Right, so…laundry. Not the most exciting of things, but one of those things you can’t avoid, right?
Once you become a parent, you’ll suddenly discover a whole new range of stains that need to be washed out of clothes, blankets, carpets, you name it.
Here’s just a few key pointers that can make your new parenting life a lot easier. Fine, you’ll still always have stains to wash out, but these shortcuts at least give you more time to play with your children or just get on with life. To make this whole laundry business less of a pain, here’s what it helps to know:
Know How to Wash Out Different Stains – Red wine, fruit juice, vomit, blood, poo… the list is endless (believe us, you’ll go through most of them). Each of these stains actually needs a different approach to removing it. Did you know blood can only be washed out with cold water (not hot)? Or that ink stains are more easily removed with alcohol or hairspray? Yeah, it’s like a secret code. Helpful laundry webpages list the best approach for different stains, and eventually, you’ll start to remember the different solutions. Oh and the cardinal rule is: ALWAYS wash out a stain as quickly as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove. Guaranteed.
Always Read the Garment Care Tags – You know those little annoying tags on the back of your shirts? Those are actually really helpful. Each garment care tag will tell you how to wash your clothing: what temperature to wash it at, how to dry it, if you should avoid ironing, etc. Turns out different fabrics need to be treated in different ways – wool sweaters should never be tumble-dried, and don’t even think about washing a new pair of jeans with your white shirts. So yeah, READ those tags.
Have Your Laundry Room Well-Stocked — Running out of laundry detergent is never a good thing, especially if you have an emergency load you need to wash. This stuff isn’t very fun, but your life will be a lot easier if you have the right laundry products to hand: the various detergents for whites, colored clothing, and delicate fabrics like silk or wool. A good stain remover is KEY. You don’t want to be rushing out to the shop at the last minute, once a stain’s already happened.
Set Up a Laundry System and Follow It — Don’t put off the laundry for too long, or you’ll find yourself doing those emergency loads at midnight. Whether you have a kid or not, get a sense of how much clothing you have (how many pairs of socks, underwear, etc) and how often you should be doing laundry so you’ll always have something clean to wear. Work out a schedule like whites and linens on Sunday, dark and colored clothes every other week on Tuesdays… and at least try to stick to it
Know When to Use the Professionals — When you’re stumped with a stain or a fabric you can’t handle, it doesn’t hurt to go to the dry cleaners. If you can afford it, it’s better than permanently ruining an article of clothing. If the garment care tag says ‘Dry Clean Only’… then yeah, listen to what it says. Outerwear, evening wear, suits — these aren’t worth destroying because you’re too lazy to go to the cleaners or want to try a DIY project.
So… not the most exciting blog post today, but at least a helpful one. Hope it makes your laundry a bit easier in the future, so you have time to get on to the fun stuff in life!