Best Five Laundry Tips

What is the one chore that all of us do that just never seems to get completed? For me, it is doing laundry. I will do one load every day just to keep dirty clothes getting out of hand. Laundry is a three step process for me which includes gathering and sorting, washing and drying and finally folding and putting away. Sometimes the last step does not get completed and clothes are worn straight from the laundry basket. Does this happen at your house?

The following is my list of my 5 best laundry tips that I use to see my laundry basket empty and all clothes cleaned and put away.

1. Every day I pick up all dirty clothes throughout the house and put in a laundry basket together. This will keep things looking less cluttered and more organized. My laundry consists of all the clothes just what my husband Donny and I wear, but add workout clothes and my husband’s work clothes, it can get overwhelming at times for me. My husband has a habit of leaving his clothes where he takes them off so I just make it a point a gathering all the clothes every evening.

2. Sorting laundry, yes this is still a necessity and needs to be done to ensure that clothes are properly washed and not accidently damaged. I separate light colors and dark colors with our clothing. I separate out Donny’s work clothes because he is a generator mechanic and his clothes are always dirty with grease, grime, and diesel. Last but not least is bath towels, wash clothes and kitchen towels. These are washed together because all my towels are dark colors and I have no white towels.

3. Laundry detergent and stain remover, these items are very important to ensure clothes are clean and stay clean. Take the time to pre-treat stains and use extra detergent for heavy soiled items. I use less detergent for dress clothes. I have used homemade laundry detergent and purchased detergent, I have front loader machines so lately I have been using purchased detergent for washing. I have found that some detergents are very strong and have cause my skin to become irritated. Here is my personal laundry detergent recipe.

Patricia’s Laundry Detergent recipe   

1 Fel-Naptha soap bar – grated

1 cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (yellow box) – not baking soda or detergent

4 cups of warm to hot tap water

½ cup of Borax

½ cup Blue Dawn Dishwashing soap

2-3 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)

As stated above, grate the bar of Fels-Naptha soap or Ivory soap. Place grated soap with water in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Stirring constantly until it is dissolved. Take a 5-gallon plastic bucket that is clean and fill with 2 ½ gallons of hot tap water.   Add melted soap, washing soda, borax, Dawn dishwashing soap and essential oils. Mix well with a wooden rod for at least 50 stirs. Then cover laundry detergent and let sit overnight.   In the morning you will get a liquefied detergent. I use ¼ to ½ cup in a load of laundry.

4. My next tip is an important one and it is removing the clothes from the washer when the cycles have completed immediately and put in the dryer or hang outside. If you don’t, your clothes will become stagnant in the washer and start having an odor. I have had to wash the same load several times when I leave them overnight or even all day. The extra cost of laundry detergent, water and electricity are not financially sound. The best thing is to set your complete chime as loud and long as you can to notify you the washer is finished. Also, keep a mental note of when the timer will go off and check. Put clothes in dryer immediately.

5. This is the most difficult tip for me to achieve but I have been working on this in 2016 and have been successful at it. That goal is folding and putting away all the laundry as soon as it is finished drying in the dryer. I have a small table in my utility room with a small hanging rack where I fold my clothes and separate to be either put in drawers or hung up in the closet. I keep extra hangers so I can immediately do this step. Once all laundry is folded, I take to the appropriate room and put away.

RealityHanging folded





After completing these five steps I have the satisfaction of knowing my laundry is all completed and all our clothes are clean and put away.

What is your process for handling laundry? Please share your tips in our comment section.


Psalm 51:7

7 Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.

10 thoughts on “Best Five Laundry Tips”

  1. I hate when I accidentally leave things in the washer. I usually rewash just to get rid of that terrible smell. Good idea to pick up anything at the end of the day. I’ve got a baby so there are often bibs and dirty burp clothes all over the place!

  2. I’ve been trying so hard to be better about putting my clothes away RIGHT then and there. I’m so guilty of just leaving them out on the couch for hours…or days…or even maybe weeks? Haha!!!

    1. I had a bad habit of folding and putting back in laundry basket and not putting away, when that happens they get rmmaged through and messed up. So now I put away right after folding. Thanks for replying.

  3. Good tips! I’ve started folding my laundry as soon as it comes out of the dryer. If I don’t have time for that, then I’ll at least pull out the shirts and lay them flat or hang them. We are going to be remodeling our laundry room soon which I think will help make it easier to fold all the clothes right in the room.

  4. In our house it’s a good day if I can finish a full cycle of laundry in one day. Bonus points if I only had to run the washer once! I always forget! Great tips!!! Thank you!

  5. Folding and putting away is the WORST! Haha I have baskets of clean laundry that I need to do this for. My goal is to have it done by next weekend since my daughter starts back to school soon and I don’t want to rush around in the mornings trying to find her clothes to wear!

  6. I love your tips! I definitely agree with #1. It makes a huge difference, and allows you to see if starting a load of laundry is needed. My household consists of my husband and I, so laundry is picked up everyday and washed about every 3 days. My recipe is close to yours. I use 1 Fels Naptha bar, 1 cup each of Washing Soda and Borax, and vinegar as my fabric softener.

  7. I never thought about making homemade detergent! I don’t really have a process anymore now that we have a condo sized washer (fits 1/4 of the loads my old one did) so I feel like i’m doing laundry every. single. day.

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