.

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Take the Temperatures

Have you ever looked at any of the care labels on your clothes? If you haven’t, that’s probably why they don’t really look their best. Wash everything with similar colours, and make sure that everything is washed with clothes that need to be washed at the same temperature. It sounds very simple, but it does take a little more time than just chucking everything into the bowl in one go.

Whites Whiter

To make whites whiter, wash them at a higher temperature – they end up a little bit grey if washed at a cool temperature. You might also be using the wrong type of detergent, or not enough of it. Wash only lightly soiled clothes together instead of lumping everything together – if you do, you’ll end up contaminating the lightly dirty clothes which just means that you’ll have to wash everything again anyway.

Do a Dry Run

Doing a dry run or a dry wash means running the washing machine at least once a month, or more frequently, with detergent in it as though you were going to wash your clothes – but just without the clothes. It cleans all of the inner workings of the washing machine and can really improve the effectiveness of the washes. It’s also a good idea to use water softener tablets in each wash if you’re in a hard-water area, as limescale can get into all of the pipes and nooks and crannies of the machine, reducing its efficiency and potentially soiling your clothes even further.

Stop Shrinking

When clothes shrink, it’s either because you’re washing on a too-high or too-hot setting, or because the dryer is too hot. To prevent shrinking, either run the clothes through a cool wash and hang to dry, or dry them on the very lowest setting that you can get away with.

Stop Colour Run

Colour run is a pain in the bum, but it can be avoided. Wash the item that you’re worried about on its own and see if the colour runs or if the water changes colour. If it does, unfortunately, you’re not going to be able to wash it with other clothes and will just have to bite the bullet and do an extra wash every now and then. If not, you’ll be fine (generally) if you turn the item inside out and then pop it in with similar colours at the temperature specified on the label.

Sources: The Nest

10 Simple But Effective Laundry Care Tips

Laundry is laundry. It’s not very interesting, it’s not very fun, but it’s just something we have to do. But there are a few ways that you can make your washes even more effective – yay! Which means that you don’t have to spend as much money on washing liquids and conditioners – and less time ironing, too. Double yay! Take a this link for hiring cleaning supplies to help you on your way.

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  • Some washing liquid manufacturers claim that you can wash everything at 30C. You can wash a lot of stuff at 30C, but not everything, and you won’t get the clean feeling that you want if you just bung everything in at the same temperature. Cold is for fabrics that you’re worried will shrink or get damaged in a warmer wash, warmer washes will generally do for just about everything else, and hot washes should be used for linens, towels, tea towels and anything that could harbor bacteria.
  • If whites are turning grey, make sure that you’re only putting whites into the wash – and that they’re all the same kind of “dirty”. It might also be because the machine is dirty, so wash it once a fortnight with nothing in it, using either your regular cleaner or a dedicated washing machine cleaner.
  • Stop dark or coloured clothes from fading by turning ’em inside out before washing.
  • Prevent shrinkage by using a cool wash. Then, when drying, either hang it or dry it on the coolest setting in the tumble dryer.
  • Hate ironing? Of course you do! Lessen the need to iron either by using “ironing balls” in your tumble dryer, or by drying on a longer and cooler cycle so that wrinkles don’t get “tumbled” into your clothes. As soon as the clothes are dry, hang them or fold them so that wrinkles don’t get chance to join the party.
  • Keep your delicates, well, delicate, by popping them in a mesh bag and washing on the coolest possible cycle. Don’t just throw them in with everything else.
  • Using too much detergent will just result in a soapy mess. Those suds can trap dirt and actually embed them in the clothes. It’s not always a case of more soap = cleaner clothes. Just use the minimum amount and don’t fill the cap to the brim every time you wash.
  • Never, ever, ever use conditioner to wash your towels. It takes away all the softness, by, ironically, softening the fibres, which flattens them and means that the towels feel less fluffy.
  • As soon as a stain appears, whip off the offending item of clothing, pretreat it with a stain remover and pop it on a cool wash right away. The longer you leave it, the more embedded it’ll get. If the stain is still there, repeat the cycle.
  • When using sheets that catch running colours in your laundry, keep an eye and make sure that they don’t get stuck in any pipework – they easily slip down drains and into pipes which means that your washing machine won’t wash properly.

Source: The Nest