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I don’t know about you, but I actually LOVE doing laundry. There’s something great about having all of my clothes, towels, and bedding clean at one time that puts me in a happy place. While laundry may be fun for me, it may not be for others. I’ve partnered with all® Free Clear to bring you some of my favorite laundry tips that I use to love my laundry…..and get my laundry to love me back!
How to Manage Your Laundry Schedule:
In order to love your laundry, you must first identify what you don’t like about laundry. The most common complaints about laundry is that it piles up and seems to never end. If you have kids, especially small children, you can relate to the never-ending mountain of laundry. I found myself annoyed with a bad habit of starting a load of laundry and then forgetting about it and having to wash it again and again. I decided that I needed to regain control of my laundry so I created a schedule and it allows me to manage my laundry and keep everything cleaner without having to marathon wash anything.
Sunday: I like to start my week out fresh so on Sundays I wash bedding and blankets. Falling asleep on clean sheets is a great way to prepare for a busy week ahead.
Monday: On Monday, I like to wash the towels so they are clean for the week. I usually throw in bath mats with the towels.
Tuesday: On Tuesday, I wash the dark clothing.
Wednesday: On Wednesday, I wash the light colored laundry.
Thursday: On Thursday, I wash the white laundry.
Friday: Friday is the bonus day so I just wash anything that hasn’t been washed yet (an extra load of darks, clothing the boys will need for church, etc.)
Saturday: On Saturday I wash things in the boys’ rooms like stuffed animals they sleep with, costumes they wear around the house, capes, construction vests, and more.
Yes, I do laundry in pajamas. I was going to get dressed for this but now that you know my laundry schedule I feel like we’re friends. And while we’re confessing, I know I’m not the only mom who gets lost in the transition of wash, dry, fold, and put away. I think the main reason for that is that I’m a night owl and I tend to do all my work (and housework) at night. But it’s easy to forget and then discover what happened the following morning. However, I’ve made some changes with when I do laundry and it seems to be working!
With my new weekly laundry schedule, I know exactly what I’m doing each day and I only focus on a load or two at a time. I start the laundry as soon as I get up in the morning, usually while the boys are eating breakfast. By lunch, everything is usually dried and I can fold the clothing while Aidan takes his afternoon nap. By starting earlier in the day, I have greatly reduced the chances of leaving a forgotten load of laundry in the washer overnight and having to rewash it. Every now and then I forget, but overall my laundry schedule has really made a huge difference.
How to Care for Sensitive Skin:
While we don’t have any skin allergies in our family, we do have a lot of sensitive skin. For me personally, the wrong type of laundry detergent will cause my skin to itch. Putting on a nice, clean pair of pajama pants to relax and then scratching and scratching my legs is not fun. I discovered after switching to all® Free Clear several years ago that the irritants were caused by certain ingredients in my former laundry detergent.
When both of our boys were born, we decided to use all® Free Clear for washing all of their newborn and baby clothing. I felt great knowing they would have soft, clean clothes that didn’t cause any issues.
By using all® Free Clear, my family doesn’t have to worry about itchy, bumpy skin and can focus on the things we really love….like playing at the park with our boys on a sunny day!
How to Fold Laundry Like a Pro:
Folding laundry is a daunting task. Here are a few ways that you can make this task easier and more enjoyable:
Sort or Hang Right from the Dryer:
I use one laundry basket for each person in my family. There are 4 of us. After I put my pile of warm, fresh laundry on my bed, I fold the clothing and place each person’s things in their own basket right from the start. I don’t see a point in sorting the laundry twice, so this saves me time. If I want to save even more time, I collect hangers from everyone’s closet and hang the clothes on hangers right out of the dryer, skipping the folding step altogether.
Entertain Yourself While You Work:
While I fold clothes in my room, I put on a movie or show on Netflix or listen to an audio book or podcast. I very rarely will just sit on the couch and watch TV, but if I’m able to watch something while I’m doing something productive around the house, it doesn’t waste any of my time and allows me to enjoy the chores a bit more.
Invite Your Kids to Help:
My boys are 2 and 3 (almost 4). While they are much too young to actually do the laundry, my oldest is able to help with folding and putting away. Sometimes I let him fold washcloths or help me hang his clean clothing up in his closet and put it away in his dresser. He also loves to play “match the socks” and help me carry the clean, dry clothes into the bedroom to fold.
Where to Buy all® Free Clear Laundry Detergent:
You can purchase all® Free Clear and almost any grocery store. I always buy mine from Target. You can find great deals at Target and they also accept coupons and have occasional gift card and cart wheel deals. Just look for the section of white bottles on the laundry aisle like this:
If you love your laundry, it will love you back! Don’t get overwhelmed or uncomfortable. Choose to do a little at a time and use a detergent that you trust to not only clean your clothing but to also protect your family’s skin! I use all® Free Clear because it works well for my family and I follow a schedule for my laundry because life is too short to worry about things that shouldn’t be a problem.
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