8 Clever Laundry Hacks for Busy Parents

Make laundry day easier for your family with these tips from Domestic CEO.

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #191

Laundry day typically isn’t associated with being the most fun day of the week, but it doesn’t need to be the worst day either. No matter how many people are in your home, or how many clothes are in your hampers, these eight laundry hacks can help make laundry day a breeze!

Tip #1: Assign a “Clean” Basket to Each Person

Here’s a little secret: in the eight years I’ve owned a housekeeping businesses, never once have I met someone who said they love to put away the clean laundry. What I DO hear on a regular basis is that people have no problem washing, drying, and even folding the clothes. They just HATE to put them away.

If this sounds familiar, make the process easier by create a “clean” basket for each person in your home, and requiring them to put away their own clean clothes. If the younger ones need a little motivation, assign a monetary value to their emptied basket. When they turn in the empty basket (and you’ve verified that the clothes are indeed put away), they get their pay.

Tip #2: Bag Socks by Person

The more people you have in your home, the more socks there are to sort and fold when the laundry is done. Cut down on the sorting time by bagging each person’s socks individually in a mesh lingerie bag. The bag will keep all the socks contained so when you pull them out, they will already be pre-sorted. Added bonus: if you follow Tip #1, you can toss the dry socks straight in to each person’s clean basket for them to fold themselves!

Tip #3: Do One Person’s Laundry Each Day

Do you have multiple kids in your home? Do you hate sorting all the little pieces of laundry? Here’s a simple solution: Don’t! Instead, wash one child’s laundry per day. The great thing about kid clothes is that they are almost always made of sturdy material that doesn’t need any special treatment. You can safely toss them all together in a warm water wash and a medium dry cycle. If you’re worried about colors bleeding, toss in a Shout Color Catcher or wash on cold instead of warm. At the end of the cycle, you’ll get to skip the sorting step and go straight to folding and handing out clean laundry baskets.