My Top 15 Laundry Hacks! (You’re welcome in advance…)

15 laundry hacks everyone should know! Great tips + video! From FunCheapOrfree.com

It's no secret I have a big family, which includes 5 kids…pause for dramatic effect…that are complete TORNADOES in their clothes. The reality? I do a lot of laundry. Like, a loooooot of laundry. I actually don't mind doing laundry (well, everything but actually putting it away. That's my least favorite chore e-v-e-r). I've had lots of practice and have sprouted some hefty laundry skills over the years. In fact, I'm actually a certified #LaundryNinja. Let's just make that a thing, shall we?  Thus, in today's Millennial Moms video I'm sharing my top 15 Laundry Hacks with the world, to hopefully help make laundry day at your home a little less painful!

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Now, let's get some laundry done!

Watch my Laundry Hacks video online or click and watch below:


Hope that was helpful! For those who want quick reference to the tips, we've listed them out below:

Laundry can be the pits... but with these hacks laundry day can be a breeze! Watch the video and see my tricks for making this chore less of a hassle! www.FunCheapOrFree.com

Don't wait and let it pile up on you… sort your laundry the second it hits the hamper! Make sure to turn the clothes right-side out, and empty pockets while you're at it. It makes it so much easier to just throw your clothes in the washer, because they are already prepped, sorted and ready for you! I like having hampers in my laundry room that let me sort my loads out without them being all over the floor in ginormous piles, but do what works best for you!

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Laundry can be the pits... but with these hacks laundry day can be a breeze! Watch the video and see my tricks for making this chore less of a hassle! www.FunCheapOrFree.com

Do you feel like your clothes come out dingy, no matter what you do? It's probably because of the way you sort the clothes! Don't sort by color. Use quality detergent and sort by TEXTURE and SOIL LEVEL instead. Separate clothes based on their fabric type, then separate again by soil level if needed. I go through this in greater detail in my “How I Do My Laundry” video on my personal channel (which is embedded at the bottom of this post as well)!

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Laundry can be the pits... but with these hacks laundry day can be a breeze! Watch the video and see my tricks for making this chore less of a hassle! www.FunCheapOrFree.com

Check your machine for the HE (High Efficiency) symbol. It makes a difference, I promise! I found mine in the soap dispenser area of my machine. You need to know if it's HE or not, because if it is, you need to be using different detergent. If it's NOT an HE machine, you might want to consider investing in one. They save energy, time, money, and even your clothes over time.

Laundry can be the pits... but with these hacks laundry day can be a breeze! Watch the video and see my tricks for making this chore less of a hassle! www.FunCheapOrFree.com

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Laundry can be the pits... but with these hacks laundry day can be a breeze! Watch the video and see my tricks for making this chore less of a hassle! www.FunCheapOrFree.com

Standard detergent makes way too many sudsy bubbles for HE machines, which can make your clothes look dingy, and breakdown your machine over time. Personally, I'm a Tide Snob (as many of you know) and I've decided I prefer using Tide Pods. I was skeptical at first, thinking they were just a more expensive version of what I was already doing. But they actually save me TIME, and MONEY.

Laundry can be the pits... but with these hacks laundry day can be a breeze! Watch the video and see my tricks for making this chore less of a hassle! www.FunCheapOrFree.com

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Laundry can be the pits... but with these hacks laundry day can be a breeze! Watch the video and see my tricks for making this chore less of a hassle! www.FunCheapOrFree.com

This may seem like a no-brainer but it's REALLY important to know. HE machines can hold 40% more clothes than your standard machine, which means there is 40% more grimy, grubby, grossness rolling around in there. Extra big (or extra soiled) loads need extra detergent, so make sure to toss in 2 pods to get everything ultra clean!

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Laundry can be the pits... but with these hacks laundry day can be a breeze! Watch the video and see my tricks for making this chore less of a hassle! www.FunCheapOrFree.com

I used to think the hotter the water, the cleaner the clothes. WRONG! Aside from whites and heavy towels, I wash all my clothes in cold water, or warm water at most. Hot water can not only set-in stains, but can also be the main culprit in fading colors.

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Laundry can be the pits... but with these hacks laundry day can be a breeze! Watch the video and see my tricks for making this chore less of a hassle! www.FunCheapOrFree.com

The Sock Monster at my house is giant, and really really hungry. He eats so. many. flipping. socks. A simple tip, keep a small safety pin pinned at the top of one of each sock. Train your family to pin the socks together as soon as they take them off. This keeps all matches together, and VOILA, no more missing socks!

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Laundry can be the pits... but with these hacks laundry day can be a breeze! Watch the video and see my tricks for making this chore less of a hassle! www.FunCheapOrFree.com

I know where you sock monster lives! Check inside the washer lining of your machine! It's intended to keep things waterproof, but oftentimes I find many a sock hiding inside that dumb thing. If you too have socks missing under mysterious circumstances, check here, I bet you'll find a few. Who knew, right?

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15 laundry hacks everyone should know! Great tips + video! From FunCheapOrfree.com

One of the easiest ways to combat the missing sock problem? Buy everyone the same socks! Buy the same plain white socks for your kids, and even for you and your spouse. Hey, Bubba and I can share socks! It's not THAT weird, right?…

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Laundry can be the pits... but with these hacks laundry day can be a breeze! Watch the video and see my tricks for making this chore less of a hassle! www.FunCheapOrFree.com

Despite my best attempts, socks are bound to go missing. buy a cute basket (I look at Ross, or TJ Maxx) and set it next to the dryer for any socks that come through the wash all alone. Hopefully in time, their long-lost companions will return, and they will be happily reunited. Awwwwww….

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Laundry can be the pits... but with these hacks laundry day can be a breeze! Watch the video and see my tricks for making this chore less of a hassle! www.FunCheapOrFree.com

Towels get put through the ringer, and hold a ton of build up from detergent, soap and the like. And sometimes they just plain STINK! Every few washes, give your towels a nice clarifying rinse by putting a cup full of white vinegar in the fabric softener spot of your washer. It'll get them fluffy and fresh for pennies!

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Laundry can be the pits... but with these hacks laundry day can be a breeze! Watch the video and see my tricks for making this chore less of a hassle! www.FunCheapOrFree.com

A simple tip? Use a dry erase marker to make notes right on your washer! If I have something in the washer that shouldn't be dried, I'll make a note so I don't forget (or so Bubba knows to look out for it if he's switching the wash for me). Full disclosure – test a small area first! I wrote on the top of my machine and it left a stain that I had to work hard to get off. The side though? Wipes off like a champ.

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Laundry can be the pits... but with these hacks laundry day can be a breeze! Watch the video and see my tricks for making this chore less of a hassle! www.FunCheapOrFree.com

This is one of my favorite tips! If you stick a fluffy, dried towel in your dryer full of wet-clothes, it will dry those babies in half the time! Saves time and energy, so might as well!

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Laundry can be the pits... but with these hacks laundry day can be a breeze! Watch the video and see my tricks for making this chore less of a hassle! www.FunCheapOrFree.com

That's right, no need to use a full sheet. If you're a dryer sheet user, start ripping those babies in HALF! It's an easy way to cut your material use down, while still getting the benefits you like from the sheets. Best of both worlds!

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Laundry can be the pits... but with these hacks laundry day can be a breeze! Watch the video and see my tricks for making this chore less of a hassle! www.FunCheapOrFree.com

My most important tip? Get your family involved!! My kids help fold, put clothes away, sort, match socks, and my son is learning to help me steam wrinkles out of clothes. Get everyone involved – many hands make light work, after all!

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So there you go!

I hope those hacks help you tackle daily laundry grind. For more details on how I do my laundry, check out my “How I do my laundry” video online or watch below:

Do you have any favorite laundry hacks? Share with us below!

Happy Laundry Day!

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Comments

  1. The laundry tip that finally made doing laundry bearable: Giving everyone their OWN hamper. Everyone’s clothes are kept separate & washed separately. NO MORE SORTING EVER!! Also, separate towel hamper & sports uniform hamper! I wash all clothes on cold & towels on warm. 🙂

  2. I wash everything on the delicate setting, and dry on the lowest heat setting – unless the tag specifies to line dry or to lay flat to dry. I haven’t really thought about separating by texture, fabric, or soil level, except I do wash denim separately – but that was more because it was bulky. Great tips, thanks for sharing.

  3. I’ve raised 5 kids myself, so I’m no stranger to tons of laundry. While they were young we had 2 sets of machines. A lifesaver, especially when they all get involved in sports. Now I nanny a family and do their wash, and I wash for another family as well. Big tip for socks of little ones- place all of the socks in a mesh bag and wash. They will all stay together!

  4. I love your laundry hacks! I have started to use a lot of them and they help so much! I love how all of your tips make life easier and more productive! And laundry doesn’t seem to be as big of a chore ?

  5. How do your kids manage to get ready for school and handle their laundry? We wake up 1.25 hrs before the bus arrives and we can barely make it to the bus stop on time!

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