Laundry is a huge part of my life. Each day, I do at least 2 loads, possibly more. I’m sure that a savvy and organized mom reading this might have some tips for me on a better way to manage laundry. If so, I would love suggestions!
I can’t stand to iron, and I do it as little as possible. My trick is to remove clothes from the dryer the minute it shuts off, since clothes sitting in a cold dryer = wrinkles. I also use tons of laundry softener and dryer sheets to help keep wrinkles at bay.
There are three problems, however, with laundry softener.
First, it is relatively expensive (unless you cut coupons and aren’t brand specific). I typically spend around $10 for a box that will soften about one month’s laundry.
Second, laundry softener is not good for certain clothing items. Many designer jeans with stretch fabric will lose their elasticity over time. North Face jackets (and I’m sure other brands) lose their appearance over time after multiple rinses with laundry softener. LuluLemon athletic apparel, especially those with the silver particles that are antibacterial, are not supposed to be washed in fabric softener.
Third, the chemicals and fragrances in laundry softener can cause skin itching and irritation in those with sensitive skin.When I had a terrible bout of itching a few years ago, my dermatologist told me to stop with all scented laundry chemicals and eliminate softener since it stays on the fabric and has contact with clothes and skin.
So what to do if you have hard water (as we do), don’t want to iron (as I don’t), but need something to keep wrinkles at bay? I have found a solution that it working for me, and saving me a few pennies to boot – 20 Mule Team Borax. I use this with every wash, and I can tell when I pull clothes out of the washer that they are softer than before I used the product.
Now, my laundry method involves detergent, 1/2 cup borax, and when washing whites – bleach. With clothes that tend to wrinkle easily, I do throw in dryer sheets (unscented) to give an extra measure of wrinkle zapping. I’ve yet to have to iron anything since eliminating laundry softener, and I love how much I save each month by skipping this item that I once considered a necessity.
I’d love to hear back from you with any great tips on reducing wrinkle naturally or inexpensively. Together we can all stay laundry and savings savvy!
If you want to read about more uses for borax, you can click here on amazon.com and read more than 200 reviews for 20 Mule Team borax. I made a list of about 15 other uses that I plan to try, one of which is adding essential oils (for fragrance) and using it to clean tubs and showers. One reader reported that it can be used to deter roaches and ants. What a savvy product; I’ll be keeping this on hand for sure!