Cut Your Laundry Time in Half

My cleaning posts seem to be a little obsessed with laundry at the moment (see here and here) – probably because it’s one of those tasks that I dread. With sorting, washing, hanging out on the line (or putting in the dryer), bringing in, ironing/folding up and putting away, washing your clothes is one of those jobs that takes all day. It’s short bursts of effort at a time, but the very thought of laundry fills me with dread. Luckily, I had a large washing machine, so I can get away with only doing a load a couple of times a week.

This article on cutting your laundry time in half on Kidspot caught my eye. Most of the article is common-sense, but I hadn’t heard this tip before:

“I never iron. I just mix a teaspoon of lavender oil – the cheapest kind available – in a litre of water and mist it over the clothes before wearing them or hanging them in the wardrobe. Lavender oil is a fibre relaxant…you see the creases disappear before your eyes.”

 I’ll be buying lavender oil the next time I go to the shops to give this a go!

Have you tried using lavender oil? What are your tips to minimise ironing? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Ironing? I just don’t do it 🙂 If it needs ironing it just hangs in my closet and never gets worn!

  2. I love your blog and am passing along the Versatile Blogger Award to you!!! Have a fabulous day!

  3. I don’t iron either. I just throw things in the dryer again with a wet washcloth and wha la.

  4. I have never heard about the lavender oil thing! I will have to try it. I have to admit – I never iron! (Okay, almost never) I love doing laundry – hate ironing! With most clothes it does not seem to make a difference anyway. I do own a couple blouses that I like but need to iron. So they get worn rarely. Also the dresses I sewed for my daughter do need ironing. I do not know why – all other kids’ clothes I never ever iron and they look fine! Will try the lavender thing with them. (If I find the oil around here.)
    Thanks for sharing this!

  5. Found your blog on New Friend Friday, and I’m so glad I did! I do the cook and craft part great, but I’m not so good at keeping the clean part up consistently! I’m going to follow in hopes that you’ll inspire me to keep a more spotless abode!

    Katie P
    Food, Wine, & Mod Podge

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