This post about how to preserve your laundry, is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G.
Laundry has been a constant battle for me since becoming a wife and a mom. Even now, I shudder at the thought of the amount of laundry waiting to be washed, dried, folded and put away. It’s definitely a never-ending battle!
Someone once said to me to look at the piles of laundry as a blessing (I thought she was crazy when she said this but I went with it), because that means you have enough to keep your family clothed through each season.
She was right. I am super blessed. Most of my kids clothes have been given to me from family members. I am blessed because that helps my family save money. With this blessing, I want to respect and preserve it, so I try my hardest to keep all of our clothes looking nice and preserve them so I can pass them on to other families who need to be blessed in the same way as I have.
Being larger people, my husband and I sometimes have a hard time finding clothes that fit us right, so when we do find those clothes that look and feel good on us, we want to hang on to them for a very long time. Clothes for us can be super expensive, so it only makes sense that we want to hang on to them as long as possible.
Also, this Summer, we are going to our local pool a LOT. This means lots of loads of laundry for clean towels and swim apparel. I want to make sure our things for Summer stay nice and can be worn for more than just one Summer season. Our budget does not allow us to drop a ton of cash on expensive bathing suits and beach towels, so we have to be smart with how we care for our stuff!
Keeping all of this in mind, I just want to share some ways to preserve clothes so they will last through numerous hand-me-down generations!
Ways to Preserve your Laundry
-Use quality laundry soap/fabric conditioner/dryer sheets
When I first started doing laundry for my family, I would always buy what was the cheapest. This is NOT a good idea! I have also learned through a fantastic laundry science group online that it is not a good idea to use homemade soaps conditioners. They not only make stuff build up on your clothes, but also in your washing machine. Now, I only by the best quality laundry soap and I now use Downy to help condition and protect my laundry. I got Downy at Walmart, of course. Convenient!
-Wash/Dry/Put away Laundry Daily
The less time your clothes are sitting in a heap, whether dirty or clean, the better! I have found my clothes last longer and get less ruined if they are laundered the same day they are dirtied. There have been times I’ve left wet towels, soiled undergarments, wet swimsuits from the pool, etc. sit on in the laundry basket for too long. This causes mold and stains to stay, even after laundered. This is not good, and they get thrown away or used as cleaning rags. I hate when that happens, especially when they are laundry that we really liked. Keeping a strict laundry routine will help with that. You just have to make it a habit to work on laundry every day.
And I do mean EVERY. DAY.
-Wash laundry inside-out
It’s true– washing your laundry inside-out will help protect and preserve. It’s a pain, but give it a try and see how it helps your laundry!
-Store laundry in drawers and closets
I know this may seem trivial, but don’t leave your clothes lay stacked somewhere. Keep them hung in a closet, folded in a dresser or stored plastic tubs. Putting them all the way away will keep them protected from the elements, like the sun, water damage, moths or other weird creatures. This of course will preserve them longer!
If you have any more ways to preserve your laundry, please provide your tips in the comments below! If you’re having trouble keeping up with your laundry or chores in general, I encourage you to check out my free chore chart printable.
And as always, get this amazing Downy Fabric Conditioner at Walmart! It does so many great things like soften your clothes, lessen pills and fuzz, prevent wrinkles, etc. I love it!