Helpful Laundry Tips for Large Families

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With a house full of people laundry is something we are no stranger to! I get asked all the time how do we deal with so many people? We must have so much laundry! Well, we do. Sometimes it’s a never-ending saga, while other times if we work together it’s done and put away quickly only for it to pile up again! But there are ways to manage and I decided I’d share those ways with you here today!

Helpful Laundry Tips for Large Families:

  • Have laundry baskets in every bedroom: Teaching the kids early how to toss their dirty laundry into their own laundry basket is key. No one likes having to wander around picking up other people’s dirty laundry. Keeping each bedroom stocked with a basket (or two if sharing!) keeps clothes together and organized.
  • Keep a tidy laundry space: Laundry for ten people can get messy. It can also get very disorganized and confusing. Keeping the laundry room free of clutter helps maintain the room and keep things in place.
  • Keep your soaps and accessories stocked: Running out of laundry soap isn’t ideal for anyone. But, trying running out when you have loads upon loads. No thank you. Keep the room stocked so you don’t have to worry and keep letting the laundry pile up.
  • Fold and Put away immediately: No one likes this part. It’s the bane of most people’s existence but it has to be done! Don’t leave it until tomorrow or the weekend tackle it as soon as it’s washed and dried.
  • Socks: Don’t even bother! We haven’t separated socks in years. There is no point. We wash them all together, throw them in a big tub and let the kids find the matches or mismatch. Who has time for sock sorting?

Looking for tips to help while doing laundry? Need to get your whites whiter? You are in luck here are some tricks we use to help us get our laundry done well and looking great!

  • Tennis Balls: Toss tennis balls in your dryer. They help cut drying time down and add a little fluff to your clothes! Wool dryer balls work wonders too! But tennis balls are cheaper!
  • Line Dry: Especially during the really hot summer months having the dryer on can make the home a bit hotter. When you can consider hanging clothes out on a line (or rack!) to dry!
  • Baking Soda: Add 1/2 cup to your loads. This helps brighten up your whites and brightens your brights.
  • Avoid dryer sheets: I hate them! They are pricey and smell awful. We don’t use them and I’m glad. Stick to the tennis balls or dryer balls.
  • Cleaner clean: Make sure you choose the right laundry detergent. They aren’t all created equally. Do your research and make sure you find which is the best for you. Keep using the same if you can, changing it up can create quite the build up!
  • Quicker Drying: Need a load to dry a little faster than normal? Throw a towel in with the load. The towel will soak up some moisture and help create a quicker drying time!

Do you have any helpful tips to help conquer all that laundry in your life?


  • Reply Jeanette July 11, 2018 at 9:01 am

    I am so guilty of not folding and putting away the clothes immediately! I just want to ignore it until it goes away LOL. It is probably the best idea to fold and put away immediately so that is one less mess you have.

  • Reply Glenda Cates July 11, 2018 at 9:14 am

    I don’t have a big family but I use a lot of these tips like Laundry Baskets in each room of the home. I don’t match socks although I do put each person in their own basket and with mismatched socks, my son can grab two in the morning and he is good to go. As for Tennis Balls, I always forget about picking them up and will this weekend.

  • Reply Terri Beavers July 11, 2018 at 10:38 am

    I would love to have a laundry room but I can still use your tips. I always fold clothes right away (because I hate to iron, lol). When all the kids were small and at home, it was a bit more difficult to do because the laundry was an every day chore.

  • Reply Amber Myers July 11, 2018 at 10:40 am

    My family isn’t that big, but I do seem to have to do the laundry every few days. We do have baskets everywhere. But I don’t always fold and put away in the same day. What kind of sorcery is that?

  • Reply candy July 11, 2018 at 11:18 am

    We are either very dirty people or very clean people with all the laundry I do. I have folded and put away laundry for years. Makes everything so much easier. Plus it is completely done.

  • Reply Melissa Chapman July 11, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Great tips for laundry and you must be an expert. I don’t have a line anymore but tennis balls sound like a great idea and I will try it.

  • Reply Tasheena July 11, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    These are wonderful tips. Having a schedule and keeping laundry baskets in every room really makes it a lot easier.

  • Reply Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh July 11, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    I’ve never been good at folding clothes and putting them away on the same day. SO, my tip is to drop it all onto your bed! You can’t go to bed unless the clothes are folded and put away. It works for me everytime.

  • Reply Chubskulit Rose July 11, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    We still sort socks lol. Laundry is a full day job for me because it want it folded and put away at the end of the day.

  • Reply Carol Cassara July 11, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Awesome tips for managing the laundry! I used to live in a large household and the laundry was crazy! I think these tips are going to help so much especially since laundry can be such a tiring chore!

  • Reply Janet C July 12, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Laundry is definitely a tedious task and with a large family it’s even more daunting. These are some really great tips.

  • Reply Heather July 12, 2018 at 9:10 am

    This is great advice. I don’t separate anything but towels and wash clothes because I wash them on a sanitary setting to get them cleaner, and of course bedding on an allergen setting. My six year old is learning how to fold and put away his laundry and it really helps. We do make sure we fold and put away in the same day so it doesn’t just sit there, or become a dirty laundry basket again with clean clothes in it. We’ve had that happen.

  • Reply Jenn@Engineermommy July 12, 2018 at 9:51 am

    You’re so right about folding and putting away right away. It’s so tedious sometimes but if left in a pile, it’s a nightmare. Usually if I put on some good music or a movie in the background it helps get through the tedium. All of your tips can definitely help avoid a laundry nightmare.

  • Reply Kita Bryant July 12, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Oy, laundry is just so time consuming. These are some really great tips for sure!

  • Reply Ruth I. July 12, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Folding and putting away is not an easy task for me! haha. I try to be organized with the laundry day and everything needed but sometimes it gets busy when it’s time for folding, or just because I hate that part.

  • Reply Heather July 12, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Laundry is my least favorite thing to do…. but if I had an awesome, new machine, I would probably change my mind about it.

  • Reply valmg @ Mom Knows It All July 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Yes I always stock up when my favorite two detergents and my favorite fabric softener goes on sale. Everyone in our house has always had their wn laundry basket, it’s so much easier that way.

  • Reply Louisa July 13, 2018 at 5:33 am

    I don’t know how my mom survived laundry days with a full house of kids. It’s a full day’s chore of me. Needless to say that I don’t enjoy it.

  • Reply Anosa Malanga July 15, 2018 at 12:19 am

    Sometimes, doing the laundry is a mess more me and makes me feel so lazy sorting out my laundries. Now I make a laundry basket for different clothes. So I can save time in separating each. I have for my undies/hankies and socks then for my white and then coloured clothes.

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