Adulting 101: Laundry Hacks
Welcome back to Adulting 101, a feature in which we teach you how to do things that fully formed adults know how to do. It’s disappointing to suddenly find yourself approaching another milestone and realize that you’re not going to just wake up one day and know how to do taxes, jump-start a car or parallel park. Unfortunately, we can’t teach you how to do those things. But we can help you with things like laundry. Here are some tips and hacks to make your life easier.
Use two hampers to separate light clothing from dark clothing—or get a sorter.
Separating clothing every time you do a load can be a real time suck. The good news is, you don’t have to do it. Meet the hamper/sorter. This one has three bags and allows you to separate your clothes as you toss them into the compartments. When laundry day comes around, just wheel your cart to the laundry room, and you’re ready to go.
When drying bedding or anything else, toss a tennis ball into the dryer to keep things fluffy.
The tennis ball will keep down from clumping. It also helps prevent bunching and can help things dry faster too.
Wash with cold water.
Washing clothing with cold water is better for the environment and also for your wallet (save money on your electric bill!) Also, don’t tell your mom we told you this, but in a pinch you can wash light and dark clothing together in cold water, and the colors shouldn’t run. We wouldn’t recommend doing it with anything too new or too bright, but for most items you shouldn’t have an issue.
Ice cubes in the dryer can help prevent wrinkles.
It may sound counterintuitive, but ice might just be the answer to wrinkle-free clothing. If you don’t have the time, energy or desire to iron, throw your wrinkly clothes into the dryer along with three to four ice cubes. They will create steam, and wrinkles will be gone.