Easy Laundry Routine: THE BEST ROUTINE FOR YOU

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Sick and tired of endless laundry or of never having anything clean to wear?

You need a laundry routine that works! The trouble is there isn’t a one-size-fits-all when it comes to laundry routines.

So, what you need to do is find a laundry routine that meets your needs.

A routine that you will have time to do on a regular basis and a routine that you can easily stick to.

DIFFERENT LAUNDRY ROUTINES WORK FOR DIFFERENT HOUSEHOLDS

A laundry routine that works for one household can often be a complete disaster for another.

To find your perfect routine you need to do some thinking about your family, work patterns and clothes.

You also need a laundry routine that fits in with your household cleaning schedule.

Otherwise, you will find yourself and anyone else who shares the responsibility (because it shouldn’t necessarily just be you!) overwhelmed with chores.

Luckily … being the kind-hearted soul that I am πŸ˜‰ … I have done the thinking for you.

Just use these guidelines to pick the laundry routine that is right for you.

AND then write it down somewhere so you stick to it!

I have mine set up as a schedule in Cozi which is a totally fab … and FREE!

Cozi is a family calendar designed specifically for hapless mums like me who struggle to keep on top of everything!

To give it a go DO check it out here … it’s got meal planning, lists the lot!

4 EASY LAUNDRY ROUTINES

All the laundry routines in the world basically boil down to these four:

  1. Wash everything in one day
  2. Wash whatever is in the laundry basket every day
  3. Wash one type of laundry every day
  4. Wash one person’s clothes daily

I have outlined below the pros and cons of each routine and how to follow it.

1. WASH EVERYTHING IN ONE DAY

This routine is great if you’ve got a big drier and have a day at home on your own

ProsCons
Only have to think about it once a weekMust have a tumble drier or dry climate
Don’t have washing hanging around all weekNeed a whole day with nothing else to do
Easy to sort by temperature / fabric needsNeed a whole day in the house
 Ideally need a child free house
 Back breaking
 Can be mind numbingly boring

THE ROUTINE

  • Pick a day when you and whoever else is helping get the laundry done can be in and around your home the whole day
  • Grab all the laundry and sort it by colour, fabric and temperature … as follows:
    • Coloured cottons 104f/40c 
    • White and light cottons 104f/40c 
    • Woollens and delicates 86f/30c
    • Bed linen and towels 140f/60c 
    • Tea towels, cleaning cloths 140f/60c or 203f/95c
    • Anything needing hand washing
  • Throw in first a pile that doesn’t need stain treatment
  • Treat stains particularly on whites and lights
  • As soon as first load done get it in dryer and next in washer
  • As soon as dryer done fold or hang sorting by the room they need to go to
  • Put aside anything you really must iron … much, much less than you think
  • Repeat, repeat etc
  • Take each pile to the appropriate room and put straight away
  • Treat yourself! It’s ALL done for the week. Hurrah!

2. WASH WHATEVER IS IN THE LAUNDRY BASKET EVERY DAY

This is an easy routine if you work or have a small baby and/or you are potty training a toddler and don’t have delicates or mixed light and dark clothes.

ProsCons
Very simple to load upRisks colour run in mixed colours
Easy to do a load before or after workRisks shrinkage of delicates & woolens
Nothing stays in the basket getting ickyDoesn’t get towels & sheets really clean
Good if have soiled baby stuff dailyUses same detergent for different fabrics
Good when potty trainingHard to get whites really white

THE ROUTINE

  • Just throw everything in when you’ve got a few minutes spare
  • But use timer on washing machine so laundry finishes when will be free to put straight in drier or on an airer or line as this will mean you don’t have to iron it
  • As soon as it’s dry put away … DON’T put in ironing basket to get crumpled
  • Just iron essentials on an as needs basis

3. WASH ONE TYPE OF LAUNDRY EVERY DAY

This routine is best if you’ve got a mix of darks and lights plus delicates and woollens.

ProsCons
Prevents colour runs between dark & lightsHard to get family to sort by washing label
Prevents shrinkage of delicates & woolensCan result in non-full & extra loads
Gets things that need a hot wash really cleanEasy to miss something
Gets whites really white 
Can use specialist detergent on each wash 

THE ROUTINE

  • Allocate a day to 1 or 2 types of washing
  • This is the routine I use and I do the following …
    • Mon :
      • Woolens & delicates 86f/30c
      • White & light cottons 104f/40c … attack stains whilst woolens in
    • Tue : Coloured cottons 104f/40c 
    • Wed: Bed linen 140f/60c
    • Thu: Towels 140f/60c
    • Fri:: Tea towels, cleaning cloths 140f/60c or 203f/95c
  • I put the washing on timer to finish over lunch time so washing can be hung straight up to dry, as this will mean I don’t have to iron anything
  • Make sure you leave yourself 15 minutes to fold and put away when dry else you’ll end up with piles of washing everywhere getting crumpled 

4. WASH ONE PERSON’S CLOTHES PER DAY

This routine is great if you’ve got a large family where the biggest challenge is post-wash sorting and putting away.

ProsCons
Reduces post wash sorting for a big familyRisks colour run in mixed clothes
Easy for family to load up on “their” dayRisks shrinkage of delicates & woolens
Easy for family to put away on “their” dayUses same detergent for different fabrics
 Hard to get whites really white

THE ROUTINE

  • Just throw everything in when you’ve got a few minutes spare
  • But use timer on washing machine so laundry finishes when you will be free to put straight in drier or on airer or line as this will mean you don’t have to iron it
  • As soon as it’s dry put away … DON’T put in ironing basket to get crumpled and mixed up with everyone else’s which is the key thing you’re trying avoid
  • Just iron essentials on an as needs basis

39 thoughts on “Easy Laundry Routine: THE BEST ROUTINE FOR YOU”

  1. Thanks so much for the laundry tips! I have tried all different ways and with my large family of 6, I do wash after wash after wash and then more washes- whenever I can! πŸ™‚

  2. We have 3 hampers and everyone sorts their dirty clothes whites-colors-sheets & towels. Which ever hamper is most full gets washed 1 load a day. I have 4 baskets in the laundry room whites, jeans, towels and 2 for colored clothes. The clothes get sorted straight out of the dryer. I only fold 2x a month. If you want something…go find it.

  3. Laundry is one of those never ending chores ……..thank you for breaking it down into possibilities……..not everything works the same for everyone. Thank you for sharing this…………Gentle Joy

  4. I wash everything in one day, usually Sunday, and make the kids put everything away too. I do this to make sure I have full loads of laundry to save on using too much water and electricity.

  5. I used to do the “toss in a load as soon as there’s enough to fill a batch” method, but then I felt like I was ALWAYS doing laundry. Recently I switched to doing it all in one day, and I love it. I have one obnoxiously long laundry day, but then I get to be done for an entire week. I don’t feel like laundry is constantly hanging over my head because I only have to worry about it once a week. Love it!

  6. Laundry drives me mad! I feel like I am forever wandering around with piles of clothes to put away. I usually do one or two loads every day and sort them by colour. They take an age to dry, so I’m always moving them from clothes horse to radiator before finally putting them away. I think I should try one of your suggestions (but not the everything in one day suggestion!). Popping over from PoCoLo.

    1. Oh it’s such a pain without a drier … the thing I find works best for getting stuff dry inside is pegging with no fold at all and putting the airer in a room with the radiator whacked up and the door shut but not too close to the radiator so you don’t block the heat. Everything also goes crispy if too close to the radiator xx

  7. Wow you are so organised!!! I check the basket(s) in the morning and then wash whatever *type* I have a full load of that day, though it also depends how much time I am going to be around the house wool washes take a bit more time to sort after the machine wash so try and do that on a day when i am going to be in more. Whereas a load of Monkey’s clothes than can go straight from washing to machine to tumble dryer is an easy one that can be done any day. Interesting to see the different ways of doing it, and the pros and cons! When I was on my own it was definitely a wash everything all on one day. So much changes when you have kids! #pocolo

    1. Pre-child I was so disorganised Caroline … it would just pile up and get shoved in any old how when we ran out of clothes. Now we’ve got into the routine it is actually so much easier and even my 4 year old can do a pretty good job sorting darks and lights πŸ™‚

  8. I fall into the Wash it all in one day!… I detest doing it!, but I think id rather get it over and done with in the shortest time possible!. But I have a huge washer, huge dryer and a huge south facing garden, where I can get 4 loads of washing on my lines :)… I hate putting it away though πŸ™‚ #POCOLO http://www.suggys.co.uk/Leanne

    1. I know they are not v planet friendly but I would love a drier. I did actually manage to get the tea towels out on the line today but I’ve still got the towels from yesterday drying in my room … grrr x

  9. I do mine twice a week and usually end up with three or four washes each day. I used to iron everything, but you are right, so much stuff doesn’t need ironing if you fold it straight from the tumble dryer and put it away, it saves me hours only ironing what really needs ironing. #PoCoLo

  10. Great post! I vary in my routines. One thing I have found is so effective…empty the dryer and PUT THE CLOTHES AWAY right then. Do not delay. If you do, they may stay in the basket forever!

  11. Laundry is a nightmare in my house with a large family. It also doesn’t help that i have an aversion to putting said laundry away but I like all of these routine ideas.

  12. I’ve done most of these routines and the one saving grace in my routine is that I have a laundry basket for whites and one for colors. I just pull the towels off of the racks and sheets off of the beds when they need cleaning. Yesterday I did just one load and emptied half of a basket so then the load would be smaller and more manageable (still sitting in the dryer though) but still clean some of the clothes we need for this week.

  13. girl i need to adopt this! my laundry currently forms a ramp out of our closet. lol. Thanks so much for linking up at Creativity Unleashed last week! You were our most clicked link and will be featured on the blog tomorrow. Hope to see you back! xoxo

  14. I have found a routine to get the clothes washed and dried, but the putting away is always the problem! My kids have three baths a week, usually Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. (More if needed) So, I make sure to put the laundry in and have it dried before their baths. The girls are 3 and 4, so I put a towel on the floor next to the tub, sit in a chair, and fold while they splash around. They like it when there is lots of folding because I start washing their hair when I am done. Needless to say, the putting away gets put on hold while we dry, comb and dress for bed. It’s not a perfect routine, but it works! Oh, and my husband has a bit of an obsession for washing the towels, so he does those any time the mood strikes him.

  15. My daughter goes to school two days a week so on Tuesdays I do all the clothes (two loads: colors and darks), then on Thursdays I do another two loads sheets/blankets and towels(/rugs, if needed). Right now it works for us, but we’re expecting a baby in a couple of months so I’m sure it’ll change! Glad I stumbled across these tips to keep in mind. Thank you!

  16. I’m a laundry all in one day girl (sometimes 2 if you count folding and putting away). I saw your comment about hanging to dry so all in one day wasn’t an option for you. I live in Texas. Most of the year by the time the next load is washed the previous load is ready to take in. During the summer, it is practically dry by the time you get a load on the line! I do have a dryer though and use it some (I need more line space).

  17. I combine 2 methods. :). With 3 kids and 1 on the way I find it easiest for me to do laundry for one room each day. (Master bedroom, girls room, boy room.). Makes folding easier – not having 30 piles. :). Then on other days I do towels, sheets, and a load of whites. Everyones whites get put into one basket and those get washed together. Not perfect but it works.

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