Laundry, it's the bane of every mum's life I am sure! With six of us in our house I feel like I am forever doing laundry some days and I have become a bit of an expert in it! Read on for my top laundry tips for busy mums!
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Have a laundry routine
I think the number one key to cracking the laundry mountain is to have a routine. What your routine is doesn't matter as long as it works for you. I know that some people batch wash so they dedicate a day or two a week to doing the laundry. This means they only need to worry about it for those two days and the rest of the week is free of laundry chores! You can also just have a routine to put a load on every evening and dry it the following day and put it away in the evening. What routine works for you is totally dependent upon your lifestyle but definitely find a routine and stick to it and you won't be caught short for school uniform on a Monday morning!
Get the gear
We have a utility dry room in our house, which is where the washing machine and dryer are kept as well as all the washing liquid, powders and stain remover et cetera. If you don't have the luxury of a utility room you can still have a basket or cupboard that houses all of your laundry potions to hand. I like to have the following to hand...
- washing liquid
- fabric conditioner
- stain remover
- spray bleach (for stains on whites)
- delicates liquid wash
- tumble drier sheets
- tumble drier balls
If you are looking for a more environmentally friendly laundry arsenal take a look at something more natural like the Eco Egg.
Keep ironing to a minimum
If you are like me and hate ironing then try to minimise it as much as you can. If you take clothes straight out of the tumble drier and fold them they will generally stay wrinkle free. Things like pyjamas and vest etc that aren't seen don't need to be ironed either. Save yourself a lot of time by ironing only things that absolutely need it.
Get children involved
Many hands make light work as they say and although your children will probably hate having to help with laundry it will teach them so many great lessons. Make chores age appropriate but most children over 8 should be able to strip their beds for example and bring down the laundry basket. They can also help to peg washing onto the line and to sort it into piles when it is dry.
When you have a new baby you might be lucky enough to have someone who volunteers to have the baby while you can get some chores done, or even better they might offer to do the ironing for you! Don't feel bad at all, take all the help that you can get!
If you have the money why don't you look into a laundry service to help you out? Laundryheap is one such laundry service. Operating in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Coventry they are an on-demand service which will collect your laundry and deliver it back clean within 24 hours. This is a brilliant idea for busy mums, booking a collection is easy on their website or through their app and the collection or delivery can be from home, the office or even a hotel. This would totally take the stress out of doing the laundry!!
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