Laundry. What human being has ever claimed laundry as their favorite chore? The biggest problem I have that I ‘m pretty sure the dryer runs and hour longer than the washing machine. So while I’m waiting for the dryer to finish so I can move stuff over, I forget about laundry all together. Maybe you don’t face the same issue I do but I’m sure you have your own pet peeves when it comes to drying clothes. But what if there was a way to streamline the laundry process and end the dreaded chore sooner? Turns out there is a way, actually at least 13 ways to win at a laundry. Find your path to victory below.
Clothes Drying Tips You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner
You know that shirt you don’t want to dry because it will shrink if you do? If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably forgotten once in a while only to ruin your favorite piece of clothing. Well, you’ll never have to worry about that again with this trick. Use a dry erase marker to write yourself a reminder on the dryer!
The fastest way to dry your clothes (and keep them static free) is to add balls of aluminum foil to the dryer to get rid of static cling. The foil discharges any static buildup and helps keep clothes separated, allowing them to dry faster.
Fastest Way to Dry Clothes
DIY Wool Dryer Balls do the same thing, but you can add scent with essential oils for a natural, chemical-free way to make your clothes smell good.
Add a dry towel in with wet clothes to help them dry faster. Note that this probably isn’t a good idea with dark colored clothes. I did it once with my husband’s uniform, and it was covered in lint, albeit dry.
A wall-mounted lint bin can save you a trip to the trashcan after every load of laundry. Just empty it when it gets full.
Make homemade dryer sheets from scrap cloth, vinegar and essential oils. Add a few to each load, and when the clothes are dry, toss them back into the jar for reuse.
Turn a ladder into a drying rack! This is rack is perfect for allowing plenty of air to circulate around the clothes, allowing your laundry to dry the fastest – even if you don’t have a dryer.
Here’s another dryer sheet alternative. Soak sponges in your favorite fabric softener. (Mix fabric softener and water in equal amounts.) Add them back to the liquid after each use.
Win at Laundry
If you happen to shrink your clothes by accident, Jillee at One Good Thing has an awesome tip. Soak the clothes in baby shampoo and water (or conditioner and water) to relax the fibers, roll up into a towel to get out some of the moisture, and then stretch the item gently. It works wonders.
If you line dry your clothes, overlap them to save clothespins. But instead of hanging them from the tops as you see here, hang everything from the waist to avoid creases in the shoulders or hems.
If you are looking for the fastest way to dry clothes, but your HOA won’t allow a clothesline, try putting a drying rack on your deck or in an airy room.
Ditch the iron! Toss some ice cubes in the dryer along with whatever you plan to wear to steam the wrinkles out.
Okay, so this laundry tip is actually for keeping socks together in the laundry, but did you know that a sock with a simple safety pin can get rid of static cling when you dry your clothes? It works the same way the aluminum balls (above) do.
From clothing fixes to dryer sheet alternatives, there is a solution to all your laundry problems (well most anyway). Did you find your path to laundry victory?