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Simple Laundry Hacks That Will Buy Any Busy Parent Loads More Time

Updated June 14, 2019 6.1k votes 1.5k voters 92.0k views12 items

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Doing the laundry wouldn't necessarily be such a chore if you didn't have to do it all the time, but it's one of those tasks with which you've got to keep up or you'll literally be out in the cold. However, there's a whole list of fun tips out there to help with making laundry easier (and possibly more fun). After all, who can't benefit from some tips and tricks for doing laundry? Everyone's gotta do it!

Some of these simple laundry hacks are inventive ways to get out tough stains. Others are time-saving laundry tips on how to deal with massive clothes loads from a big household, or if you’re one of those people who wait two-months between washes. And you might just find that these tips save you some money in sending clothes out to be laundered by someone else (those instant-wash apps can add up!)

Either way, here are the best laundry hacks that will show you how to improve your laundry day and get more time for the G and T in GTL (gym, tan, laundry). Vote on which tip you think is the most useful, and be sure to try it out next time you’ve got a pile of dirty clothes to wash.

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    Get Those Wrinkles Out With A Little Ice

    Get Those Wrinkles Out With A Little Ice
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    This is good hack for just some items you need unwrinkled fast. Throw in a few ice cubes with a handful of light wrinkled items, like shirts or cotton dresses, and tumble them around on the highest heat setting. The steam from the cubes will level out the creases in your clothes.  Don’t expect everything to be pressed and starched when you take it out, but it will be unwrinkled to the point of looking presentable. No iron or ironing board needed!

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    Washers Need Love... And Cleaning, Too

    Washers Need Love... And Cleaning, Too
    Photo: SkyFireXII / flickr / CC-BY 2.0

    After a long period of use, washers can build up bacteria and leave your clothes smelling funky. You can use a natural solution to clean the washer itself. Put your washer on the highest heat and longest wash time. Then add four cups of white vinegar once it’s filled up.

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    Save Time Before The Wash By Pre-Sorting Clothes

    If you’ve got the space, you can save time sorting your clothes before the wash. Just get three or four cheap foldable laundry baskets for each type of wash: whites, darks, permanent press, and for heavier items like pants and sweatshirts.

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    Beat The Black Hole Of Sock Disappearances

    Beat The Black Hole Of Sock Disappearances
    Photo: incurable_hippie / flickr / CC-BY-NC 2.0

    Individual socks always end up in a black hole somewhere, the same black hole that sucks up all your bobby pins and workable pens. But, you never need to have a lonely sock again with this hack. Just place all the socks in a mesh laundry or lingerie bag and throw them in the wash together. They’ll never get separated.

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