Laundry is usually at the top of the most detested household chore list, as it is a never ending task that is constantly in rotation. The average American family does eight to ten loads of laundry each week. A single load of laundry, from wash to dry, takes an average of one hour and twenty seven minutes, this does not include the time it will take to fold, iron, hang and put away the laundry. While laundry is never looked at as an enjoyable household chore, there are some easy tips to consider making the job more effective, faster and leaving you feeling like a laundry pro.
Too Much Laundry Detergent
One of the most common mistakes made when doing laundry is the excess use of laundry detergent. Whatever the suggested amount of detergent per load is on your detergent bottle, use slightly less than that. Your clothes will still get clean and you will save money on detergent as well. When you use more detergent than is suggested, you can cause buildup over time in your washer, contributing to foul smells and bacteria growth. Avoid using too much washing detergent and you will find that your detergent bottle goes a lot further than you are used to, and your clothes will still come out just as clean.
Pre-treating Clothing Stains
Pre-treating some laundry items is necessary when there is a tough stain that has landed on your favorite shirt or pair of pants. A stain has a much greater chance of being completely removed when it is pre treated before being put into the washing machine for a regular cleaning. When you pre-treat a stain or spill on an item of clothing, you are removing most of the stain, and treating it immediately will increase the chance of no stain even more. Scrub the area lightly with a fabric friendly scrub brush and some detergent, this will help loosen the stain and prepare the clothing for a good cleaning in the washing machine.
Dryer Tips & Tricks
If you have laundry that comes out of the dryer wrinkled and do not have time to get the ironing board out, try placing a damp towel in the dryer with the piece of clothing. Set your dryer for a ten minute spin and the wrinkles will most likely be gone. If you notice that your clothes are not drying as fast as you would like, try putting a couple of tennis balls in your dryer. Tennis balls in your dryer sounds like a funny trick, but it will indeed help your clothing dry faster than normal.