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Family Matters: Laundry

Doing the family’s laundry is probably my most time-consuming household task each week, so anything I can do to make it go more smoothly and get my clothes the cleanest is quite welcomed!

This week Brookshire’s is offering $5 off a laundry item so you better believe I’ll be going back several times to stock up.

One of my challenges is school uniforms. My older son wears khaki shorts and either a navy, white or gold polo shirt, easy enough on the uniform end. Keeping them clean and pressed is a different story! One thing that helps is washing them in a gentle detergent, like Purex, with a boost of OxiClean. I always wash in cold water and hang dry immediately when the cycle finishes. Line drying keeps me from having to iron as vigorously, extends the life of the uniforms and saves on electricity. Plus, if I don’t put them in the dryer, any stains I might have missed before washing won’t set with the dryer heat. Speaking of stains, when he gets some strawberry jelly from his lunch on his white shirt, a Clorox Bleach Pen is a lifesaver! When it’s one of his other shirts, a stain remover stick is handy. I wish I could get him to keep one in his backpack, but it’s probably not cool in middle school to whip out your stain stick in the cafeteria.

Do you get stuck with socks that don’t have a pair? I think we’re all victims of the disappearing sock  phenomenon! A small mesh laundry bag can help. Simply pop your socks in, zip, launder and dry! All of your socks stay together.

My work clothes take some TLC as well. I like to make them last as long as possible. Dryel dry cleaning kits for home use are wonderful! I can get dry-cleaned results right at home with a product easy to find right on the laundry aisle.

One last piece of advice: boys are not fond of lavender-scented dryer sheets. I found that out the hard way. Luckily, there are plenty of other fresh scents available to keep your clothes soft, smelling great and static free.

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