If you had to rate your household chores, where would you put laundry? For me, it’s definitely in the top five chores I hate.
It’s the relentlessness of it. With some chores, like tidying bedrooms or cleaning ovens, you feel at least like if you do a really good job of it, you won’t have to do it again for a little while – the effort is proportional to the reward. Other things, like dusting, you can choose to ignore completely should you so wish and nothing awful happens – the children can still leave the house looking clean and no one dies or anything.
Laundry though. Laundry is just there. All of the time.
You can’t just think to yourself ‘let’s give ourselves a break from the laundry this month’, or ‘I’m going to have a massive laundry day this week and then I won’t have to do any for a fortnight’, because it just keeps coming regardless.
(Depressed enough yet?)
The lovely natural cleaning gang at Ecover has been in touch with some helpful hints and I’ve also asked my Twitter chums and scoured Instagram for super cool laundry hacks, to help lighten the laundry load. Ecover’s Non-Bio Concentrated Laundry Liquid tackles tough stains, even at 30 degrees, so is bound to remove the most stubborn of marks and is gentle on sensitive skin. If you’re still not convinced, how about outsourcing your laundry to a company like J & G Laundromat? Then you barely have to think about it!
Do you have any good laundry tips? Have a read through these and please do add your own! If you’d like to share them with Ecover on social media, don’t forget to use the hashtag #LightentheLoad.
First up, tips 1 – 8 are from Ecover…
9 – Always fasten your duvet covers
@mummyblogger Always fasten duvet covers before you wash… otherwise everything else ends up INSIDE it and you have to fish it all out!
— Alison Perry (@alisonperryblog) February 9, 2016
10 – Remove stains with the power of the sun
11 – Label kids’ drawers to help them keep clothes organised
It’s our job to teach these little people how to do all the big people stuff. That can be really overwhelming, but pictures like these, “I know where it goes” stickers on dresser drawers can help with the laundry department. Whew! There are other laundry hacks we think you should check out by searching, “laundry hacks” on howdoesshe.com #howdoesshe #laundryhacks #teachingkids A photo posted by HowDoesShe – Blog (@howdoesshe) on
12 – Pay a child to do it for you!
@mummyblogger if your kids are old enough to do it, ask them to do it with incentive. My 6 six year old will happily do it for a pound lol
— Lila Gribben (@mrsgrib) February 10, 2016
13 – Pair socks before they go in the wash
14 – Use white board markers to remind people of things that aren’t allowed in the washer or dryer
What a brilliant idea! Dry erase markers to remind us not to put specific items in the dryer. #laundry #lifehacks #laundryhacks #shrinkage #freshandclean A photo posted by Melissa Ghane (@mghane) on
15 – Take precautions when it comes to pets
16 – Invest in a divided laundry basket
17 – Use conditioner to un-shrink clothes
#diyhouseholdtips #onabudget #laundrytips #tipsandtricks #tipoftheday #dirtywashing #unshrink #unshrinkclothes #diytips #diyhacks #laundryhacks A photo posted by Suzie (@diyhouseholdtips) on
18 – Save space with a ceiling rack
19 – Get to know your water
20 – Put your jeans in the freezer instead of the washing machine to get rid of smells
21 – Save time on ironing
22 – A more radical solution…
23 – Use lemon juice to treat sweat stains
Totally applies to summertime Pitts. Just sayin- this is a highly useful hack right now. 😅🍋 A photo posted by College Hax (@collegelifehax) on
Ecover’s Non-Bio Concentrated Laundry Liquid is on limited special offer across Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose this week. Pick up a bottle to make your laundry load faster, smarter and more environmentally friendly.
Socks on a washing line image credit – Lisa S./shutterstock