10 Expert Mum Tips For Laundry Organisation

Washing line
With six people in the house, staying on top of the laundry is an ongoing day-to-day task! When the twins were babies I used cloth nappies and Chook was still in nappies too, so I found myself washing everyday to keep up the supply of nappies. These days the nappies are a thing of the past, however, there are the inevitable accidents and lots of outside play, so the laundry is barely under control!

I have asked some of my blogging mummy friends for some tips for laundry organisation. So, if the laundry monster is threatening to take over your home, read on!

Tips for Laundry Organisation

1. MaryAnne from Mama Smiles suggests using a mesh bag to keep all those little socks in. She suggests lots of other great laundry tips here.

Cloth Nappies

2. “For cloth diapers, tea tree oil in the wash to keep them from stinking”. MaryAnne from Mama Smiles.

3. Tea tree or lavender oil in the dry pail bin too. Cold rinse, then a wash, dry in the sunshine to remove any stains, says Katherine from Creative Playhouse. Rainy Day Mum adds to this, “Tea tree oil on a panty liner stuck to the top of the bin keeps them smelling fresh”.

4. “I used baking soda with a vinegar rinse and then another rinse to get out the vinegar. But the most important part of cloth diapers was hanging them in the sunshine to dry.” Carrie.

5. “I used waterproof pillow cases instead of pricey wet bags to line my pail and carry the diapers up and down to the laundry.” Krissy from B.Inspired Mama.

6. Jode over at Mummy Musings and Mayhem has six great tips on washing cloth nappies.

Homemade Detergent

7. Make your own liquid detergent to use in top loader or front loader machines. Save yourself hundreds of dollars! Jackie from Happy Hooligans shares how she makes her homemade liquid laundry detergent.

8. Jode from Mummy Musings and Mayhem shares her homemade liquid laundry detergent recipe that she makes for her family.

Little Helpers

Laundry Tips

9. “My little Priscilla loves to help me by handing me item after item from the bottom of the hamper for me to fold.” Krissy from B.Inspired Mama.

10. Christie from Childhood 101 has several ideas on encouraging early mathematics whilst your child is involved in doing the laundry. Check out her post Learning Through Playing and Doing: Laundry Mathematics.

Do you have any laundry tips that save your sanity? Please share!

3 comments on “10 Expert Mum Tips For Laundry Organisation

  1. I only do laundry on Monday & Thursday for our family of 6. We only change out bath towels on Thursdays, and sheets are usually once or twice per month also on Thursdays. If it isn’t dirty, we don’t wash it – so – often jeans & skirts can go 2-3 wearings before needing a wash (our children are almost 4, 6, 18 & 20 though, so the older ones don’t go through the clothing like say, the 3 year old boy!). Each bedroom has a basket for dirty laundry, and I have a 3 compartment laundry sorter in my laundry room: whites, darks, delicates (and I usually dump all color delicates in together). This adds up to 3-4 loads each wash day, or about 7 per week. If the weather is nice I often hang a load to dry so I’m not waiting for the dryer, thus finishing the laundry faster! The older children have a clean clothes bin I throw their clean clothes & towels in as I take it out of the dryer, and they are responsible for folding it & putting it away….the littles, my hubby & I have another bin that goes right into my room for folding & putting away which I try to have done by Tuesday & Friday. I think I got this method from “The Way Home” by Mary Pride – been doing it since our older ones were about 2 & 4 & it has saved me from the laundry monster ever since!!!

    • It was great to read through your comment Shannon. There’s so many useful tips here! I wish I had the space for a laundry sorter, it sounds like it is worth looking into 🙂

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