Archive for October, 2011
Cleaning a laundry room is one of those tasks that most people put off for days, weeks, or perhaps even months longer than they should. It’s not a room visitors often see, and it’s not a room that you think about when cleaning. But, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be given a scrub down every once in awhile.
Here are some tips on how to achieve a tidy and clean laundry room:
Wash out the sink
If you are lucky enough to have a sink in your laundry room, that’s probably where most of the dust and dirt and grime in your life gets washed out. It may also be where you would soak some dirty clothes, or handwash your delicate items. So make sure to clean out the sink really well. Try using a cup of vinegar, half a cup of baking soda and detergent. Rub down the sink with the mixture and let it sit for 10 minutes. Next, wipe it down with a sponge, and then block the drain, fill it back up with water and let it sit another 10 minutes. Your sink will never look so clean.
Wash the floor
With all the dust, dirt, and lint that comes from doing laundry, make sure your floor is spic and span. Especially because you probably drop clean clothes when taking clothes out of the dryer.
Declutter your laundry room
Usually the laundry room becomes a place to drop all your unwanted belongings. Try instituting a declutter system with baskets and bins. Once every week or two, go through the piles and get rid of what is unneeded and put away what is just laying about.
Clean the lint trap
Make sure to clean your lint trap after every load dried. Not only will it help keep dust under control, but it will help your laundry dry faster as well.
We spend a lot of time in our laundry room, so make sure it is a place you don’t mind being by keeping it clean and tidy.
Whether you are a college student doing laundry in a dorm, or a family of six drowning in dirty clothes, everyone wants the secret to doing less laundry. Today, I’m here to share it with you. Some of you may already employ this method, but for those who don’t, this trick will save you time and energy.
Don’t wash your clothes every time you wear them.
It’s so simple! If you are in the habit of washing everything right after you wear them, it’s time to have a change of heart.
Here’s the main rule. If you sweat in it, wash it. If you spilled something on yourself, wash it. Otherwise, put it right back in your closet. Make sure to actually hang your worn clothing up rather than leave them in a heap on the floor, otherwise they will get wrinkled and unwearable.
The Smell Test
When you’re wondering whether a piece of clothing belongs in your sortasack bag or back in your closet, give it a quick smell. After one or two wears, most clothing will be fine – especially in the winter. But, once you get a whiff of something not so sweet, it’s time to do a load.
Some clothing you probably (hopefully) want to wash after every wear are undergarments and socks. Pants, pajamas, sweaters, comfy clothes, and even bras can easily go a few wears.
So next time you’re about to wash a pair of pajama pants or jeans you’ve only worn once, try hanging it back up and wearing it one more time. See how you feel, if you don’t even remember, or if you keep sniffing the air to see if maybe you made a mistake. Chances are, nobody will even notice, least of all you.
Does anyone else have any tips on how to do less laundry and save time?