Quick Tips to Make Doing the Washing Super Simple

mother a housewife with a baby  fold clothes into the washing machine

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.


  • 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