Summer Laundry Tips to Help You Take A Load Off

by Susan

Susan here… I’ve got some laundry tips and an awesome giveaway for you thanks to the OxiClean Ambassador Program. This post is sponsored, but as always, my opinions are my own. If you’d like to “take a load off”, read on…

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Every generation of mothers has been busy, but I’d say our modern mothering lives push the limits of what’s possible.

We are just too busy! So we have to find ways to get it all done. Each woman’s life is different and we’ve all got our own unique tools and support systems – whether it be new technologies, fabulous friends, or help from our families.

To survive and enjoy life, we need to find ways to “take a load off.”

OxiClean Laundry Detergent’s stain fighting power can help you “take a load off” by easing one of your daily chores and making laundry a little simpler.

How I “Take a Load Off”

I’m always looking for ways to simplify my routine and make my housekeeping chores easier. I love that OxiClean Laundry Detergent gets our family’s clothes clean quickly and without a lot of scrubbing and pre-soaking.

Some of the other ways I juggle work, family and everything else are…

  • Support from Family – I don’t have much family… but I’m thankful for my twin sister and my mom. Together we work as a team and help each other.
  • Smartphone Apps – A few simple apps, like those to help with to-do lists and grocery shopping, can really make a big difference.
  • A Simple Schedule – I try not to over-schedule our lives. For example, leaving Saturday morning free of activities gives us all a chance to sleep in and have a relaxing break.

Simple Summer Laundry Tips

Summer Laundry Tips

Here are 5 Laundry Tips to add to your list of ways to “take a load off”.

  1. Hang Your Laundry to Dry Outside

    If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard where you can hang your laundry to dry, take advantage of the summer weather and use a laundry line or drying rack. You’ll save electricity and enjoy some sunshine while you hang your laundry.
     

  2. Multi-Task

    Laundry is boring! So activate your brain while you’re doing laundry by listening to an audio book or a podcast. Use an app on your smartphone and pop in some ear buds and you can enjoy your book wherever you’re doing your laundry.
     

  3. Sort Laundry While Still In The Hampers

    I use a hamper that’s split into three sections as well as an additional hamper. In the three sections I have whites, darks, and colors. In the extra hamper I have delicates. That way the laundry goes straight from the hamper to the washing machine.
     

  4. Don’t Be A Perfectionist

    Many women (my own mother included) are so picky about their laundry being washed and folded perfectly that they decline help from their husbands and kids. With the kids out of school, they have extra time to get involved. Lower your expectations and get help. If you have some high quality, delicate items that you want to ensure are washed with extra care, keep those in a separate hamper that only you wash.
     

  5. Take a Day Off

    I admit that I’m guilty of letting my laundry pile up so I have almost nothing to wear. But especially in the summer, I think it’s good strategy to do a load a day except for certain “days off”. You might pick one day a week or have special summer day trips where you never even think about laundry and other chores.

About OxiClean

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You’ll love how OxiClean Laundry Detergent…

  • lifts out even tough, dried-on stains.
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“Take a Load Off” Giveaway – Enter To Win

Leave us a comment telling us either a laundry tip or a way you like to “take a load off”. Then enter using the Giveaway Tools widget below.

Grand prize: To help you “take a load off”, this prize includes a $100 Visa Gift Card and 3 bottles of OxiClean Laundry Detergent.
Runner-up prize: 3 bottles of OxiClean Laundry Detergent.

Prizes awarded randomly and open to US and Canadian residents.


Disclosure: I am participating in a compensated Ambassador Program with OxiClean.
Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Dena Marie Furgason July 8, 2014 at 9:24 am

Never let your teenagers sort the laundry you are only asking for a red sock in a white load!

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2 Michelle July 8, 2014 at 9:48 am

i like to hang my clothes outside alot in the summer :)

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3 anne July 8, 2014 at 10:30 am

I organize laundry according to colors, and love to hang it outside all summer.

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4 The Gang's Momma July 8, 2014 at 10:38 am

I have a laundry “system” whereby each kid has a day assigned to bring down their load of dirty clothes. They sort colors from whites and I wash, dry and fold their laundry for them. Those who choose not to or forget to comply with their day are on their own for getting their laundry done start to finish. (This does not apply to the littles!). That also leaves time in the rest of the day or even later in the week for me to do my laundry and hubby’s as well as whites, sheets, and/or towels AND still have the weekend off from laundry duty. working well for us so far…. and frees me from nagging and following them around the house to get them to comply.

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5 emily July 8, 2014 at 11:21 am

I enlist help from my kids with sorting and getting things in the machines, and then fold while I watch a favorite show – either bring it in front of the TV, or via my iPad resting on top of the dryer.

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6 Rosie July 8, 2014 at 11:59 am

I miss hanging my clothes outside to dry! I do often soak laundry in detergent for a day or two before finishing it on a very gentle cycle. I try to not use the dryer too much, as it is the most damaging to the clothes long-term.

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7 Thomas Gibson July 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I like to take a dip in the pool to take a load off.

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8 Liz July 8, 2014 at 1:36 pm

I sort my kids’ clothes into piles on the kitchen table off the laundry room. They bring their piles upstairs one at a time so I don’t have to lug the clean clothes back upstairs!

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9 kelly D July 8, 2014 at 1:37 pm

My laundry tip is to apply detergent directly to stains and use the pre-soak cycle to remove stains effectively.

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10 amanda July 8, 2014 at 1:43 pm

I put my laundry in while I clean- not a new idea!

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11 Dwayne July 8, 2014 at 2:51 pm

I was wondering if you ever considered changing the structure of your website?

Its very wll written; I love whhat youve got to say.
Buut maybe you could a little moe in the way of content so people could
connect with it better. Youve got an awfuul lot of text for only having one or 2 pictures.
Maybe you could space it out better?

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12 DEBIJOT July 8, 2014 at 4:12 pm

I do my laundry while I am cleaning the house – it doesn’t seem like an extra chore when I do this.

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13 Jessie C. July 8, 2014 at 5:14 pm

I do laundry while cooking or cleaning.

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14 Jessica To July 8, 2014 at 5:28 pm

I try to do laundry while my son is working on homework so I can help him and get chores done.

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15 Stephanie July 8, 2014 at 6:20 pm

i ask for help when needed

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16 laura ari July 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm

I wash, the kids fold, and their dad puts the folded laundry in their rooms. Teamwork!

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17 Ellen B July 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm

I need to “shake out” my son’s work clothes – works construction
He gets very dirty – would love to try this

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18 Kristin Goodson July 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm

I don’t let laundry pile up!! I do tons of loads each week just so i don’t have to spend one whole day to doing it. Its spread out throughout the week.

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19 mongupp ( July 8, 2014 at 6:52 pm

I like to shake my clothes before hanging them to dry..
Less wrinkles!

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20 mongupp ( July 8, 2014 at 6:52 pm

I like to shake my clothes before hanging them to dry..less wrinkles!

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21 mongupp ( July 8, 2014 at 6:53 pm

I like to shake my clothes before hanging them to dry..less wrinkles! I also love sweet smelling detergents.

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22 mongupp ( July 8, 2014 at 6:53 pm

I like to shake my clothes before hanging them to dry..less wrinkles! I also love sweet smelling detergents. And I get the kids to help.

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23 mami2jcn July 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm

I’m not sure if this is a tip but I use my fabric softener sheet to empty out the lint trap in the dryer.

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24 Amanda Sakovitz July 8, 2014 at 7:12 pm

I like to read to take a load off

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25 Amy Orvin July 8, 2014 at 8:50 pm

I like to soak in a hot bubble bath to take a load off.

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26 Glogirl July 8, 2014 at 9:09 pm

I’d like to read a good magazine with a cup of tea to take a load off.

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27 steve weber July 8, 2014 at 10:15 pm

I always do all my laundry in one day… then you can look forward to a whole week without doing laundry.

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28 Kenya F July 8, 2014 at 10:21 pm

I like to do the laundry first thing in the morning around 8am so that I can have the rest of the day to do whatever I want.

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29 Angela Saver July 8, 2014 at 10:22 pm

My laundry tip is to shake your clothes out before you put them in the dryer or hang them to dry because it really cuts down on the wrinkles!

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30 Angela Y July 8, 2014 at 10:36 pm

My tip is to treat the stain right away.

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31 janetfaye July 8, 2014 at 10:42 pm

I soak stained clothing in ammonia overnight and then wash them the next day.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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32 Natalie S July 8, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Treat stains as soon as possible and put yourself on a laundry schedule – like I do laundry on Mondays and Thursdays mostly.

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33 Jenn M July 8, 2014 at 11:18 pm

My 5 & 7 yr old boys do each load for Chuck-E Cheese coin. I fold and they help put them away.

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34 Elena July 8, 2014 at 11:41 pm

I add baking soda to the washing machine when I wash white clothes to keep them whiter

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35 Patricia July 8, 2014 at 11:52 pm

I advocate diligent pretreating.

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36 Noreen July 9, 2014 at 12:50 am

Use dryer balls, I prefer wool balls. I found my drying Time decreased at least a third of the time it took without the balls

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37 Yuen C July 9, 2014 at 1:33 am

I make sure I don’t have tissue in the pockets before putting in the wash.

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38 shelly peterson July 9, 2014 at 2:15 am

Make sure you spray a stain on your clothes right away. Also line dry your clothes if you can.

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39 Jake B July 9, 2014 at 3:00 am

Empty all pockets before washing clothes

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40 amyc July 9, 2014 at 7:37 am

Use hairspray on stains before washing.

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41 Elissa Philgence July 9, 2014 at 7:48 am

I hang my clothes in the summer outside and in the winter I use a fan to dry them in the house. Thanks for the offer and best of luck to all.

Peace to you.

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42 Michelle L July 9, 2014 at 8:04 am

i do laundry first thing on a weekend morning to get it over with so i can be productive outside the house the rest of the day or relax or whatever !

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43 Kristin July 9, 2014 at 9:28 am

I fold and put away asap, so it doesn’t back up and get overwhelming. It’s such a good feeling to get the laundry completely done when you do loads of wash.

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44 Kristie July 9, 2014 at 9:40 am

I do all our laundry every other day. Through the summer it’s all dried on the line, but ends up scratchy, so I’ll throw them in the dryer for 10 minutes to soften them up a bit.

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45 latanya July 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

I enlist the help of my husband to help me with the laundry

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46 Cheryl July 9, 2014 at 10:38 am

I don’t really have a tip, but I LOVE to hang clothes out on the line in the sunshine and love the smell–but usually just do sheets.

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47 vickie couturier July 9, 2014 at 11:02 am

I fold as I take it out of the dryer or as I take it off the line,,I like to wash in cold water only and hang my clothes out to dry whenever I can

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48 Linda July 9, 2014 at 11:54 am

Here in Ottawa, Ontario we our electricity charges is determinded by time of day therefore my laundry is done either in the evenings or on the weekends

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49 Austin Baroudi July 9, 2014 at 12:28 pm

I drink a nice cup of coffee and watch a movie in my air conditioned apartment to take a load off!

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50 Tracey July 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm

My laundry tip for parents of babies is to use mesh lingerie bags to hold/wash their socks and other small accessories to keep them from getting lost.

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51 Leanne Norman July 9, 2014 at 2:06 pm

I use mesh bags to keep certain items from getting tangled. I hang my laundry up on the line in the summer to save money. I also empty all pocket before throwing the laundry in.

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52 Courtnie July 9, 2014 at 2:11 pm

A tip I have to get wrinkles out is take the clothes into the bathroom when you shower with you and the steam from the shower will help some of the bad wrinkles.

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53 Sarah Hall July 9, 2014 at 2:35 pm

My laundry tip is to always pretreat stains so they won’t get set in.

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54 Susan Smith July 9, 2014 at 3:36 pm

I don’t let the laundry pile up. I do laundry every other day.

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55 Diane Estrella July 9, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Staying on top of the laundry and not letting it get overwhelming keeps me happy.

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56 JR July 9, 2014 at 3:45 pm

two loads, white and the colors.

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57 Claudia July 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm

I like to go swimm on the pool and read a book to take a load off, Thank you~!

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58 Liz A July 9, 2014 at 4:12 pm

I like to soak my towels in oxiclean weekly before a wash to keep them fresh.

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59 Natalie F July 9, 2014 at 4:26 pm

I like tip #4. It took me awhile to lower my expectations and get help, but as our family grew, I accepted it. We are very practical about the amount of clothing each person in our family owns, I think having less, forces us to keep up with laundry and not let it pile up.

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60 Dawn MacIntosh July 9, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Each family member has their own laundry baskets to bring down, and then back to their room. They are also responsible for putting the clothes away. While I am waiting for a machine to finish up, I take that time to clean the laundry room and the family room which is in the basement. Two jobs get down in one time frame.

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61 Staci A July 9, 2014 at 8:18 pm

I have hubby do the heavy job of carrying it upstairs and everyone’s responsible for getting dirty clothes into a hamper. Both help me take a load off.

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62 Laura July 9, 2014 at 8:21 pm

I fold my laundry straight from the dryer into one of the 4 hampers I have. One for each family member. They clothes aren’t as wrinkled and I don’t have to sort them twice.

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63 Maria B July 9, 2014 at 11:18 pm

My tip is try to get rid of stain right away when you can by using a stain remover.

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64 Erin W July 9, 2014 at 11:36 pm

I fold while I’m watching TV, makes it a bit more enjoyable

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65 Cheryl Free July 10, 2014 at 12:45 am

Watching my favorite shows on the built-in laundry room TV makes folding clothes less tedious.

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66 valerie July 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm

I like to take a load off by knitting while I wait for my laundry to dry. It’s just enough time for a little “Momma Break”! :)

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67 Em Mahr July 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm

I fold clothes while I watch the news. Also, white distilled vinegar is a great substitute if you run out of softener.

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68 Dana Cerrito July 10, 2014 at 7:25 pm

I use hairspray on tough stains. It works well!

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69 sarah jackson July 10, 2014 at 9:23 pm

I have my teen son do his own laundry , I dont help , I dont nag , I just leave it to him ! sure does take a load off me !

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70 Tara July 10, 2014 at 9:27 pm

I do a load every day to keep the chaos away!

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71 Laura ari July 10, 2014 at 9:31 pm

I enlist the whole family to help out with laundry!

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72 Laura J July 10, 2014 at 10:06 pm

I hung a closet bar in our laundry room, and all clothes that get hung up in the closets…I hang up right away. Then…I just carry them up and hang them right up!

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73 Lawanna July 10, 2014 at 11:02 pm

My laundry tip is to do all the laundry in one day. You’ll get it done for the week and everyone will have clean clothes and towels. Just figure it’s your day “off” from running tons of errands.

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74 Eldon July 10, 2014 at 11:08 pm

Do laundry at night in order to save money by doing it at off peak hours.

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75 Jeanna July 11, 2014 at 8:56 am

My 5yr old daughter has taken an interest in helping with the laundry and i’m glad to teach her! It’s helping out more than I thought it would!

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76 Cindy Ray July 11, 2014 at 11:13 am

Every once in awhile I bleach my whites to help them look good again.

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77 Cynthia R July 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm

I listen to music when I fold clothes, it makes it go by faster, while clothes are washing and drying I do other chores or read or watch tv. Also, i do two loads, lights and darks, I don’t separate into a whole bunch of tiny categories.

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78 Tammy S July 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

My tip is to pretreat your stains before putting the clothes in the washer. I usually soak them a day or two.

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79 Jesse S July 11, 2014 at 4:44 pm

I do laundry in between grocery and shopping trips to save time.

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80 Sonya Morris July 11, 2014 at 5:52 pm

I do a little laundry daily to keep up with a family of six.

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81 Kim Kihega July 11, 2014 at 6:25 pm

I like to jump in the pool to take a load off!

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82 HEather McKenzie Carter July 11, 2014 at 6:33 pm

In the summer, use a laundry line! You save loads of $$$ on not having to use a dryer. We have 9 kids, so we go through insane amounts of laundry and I save a lot of money using a clothesline instead of a dryer all summer (not to mention, it keeps the house cooler!)

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83 alena svetelska July 11, 2014 at 11:18 pm

im doing laundry while i am doing cooking and doing dishes..multitasker;-)

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84 shaunie July 12, 2014 at 1:00 am

Love to drink an iced tea by the pool

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85 sara July 12, 2014 at 1:18 pm

My tip is to do one load of laundry each night, wash one and fold one. It keeps it all from pilingup at the end of the week!

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86 LennyG July 12, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Watch out for softeners – can bleach out clothes

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87 Amy Heffernan July 12, 2014 at 7:21 pm

I always separate the colors and do small loads.

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88 OzarksUSA July 12, 2014 at 8:29 pm

I now know to check my whites better before I put them in the washer–somehow I missed my new black pashmina, and all my whites are a dingy gray now!

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89 Tammy Dalley July 12, 2014 at 9:09 pm

always let stains soak awhile before washing

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90 lisa bolduc July 12, 2014 at 9:42 pm

our laundry is in the kitchen so I do a load while cooking supper… killing 2 birds with one stone

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91 D Schmidt July 12, 2014 at 10:04 pm

My best laundry tip is use the eco setting on items that do not need intense cleaning.

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92 Bailey Dexter July 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm

I do certain loads every day, so monday I do whites, tuesday I do darks etc, this way the kids know what to bring me for their laundry! And if they forget they wait a week, but they never do!

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93 Susan Christy July 12, 2014 at 11:08 pm

I never throw my clothes into a basket when they come out of the dryer. I hang, fold and put them all away. I like doing laundry much more now that I actually finish it – and there’s not as much ironing required.

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94 Jacinda July 13, 2014 at 12:11 am

Tip: if you must use the dryer in summer, try and only turn it on at night (when the house is at it’s coolest), that way you’re not heating up your already hot house!

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95 Kiara July 13, 2014 at 12:53 am

I take a long bath to take a load off.

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96 Janet W. July 13, 2014 at 6:12 am

I like to take a load off by relaxing on my bed reading a good book!

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97 Cynthia C July 13, 2014 at 7:23 am

My tip is to buy lots of underwear so you don’t have to wash so often.

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98 Denise S July 13, 2014 at 8:44 am

I take a load off by reading in bed.

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99 RICHARD HICKS July 13, 2014 at 9:37 am

My laundry tip is to make sure to separate colors before washing.

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100 susie king July 13, 2014 at 10:42 am

I hang up everything I can to save money drying.

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101 Tari Lawson July 13, 2014 at 10:46 am

I use Lestoil to pre-treat stains. It works especially well on greasy stains.

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102 Pat B July 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

Reading or binge-watching tv series is my favorite way to take a load off.

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103 Debbi Wellenstein July 13, 2014 at 11:08 am

My husband does the laundry-he watches TV, and once an hour, runs downstairs to switch loads-he folds while still watching TV!

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104 Melissa M July 13, 2014 at 11:35 am

We love to hang our clothes out on a line.

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105 Linda S. July 13, 2014 at 11:56 am

Everyone separates dark from lights, but I try to also separate fabrics that “shed” (towels, fleece, sweats) from other clothes (sheets, delicates).

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106 Amy Pratt July 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm

When using liquid detergent, I wash the measuring cup with the last load. That can be one sticky mess.

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107 April Brenay July 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm

always check the pockets of pants, and pull out the pockets

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108 Mary Calabrese July 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm

I always multi-task while doing laundry!

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109 Adrienne gordon July 13, 2014 at 3:02 pm

I do laundry while cleaning the bathroom next to it

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110 Barbara Montag July 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm

I use home made soap to remove stains – it’s great!
thank you

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111 Becca July 13, 2014 at 4:39 pm

My tip is to fold the laundry as it is coming out of the dryer – otherwise it will pile up forever!

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112 Crystal F July 13, 2014 at 5:50 pm

My girls are getting old enough to were they can help fold and put up now. That takes a load off for me. I think that’s the worst part of doing laundry. Thank you!

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113 Zenetta July 13, 2014 at 5:59 pm

My washing machine is next to the bathroom, so i wash clothes everyday.

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114 Monique Rizzo July 13, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Use a different hamper for cold, hot and warm.

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115 acmommy July 13, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Biggest tip that has helped me a lot — be patient with getting stains out…Never dry in dryer, soak and spray with a good stain remover, wash a couple of times. It works almost 100% :-)

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116 CharityS July 13, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Pre-treat stains the night before you do the laundry.

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117 carolyn g July 13, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Use rubbing alcohol to take out ink stains

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118 Suzanne K July 13, 2014 at 9:33 pm

My best laundry tip was teaching my daughter how to do her own laundry before she was 12. She was responsible and she took care of it.

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119 Geoff K July 13, 2014 at 10:43 pm

I’ve found that clothes are less likely to shrink if you wash them with cold water and either hang-dry or use a low heat setting with the dryer!

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120 Rebecca Parsons July 14, 2014 at 1:02 am

I take a load off by taking a few minutes in the day to sit down and relax and read a book.

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121 toni July 14, 2014 at 2:13 am

I have a few kids with sensitive skin, for 3 years I have made my own laundry detergent, 1:1 ratio borax:Arm and Hammer washing soda, boiled in large pot full of water…Allow to cool, add 1/2 cup Dawn (yes it matters) pour into reused container. Use full strength, 1/2 cup for small loads to 1 1/2 cups for really dirty stuff (dog towels anyone?) Then add one cup vinegar for fabric softener…If drying in a dryer, use a toss in sheet. Otherwise it hangs on my line, super soft towels. Add oxygen cleen to whiten non bleach able items.

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122 Tina Marie July 14, 2014 at 4:20 am

Here is a laundry tip. Always use hot water because there are minute amounts of fecal matter in every load. No pun intended. Thanks for the giveaway!

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123 Melinda L. July 14, 2014 at 2:11 pm

I hang my laundry outside in the summer and just let the sun dry it

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124 meagan bs July 14, 2014 at 2:24 pm

my daughter folds her own laundry which is really helpful for me because I HATE folding laundry and her tiny clothes are so annoying. I figure they will be a mess in her drawers in a day or two anyway, so why not let her fold them herself? She’s actually pretty good.

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125 Karen T Gonyea July 14, 2014 at 2:59 pm

I do a small load of laundry every day so I never feel overwhelmed with too much to do !!

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126 Karen Deva July 14, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Treat your stains right away and don’t let them sit.

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127 Mihaela Day July 14, 2014 at 10:35 pm

I like to soak my towels and whites in bleach weekly :)

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128 Wehaf July 14, 2014 at 11:50 pm

My tip is to use a vinegar rinse instead of dryer sheets.

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129 Lacey Burd July 15, 2014 at 12:57 pm

I am definitely not a laundry guru, so seeing all these tips have really given me some good ideas! I carry a stain pen with me at all times during the summer, and when we get home I put detergent directly on the stain to soak in.

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130 Jessica T July 15, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I designate 1 day a week to laundry – it challenges me to get it all done and put a way!

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131 Sarah L July 16, 2014 at 3:00 am

I ‘take a load off’ by going swimming – it’s anti-gravity in the water.
Thanks for the contest.

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132 Marty July 16, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I buy two kinds of socks, period. Black socks and white socks. The same brand and size for everyone in the house except the baby. When I sort socks, it takes two minutes and there’s — at most — one black and one white sock left over.

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133 Susan Chester July 16, 2014 at 6:28 pm

My laundry tip is to use your washing machine as a hamper. Just have everybody toss their clothes in and when it’s full run it.

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134 Deb Ford July 16, 2014 at 8:22 pm

I try to do a load a day so it never becomes overwhelming

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135 Danielle July 16, 2014 at 9:04 pm

I have my teenage daughters help and I do the washing and drying and they do the folding.

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136 Kristi Sorg July 16, 2014 at 11:55 pm

I have 9 kids, so you could just imagine my laundry pile! I do about 3 loads every day and I LOVE to hang my clothes on the clothes line! Saves on electricity and smells super!

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137 Georgia Beckman July 17, 2014 at 9:39 am

I started doing this a few months ago when I found the tip on a blog. Towels can get a smelly build up. So now I always wash them in vinegar & baking soda only, with vinegar in the rinse instead of softener. Now, granted, they don’t have that awesome smell like when you use softener, but they don’t have a bad smell. They simply DON’T smell at all. And I like using vinegar as a rinse for my towels because they’re not quite as soft as using fabric softener & I feel like they dry better.

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138 Donna July 17, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Don’t overstuff. You want to wash full loads only so you save on water use and energy consumption, but you don’t want to fill your machine so much that your clothes can’t get clean.

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139 janine h` July 17, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Treat stains right away. Make sure to check them before putting them in the dryer which will set the stain

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140 Penny Snyder July 17, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Do some laundry everyday, so you don’t have a lot to do at one time!

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141 jeni lutz July 18, 2014 at 8:56 am

hang my clothes out during summer and have my kids fold and put away their own clothes

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142 Betty Curran July 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I tend to let the laundry accumulate till I have almost nothing clean. Then I have a marathon laundry day. But there is only me, so I’m not doing laundry for multiple people.

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143 Amy C July 18, 2014 at 2:54 pm

My tip check all pockets before putting cloths in the wash.

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144 Jennifer H July 18, 2014 at 5:48 pm

I bought a hamper divided into three sections to make sorting laundry easier

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145 janna johnson July 18, 2014 at 11:11 pm

wash on cold water to prevent shrinking and save money

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146 Valerie Taylor Mabrey July 19, 2014 at 3:04 am

We have separate baskets for whites and colors so we know when the load needs done.
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147 tina reynolds July 19, 2014 at 3:25 am

I like to go for a walk to talk a load off

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148 Cindy July 19, 2014 at 3:28 am

I also take a break and go walking.

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149 Audra O'Hara July 19, 2014 at 8:54 am

My laundry tip is to use a timer; especially if your washer and dryer are in the basement like mine. That way you don’t forget clothes and end up with soured towels or clothes that need to be fluffed numerous times.

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150 Lisa V. July 19, 2014 at 2:46 pm

I will let the white soak for a while in water and bleach before washing.

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151 rich m July 19, 2014 at 3:37 pm

For me, the key is staying on top of it so it doesn’t build up as much as it used too. Takes a lot of the stress out…

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152 Robin July 19, 2014 at 5:02 pm

My tip is not to forget about the clothes in washer while doing other things in the house.

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153 Cori Westphal July 19, 2014 at 7:13 pm

My best tip is for keeping whites white. I add just a dash of liquid bluing into my white clothes and skip the harsh bleach!

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154 Ellie W July 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Even though I have a separate laundry room, the dryer still heats the house up some. So in the summer I wait til sundown to do laundry.

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155 Susan P. July 19, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Always check all the pockets of pants and shirts. Nothing worse than a tissue in the wash.

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156 Mary W July 19, 2014 at 8:18 pm

I add white vinegar to the rinse cycle for a natural fabric softener and a great way to get all the soap out of your clothes in that final cycle.

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157 lana July 19, 2014 at 9:55 pm

I usually make Monday and Saturday y laundry days

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158 Lorena Keech July 19, 2014 at 11:16 pm

I make a real effort to not allow laundry to pile up because I loathe putting away laundry. If I do the wash regularly, I can put away small loads. I can tolerate that and it also means clean clothes don’t get wrinkled from piling up in the basket.

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159 jenn huey July 20, 2014 at 12:15 am

If i see blood stains on any clothing I immediately saturate it with hydrogen peroxide which pulls out all the protein; you will see if fizzing up right away.

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160 Jimmy July 20, 2014 at 12:27 am

I do a load of laundry every day or so. That way, I don’t end up with tons of laundry do to on one day.

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161 amy deeter July 20, 2014 at 3:54 am

my treating the stains asap after it happens

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162 Jennifer H July 20, 2014 at 9:09 am

I got my little guys involved. They don’t mind helping at their ages. They put away their clothes so I don’t have to go up and down the stairs.

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163 Jill Myrick July 20, 2014 at 10:32 am

I pretreat stains s they happen which makes them easier to remove.
My older children are responsible for their own laundry and each have a day of the week assigned to them for that which helps me to take a load off each week.

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164 Debra Hall July 20, 2014 at 11:41 am

i do a load a day ..some days big load or some day a small load

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165 Deb C July 20, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I do one thing the old fashioned way… I soak white clothing to help get out stains and dirt. Instead of going into a hamper, white socks and tees go into a small tub of water, Oxiclean and borax and they soak until I have enough for a wash load. They come out fresh and white.

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166 Brittney House July 20, 2014 at 4:21 pm

I take a load off by having the whole family help do their laundry, so one person isn’t doing it and so it will go by faster.

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167 Daniel M July 20, 2014 at 4:44 pm

i try to do only full loads to save water and saves time too

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168 kyl neusch July 20, 2014 at 10:02 pm

take a dip in the pool

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169 Tory July 21, 2014 at 12:35 am

I try to do laundry throughout the week so it doesnt pile up at any time.

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170 Erica B. July 21, 2014 at 12:39 am

I like to do a few loads a week so that it doesn’t pile up.

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171 Shannon July 21, 2014 at 2:26 am

I like to take a load off by doing a word or number puzzle.

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172 Kimberly Hilbert July 21, 2014 at 10:00 am

I take a load off by having EVERYONE help with the laundry. I don’t believe I or anyone else should be the household’s ‘maid’.

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173 brandy c July 21, 2014 at 10:27 am

My laundry tip is I keep a bottle of stain remover in the kitchen so when accidents happen I treat it right away rather than waiting.

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174 evelyn driver July 21, 2014 at 10:49 am

Be specific when you tell your teenager to add bleach to the laundry.

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175 Theresa D July 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm

I put laundry in while I am cooking or cleaning, easy way to multitask.

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176 Peggy Rydzewski July 21, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Best tip.. Do not be afraid of letting things line dry. Sometimes putting delicates can be ruin in the dryer

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177 vilfreda Chavez July 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Have the kids fold and put away their own clothes- teaches them responsibililty and I don’t have to do it– yeah!

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178 Valeen N July 21, 2014 at 7:39 pm

I use different laundry baskets so the kids can toss in their dirty clothes according to color (whites, darks, etc). That way the laundry is pre-sorted! Saves tons of time!

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179 Nicole Millheim July 21, 2014 at 7:53 pm

I try to take a load off by doing all laundry in one day to get it out of the way

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180 Breanne July 21, 2014 at 8:30 pm

I don’t let it pile up.

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181 susan smoaks July 21, 2014 at 8:30 pm

i do a load each night before bed to make it easier than waiting and doing it all at once.

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182 Sharon July 21, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Hydrogen Peroxide will get Kool Aid stains out of a white shirt also Calgon is great if you have hard water like I do! It helps the detergent get your clothes cleaner. Love all these tips!

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183 Stephanie Galbraith July 21, 2014 at 9:22 pm

I taught my kids how to do the laundry so now they help. :)

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184 Julie Myles July 21, 2014 at 10:15 pm

My kids are helping now. One will put the laundry in the wash, the other puts is in the dryer. Doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is a big help.

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185 Rebecca Lock July 21, 2014 at 11:04 pm

I add white vinegar to every load of laundry. It keeps the clothes soft, prevents static, and kills smells.

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186 Jennifer July 21, 2014 at 11:52 pm

My tip is to make your husband do it.

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187 Connie Tucker July 21, 2014 at 11:57 pm

I never let my laundry pile up, do loads all through the week so I’m not overwhelmed with lots of loads at once.

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188 concetta avila July 22, 2014 at 12:05 am

I fold and separate laundry while watching my favorite show on TV

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189 Sonya July 22, 2014 at 12:07 am

Spot Shot carpet spot remover is an excellent clothing spot remover! Spray it, let it sit for an hour and wash it. You won’t have to worry about it again!

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190 Thomas Murphy July 22, 2014 at 12:13 am

I like to take a load off by watching a movie.

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191 mrsshukra July 22, 2014 at 1:51 am

I always do a full load and wash with cold water most of the time!

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192 Katie J July 22, 2014 at 1:59 am

I lay in the bathtub with a book to take a load off

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193 Claudia July 22, 2014 at 2:22 am

I only wash with cold water and pre-treat stains as soon as I see them.

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194 joe gersch July 22, 2014 at 4:51 am

i pretreat stains to make it easier

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195 cynthia Painter July 22, 2014 at 7:22 am

When I used to have a clothesline, I would hang a load and dry a load at the same time.

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196 jodi July 22, 2014 at 7:39 am

we hang dry a majority of our laundry.

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197 Rachel July 22, 2014 at 7:58 am

I have my teens do their own laundry :)

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198 Karen Drake July 22, 2014 at 8:40 am

I make sure to pre treat the stains in my laundry.

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199 Janice Crespo July 22, 2014 at 8:42 am

Actually, I take lots of loads off right now – LOL I live in an apartment complex and my oldest is renting a house and has the washer and dryer. I babysit her dog now and then and cook a big family dinner once a week and she does her laundry :)

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200 Patrice P. July 22, 2014 at 8:42 am

Distilled vinegar in the rinse water will act as a natural fabric softener.

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201 JoAnna July 22, 2014 at 9:12 am

I like to take a load off by painting, which always ends up leading to more laundry…

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