Posted on April 01 2019
Spring cleaning only comes once a year, (and we have plenty of tools to help with that), but dirty laundry happens every day. Here are few thoughts on making your laundry experience more enjoyable:
1. Use a natural laundry detergent. If your detergent smells good, the entire experience will be so much nicer. We like Common Good. It's made in Brooklyn from gentle, plant-based ingredients, scented with 100% pure essential oils, and all of the containers are reusable and refillable.
2. Have a pretty laundry hamper. We particularly love our woven hampers (so does Martha Stewart). We have at least one in each of our bedrooms, as well as downstairs by the washing machine. Handmade in Senegal from recycled plastic and reeds; they are fair trade and help women earn money to support themselves and their families.
3. When you can, hang your clothes outside to dry. Besides the environmental and financial benefits, the smell of line-dryed laundry pretty much can't be beat. Plus the sun naturally whitens, removes any leftover stains, and is antibacterial.
4. If you have a big family or lots of dirty clothes, try and do at least one load a day. This prevents stressful (and smelly) laundry pileups, and makes the job feel much more manageable.
5. Listen to music or a podcast while you work. Our list of podcasts is always changing, but current favorites include Conan O'Brien, The Cut on Tuesdays, Mother Earth News, Freedom, Books, Flowers & the Moon (The TLS), Pardon my French with Garance Dore, The New Yorker fiction podcast, and Wellness Mama.
6. Use a nice laundry basket for your clean laundry as well. The baskets on our rolling laundry rack (above) have handles, and are tactile and easy to carry. We also like using vintage straw baskets for our laundry, and have a rotating selection in our vintage selection.
7. Fold (or hang) everything immediately and put it away. If your load was small and manageable, this shouldn't take long, and then you are done. It's awful when you want to wear something that you know is clean, but you find it all crumpled and smushed in the laundry basket waiting to be folded.
8. Try to only keep clothes you love, or at least like. That way you'll have fewer things to wash, fold, and put away, and they will be items you are happy to wear and take care of.
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