Have you found some ways to ease the physical strain or laundry, or conserve your energy while getting it done? Share those tips here, so other people can learn from them! Share Your Tips!
Wrinkles Gone, No Ironing
- I don't like ironing. so what i use to get the wrinkles out of most of my clothes is spray them with Wrinkle Releaser by Downey. Or putting a piece of clothing in the dryer with a very small wet towel and let the dryer run for about 10-15 minutes. The wrinkle realeaser works best if you spray the clothing the night before you wear it and smooth the wrinkles out with your hand(i do it quickly), then hang till morning. This is how I remove the wrinkles from most of my clothing now.
laundry help tip
- I have fibro and CFS and my landlord removed the laundry machine. I found a laundry that offeredwash,dry fold service. They do 4 loads and add double downy which helps when my skin hurts. Try Downy silk touch it helps. They also bag my clothes in many small bunches all for about $15. it's so worth it I don't have to buy soap,downy bleach and I don't have to do something that would put me back in bed for 3 days after.
- —Guest bambi
laundry room closet
- In my laundry room I put in a closet rod along one wall. The wall that intersects with it is where the washer and dryer are. That gives me about 6 feet of hanging space, and the clothes are not in the way of the doors.
I also will lay a shirt down, flatten with my hands. Then I will add another shirt on top, and so on.
Once all of the shirts are in a pile then I can quickly add the hangers and hang a handful of shirts at one time. I have to keep a chair in the room in case I get dizzy. I also make my own cleaning products. Its cheaper, very fast, and doesn't irritate my skin. I can customise my own scents, too. Which isa nice indulgence
- —Guest phephe
Laundry -- Use a trolley
- The washing machine is on the same floor as my room, but is a bit far away and has 2 steps. I don't use a basket -- I use a light-weight trolley I once bought for shopping. It cost me about $20.
After I relapsed, I stopped folding clothes. I just leave them in the trolley, but I should start sorting them so that it becomes easy to locate.
And I just cannot afford to iron them -- too exhausting when I find brushing my teeth as a tiring task. I live alone -- so I have to make sure I look after myself and I cannot afford to spend my very limited energy on activities such as ironing clothes. Nothing is perfect.
- —Guest abc
Going to the laundromat
- Its great that all of you have laundry facilities available to you where you love and can use them at any time and not have to worry about it. I do laundry about every 2 or 3 weeks, depending on the season. Another thing I do is get a hamper on wheels. Fingerhut sells a great one! I started using a brand new one only recently. I think I had the first one for about 3 or 4 years. So the only thing I have to for lifting is putting it in and out of the backseat. I always make sure I bring with me something to keep me occupied during the time I am there. Luckily I am a voracious reader and have a Kindle for that. I never leave my clothes and take off only to come back 20 to 30 minutes. Wastes time and gas. If you can, find yourself a seat nearest to your washer and dryer, that way you can keep track. of the time. So if anyone has any recommendations to help streamline my process, that would be great. And yes, I do it alone, hubby is disabled from a car accident with a TBI.
- —Guest wendyh
- I have a laundry basket on wheels that I bought several years ago. Rubbermaid. I have a vanity stool (short chair) to sit on when removing clothes from the dryer & I use an ordinary spaghetti fork for reaching to the back of the dryer or getting items from the washer. I 5' !', vertically challenged
- —Guest Carol
- I miss having my own nice laundry room w/good machines. At least my apt.bldg. has coin-op on premises, but the washers are huge & $$$ so I blow a day on laundry every 2-3 weeks when I have accumulated enough for full loads. I just make sure to have enough underwear to last! ;-) I don't have anything that would run so I sort by fabric weight (thus drying time); no more luxury of delicate cycles and 2nd rinses so I clothes-shop with washing as much as fashion in mind! If not more! LOL I have a wheeled hamper that will carry 2 loads at a time and Method makes a decent unstinky concentrated detergent that comes in a TINY bottle. I put an extra shower rod over my bathtub to air-dry stuff on hangers, takes less space than a rack. Folding is SO hard on my back that I really minimize it! Toss undies & socks right into pretty covered baskets on my dresser. When possible, sheets go right back on the bed & towels back on hooks. Hard w/no help anymore though, had to streamline everything.
- —Guest melizabeth
Different washers and dryers
- I've found that the front load washers and dryers (for home) are great IF they are put up on a bit of a platform. A three to six inch one is sufficient for me, to reduce the bending part. Wet clothes are VERY hard for me to lift when I'm flaring so, I have my little darlings do that part for me. Utilize the help if you have it!
For folding, I have my hubby bring it into the bedroom and I can lay down to do the folding of small things. Hanging my dresses is usually reserved for a good day that I can dedicate specifically to MY personal laundry. I rarely dress up so I rarely have hang up clothes .
- I do smaller loads am in the uk so have a front loading machine then throw it in the tumble dryer I have max of three tops a week to iron sometimes not even that ..... Ironing is a thing of the past and that really helps me as the motion of ironing plus the weight of the iron would set my neck spasms off
- —Guest Fattroutt
- After my shower, I take all of the clothing in the hamper with me into the laundry room (next door over), I put my clothes from that day in there, along with anything I could find to wash. I start the washer when I go to bed. In the morning I transfer it to the dryer. When the dryer goes off, I take clothing out of the dryer, fold it and put it on a pile on top of the dryer. After everything is folded, during the day as I go by, I take a load and put it away.
- —Guest Lee Ann
Just throw them clothes down the stairs!
- Unfortunately, my washer and dyer are both down stairs and my room is up another flight of steps. Most of the time my husband carries everything for me. But when he can't, I just put all my sorted clothes into a zipper pillow case, zip it up and down they go! This way I can take my time going down the 2 flights and the laundry doesn't' hurt anything being soft clothes. Also, I use a grabber to pull clothes out and put in, so I not bending much at all. I have also used a budgie cord to drag baskets, just get the one with big hooks at the ends they hook better.
- —Guest RAD
OT Therapist was a big help!
- I asked my occupational therapist for some tips. She advised getting a laundry basket with wheels on it so I could just roll the basket across the house to the laundry room. I have top loading washer and front loading dryer. I am short barely 5"1" so use the red reaching thing advertised on tv to help grab wet clothes from the bottom of the washer to transfer to the dryer. I love the idea of the purex sheets that clean, and freshen also the lady with the idea of the tea jar with the spigot which she filled with the laundry detergent. I will definitely have to try that out!
- I get by with hubby doing most of laundry. I sort. He does the rest. Sometimes I put away. Never iron! Since I broke my leg,(To add to the misery),things are twice as hard to handle. :( In nice weather I still make sure stuff gets hung out in the clean air. Bad weather it gets hung inside or plopped into dryer. What I used to fuss over no longer even exsists. Strange how that works. Called resilience, I guess. Heaven help us all !!!
Ironing if you hate ironing
- The weight of an iron filled with water is amazing! I am a seamstress by trade, and spent the $$ for a "tank" iron. The tank sits on a table to the side of the ironing board, holding the water. A "hose" transmits the water to the iron. Then I'm only lifting and moving an empty iron! Best brand: Rowenta.
- For the longest time my husband has done all of the laundry. I'm feeling a little better so I try to do very small loads so I don't feel over whelmed. When I take them out of the dryer it is the hardest part. Then when I fold them I put them on my bed that is quite high so I don't have to do all of the bending over. It's helping for now! And I know my husband is appreciating the help. He even told me to stop if it starts making me feel to sore again. I'm truly bleesed!
- —Guest Brenda