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Laundry, when you’re a mom, can sometimes feel overwhelming and never-ending. And the more people you have in your home, the worse it can be. Now that Allie’s a toddler, she spends her day playing outside in the dirt so her clothes are constantly being washed and changed. Zack changes his clothes multiple times a day between his gym clothes, his work uniforms, and the clothes he wears coming home. And then I typically wear two outfits a day: my workout clothes in the morning and then the clothes I wear for the rest of the day.
The laundry can pile up super quickly some weeks and in some households, this can feel very overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, laundry in our home is actually far from stressful and I firmly believe it can be this way in every family across the country. Here’s how we’ve simplified laundry in our home.
Do The Laundry As You Go
As simple as it is, this is seriously my biggest “secret” to staying on top of the laundry. We do it as we go as opposed to waiting until it all builds up. We typically toss laundry right in the empty washing machine and once it’s full, one of us will toss in some Gain Flings! Laundry Detergent Pacs and the Gain Fireworks In-Wash Scent Booster Beads and start the wash. In our home, this leads to maybe 1-2 loads of laundry a week which is very easy and manageable here. If you do it as you go, then there’ll be no need to spend your weekends at home cleaning. You can spend with your family instead. And that’s what all moms want, right?
Put Laundry Away The Same Day It’s Washed
This has always been a challenge for me due to being a huge procrastinator in the laundry department. But it’s a lot less stressful when you do it all at once. When the wash is done, load it into the dryer. When the dryer is done, take it all upstairs and put it away. As I mentioned above, if you do it all as you go, then it’s much harder for it to all build up. Take it from someone who has been there, done that. Laundry baskets full of clean clothes is flat out annoying and overwhelming. So put it away once it’s clean.
Choose A Scent The Whole Family Loves
We just recently picked up the Gain Flings! Laundry Detergent Pacs, Gain Fireworks In-Wash Scent Booster Beads, and the Gain Dryer Sheets all in the new scent, Fresh Water Sparkle™. This scent is amazing and is exclusive to Dollar General stores. Between having a toddler, a military husband (with very smelly uniforms) and a large German Shepard, it’s important to have a great scent and the Fresh Water Sparkle™ scent by Gain is a new favorite in our home.
Not only are we loving this new scent, but we’re also loving Gain laundry products in our home. The NEW Gain Flings! Laundry Detergent Pacs are packed with 50% more scent than Gain liquid laundry detergent and are super easy to use. You just toss the pac directly into the drum before adding your clothes and it will dissolve in the water. They can be sued with both hot and cold water and are HE compatible as well. For larger loads, you may need to use additional pacs. Being a mom, safety is always one of my top concerns so it makes me so happy that the packaging for the Gain flings!™ laundry pods comes with a child guard zipper.
We also use the Gain Fireworks In-Wash Scent Booster Beads in every load of laundry. The Gain Fireworks are scent beads that give your clothes an extra boost of scent. The more scent beads you add, the more amazing your laundry smells. You just shake the scent beads directly into the drum of your washer prior to adding your clothes.
Lastly, we use the Gain Dryer Sheets. These fight static in the dryer while also adding the amazing Fresh Water Sparkle™ scent. You’ll be left with fewer wrinkles, more softness and less static.
With this awesome pairing, our clothing always comes out clean and smelling phenomenal.
Wash All Laundry Together
These days, there’s no need to separate everyone’s laundry. We’ve always washed Allie’s laundry with our own and we never separate colors and certain fabrics or anything like that. I do wash sheets and comforters separately, but that’s simply because our comforter takes up the entire washing machine. Otherwise, everything else gets washed together which leaves us with far fewer loads to do (which, again, makes laundry that much more manageable).
Only Wash Laundry When It’s Dirty
Remember when I said we only do 1-2 loads of laundry a week? Well, that’s because we only wash clothes that are dirty. Jeans, for example, can be worn more than once before washing them. Same with sweatshirts, shorts, bras, etc. Allie also wears her pj’s more than once before they get washed too. Of course, you use your best judgment here. If you’re wearing something on a hot summer’s day then you’re more likely to wash it after one wear due to sweating. Same with gym clothes. Those always get tossed in the wash after one use. So always make sure you’re only washing clothes that are actually dirty.
I feel that organization is the key to just about everything in a mom’s life. Our organization is pretty basic in our home, but it works well. As mentioned earlier, we toss dirty laundry right into the washing machine as opposed to a laundry basket, but we do have three baskets for sorting later on. When laundry comes out of the dryer, I’ll separate everyone’s clothes to make it easier to bring upstairs. That way I’m not running back and forth between everyone’s bedrooms and closets, putting it all away.