Fill up a sink of soapy water for the day. With a sink full of soapy water, dishes can start soaking before they are even washed! When the sink is filled then it is time to wash the dishes or throw them into the dishwasher. This elimates constant running water, or multiple dishwashings.
Here are 16 quick ways to save time and money on laundry:
1. Re-wear your jeans, at least 2x.
2. Re-wear and re-purpose. Pj’s worn two nights in a row can be exercise clothes in the morning.
3. If you have only wore it for a few hours, hang it up!
4. Make your own laundry soap. Laundry soap recipes can be found for a dime-a-dozen on the internet for both regular machines and H.E. machines. Homemade laundry soap lasts longer and is much cheaper.
5. Use cold water, it is just as effective as warm/hot.
6. Use a clothes line (indoor or outdoor) to wasting energy by running the dryer. If you do need to run the dryer, run it during cold/winter days and keep your laundry closet/room open. You can warm part of the house and possibly not have to have the heat on.
7. Have a laundry schedule and stick to it!
8. Put clothes away, RIGHT away, to avoid ironing, or hang it up right away at least!
9. De-clutter and de-clothes your closet! Less clothes makes for less laundry! Limit kids to 10 outfits each.
11. Dry a wrinkled garment with a wet cloth for or hang in the bathroom while showering with hot water to avoid ironing.
12. Begin laundry at night, and throw into the dryer in the morning.
13. Make sure your clothes always go into your laundry basket and NEVER on the floor!
14. Keep laundry in closets or laundry room and out of immediate sight.
15. Teach and train children how to sort clothes, transfer to washer and then to dryer, fold and them away. They will be better about taking care of their clothes when they realize how much work it can be to get them washed.
16. Immediately spray or soak a stained garment. After washing hang the garment to dry, rather than putting it through the dryer where stains can be baked on permentantly.
I’d like to start my blog off with some fun and easy time-saving “general cleaning” tips. If you have more ideas feel free to leave a comment, and I’ll add them to later posts!
First, make a chore list for everyone in the house, even adults. It can be rotated out to avoid monotony. The number one rule of the chore list :you must stick to it! It will become habit and become easier and easier the more you do it!
When you are cleaning your whole house, start by spraying those tough to clean areas first such as a tub or oven to give a chance to start decomposing some of those hard stains. If you are using a hard cleaner- make sure the area is well ventalated or it will be hard to breathe when you make your way back there!
Keep a basket handy that miscellaneous items such as toys, papers and “junk” can be thrown into, that collects througout the day. Rather than making multiple trips throughout the day to put things away, place everything in the basket and put it all away at the end of the day. If you have little kids, you can make it a game by giving each child an item and location and see who can put it back the quickest to come back for a new item. The child who puts away the most items wins!
Keep a Magic Eraser handy in areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. These can be placed behind the faucet in the sink or in the shower. Use these to wipe down areas after use, minimizing “deep cleaning days”. Note- if you use a Magic Eraser for the toilet, make sure you do not use that Magic Eraser for the sink or tub! Magic Erasers will last for several uses and can be thrown away after they began to turn black or fall apart.
When cleaning a room, do ALL the chores in that room, before going on to the next room. Dust, vacuum, wash windows etc, even the floors! You will get a sense of accomplishment of having an entire clean space, as well as not forgetting anything.