Cleaning and mopping the kitchen floor. Scrubbing the toilet bowl. Wiping down the walls in your shower. Organizing your bedroom closet and kitchen cabinets …
No matter where you live or who you live with, it seems like there are always some annoying household chores.
But of all the things we have to do to maintain a clean home or apartment, there’s one chore many people put at the top of their 'annoying chore' list.
If you’re in the “I hate laundry” camp, you’re not alone. But some products might make you realize that doing laundry isn’t that big of a deal at all.
Ready to make laundry day a cinch? Here are seven products that make doing your laundry easier!
1. Laundry Sorter
You can save time doing laundry if you separate your clothing by load before carrying your basket to the washing machine.
Invest in a hamper with two or more sections and separate your clothes throughout the week before laundry day rolls around. With a double-section hamper, you can sort lights and darks every day as you toss your clothing in.
If you buy a hamper or a laundry cart with a third section, use it to stash dirty delicates, sheets, towels, or kitchen linens.
Separating your laundry beforehand can save you a few precious minutes when it’s time to toss those dirty linens into the washing machine.
2. Tennis Balls
Large items, such as sheets, towels, and blankets, tend to ball up inside one another in the washing machine. And if you use a top-loading machine, they can also shift to one side, cause the basin to become unbalanced, and create that horrible thumping sound. (You know that sound!)
You can prevent that by adding a mesh bag full of tennis balls into your wash cycle.
The weight and shape of tennis balls help to prevent heavy linens from getting tangled in the wash. That means you won’t have to spend the extra time pausing the cycle, opening the lid, and separating your soaking wet linens while they’re in mid-wash.
3. Laundry Bags for Delicates
If you’ve ever put lingerie in the washing machine, you know how annoying it is to pull your smallest, most delicate items out from deep within the basin.
Invest in a laundry bag for delicates, and you’ll never have to untangle bra straps from around your agitator again!
For a few dollars, you can buy a set of mesh laundry bags that seal closed like food storage bags. Put your lingerie and delicate items in these, and they’ll be much easier to retrieve when the final rinse cycle is complete.
4. Clip and Drip Hanger
While it’s usually safe to wash delicate items in a washing machine, you can't toss most of them right into the dryer. But there’s nothing fun about having garments strewn all about your apartment, waiting for them to dry.
Drip hangers with multiple clips are THE best way to dry bras, undies, and other delicate items.
With a single hanger and multiple clips beneath, you can hang a clip and drip hanger on a clothesline, a shower rod, or even over the back of a bathroom door.
Whether you do your laundry at home or a local laundromat, this is the best way to dry multiple delicate items at a time, especially when you’re limited on drying space.
5. Wool Dryer Balls
If you want to reduce waste and speed up drying time, buy a sack of wool dryer balls.
Wool dryer balls take the place of those one-use dryer sheets that most people use to reduce static cling. But they’re eco-friendly for another reason as well:
They help speed up drying time, and the less time your dryer runs, the less energy it uses.
Wool dryer balls take the place of dryer sheets and liquid softeners. The round shape makes them bounce around in the dryer, separate your clothing, and prevent items from getting tangled as they fluff.
6. Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover
There’s nothing fun about trying to remove food, paint, blood, or grease stains from your favorite top or favorite pants.
And if you’re one of those people who would rather toss a garment in the trash rather than take the time to remove a stubborn stain, you need Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover.
This stain remover is chlorine-free, bleach-free, and toxin-free. It’s most effective when used on fresh stains, but you can also use it on tough, stubborn, set-in stains. It’s safe for use on most fabrics ,and it’s formulated in a way that doesn’t strip or fade the color of your garment.
7. Backpack Laundry Bag
Let’s be honest — tossing dirty clothes into the washing machine, adding some detergent, and pressing a button aren’t difficult things to do. But transporting your laundry from your bedroom to your washing facilities can be a bit of a hassle.
Are you a college student that carries your dirty duds home to mom every weekend?
Do you live in an apartment where you have to head to a laundromat or head to a different floor of your building to access laundry facilities?
Or maybe you’re a homeowner with a big three-story house where your washer and dryer are in the basement?
No matter where you live or how you do your laundry, a backpack laundry bag makes it super easy to get your dirty clothing from point A to point B.
Laundry is one of those household chores that’s easy to do yet not so enjoyable. But it’s a little bit better when you have the right products to help.
Invest in a laundry sorter, bags and hangers to wash and dry delicates, and a laundry backpack that makes carrying heavy piles a bit more comfortable. Pick up a set of tennis balls and dryer balls to make washing and drying more effective. Finally, buy a proven spot remover to pre-treat stains and keep your clothes looking as fresh and clean as can be.
Keeping your clothing and linens clean is a must, and no matter how much you hate to do laundry, it’s an unavoidable part of life. But by having these key products on hand, laundry day will no longer be your most dreaded day of the week.
Adam Marshall is a freelance writer who specializes in all things apartment organization, real estate, and college advice. He currently works with The Hartley at Blue Hill Park to help them with their online marketing.