My 10 Best Laundry Tips, Tricks & Hacks

With six people's laundry to do, it can often feel like a never-ending task. I do actually enjoy doing it, the weirdo that I am. I find it therapeutic and just love the smell of fresh laundry. I still want to be efficient though! Here are my 10 favourite laundry tricks, hacks and tips.


1. Put a laundry basket or hamper in each bedroom. These ones are great for kids and are only £1.20. I used to put everything in one basket in our bedroom, but now the children are older - and there are more of them - it means I won't be picking up clothes from all over the house. Except for Ian's. He leaves his clothes everywhere.

2. Separate your laundry. I sort my laundry by colour: whites, lights and darks, so that whites stay white and colours stay bright. I do separate washes for towels, bed linen and cloth nappies as these are done without fabric softener. 

3. If clothes are "clean" dirty - and by that I mean they need a freshen up but they're not grubby or stained - I put them on a quick cycle.

4. And if I need an even quicker wash, my machine has the option to wash a couple of things on a 15 minute cycle! Great for emergency school uniform washes! 

5. Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda if you're in the US, helps whiten whites and removes odours. Add half a cup when you add your detergent. You can buy in bulk for a few quid..

6. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the rinse cycle of your bed linen for a relaxing nighttime scent.

7. Adding a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle will help soften your laundry. Great for towels! 

8. If you line dry your clothes, give them a shake before hanging to reduce the creases and make ironing easier.

9. Speaking of line drying, hanging your clothes in sunlight will get rid of most stains. Honestly!

10. And if you tumble dry, pop a dry towel in with your wet clothes and remove about 15 minutes. The towel will absorb some of the moisture meaning your clothes will dry quicker!



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What are your best laundry tips, tricks and hacks?




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18 comments

  1. Bung it all in and hope for the best.......

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  2. Great tips here Sian! I didn't know that baking soda was great for getting rid of odours and might give that a try on my husband's stinky running gear. At the moment I soak them in vinegar, but that means having them soaking overnight at least, and then having to wring them out before they go in the machine. Laundry is my least favourite chore, so anything to make it easier...!

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  3. Oooo great tips there especially with the lavender! i also have a laundry basket in every room it just makes sense really! :)

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  4. We do it all together. No dividing of colours.

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  5. These are great tips. I always do my clothes together. Mixed oops! I do find having a basket in each room helps or on top on the landing x

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  6. I love doing laundry too haha! It is very therapeutic, I think it's because it has a clear beginning and end and feels like you've actually got something done! x

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  7. I hate doing laundry - I am afraid I bung it all in too. Darks and lights obviously! Great post :) Kaz x

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  8. Great tips Sian! Love the dry towel one I use my tumble dryer way too much at the moment hopefully this will speed things up! x

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  9. Some fab tips! Must give the lavender a try, would be great for helping the boys relax at bedtime! x

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  10. Some great tips here! I'm a huge fan of ironing and washing, everyone always laughs at me! I must try the lavender tip x

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  11. I'm a lazy washer... I separate it and throw each load in but then leave it for ages til I can be bothered to sort it, haha!

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  12. Have you been watching me? Lol! I enjoy doing washing too. I also separate it out by colour and wash bed linen, towels etc separately as I wash them on a hot wash. We have soft water so towels just come out soft anyway.

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  13. I'm expecting delivery of our dishwasher from Hotpoint tomorrow. Can't way. Hotpoint seem to have very good reviews. :)

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  14. I def need to separate whites from lights - I find a darker "light" will sneak in and before you know it, the whites are now lights. sigh.
    Noticed on your bio you are in Herts. I grew up in St Albans. It's a nice part of the country :)

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  15. Fantastic tips Sian! Thank you. I'll be trying Some!

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  16. Great tips stealing the towel in the tumble dryer trick!

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  17. I also want to share a washing tips: Avoid stains by using sunscreens free of the chemical avoben zone.

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  18. I soak stains in a paste of vinegar & baking soda. Then I will scrub with a stain remover or detergent right before washing.

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