Summer Laundry – Keeping it Simple
Summertime tends to create a lot more laundry for the average family! As much fun as swimming and playing outdoors is, we end up with piles of wet towels and extra dirty t-shirts and shorts to contend with. And that causes extra work!
What can be done to minimize excessive laundry chores with the family spending time at the pools, lakes, and ocean?
Here are a few tips to streamline the laundry and keep things flowing smoothly in the laundry room. First of all, it is very helpful to have an up to date washer and dryer set. Today’s models offer many settings meant to minimize the water and detergent used, and the energy used for washing and drying. For this reason, it’s really important to take the time to sort laundry by type, and to wash things in an orderly manner. You are better served in the long run to do three or four loads of laundry that are smaller and well sorted by typed, than one or two over-sized loads with multiple items all mingled together.
In your laundry room, it’s helpful to have a few laundry baskets for sorting. Keep light colored t-shirts, tank tops and shorts in one basket, heavier items like jeans in another. For towels used for swimming, letting them dry after swimming and reusing a few times makes good sense, not only to keep the laundry chores to a minimum, but to save water and energy as well. There is no need for washing swim towels after each use. Once you do feel the towels are ready for a good wash, lightly pack the washing machine with towels. One of the biggest mistakes when it comes to laundry is overpacking the washing machine. The same goes for t-shirts, shorts, socks, and all the other items we wash.
Make sure you read the instructions on your washing machine and whether it’s a top loader or front loader style, use the appropriate water temperatures and detergent amounts for best results. Another common mistake is adding too much detergent. This does NOT clean the clothes better, and in fact it makes it very difficult for the clothes to rinse properly. For the cleanest clothes, lightly load the washer, and add only the appropriate amount of detergent.
When it comes to the dryer, the most important thing to keep in mind is to keep the lint trap cleaned out regularly. And, to save yourself extra work, the moment you hear the dryer stop, remove the dried clothing and lay out or hang up immediately. This will greatly reduce wrinkling.
Laundry doesn’t need to be an overwhelming chore. Keep up on it and follow the instructions for your washer and dryer for the best results.