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How To

How-To | 10 Ways to Make Laundry Day a Family Affair

Aug 16, 2018

We get it – it’s nearing the end of the week and that mountain of laundry is still staring at you. With our arsenal of eco-friendly and allergen-free laundry solutions, The Laundress makes it easy to team up with your little one to divide and conquer. Here are our tips and tricks to make laundry day painless and fun for both you and the kids.

Tip 1: Sort to Cut Laundry Time Short

girl putting clothes in washing machine

Properly sorting your loads before washing prevents accidents and ensures an effective clean. Save time by using designated bins to sort throughout the week as the dirty clothes pile in. Darks, whites, delicates, and towels and sheets are the go-to, but also try an ASAP bin. That way, the family has all of their time-sensitive garments washed and ready to go.

Tip 2: Color Code

kids sorting

The kids may not know much about laundry, but they sure do know colors. Keep them busy by having them sort through the darks and whites while you handle the other laundry duties.

Tip 3: Stain, Stain Go Away

boy scrubbing stain

We can guarantee those kids clothes will have some hint of a stain on them (and as a parent, those messes inevitably make their way to your wardrobe). Separate stained items according to the type of stain (oil-based vs. color-rich tannin stains), and have your little ones help scrub each pile with the Wash & Stain Bar or Stain Solution.

Tip 4: Keep Your Socks in Twos

hands handing socks on line

Keep socks, underwear, and toys from getting lost in the wash by placing them in Mesh Washing Bags. It’s also recommended to avoid snags and tangles in the wash for delicates, woolens, even denim in prime condition.

Tip 5: Air it Out

mesh bags on laundry line

If you’ve ever accidentally shrunken a sweater in the dryer when it should have been air dried, we have a tip for you! Use the Mesh Washing Bags to separate garments that require air drying. Once the wash cycle is complete, simply remove all items in bags before transferring your load to the dryer.

Tip 6: No Wrinkles in No Time

Perfectly smooth garments don’t have to mean a trip to the dry cleaner. For easy wrinkle-free fashion, always hang delicate fabrics to dry and steam while slightly damp. For tumble-dried pieces, the kids can spray Crease Release directly in the dryer 5 minutes before the cycle is complete to help release wrinkles.

Tip 7: Fluff it Up

dryer balls

That fresh-out-the-dryer feeling is irreplaceable, but we found a way to make it even better! Wool Dryer Balls* fluff, prevent clothes from clumping, increase air circulation, and cut down on drying time. Play a game of catch with the little ones and have them toss the balls into the drum for fun.

*Call our SoHo store at 212-564-6788 to shop Wool Dryer Balls.

Tip 8: Stop. Drop. and Fold

folding clothes

Fold items and put away immediately out of the dryer. This simple detail wards off wrinkles, saves time, prevents the loss of smaller items, and can even help clothes last longer.

Tip 9: Puttin' On the Spritz

wiping counters clean

Don’t forget to wipe up any leftover spills and grime when you’re all done. Our nontoxic Surface Cleaner works beautifully on all surfaces and is safe to use around kids.

Tip 10: Speak the Language

washing chart

Download a cheat sheet with fabric care symbols and wash cycles. Frame it for your laundry room or area and make it a work of art! Download our Can I Be Washed? here.

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