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If you’re anything like me, you let that laundry pile up because let’s face it—washing clothes is a pain. These 11 hacks make doing laundry a little easier, which in turn makes your life a little easier.
Breathe a sigh of relief knowing that doing the laundry doesn’t have to feel like a chore, especially if you’ve got the adequate space to let clothes dry and the appropriate materials to keep you from hunting down that one missing sock.
1. Homemade Dryer Sheets
Making your own dryer sheets can keep your clothes smelling fresh without costing a lot of money. Why buy dryer sheets from the store when you can make them right at home? Follow this tutorial from Natural Living Ideas.
2. Hang Laundry Bags For Extra Space
Hanging laundry bags behind the door make laundry easy to maneuver to and from the dryer, plus it clears up floor space. So, storing laundry this way is a win-win. Follow this tutorial from The Pin Junkie.
3. Store Detergent In Glass Containers
Keeping detergent in glass containers with spouts as recommended on Teal +Lime (find the type typically meant for serving drinks) makes for a more attractive storing option, as well as making it super easy to dispense when it’s time to wash a load.
4. Wash Socks In Mesh Bags
Washing socks all together in a mesh bag will get them just as clean, and help you from losing any in the process. Matching socks while folding has never been easier!
5. Add Wheels To Laundry Baskets
If you store the dirty laundry in baskets, consider adding wheels to them to make them easy to get in and out of the laundry room. Follow the tutorial in the video above.
6. DIY Detergent
Making your own detergent allows you to create a scent you’ll love as well as helps you save money on detergent at the store each month. Plus, it can be a great option for people with allergies or sensitive skin. Follow this tutorial from How Does She.
7. Use Dry Erase Markers To Remember What Goes In The Dryer
I have a bad habit of throwing things I meant to air dry in the dryer. If you’re the same way—you’re going to love this trick from Organized Chaos Online. Keep a dry erase market handy so that you can jot a note right on the front of the dryer to remind yourself what needs to stay out. It really is a brilliant idea.
8. Have A Missing Sock Area
Having a place where you can easily locate any socks that don’t have a match will make it easier to eventually create pairs once all of the laundry is clean. Plus, displaying them in the way blogger Marielle Marie does is pretty adorable, if you ask me.
9. Have A Laundry Caddy To Stay Organized
Having one place where you keep all of your detergents, etc. will make doing the laundry a smooth process. A little organization never hurt anyone, you know?
Venture Horizon Laundry Caddy, $49.95, Amazon
10. DIY Ironing Station
Not everyone’s lucky enough to have space to iron without setting up in the living room, but you don’t need a lot of space with this mini ironing station you can make yourself. Follow this tutorial from Peekaboo Pages.
Make laundry day tolerable by streamlining the process. Here’s to having clean clothes again!
[h/t: Tip Hero]