Six Ways to Reduce Your Laundry

Six Ways to Reduce Your Laundry

The never ending laundry pile can be so overwhelming…and monotonous.  Even though you can finish your piles of laundry in a day, the job is never really completed since your family constantly dirties clothes.

If your laundry piles are stressing you out, here are 6 ways to reduce the amount of clothing that you wash on a weekly basis.

WEAR PYJAMAS MORE THAN ONE NIGHT.

You can’t really dirty your pyjamas if you are only wearing them to bed, especially if you keep up with your bedding laundry. Therefore, you can definitely get more use out of your pj’s – maybe even three nights. If your household wears pyjamas more than once per night, you will significantly reduce your laundry load.

HANG TOWELS UP AFTER BATHING AND USE THEM AGAIN.

So many people only use a towel one time, but towels can easily be used 2-4 times before laundering as long as they are hung up between uses. If you don’t hang them between uses, they can get damp and mouldy  and you sure don’t want to use that on a clean body.

ESTABLISH A LAUNDRY ROUTINE.

A good laundry routine is essential as it can greatly reduce the amount of laundry you wash.

By having dirty clothes where they should be (in the hamper), they are washed in a timely manner.  By having clean clothes put away each evening, you will know what clothes are available to wear. By having an ironing schedule, you’ll also know what is readily available.

While these steps seem obvious and simple, they can make a huge difference in the amount of laundry you wash each week. Try this for a couple of weeks – or even one week to see how you go!

WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES ALL DAY LONG

You may have children who change clothes once they get home from school.  Or you wear a uniform to work and then change into something else once you return home in the evening.

Unless they are sweaty & dirty (like active gear), try having everyone wear the same clothes all day until bedtime.  When kids change clothes 2 and 3 times a day, that makes for a lot of extra laundry.

This won’t work for everyone, but it can eliminate a decent amount of laundry for those of you who have children that change clothes a hundred times a day.

WEAR THE SAME ‘HOUSE CLOTHES’ MORE THAN ONCE

While the above tip will work for some, there are some of you that must change clothes after getting home in the evenings.  Wearing a suit or nice dress clothes late into the evening just doesn’t make sense.

So if you must change into a different set of clothes each evening, try re-wearing those same house clothes the next day. If you haven’t spilled anything or sweated in them, there’s no reason why you can’t re-wear that set of house clothes the next day. Simply hang up your lounge clothes or fold them neatly and put them back in the drawer for your next wear.

PURGE THE AMOUNT OF CLOTHES IN THE CLOSET

You see that there are 8 tees in your son’s drawer, so you know it will be awhile before you need to wash again.  However, if he has 23 tees total and they aren’t washed until he is down to the last one, you’ve got a huge laundry pile on your hands.

Purge your clothes (and your children’s!) to a reasonable amount of items.  The fewer clothes you have, the more often you’ll wash them since you will actually have to wear them in a reasonable amount of time.

Purging your clothes forces you to wash clothes more often so you’ll actually have something to wear.  Having clean clothes to wear is a nice incentive for most of us.

 

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