This post was sponsored by NEW! Tide PurClean as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
I might be one of those odd balls who actually likes to do laundry. Strange yes, but true. It’s one of the few household chores that I don’t mind doing. But, even that is tested when it comes to my autistic teen’s laundry.
And if you’re a parent of a teenager, you know what I’m talking about.
How in the world, at that age, do they manage to get their clothes that stinky and smelly? Maybe during camp season I can understand since they’re outdoors more.
Still. Tackling her laundry can be a chore on top of a chore. Here’s a few ways to make it easier and hopefully more pleasant.
The average American household does one load of laundry per day -; that’s a lot of time in the laundry room. Many people take pride in the appearance of their families’ wardrobe, but all that time in the laundry room might be a waste.
Here are some tips on when to spend time and when to save it while doing laundry:
Spend Time: Hand Washing
If you have to hand wash a garment, it is because it’s delicate and needs special care. Let all the water drain out of the basin before moving a fragile or loosely knitted garment. Don’t squeeze delicate fabrics in a hurry to remove water; they may stretch or tear.
Save Time: Use Shorter Cycles
Ninety-eight percent of soil comes out in the first two minutes of a wash cycle. Your everyday clothing, without stains or ground-in soil, only needs about six minutes of laundry time, so using shorter wash cycles can save water, time and your dark clothing from fading.
Spend Time: Wash Clothes in Smaller Loads
Don’t overload your washer. You may get more clothes in, but they won’t come out clean. If a washer is too full, clothes won’t agitate or rinse enough. Make sure clothing is equally distributed around the tub of the washer to keep the load balanced during spin cycles.
Save Water and Energy
If you wash your clothes in cold water, you’ll save on energy costs as well. Did you know that by washing your clothes in the evening you’ll also use less energy? Another way to save energy is by using a laundry line or clothesline to dry your clothes instead of a dryer.
And here’s my newest weapon for tackling my teen’s smelly laundry:
Tide PurClean is the first bio-based detergent with the cleaning power of Tide* (*65% bio-based ingredients) and is certified by the USDA BioPreferred Program.
Available at Target, Tide PurClean is new to the market- and you know what that means? The opportunity to save money.
With the neckhanger coupon (found on the bottle) you can save $1.00 and the Target Cartwheel mobile app save you an additional 5%. But don’t wait! Both of these offers expire on July 30th.