Bungalow ChicTransitional Laundry Room, Minneapolis
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2. Use a gentle detergent, and less of it. Most of us use more detergent than we need to. We could cut our usage in half or more and still get our clothes clean. Although it’s counterintuitive, using more detergent can actually leave your laundry dirtier. The reason is that the excess suds don’t rinse away and neither do the bacteria and dirt they hold. As a result, we either wear dirty clothes or we wash them more to get them clean. (Even worse, we add more detergent the next time!)Since learning about this, I started filling the soap receptacle in our washing machine no more than halfway to the “normal load” line. For whites and other loads that may need a boost, I add a little color-safe bleach. Even with both of these liquids added, I’m usually not all the way up to the normal line. Our clothes and towels come out just fine. Second, be sure to use a gentle detergent, which causes less wear on the fibers of your clothing. There are plenty of good brands out there — formulas made for baby clothes tend to be the least harsh.
4. Pause the washing machine and let it sit for an hour. Dip a microfiber cloth into the soaking solution, wring it out and use it to clean the top of the drum and agitator (where the water doesn’t reach) and the inside of the lid. If you can remove the bleach and fabric softener dispensers, do so and clean the areas beneath them with the cloth and cleaning solution as well. If they are fixed in place, clean them and the area around them. Brucia says that using vinegar to clean a washing machine will help eliminate the detergent buildup.Finally, clean the control panel and the outside of the machine with the cleaning solution or an all-purpose spray. Use a dry microfiber cloth to dry and polish the surfaces. 5. Restart the machine and finish the cycle. “You won’t smell the vinegar, but if you do, simply add another rinse cycle,” Rapinchuk says.Find laundry hampers in the Houzz Shop
Day 3: Get organized.Decluttering tasks: With your laundry room clean and decluttered, it should be much easier to get organized.Sort products into two categories: daily use and stain fighting or specialty products. If you have a choice, store the products you use daily (like detergent) closest to the washer and less frequently used items on a higher shelf.If you do hand washing at a sink in the laundry room, put the soap and any other supplies you use beside the sink.Open baskets and trays are quite useful for corralling groups of products — not only do they look attractive, but they make it easier to grab exactly what you need (for example, the stain-fighting kit) because you won’t have to rummage around on a crowded shelf.Make a dedicated place for stuff that comes out of pockets, like a small bowl placed atop the dryer.Be sure you have a small wastebasket at hand for lint balls and dryer sheets.