Between sorting, washing, pouring, transferring, drying and folding, laundry can often feel like a daunting chore. While you can’t skip laundry completely, you can stop those baskets from overflowing with these time-saving tips.
5 Time-Saving Laundry Tips
(Family Features) Between sorting, washing, pouring, transferring, drying and folding, laundry can often feel like a daunting chore.
While you can’t skip laundry completely, you can stop those baskets from overflowing with these time-saving tips from the laundry experts at Whirlpool.
Sort clothes ahead of time. One way to make laundry more manageable is to sort as you go. Instead of tossing dirty clothes into a hamper, distribute items into separate bins. While the exact division depends on your wardrobe, you’ll want to separate dark and light colors, as well as clothing that needs special care.
Pretreat stains. Once a stained garment makes its way through the dryer, chances are the stain is set for life. Protect your clothes by pretreating stains as soon as possible to help keep even the toughest stains from setting in. If you’re unsure of how to treat a particular stain, such as spaghetti sauce or grass, Whirlpool offers a Stain Guide within its laundry app that provides helpful, step-by-step instructions*.
Keep your space organized. Just like it’s hard to cook in a messy kitchen or work at a cluttered desk, you’re less likely to be productive in a sloppy laundry room. Clean and organize your laundry area periodically so you have easy access to the supplies you need and a clean surface for folding fresh laundry or switching loads.
Take advantage of technology. New smart home technology is making laundry faster and easier, such as Whirlpool’s Smart Front Load Laundry Pair with the Load & Go™ dispenser. This innovative feature allows you to skip a step in your laundry routine by eliminating the need to measure out and add detergent every time you start a load for up to 40 loads**.
Whether you are on the run or across the room, you can control your washer and dryer using an app on your smartphone or a compatible voice-enabled device for hands-free assistance. You can track how much time is left on your load while cooking dinner, assign washing settings while enjoying family movie night or begin a cycle when running errands. Touch-screen technology also guides you to the correct washer or dryer presets, or you can pre-program cycles of your own to tackle specific care settings for items like baby clothing or bulky comforters.
Finish with ease. For some, it’s not the washing that makes laundry a drag, it’s the folding. Hitting the tumble button to shake out wrinkles is one solution, but there are alternatives. Use your dryer’s end-of-cycle buzzer as an easy way to keep track of when a load needs your attention or make folding a fun game with your family.
Find more information at whirlpool.com.
*Wi-Fi and app required. Features subject to change. Appliance must be set to Remote Enable for remote control capabilities. Details and privacy info at whirlpool.com/connect.
**Model WFW9620H. Based on an 8-pound load of laundry. The Load & Go™ dispenser capacity varies by model.SOURCE:
(BPT) - Spring is the season of renewal, especially when it comes to trading in your winter coats for your summer tees. It's an ideal time for a fashion revival, so here are a few expert tips and tricks that will have you looking your best with minimal effort.
Step 1: Swap out knits and heavy fabrics.
Say goodbye to that chunky cable knit sweater - it's time to resurrect light linens, beautiful blouses and chic capris. Rather than cram all your clothes into your closet to later overlook some amazing warm weather duds, store away those winter clothes until fall. Easily organize them by putting items in labeled, plastic storage containers and housing the containers in a well-ventilated space. If you don't have extra room for storage containers, another space saving tip is to stow items neatly inside your suitcases.
Parents can also help kids clean out their dresser drawers by donating undersized apparel and vacuum-packing the rest of their winter essentials.
Step 2: Wash to eliminate odors and wrinkles.
Clothes that haven't seen the sunlight in months could use a proper refresh, even if they're not stained or untidy. And spring wardrobes typically consist of many delicate fabrics, which require special care. A revolutionary laundry invention called "TWIN Wash" allows you to divide and conquer, running two separate loads of laundry at the same time so you can care for your specialty items and larger loads all at once!
How does it work? Double up by loading the traditional front-load washer compartment with regulars and the "SideKick" with active-wear, delicates or kids' clothes. The LG SideKick is a first-of-its kind mini washing machine situated in the footprint of the laundry pedestal, specifically designed to wash small, custom-care laundry loads and ideal for your sunny season intimates and active wear.
Step 3: Refresh without dry cleaning.
The spring means hot, sticky days are quickly approaching and that means more frequent trips to the dry cleaners. Help reduce those trips and instead, place your favorite resort wear, dresses and elegant cocktail attire in the new LG Styler.
A must-have for the warmer months ahead, the LG Styler is a one-of-a-kind clothing management system that can quickly refresh and sanitize your clothing after a humid day in the sun. Simply place items inside the sleekly designed appliance, and let the LG Styler work its magic, using innovations such as TrueSteam technology to refresh your clothing without detergents and reduce odors so you're ready for any beachside party or outdoor event at a moment's notice.
Step 4: Add some new life to your wardrobe.
A trendsetting spring look shouldn't have to cost you. With a little ingenuity, you can elevate your clothing collection and have some fun in the process.
To start, look at different pieces and devise three different ways you can style each. Everyone falls into outfit ruts, but if you think outside the box, you'll find perfect pairings that would otherwise go unnoticed. Second, embrace accessories. Pops of color from scarves, jewelry and hair pieces can instantly transform a bland outfit. Finally, host a clothing exchange where people bring clothes they no longer wear but would rather see go to their friends than the thrift store. Everyone gets new pieces at no cost.
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