Laundry, UGH! Right? The one thing that is never done. The endless chore. I’m always wondering how to keep on top of laundry and yet I don’t want to do laundry every day. I tend to let it pile up, literally, then have to energize myself for a major putting away laundry sesh. You too?
Here I’m compiling some amazing laundry hacks from fellow moms who know the struggle and want to make laundry easier for all of us! This post contains sponsored and affiliate links.
Ironing is Not Required
I don’t know about you, but I hate ironing. In fact, I still have a fear of the iron from getting burned as a kid (why I was jumping next to my mom who was ironing, probably because kids are kids). But I do tend to avoid them. I stick with easy-to-care-for fabrics but even those can come out wrinkly in the laundry pile.
So here’s an awesome laundry hack I absolutely have to share with you! It’s called Tom & Sheri’s Iron in a Bottle and it’s just that – a spray and smooth solution to ironing. It’s the ultimate solution to surprise work video calls, work travel with clothing getting wrinkled in the suitcase, and also a perfect laundry hack to get your chore done faster. I love their slogan of “retire your iron!”
Don’t spend so much of your precious time ironing. Simply hang the garment, or spread it out. Spray the solution, shake the item, and smooth it out with your hand. It works so fast! I was shocked at how fast it got the wrinkles out from this tee I just washed. See the before and after pics below!
What I love about Iron in a Bottle is how easy and fast it is to use. In addition to that, I love that the formula is plant-based. The formula is all-natural, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free! It contains no harsh chemicals and is safe for little hands to help with chores! It’s also made right here in the US (Texas actually, which makes me happy)! Iron in a Bottle comes in a large spray bottle for use in the home, and a convenient travel-size spray bottle.
They recommend we test it on a small portion of the fabric before use on the entire garment. Be careful with fabrics with a tendency to water-spot (such as silks and satins).
Living in Hawaii has really helped me to open my eyes to using more responsible and eco-safe products. Another awesome product I’d love to introduce you to is Earth Breeze, a sustainable laundry detergent that fights plastic waste.
Earth Breeze wanted to create a sustainable and green solution to doing laundry. This product is better for the environment and our clothes. Earthbreeze Eco Strips lighten your load on the environment!
And it’s affordable too! Earth Breeze only costs 20 cents per load! If you subscribe, it will only cost $12 per pack.
The detergent strips are phosphate and paraben-free, vegan, free of chlorine dyes, and bleaches, which means it is as sensitive to your skin as it is the planet. I love this!
Their zero-waste packaging is both biodegradable and recyclable, which replaces the use of plastic jugs in our homes. These sheets are also so much safer for the littles in our home. Not only do we not have to deal with huge plastic jugs, but we also don’t have the danger of liquid laundry pods.
Interesting facts about Earth Breeze:
- You can bury down the ground packaging of Earth Breeze as compost
- You can use Earth Breeze for manual hand washing too (soak the eco-sheets in water first)
- 1 million loads of laundry donated to those in need through their Buy 1 Give 10 Program since its inception
- Saved 750,000 plastic detergent jugs
- Kept 562,436 pounds of plastic out of landfills and our oceans
- Planted 14,135 trees
- 6 beach cleanups
Separate baskets = no sorting
The worst thing is to have to fish out tiny socks in a giant pile of big people’s laundry. It helps so much to separate the laundry by where the laundry came from – i.e. our master bedroom or the kid’s bedroom. I only have one child, so we definitely have less laundry, but if you have more kids this tip is even more crucial. You do not want to have to sort tiny clothing by child! Instead, have one basket in each room, and wash/dry each separately.
Then return the clean basket to the correct room for future putting away. Yes, I have a separate basket just for clean clothes, so we can shuffle things from room to room with ease. I even have a clean clothes hamper where I dump out my recent master bedroom laundry (because it doesn’t get put away all at once). Then the dirty clothes basket is always available for dirty clothes to be tossed in it, instead of on the floor (which works some of the time).
Another separation tip is to use those mesh bags for the smallest stuff. My son has a mesh bag to collect his socks and masks because those get lost more easily due to being tiny.
Have kids help!
Having kids get started with helping with laundry is the best tip for busy moms! Preschoolers can help put away their already sorted clothing, which teaches great life skills and also helps them know where their clothes are so they can get dressed independently. Even husbands can put their own socks away!
My friend Michelle from Confessions of Parenting agrees! She says “My biggest problem with laundry has always been once it’s folded! I believe it’s important to have the kids put their own laundry away. So With a family of 7, you can imagine how quickly it can get backed up! For this reason, I have a laundry basket (that all stack nicely together) for each family member that way when laundry is done it’s placed on their bed in their basket to put away. Once it’s put away they return the basket. This has helped me not feel completely overwhelmed with the amount of laundry we have all the time!”