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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Lazy Laundry

Hannah Barnes
Doing the laundry is no one’s favourite job, but alas we all need clothing to avoid arrest and unless you’ve got an infinite amount of bank, or a serious wish to be left alone, you’re going to need to wash it every now and again. It’s a total catch 22.

Luckily for you, I’ve worked out some pretty lazy ways to get around doing the laundry – with a little help from my friends. This may be The Lazy Girl, but everybody hates laundry day; this is a universal topic and, yano, maybe it’ll change your life or some bullshit.

Just buy more underwear

Okay so this is technically a leftover habit from my student days when a housemate showed me the glorious life hack that is storming down to Sainsburys and buying a 6 pack of briefs (all to avoid having to do laundry). I don’t resort to it often these days, but I have still been known to pop an extra pack of underwear in my shopping basket when laundry day looms.

Make outfits work for their wash

...and call it saving the environment if you like. If nothing else, it’ll balance out your over-proportionate underwear hoard enough to make it seem sane. Basically, just stop chucking things in the wash basket after every wear and take the time to actually work out if they need a wash. You’ll have to hang them up instead, but anything else is just a false economy.

Carpet wipes are your best friend

I always have a packet of these on hand in the house, and if you're forced to leave your home at any point I’d recommend taking a pack with you (instant application is key). You can avoid actually washing anything for weeks if you just scrub down stains as you go – and for a notoriously clumsy person such as me, that’s a god send. Obviously I’m recommending you use these on your clothing, but if that wasn’t transparent enough here you go.

Why get dressed if you don’t have to

I mean this is partly a joke...but also not a joke at all. Obviously we get dressed in the mornings for many reasons and for a lot of us (myself included) it can help with mental health and maintaining healthy behaviours. But giving yourself a day off every now and then is fine too; sometimes we just need to slob about all day in our PJs and eat Pringles instead. It’s simply an added bonus that we haven’t created any laundry - or washing up - that day either. Win. Win.

Got any laundry busting tips for me? Send them my way via the comments section. 

Hannah Barnes / Author & Editor

I keep myself busy with my small business; The Loft Gifts, the period poverty charity I run; The Crimson Wave, writing here and for vaious platforms and a growing menagerie of household pets.


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