While I am not a huge fan of doing laundry, I am a relatively huge fan of having clean clothes.  I say relatively because some weeks having clean clothes is overrated.  Here are a few tips I use to make laundry less daunting and less expensive.

1. Do what works for you

I give several other suggestions but this is the most important one and not just for laundry.  Whether laundry, routines, bedtime or schooling choices, you have to do what works well in your family.  So if making your own detergent doesn’t work for you.  Don’t do it.

2. Make your own detergent

I use this simple recipe and make several batches at a time using our food processor.  Actually, my husband usually makes it; I think he secretly likes putting the soap through the processor.  The recipe is most certainly cost effective and I have had zero problems with irritation on my or my daughter’s sensitive skin.  I even used this recipe when washing cloth diapers.

3. Use vinegar instead of softener

Vinegar is cheap and natural; it rinses out leftover soap residue, softens clothes and reduces static.  The clothes may have a slight vinegar scent when you remove them from the washer but once they are dry the scent is completely gone (whether you dry on the line or the dryer).

4. Do a load a day

I do a load every day except Saturday.  Well, that’s what I strive to do.  And when I do things go much more smoothly.  And we have clean clothes to wear…

5. Pick a day for your extra loads

On Mondays I usually do all of our bedding in addition to the daily load.

6. Finish what you start

I’m pretty good at putting clothes in the washing machine and switching the clothes to the dryer.  Getting the clothes out, folding them and putting them away, not so much.  That’s why I like the one load a day system; it’s easier to finish what you’ve started.


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