How I do my laundry! | UNCONVENTIONAL | My best laundry hacks, tips, and tricks

I'VE BEEN DOING LAUNDRY WRONG! This laundry routine is unconventional, and amazing! My clothes have never looked better!

A few weeks ago I recorded loads of laundry hacks, and my full laundry routine Instagram stories. It's extremely unconventional (as you'll see in a minute!) so I wasn't sure if it would be of interest to anyone. Well, Freebs, it basically broke the internet and left you begging for more! #GoFigure.

I certainly am no laundry physicist and have no degree is Laundryism, but I do have 5 kids which amounts to an INSANE amount of laundry each week. We buy inexpensive clothes that I don't want to look inexpensive, so over the years I have come a bit of a laundry expert (albeit self-proclaimed).

Today I'm giving you a tour of my laundry room, and sharing my laundry hacks, tips, tricks, and of course, my (unconventional but will change your life I promise!) laundry routine.

If you didn't know, I do new videos every Thursday on YouTube so be sure to subscribe, turn on the bell notification, and check back each week for more goodness like this! Ok enough blabbing, let's air out the dirty laundry!

Check out the video online or click and watch below:

See, that wasn't so bad right??

I know it may seem like a lot of steps, but it really isn't bad. Just remember to sort the HEAVY textures from the LIGHT textures and you'll be fine. Since I have so many loads to do each week, I sub-divide the two textures into smaller piles, but you could simplify if you don't have as many loads as I do.

Here are a few additional tips not mentioned in this video:

  • Remember to always wash your clothes with COLD water, with the exception of towels and whites.
  • If your washer is an HE performance washer, you MUST use HE detergent! That isn't a marketing gimmick, it will truly mess up your machine if you don't use HE.
  • Go with the name-brand! If you know me, you know I prefer store-brands to name-brands 9 times out of 10. In the case of laundry…I'm the opposite! With the exception of dryer sheets (they are one in the same, just go with the scent you like) it's worth the money to get name-brand. I've tried everything on the market, and I see a noticeable difference when I use Tide vs store-brands, even Kirkland! Store-brands are important to have on-hand, though, for loads like towels, sheets, and other loads that don't need the expensive stuff.
  • Rip your dryer sheets in half. It's all you need! And there is much less build-up in your dryer. There are dryer balls, homemade dryer balls, and all sorts of alternative to dryer sheets if you'd prefer. Pinterest is a great resource for ideas.

Wrinkles:

As mentioned, I don’t fold clothes straight out of the dryer. The exception being church clothes, or mine and Bubba’s clothes which I try to fold right away.  The way I keep our clothes wrinkle free to dry everything on the “wrinkle-free” setting. It works!! Of course the kids clothes won’t be perfectly non-wrinkled but it doesn’t bother me much. If they are super wrinkly, that’s where a quick 30 seconds with the steamer comes in handy (linked below).

I'VE BEEN DOING LAUNDRY WRONG! This laundry routine is unconventional, and amazing! My clothes have never looked better!

WHITES:

I've had a few questions about bleaching my whites, since I didn't cover it much in the video. I toss the whites in (without worrying much about texture, I just toss all whites together for the most part), set to “whitest whites” setting (which washes them on the hottest water possible and rinses them twice), add bleach to the “max fill” line, add LIQUID tide detergent (not pods! The pods will dissolve too quickly!), turn on the “pre-soak” setting, and go on my way. My whites have stayed bright and light doing it this way. I definitely prefer Clorox bleach. For whatever reason the store-brands just don't get my clothes as white!

Here are the products I mentioned in the video:

  • Clothing steamer. Freebs, if you iron, you are probably spending WAY too much time in the laundry room! I switched to steaming years ago and will never look back. Toss one (or two!) on your Christmas list this year!
  • Tall laundry hamper. Before I had those awesome pull-out cabinet sorters, I simply bought several of these tall hampers and lined them up in my laundry room instead. They took up some floor and wall space, but the functionality was worth the tight spaces. You could also opt for this 4-basket sorter, or this door hamper.
  • Wall-mount drying rack. This is a huge space-saver! There are clothes I don't dry in the dryer, so having a wall-mounted rack will save you loads of floor space.
  • Tide pods are my new go-to! I typically buy them at Costco and stock up when they are on sale. They have made my clothes look so much better!

I'VE BEEN DOING LAUNDRY WRONG! This laundry routine is unconventional, and amazing! My clothes have never looked better!

So there you have it!

P.S. Daily Mail loved my laundry hacks so much, they wrote a whole article about it!  Check out the article HERE!

Here are some other productivity and organization posts that could help:

 

 

Hopefully this has given you some motivation or new ideas for tackling your own laundry monster. Now, if you don't mind, I need to get sorting. Have a great week, Freebs!

(Visited 5,658 times, 45 visits today)

Comments

  1. Do you use bleach on your garments too every week? Fellow LDS Momma!
    Love all your tips and tricks in the video!

  2. What do you do when on whites it says do not bleach? I’ve noticed this a lot on white sheets and other things. I used to use bleach on my whites, but I think it was yellowing them. Thanks! I love your site.

    • I bleach them anyway, ha! But many people use Oxyclean instead so try adding a scoop of that to your whites!

  3. K I’ve got nine kids, I often wait to long in between so that my mountains are huges. How often do you do laundry in a week?

    • I sort every Monday and try to do 2 loads per day, and it keeps it moving all week. The mountain is big again by Monday but at least everyone has clothes in the meantime! Bless you and your 9 kids!

  4. The sun is powerful! Even if i dry a stained shirt i lay it in the sun and the sun bleaches it out! I learned this trick with cloth diapers. Works wonders.

  5. Just a heads up, my husband is a plumber ( has been doing it for many years) and he says that the pods can cause washer and plumbing issues over time and does not recommend using them even though they are very convenient. He has been on too many calls lately and this has been the cause of pretty much each one. Just wanted to share to hopefully prevent an issue for others.

  6. Great Idea, one problem. Should only be one weeks of clothing per kid. Easyer and way less clothing to with. I did this with my four kids. Each kid wash there own clothing since 6yr old, one load every week. And they put it away too.

  7. Thoroughly enjoyed watching video. Wish I had a lovely big Laundry room like this. I was always told, you had to wash with hot water, to kill germs and get rid of bad odour.. We don’t have Dawn over here, we have Fairy liquid, although they are made by the same people, the company told me here in England, because of the EU laws, there are ingredients in the Dawn, that are not allowed in this country . How stupid. The sooner are out of the EU the better. Loved your idea getting all the same socks. I have three sons and a daughter and we are always losing socks. I do use bleach in my wash sometimes, as we have two naughty Dachshunds and 21 year old tortoise shell cat and sometimes they tinkle on the clothes, so I have to do a bleach and disinfectant rinse first, or that cat and dog pee, still smells even after washing. That will teach us to always pick the dirty washing up and put in laundry basket. Have a lovely week.

  8. I know my laundry skills could use some work, so I’m going to try out some of these tips! (I sort my clothes into darks, lights, and reds AND wash everything on hot AND use store brand detergent!) Based on your recommendation I will give Tide a try! I have two little boys who always put their clothes through the ringer and I feel like I never catch up on the dreaded laundry mountain. I do have two questions for you – how do you get your kids to put away their own laundry and how old do they start doing this? (I’m in total awe over here!)

  9. Hello Jordan-

    I’m in love with your laundry system. I was wondering if you could tell me where you purchased your cabinet pull out laundry hampers? I am having trouble finding them. Thanks for your input.

    • They were already with the house when we moved in so I have no clue where they got them! I even asked the previous owners and they couldn’t remember, sadly. Sorry!

  10. Wow!! I’m in awe but shocked at the same time. I’m going to try to implement some of this in my house and see how it goes. In fact, I’m running to the basement right now to throw in a load of towels on HOT with VINEGAR!! I’m not sure about not folding but I’m definitely going to look into getting a streamer. Also, I’m a Tide snob as well, but am afraid of bleach.
    Thanks Jordan. I love all your tips!

  11. I used to live by tide and all then was allergic for a while. but when i had kids i just didn’t find anything better. we used dreft and free and clears and that worked for a while. but i got tired of having to buy 4 different detergents. i went back to tide and all and found that i was over using them. your tips on amounts makes so much since I wont have to double rinse anymore. and since moving to a bigger apartment here in Manhattan NY I use a public washer so you just saved me a fortune in laundry costs. Thanks very informative and helpful fun cheerful video.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Sign up for FCF emails and have my blog posts sent right to you!

Thank you for signing up for the FCF Newsletter! We will be contacting you shortly.