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Use These 20 Life Hacks To Make Laundry Day Completely Stress Free

For most people, laundry day is a pain in the butt. It’s time-consuming, complicated, and there’s nothing worse than digging around for that last missing sock. Plus, for those of us with families to care for, that frustration is multiplied by the number of kids that occupy the house! Before you write off laundry day as the most annoying day of the week, though, check out these 20 epic ways to keep your fabrics soft, your colors bright, and your laundry room organized. You’ll be counting down the days until you’ve got another load to throw in.

1. Frame a stain removal guide and hang it in your laundry room. It’s there if you need a reminder, and also teaches kids how to remove stains on their own.

Frame a stain removal guide and hang it in your laundry room. It's there if you need a reminder, and also teaches kids how to remove stains on their own.

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2. If you need to dry your laundry quickly, throw a dry towel in with your load. It will soak up excess water and dry your clothes faster than heat alone.

If you need to dry your laundry quickly, throw a dry towel in with your load. It will soak up excess water and dry your clothes faster than heat alone.

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3. Keep a jar in the laundry room for loose pocket change, and attach it to a sign that reminds people to check their pockets before throwing in a load of clothes.

Keep a jar in the laundry room for loose pocket change, and attach it to a sign that reminds people to check their pockets before throwing in a load of clothes.

Etsy

You can buy one on Etsy, or make one yourself.

4. Write notes on the top of the washer with a dry-erase marker to remember special drying instructions.

Write notes on the top of the washer with a dry-erase marker to remember special drying instructions.

My Home Look Book

Did you throw in a shirt that has to be laid flat to dry? Write it down!

5. Turn drawers into drying racks with bars.

Turn drawers into drying racks with bars.

Decor Pad

6. If your skin is sensitive to chemical-filled detergents, make your own with this recipe.

If your skin is sensitive to chemical-filled detergents, make your own with this recipe.

DIY Natural

7. Keep brightly colored clothing from fading by adding a teaspoon of salt to your load.

Keep brightly colored clothing from fading by adding a teaspoon of salt to your load.

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8. If you need to dry a single garment quickly, put it in a salad spinner to remove excess water. Then throw it in the dryer or hang dry.

If you need to dry a single garment quickly, put it in a salad spinner to remove excess water. Then throw it in the dryer or hang dry.

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9. If you put sweaters on a line or a hanger to dry, they’re more likely to stretch out. Lay them on a flat surface instead.

If you put sweaters on a line or a hanger to dry, they're more likely to stretch out. Lay them on a flat surface instead.

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10. If your towels are feeling old and hard, revive them with vinegar and baking soda instead of detergent.

If your towels are feeling old and hard, revive them with vinegar and baking soda instead of detergent.

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11. Keep sneakers from denting up your dryer with a slip-on shoe drying bag like this.

Keep sneakers from denting up your dryer with a slip-on shoe drying bag like this.

Walmart

You can purchase one here.

12. Organize your laundry supplies into kits. You’ll never forget how to clean shoes or remove stains again.

Organize your laundry supplies into kits. You'll never forget how to clean shoes or remove stains again.

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13. A ladder hanging from the ceiling, plus shower curtain hooks, makes a great indoor drying rack.

A ladder hanging from the ceiling, plus shower curtain hooks, makes a great indoor drying rack.

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14. Use a labeled hamper to separate darks and lights before laundry day.

Use a labeled hamper to separate darks and lights before laundry day.

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15. Keep detergent in glass beverage dispensers. It adds some class to your laundry room, and keeps bottle caps from getting slimy.

Keep detergent in glass beverage dispensers. It adds some class to your laundry room, and keeps bottle caps from getting slimy.

Tea and Lime

16. A DIY lost-and-found board keeps track of loose socks for your family.

A DIY lost-and-found board keeps track of loose socks for your family.

Etsy

You can purchase this handmade version here.

17. Give each person in your family their own laundry basket; you’ll never mix up the clothes again.

Give each person in your family their own laundry basket; you'll never mix up the clothes again.

Grocery Shrink

18. Get rid of crease marks in clothes that have to be line-dried by putting a pool noodle over the cord.

Get rid of crease marks in clothes that have to be line-dried by putting a pool noodle over the cord.

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19. Low on space? This fold-out ironing board/cabinet is perfect for small laundry rooms.

Low on space? This fold-out ironing board/cabinet is perfect for small laundry rooms.

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20. Keep everyone’s socks together by giving each person in your home a mesh laundry bag.

Keep everyone's socks together by giving each person in your home a mesh laundry bag.

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I’m always making a mess with my sticky detergent bottle caps, so I’m going to transfer my soap into pretty glass beverage dispensers ASAP. Which of these laundry hacks will you try first?

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