7 Life Changing Laundry Hacks

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As a working mama, I’ll take as many shortcuts in the laundry room as I can get! Today, I’m sharing a few of my favorite tricks and tips for making laundry day a little bit easier. Have some of your own? Would love to hear about them in the comments!

1. Dry Erase Directions

As newlyweds, I remember my husband sweetly offered to do laundry while I worked late one day. I returned home to find my delicates had gone through the dryer and what was once my favorite red frock suddenly looked like it belonged to our four-year-old niece. Like most well-meaning husbands, he didn’t realize you couldn’t toss every fabric in the same heat cycle, and my silk dress never stood a chance. To prevent any further death-by-dryer accidents, we keep an erasable marker handy to remind us both of which items are too delicate for the dryer. 

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2. DIY Hanging Laundry Bag

If you don’t have a laundry bag in each bedroom, chances are laundry day sends you on a hunt-and-sniff mission to determine the cleans from the dirties. Making individual laundry bags is not only a cost-effective solution, but a pretty darling one at that. You will need an embroidery hoop and an old pillowcase. I painted my hoop a minty green for a little pop of color, but you could just as easily leave unfinished. Adjust the outer hoop to fit around the pillow case opening, secure with the inner hoop, and hang. DIY doesn’t get simpler. Neither does rounding up clothes on laundry day.

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3. ARM & HAMMER TM Power Paks

As a mom, I’m usually multi-tasking, often holding my toddler in one hand and loading the wash machine with the other. Rather than measuring detergent and pouring into the washer, I can just pop in one pak for a medium load and two for a larger load. Doesn’t get easier. Plus thanks to the addition of OxiClean TM, I don’t have to worry about stain removal. 

7 life changing laundry hacks

4. Lost Sock Station

We all have them. Creating a lost sock station, which can be as simple as a labeled mason jar, means misguided socks actually stand a chance at reuniting with their matching counterparts rather than getting lost in a drawer full of undies or at the bottom of a hamper.

5. Printable Instructions

If the characters on clothing labels leave you puzzled, print and hang a laundry cheat sheet above your washer. With symbols indicating everything from dry clean only to water temperature and cycle type, it’s a mystery anyone can do it without one of these handy printables.

6. Salad Spinner

For garments too delicate to go in the dryer, use a salad spinner to shake excess water before laying flat to dry. This works great with swim suits too! 

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7. Folding Laundry Rack

Extra space inside a laundry room is often a luxury, giving this hanging laundry rack extra appeal. We found this inexpensive option at Ikea, and love that you can pull it out when in use and fold down out of the way when laundry day is over! 

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7 life changing laundry hacks

Photos by Sara Nevels, Talk Studios.

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Sarah is founder of Emma magazine. Featured by West Elm and Design Sponge for her interior styling, she makes regular appearances on a variety of morning shows sharing culinary and design expertise. Born and raised in Arizona, she received her degree in broadcast journalism from Arizona State just before moving to Hollywood as the goody-goody roommate on the 20th season of MTV’s The Real World. She has since dabbled in culinary school and enjoys nesting and baking with her husband, son and daughter.

1 Comment

  • Reply July 6, 2015

    Drew

    The second I read “Lost Sock Station” I new that I needed one in my laundry room. I lose at least two socks every load so this is a fantastic idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

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