Spring is officially here, and you know what that means. Millions of people all over the United States will start stripping their closets of sweaters, jackets, and other pieces of clothing that are no longer of any use. And while we'd love to believe that all of that discarded clothing is going to someone who could use it, the unfortunate reality is that most of it will get tossed into a landfill. With that in mind, today we'll discuss 4 ways to refresh your laundry for spring and make the most out of your laundry pile.
1.Refresh Your Laundry for Spring by Updating Your Routine
One of the first things you should consider this spring before you start decluttering is the efficiency of your current laundry process. How is dirty laundry collected and sorted? What kind of laundry detergent are you using? How are you transporting your laundry from home to the laundromat?
We really like the idea of using sorting bins at home such that your laundry is already pre-sorted. This approach allows you to organize your bins into lights, darks, and towels. From there, you can bag these loads into colored pillowcases (white for lights, and a colored case to indicate darks) to keep track of your laundry while at the laundromat.
To further simplify your routine, you can switch your laundry detergent to pods. Rather than carry a heavy container of detergent with you to the laundromat, you can carry just enough pods to do your laundry for the day.
2. Refresh Your Laundry for Spring by Cleaning Your Washer and Dryer
Much like you'd wash your clothes, bedding, curtains, etc, you should also plan to clean your washer and dryer this spring. In fact, you should clean your machines every 6 months. And that goes for residential or commercial machines (although you should only clean a commercial washer or dryer if you operate or work at a laundromat). Washing your machine is the best way to avoid odors that can build up on your clothing.
3. Refresh Your Laundry for Spring by Protecting Your Clothes in the Wash
One of the biggest reasons that people discard clothing is that their clothes get damaged. While some damage can't be avoided, there are a few simple things you can do to help protect your clothes in the wash.
For example, pay special attention to anything that has a zipper or velcro before tossing it into the washing machine. If you want those pieces to last, make sure to zip your zippers and secure any velcro before you even toss them into your laundry hamper.
We also suggest that you separate your gym clothes into a separate wash load. Anything made with lycra or spandex should be washed separately from other fabrics if you want those pieces to last. Washing with other articles of clothing may cause the fabric to break down its antimicrobial and moisture-wicking qualities.
4. Refresh Your Laundry for Spring by Treating Stains Immediately
Building on our previous point, another way to extend the life of your clothing is to treat stains immediately. If you can treat the stain when it happens, not only are you more likely to remove the stain entirely but it'll be ready to be washed when the time comes.
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