My secret weapon with laundry is to not even have a laundry day—I just work a load into my daily routine. But even I am sometimes faced with a mountain of laundry, whether I’m back from a trip, getting back to the routine after a busy period, or, heck, I just decided to save it all for laundry day! Don’t worry—these are my 5 laundry tips for speeding things along, whether you’ve got a little, or a lot.
Always Be Prepared
Don’t let a short stash of supplies stop you before you even begin. Be sure to add detergents and other laundry additives (vinegar, baking soda, essential oils etc.) to your shopping list when they’re just about empty. Consider keeping an extra box or bottle on hand—especially when things happen to be on sale! In my experience, these items always seem to run out right when you need them most.
Pretreat Stains Immediately
The sooner you attack a stain, the more likely it is to lift out completely, so waiting days, or even weeks to get rid of it is not going to be your friend. I recommend keeping an effective pre-treater wherever you take off your clothes at the end of the day. I keep one in my purse, as well as one in the kitchen, to deal with any meal-prep stains. A hydrogen peroxide stain stick or even some dish soap rubbed into most stains will be all you need. However, be sure not to add more than 3 or 4 dish-soap-treated items to the washing machine at once! Dish soap foams up quite a bit and too much can overwhelm your machine with suds.