GIVEAWAY: Panasonic ECONAVI 10kg Front Loader Washing Machine ($1,619) Congratulations Helen.

January 23, 2014 · 185 comments

would you like a new washing machine

Washing.  It would have to be one of the most life defining things about a motherhood. You know the drill. Load goes in. Load comes out.  Load goes on the line.  Load comes off the line.  Load morphs into your own personal Mt Foldmore  (or Mt Ironmore if you’re a little keener than I am.)   Pause.  Take a deep breath. Perhaps wait a day or two until the kids start complaining they have no school socks left.  Load gets folded. Load gets divided.  Load is returned to the wardrobe of its instigator.    Repeat.   Daily.   For the next eighteen years!     Gah –  seriously it’s enough to drive the most picture perfect  parent into a head banging tango with a brick wall.

Okay, I think you get the picture – washing sucks.    But seeing as nudist  behaviour is still frowned upon in mainstream society it’s a necessary evil  – and seriously thank God for that!   So today  I’m  joining with Panasonic to see if we can’t make washing just a little bit easier.   Have you heard about their massive new 10kg ECONAVI front loader?    I think you’ll agree she’s  very perdy!

Panasonic Washing machine Giveaway

Panasonic tell me that many of us underestimate just how big our laundry loads are.  The national average weekly volume of washing is around 32kg.  (Egad – that’s more than my kids weigh.)    Actually it equates to about four loads in an 8kg machine.   (I would like to point out a little proudly here that my own family is obviously above average  – because we do 7 loads a week.)    But that’s about were the  joy ends for me because  Panasonic also tell me that even an extra two loads a week in an 8kg machine can mean up to four extra hours spent doing washing.   Noooooo!   And this is where a machine with a greater capacity can make a HUGE difference for us time poor parents.

The Panasonic ECONAVI 10kg washing machine has an extra-large capacity drum in a compact body – meaning you can do larger loads, without taking up any extra room in the laundry.  Better still, the Panasonic ECONAVI machines automatically sense the size of the load and adjust the wash to suit – great for energy-conscious families.

 Okay, I’m sold – where do I sign up?

I’m very excited to say that the good people at Panasonic have put aside one ECONAVI washing machine valued at $1619.00 with a Truth About Mummy reader’s name on it.   Yays.  You could be saving time in the laundry very soon.   But in the spirit of fairness Panasonic have also provided their top three tips to make washing easier for all of us.

three tips

  1.  The key to stain removal is acting fast! The sooner you put stains in the wash, the easier they are to remove.
  2.  Group each family member’s smalls (such as socks and underpants) together in laundry bags before the wash instead of after. That way, you can just throw in the wash and dryer, without time spent sorting at the end!
  3. Invest in a great, energy-efficient dryer, such as the new Panasonic Heat Pump dryer. The innovative new heat pump technology means you can put any item of clothing straight in the dryer, without the fear of ruining delicate clothing or high energy bills!

the giveaway

Would you like to have a Panasonic ECONAVI 10kg front Loader washing machine come live at your place?  Follow the four steps below to enter:

  1. In the comments below give me your best tip for saving time somewhere in the washing, drying and folding process.  The ten best answers,  as chosen by me, will be sent off and a winner selected by Panasonic’s PR team.
  2. Be kind enough to share this giveaway on Facebook  and then, if you do, please feel free to leave a second entry comment.
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  • Giveaway is open until Midnight  13th th of February
  • No entries will be accepted after this time.
  • All decision are final and based on skill not luck.
  • (Check the T&C tab for full T&C).
  • Disclaimer: This is a giveaway only. I have not received a trial product or financial compensation.  For this reason I have not reviewed the performance of this item. 
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2 Emily Lawes February 13, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Panasonic they’re on our team! Saves us time, makes me beam.
When using the triple threat, Panasonic washer, dryer and iron time savings a safe bet!
Add to that household training, clothes can be worn more than once unless it’s smelly or raining!
Now your laundry is reduce and fast, watch a comedy show on your Panasonic TV for a laugh!

3 Kate Edmonton February 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm

If you have a big family and sorting is an issue, a stirling idea is to allocate a ‘quadrant’ of the clothes line dedicated to one person, then all you have to do is hang all their washing up in that quarter, and when dry, throw them all in one basket, then all the sorting is done!
Also, I hang socks in pairs, then when dry, just bunch them together. No more lost socks, and no more tedious sorting when you have a big basket full 🙂
I hand underwear in pairs on the line, this cuts down time and motion.
Thanks for the competition! My overworked plain-label machine is on its last legs 🙂

4 Elizabeth February 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm

To save time, my dear,
with washing, drying AND folding
you should not fear,
as the secret I’m holding.
Step 1. Ensure there is washing to do.
Step 2. Find your child, even better if you have two.
Step 3. Tell them you have a fun game.
Step 4. Let them know they can throw things again and again.
Step 5. Watch your washing fall into the machine.
Step 6. Sip your coffee as EcoNavi gets things clean.
Step 7: Let the kids hang clothes outside
Step 8: Watch on, with a smile and pride
Step 9: The process is almost complete,
as the children fold your clothing
reward them with a small treat!

5 Katrina C February 13, 2014 at 9:37 am

Fold your washing straight away or as soon as you can. This prevents your clothes creasing in the washing basket.

6 Han E February 13, 2014 at 1:23 am

Sorting laundry saves lots of time. Get multiple laundry baskets, one for whites, light colored and darks. The darks usually fills up the quickest but due to my system my washing (almost) never get on top of me.

7 Cheryl Haining February 12, 2014 at 10:19 pm

I always hane home made stain remover, soap flakes, metho and eucylyptus oil, ready for any stain, rub it on as soon as I spot the mark, it keeps all our clothes stain free.
My family are lazy and prefer to throw thing into the laundry rather than put them away. I check everything before washing and return all clean items to the owner without washing. This cuts down greatly on my washing
Everyone has a colour and all underwear is bought in that shade, it takes the gueswood out of sorting undies

8 Michelle Gray February 12, 2014 at 8:51 pm

A great space and time saver is to hang the washing on the line on clothes hangers. So much more will fit and once they are dry, they are really to be put straight in the wardrobe.

9 Renee Ballantyne February 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Use fabric softener, this saves time ironing
Prestain any stains as soon as they happen or asap
Take advantage of windy days as clothes dry fast and need little or no ironing!!!

10 HelenD February 12, 2014 at 2:03 pm

1. Throw a dry towel in the dryer with your load. It will cut down the drying time – and save you money!
2. Two hampers – one for whites, one for colours. Cuts down on sorting time.
3. I made folding laundry seem like a huge deal – ‘unsure’ whether my minichaps were ‘old enough’ to cope with the ‘honour’. They were actually happy when I ‘allowed’ them to help do their basket of clothes. It was a habit for them by the time they realised it was a chore, not a reward. (Yes, I’m often overlooked for the Mother of the Year Award.)
4. A front load washer cuts down on time just by using the simple rule of gravity – cleaner clothes in half the time!
5. I fold all matching bed linen and put them in a matching pillow case. Easy to put away!

11 Caz February 26, 2014 at 6:10 am

Hi Helen 🙂 I am very excited to be able to tell you that you have been chosen as the winner of the Panasonic ECONAVI 10kg washing machine!!!!! How’s that for a good way to brighten your day? If you could please email me an address to have it delivered to Panasonic will work out the best way to get it to you. I am sure this machine is going to be awesome – I’m a little jealous myself. Congratulations!!
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12 HelenD February 26, 2014 at 8:22 am

Thank you so much Caz (and Panasonic – my favourite brand for a reason!)!!! I am beyond thrilled. My old machine was on it’s last legs so I can’t believe my luck.
Thank you so much again!!!

13 HelenD February 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm

1. Throw a dry towel in the dryer with your load. It will cut down the drying time – and save you money!
2. Two hampers – one for whites, one for colours. Cuts down on sorting time.
3. I made folding laundry seem like a huge deal – ‘unsure’ whether my minichaps were ‘old enough’ to cope with the ‘honour’. They were actually happy when I ‘allowed’ them to help do their basket of clothes. It was a habit for them by the time they realised it was a chore, not a reward. (Yes, I’m often overlooked for the Mother of the Year Award.)
4. A front load washer cuts down on time just by using the simple rule of gravity – cleaner clothes in half the time!

14 Jenai February 12, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Save time by sorting your clothes straight off the washing line. Sort clothes into separate piles (per family member) on a bench, fence, or outdoor chairs and then take them directly to the room where they belong. Enjoy the extra couple of minutes outdoors in the sunshine, to ultimately avoid a build-up of clean laundry requiring folding.

15 Maria February 12, 2014 at 10:47 am

Make sure you give the clothes a good shake before you hang on the line and if possible, take them off the line as soon as they dry. The longer they stay on the line the more creases they get.

16 Eva Kiraly February 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

I fold the clothes as I take them off the line, just have to put them away, no ironing.

17 Lisa G February 12, 2014 at 4:37 am

We all know washing our smalls in a “delicates” bag extends their life, but did you know using a pillow case or cushion cover is cheaper and has the same effect.

18 Vickie. S February 11, 2014 at 11:51 pm

My laundry tip is:
Put a cap full of eucalyptus oil in your washing and this will stop the lint from sticking to your clothes and then you dont have to spend hours removing it from dark clothes, also the eucalyptus leaves a lovely fresh smell on your washing.

19 Natalie Stoute February 11, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Okay, here’s my tip!

Generally, do everything inside out. When you take off a t-shirt (for example), leave it inside out and put it in the basket. Wash all clothes inside out, hang them on the line inside out and even iron inside out.

Washing them inside out tends to reduce fade (especially jeans), reduces pilling, and reduces visible lint. Hanging them inside out reduces fade dramatically. Only the inside of your clothes will fade due to sunlight. Ironing inside out is just as effective and reduces risk of burn marks or that sheen that regular ironing gives certain garments.

Great prize! With three young active boys, I’d love to upgrade to a nice big 10kg washer and the Panasonic Econavi sounds like my cup of tea 🙂

20 Mick G February 11, 2014 at 12:08 pm

I do all my sorting (colours/whites etc) before I go into the laundry so that all I need to do is load the washer and get the start it up

21 Candice E February 10, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Argh….My washing machine has just blew up yesterday right before a rinse cycle so I had to scoop out as much water as I could and rinse our clothes in the laundry through. Which is why I’m entering this competition – I need a new washing machine!! My best tip is folding up the clothes as you take them off the clothes line. I also hang up wet shirts on their hangers to dry as it reduces the ironing workload later on.

22 Jennifer B. February 10, 2014 at 11:50 pm
23 Jennifer B. February 10, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Instal a multi-rail clothes airer on a pulley system on your laundry ceiling so clothes can dry up out of the way!

Draping small items to dry removes the processes of carting wet washing outdoors, pegging and unpegging (and mishaps with birds and rain!)
Shirts and blouses can also be hung on hangers to drip-dry/speed ironing.

24 Becky from BeckyandJames February 10, 2014 at 2:11 pm

I have one very simple but VERY important piece of advice for saving time in the laundry process.
Simply; when your 8 year old front loader dies unexpectedly, leaving you surrounded by piles upon piles of washing because your family just will not take up a nudist lifestyle, DO NOT replace it ‘briefly’ with your father-in-law’s twin tub because briefly might well become months-on-end of filling and transferring and emptying and refilling and spinning. Currently, I see more of the washing machine than I do my family.

25 Kylie Poke February 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm

With four kids under 8 (including 2 under 2), washing, folding & ironing is a never ending task for this “time poor” mumma. To minimise the workload, I
1. Put a couple drops tea tree oil & eucalyptis oil in white vinegar & fill the fabric softener compartment with it as it disinfects & deoderises the clothes, leaving them fresh but gree of residual soapsuds.
2.Immediately after washing machiene finishes, put clothes onto clotheshorses (I have 3, which I then place in sunny or sheltered part of backyard to expediate drying). Peg washing in clothes groups eg kifs socks on a couple rungs, “smalls” on lower rungs. Larger items with one peg only under the armpit or in the crotch of shorts/pants or the waistband.
3 At night or in bad weather, the complete clotheshorse can be brought inside to finish drying.
4. Use the ironingboard to fold clothes on – direct from clotheshorse, folded then in piles on couch (I use our 3 seater couch – the arms for the baby & a seperate seat cushion per child, with the clothes to be hung ‘draped’ over the backrest). The folding is always done infront of catch up TV (firstly another timesaver, plus folding is done more regularly). Piles of clothes stacked nestly straight into a basket & put away immed (so the couch csn be sat on again, with the remote in one hand & a cuppa in the other). I rarely need to iron as my washing/folding methods prevent creases & leave only a faint pegmark in an inconspicuous area

a peg under the armpit

26 tracy lyness February 10, 2014 at 11:48 am

i have 5 kids ….4 which are teenage girls…they are forever leaving clean clothes around and not putting them in their draws,drives me nuts,rule is if i dont care if its been on the floor u can still wear it…i am not your washing slave….if they want something washed at the last minute i have taught them to put the washing on so i wont be their slave…..also socks u u should fold together before u put in the wash as with so many people in the house they get lost and as u put them in the wash u unfold them

27 Heather Tricker February 10, 2014 at 8:23 am

When i take the washing out of the washing machine I sort it by putting the clothes in the basket and leaving the underwear brill last so that when I go to the line I put the underwear on the line first. I then fold the washing while I take it off the line. I take the underwear off first then the clothes that don’t need ironing then the clothes that need ironing.

28 Helen J February 10, 2014 at 7:28 am

Don’t buy clothes that are too delicate to throw in the washing machine. Hand washing is for an era when women didn’t have a career outside the home!

29 Debbie February 10, 2014 at 12:53 am

I have three boys who all wear very similar colours/styles/sizes of boxers, board-shorts and t-shirts, which meant that I was wasting lots of time when it came to sorting and folding the clean washing, attempting to identify which son owned which piece of clothing. So, I made a code for each boy’s clothing as follows: oldest son – 1 clip (scissor cut) in clothing tag; second eldest- 2 clip marks and third eldest – 3 clip marks. My sorting and folding time is now a lot shorter – yay!!

30 Laura February 9, 2014 at 11:15 pm

I’ve tried all the time saving tricks in the book, but most find you spending time upfront to “save” time later in the day. The only thing that has really made a measurable difference to my time has been making the jump to a 10kg washer. It doesn’t even fit in the European laundry in this house (though the econavi would) but I can’t give up the convenience of doing a single load in the morning that fills the entire line and empties my washing basket in one go. Time for a coffee. (sharing on Facebook)

31 Tania February 9, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Child labour made into fun,
One to sort, one to peg and one to fold and put on the bed,
Made into a game while counting to 10,
All with the help of old mother hen.

32 Katrinna Brooks February 8, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Have shared this giveaway on Facebook and Twitter. Handy time saving tips already posted! Kind regards. Katrinna.

33 Katrinna Brooks February 8, 2014 at 8:07 pm

1. Dedicated Wash Days – if it’s not in the laundry on the eve before wash day, it “dosen’t get washed”..particularly good for teenage girls!
2. Divided laundry hampers for each person – Dark, White and Coloured..if hamper is not brought to laundry on the eve of wash day see point No.1!
3. If it’s stained, spray with stain remover before you put in hamper..if not, make friends with your will be there on your favourite piece of clothing for a looong time!
4.When your clean washing is on your bed, put it away…or you may never see it again!
5. Remember the washer is the machine….NOT your mother!
Thanks for the chance to win this competition..Brilliant! If I were to win, my old washer will go to my daughter..perhaps then she will be able to do her and my grandaughters washing..instead of gifting it to me!

34 Greta February 8, 2014 at 3:35 pm

I have two boys, primary school age.
After school on a Monday they change straight into the clothes that they will wear after school for the whole week. They’re only in them for a couple of hours! So then there’s really only the uniforms for the week and a set if clothes each to wash! Obviously if they do happen to get really dirty they can change….im not that much of a save time washing natzi :))

35 Chris February 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm

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36 Chris February 8, 2014 at 3:20 pm

With 4 kids I have a plethora
of handy tips for you,
I am the washing guru,
it’s all I seem to do,

I think I’ve read on this blog,
all my wise advice,
I’m a bit slow to the party,
but a win would still be nice.

The only way I could save myself,
more distancing from the line,
Is to put the kids on the street
with a for sale sign

Selling them is not an option,
or giving them away,
no nanny or cleaners coming,
not on my husband’s pay,

So I am stuck with all the washing,
I’ve no legal new ideas,
this machine would make me happy though,
for many washing years!

37 Stacey Shailer February 7, 2014 at 10:27 pm

I have a ‘soaking’ bucket filled with water and Napisan (sitting up out of reach of the kids) going at all times. Anything yukky, stained or covered in food gets thrown straight into it to soak. When a load of washing is getting put on, I drain the bucket, throw the contents in with the washing, and then immediately refill the bucket, ready for the next lot of dirty/stained/filthy stuff!

38 Michelle Gray February 7, 2014 at 11:57 am

I hang all my clothes inside on a clothes horse, a quick flick as you put them on gets most of the ceases out, and no peg marks means ironing is kept to a minimal amount.

39 Shellie Reid February 7, 2014 at 11:29 am

Our large family, means dirty laundry galore!
Sorting this, was once a tedious chore!
Problem now solved! Kids sort with delight!
~Three soiled laundry baskets, are marked “dark”, “colours” and “white”!
(Dad’s a problem! ~His “tosses” often stray!)
Still easier, saving time each washing day.
Another “time-saver”, and on this idea I AM KEEN!
~Acquire PANASONIC’S huge ECONAVI washing machine!

40 Taylor Closet February 5, 2014 at 3:16 am

Sorting laundry before I wash. I have an area in my home for everyone to put whites and darks in it’s own bin. Mondays I wash the darks, Tuesday the whites, Wednesdays my linens and I time my ironing to 1 hour each day. Now I’m teaching my oldest child how to do her own which will save me tons of laundry time.

41 Jo McPherson February 4, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Always pair your socks as you hang them out to dry then fold together as taking off the dryer – ALWAYS , I hate it when hubby doesn’t follow this simple rule, I end up with a box full of socks that takes sooo long to pair

42 Lesley Needham February 4, 2014 at 7:06 am

At the start of the school year I buy dozens and dozens of identical socks. After I wash them, I just throw them in the sock draw. My boys can pick any random 2 socks out of the draw and they will always match. I don’t have to spend hours sorting socks. With 4 boys who all wear socks, this ends up easier for everyone.

43 Charmaine Campbell February 3, 2014 at 11:45 pm

We often have a lot of darks and not many whites (mostly socks), so I use Colour catchers and throw the lot in together. I put the washing on at night and set the timer for first thing in the morning, then I hang all tops and dresses on hangers and put it all on the line. Hangers are a great way to cut down on ironing, plus if it starts to rain it’s much faster and easier to just grab all the hangers and bring the washing inside which I then hang on my candelabra to finish drying!

44 nicky goslin February 3, 2014 at 10:59 pm

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45 nicky goslin February 3, 2014 at 10:57 pm

the best way to save time is to invest in a good washing machine (like the Econavi front loader (10kg) ). it has all the specs I need – a childlock to stop my 2 1/2 year old from adjusting my washcycle after I’ve programmed the machine or trying to open the door inadvertently; – 23 stain solution cycles to wash all the family’s clothes perfectly without messing around with 100 different sprays, soaks and harsh chemicals; – a prewash and an extra rinse cycle for extra dirty cloth nappies or the hubby’s garden clothes. less scrubbing, less stress and importantly good energy and water ratings to save on my pocket as well.

46 Toni hill February 3, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Facebook liker and have been for a loooooog time 🙂 , fingers crossed my poor machine is on its last legs 🙁

47 Toni hill February 3, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Wow nice machine, my best time saving tip would be fold as you get the clothes off the washing line may take a little longer at the time but you will be stoked to bring in a folded load of washing instead of having to fold it later!

48 Jo kennedy February 3, 2014 at 2:54 pm

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49 Jo kennedy February 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm

I was spend so much time turning dirty laundry right side out. So began a rule if you don’t turn it right side out before it goes into the laundry, then you will turn it right side out before you wear it the next time.

50 Lisa Jordan February 3, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Get a washing machine that works. My 8year old top loader just crapped itself. I’ve just got out of storage my sister -in-laws front loader but after two years it has mould on the rubber seal but at least it works. Other than that Use contraception and don’t have too many kids because they are grubby little humans that dirty a lot of clothes.

51 Peta February 3, 2014 at 12:26 pm

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I program my machine to have my washing done first thing in the morning, that way it can be hung out, dry and folded all before lunch time. Makes life so much easier when washing for a family of 8.
I also add a stain remover/soaker like napisan to my wash cycle to help with any lingering stains.
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52 JoJo February 3, 2014 at 11:45 am

I have never been a fan of dealing with the washing and I’ve let it pile up in baskets until there are indignant socks ready to march their own protest. I’ve recently been using Washer Whiffs and using them to fragrance my laundry and it’s now a total pleasure to peg out the washing!

53 JoJo February 3, 2014 at 11:46 am

Oh if you want any… you can order them on my page – blatant advertising I know, but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do 😉

54 Talina Edwards February 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

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55 Talina Edwards February 3, 2014 at 10:55 am

Wow – some great advice here!
My 2cents worth:
Don’t buy whites – we wash everything together – saves separating and sorting!
Don’t iron – saves time and energy (unless going to a wedding or special occasion!)
Use soap-nuts in the machine instead of powder (saves money, no chemicals, environmentally-friendly, and they actually work great!)

56 Tanya Clarke February 2, 2014 at 10:33 pm

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57 Tanya Clarke February 2, 2014 at 10:32 pm

I like to use separate laundry baskets for each person in the house. I find it saves a lot of time. Once the clothes are washed (I use laundry bags for socks) I hang them out on the line to dry, putting each family member’s clothing on a separate section of the hills hoist. When taking them off, I place each family member’s garments into their respective baskets, folding them as I go. Easy as!

58 Mrs Woog February 2, 2014 at 8:22 pm

I have a shitty 7.5 kilo joke of a machine. That is all.

59 Jo McPherson February 2, 2014 at 8:17 pm

1. Have 3 dirty wash baskets that everyone puts into – darks, whites, towels (4 if you have delicates)
2. When hanging washing out hang like clothes together e.g. the same socks next to each other (so much easier to pair once dry) and Dad clothes together, Mums clothes together and each child’s clothes together.
3. When folding and taking in – Fold each person’s clothes according to type and place all together before moving onto next person’s clothes e.g. all tshirts, short, pants of child 1. – So much quicker to put in the right room
4. Bring laundry up and place on correct bed – then that person can’t go to bed without putting their clothes away 🙂

60 sarah February 2, 2014 at 6:14 pm

my tip is I take 4 empty (colour coded for 3 bedrooms and linen) washing baskets out to the line with me..then I fold everything as I take it off the line and put it straight into the right washing basket and each goes to the room it belongs to be put away by the kids.. saves doubling the work load.!

61 Wendy February 2, 2014 at 6:11 pm

My folding tip is to group matching sheet sets together fold and place inside one of the pillow slips, so you have little sacks in the linen cupboard not piles of mix and match sheets you can even fold the sheets and doona cover together and place the whole set into one doona pillow slip.

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62 Sarah Phillips February 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm

To save time you have to accept a little help here and there. Delegating smaller jobs can make one massive task more manageable. ie: Washing – husband’s job, hanging out/drying – daughter’s job, folding – son’s job. Wow, looks like I’ve saved myself heaps of time!

63 Renae Farrington February 2, 2014 at 5:25 pm

My biggest time-saving washing tip is to get the biggest clothesline you can fit in your backyard (and afford)! I was lucky enough to fit a 6m fixed head rotary hoist, which fits 6-7 loads on (from my 7.5kg top loader). I can wash and hang out – which is the quick and easy part – all day, and then when I have time at the end of the day, I can do a good job of folding and sorting as I take it all off the line.
My giant clothesline would suit a giant washing machine like the ECONAVI! With a baby due in 4 weeks time, and a commitment to environmentally friendly laundry practice I could use it. The bigger the loads I can wash at a time, the more time I will save!

64 Rebecca Costa February 2, 2014 at 4:59 pm

My washng tips are: First my son has white shirts for school and always finding pen marks on them, I spray on the marks with hair spray and then put in wash, no more pen marks once washing cycle done. Also Second tip hang your clothes to dry inside on a clothes horse as they fade from the sun when drying outside, clothes will look brighter for longer.

65 Margaret Hetherington February 2, 2014 at 4:42 pm

This trick started because of a medical condition that means I’m not supposed to be out in the sun – I sort my washing when in comes out of the machine as I’m putting it in the basket ready to hang out. My basket is loaded with each persons clothes together & usually pj’s go in first, then jeans/long pants, long shirts, shorts, shorts sleeved shirts, undies & socks (then the next persons goes on top of that). This makes hanging out super quick & when the sun goes down I fold as I bring the washing in & it’s already in piles to go straight into the cupboards – very little ironing too!

66 Kristie February 2, 2014 at 4:33 pm

My best tip for saving time doing the washing? Employ the services of your own minion army to sort, wash and fold. This saves you time for more important things…. Like hiding in the pantry sneaking lollies from left over party bags.

67 Margaret Hetherington February 2, 2014 at 4:33 pm

I start by having 2 laundry baskets (1 in ensuite & other just outside kids bathroom) they each have 3 sections. Everybody puts their dirty clothes into a ‘lights’, ‘darks’ or ‘others (jeans in ours & towels etc in kids)’ section & that saves enormous amounts of time sorting!
…Now if I had a 10th Panasonic, I could probably wash kids & adults clothes at the same time saving time, money & the environment!

68 John Lindley February 2, 2014 at 2:36 pm

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69 John Lindley February 2, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I like to start away from the washing machine to start with saving time. I find keeping my closets and drawers free of clutter and a somewhat placement of types of clothing articles into their own section within a shelf or drawer helps. Sports socks lie in one line next to the work and business/dress socks. The singlets reside next to the t-shirts next to the shirts, next to the long sleever shirts on one shelf.

From there I use many of the suggestions above to help with the monotonous task of washing.

This goes for towels, bedding, tea towels and do forth. Keeping bedding sets stored into their pillow cases. Towels sorted into kids, adult, beach and hand towels.
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70 Jody February 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm

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71 Jody February 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Fold the washing as you take it off the line so when you go inside its just a matter of putting it away – no double handling
Oh and buying as much iron free stuff as possible lol

72 Felicity O'Donohue February 2, 2014 at 1:43 pm

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good luck everyone

73 Felicity O'Donohue February 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I spend a little bit of time folding my clothes straight from the line, come in and separate into piles and put away then and there. This way im not shuffling through washing baskets pulling stuff out and messing up my already folded clothes.
The ‘ironing pile’ in my house is another story thought 🙂

74 Lisa Smith February 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Another time saving tip I use, is to hang shirts on coat hangers on the line too. Don’t forget to use a peg, to hold the hanger there in good stead. Then once all the shirts are nice and dry, straight into the closet without a sigh!

75 Lisa Smith February 2, 2014 at 1:33 pm

A washing basket for every one, saves me time and gets things done. I fold my washing as I take it off the line, then put it into that person’s basket I’ve assigned. Then straight to their room and into their closet, it’s done and dusted and not forgotten.

76 Courtney Mitchell February 2, 2014 at 1:21 pm

I find if i fold and iron clothes once i get them off the line. There are no dreaded ironing and folding piles which can quickly turn into mountains!

77 Fi raw February 2, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I’ve got three kids and a hubbie who all like to wear things once and put them in the wash – as if I haven’t got enough to do. I use the ‘pick through’ method to cut down on the actual washing washing. Socks, knickers and vests go through but jeans, jumpers etc often get folded and put back on the shelf! This also cuts down on environmental impact and saves the life of my washer!

78 Elise February 2, 2014 at 12:32 pm

I LOVE your tips, would never have thought to group the smalls in different bags!
I like to hang out things like school and work uniforms straight onto hangers outside on the clothesline, that way when they come inside they can transfer straight to the wardrobe. Halves the effort 🙂
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79 Renee February 2, 2014 at 12:15 pm

We are a family of eight so I do several loads a day, every day to stay on top of it.
My best tip is to hang the washing out as soon as it’s finished and give it a good shake to get the creases out. It makes ironing a lot easier and means I don’t need to iron as much! I also gety kids to help fold!

80 Dawn February 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Have hubby do the washing and hanging out and get teenager to bring it in and have 10yo help fold and put away, easy! 🙂

81 Steph February 2, 2014 at 11:57 am

I have seperate washing baskets for different things. So all towels go in one (as they don’t require fabric softener..) and sheets in another, adult clothes in another and baby boy has his own. I wash when the basket gets full enough for a load (which isn’t much with a tiny machine like mine!) and hang on the line (we also don’t have a dryer but who needs one in this ridiculous heat we’re experiencing!!) and once dry (again, in this heat give it about 10 minutes!) I fold straight into the basket in piles to put away. This may not work as efficiently later on as my boy is only 6months old and therefore not running around my legs screaming for my attention constantly. Haha!
I’m liking and sharing now too 😀

82 Marleisa February 2, 2014 at 11:13 am

I often hang clothes straight from the washing machine onto clothes hangers. This often prevents the need to iron and takes away the step of hanging out, getting in and then putting on the hanger!
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83 Lisa Wilson February 2, 2014 at 11:10 am

Best tip?? Don’t even ATTEMPT to fold the clothes whilst the kids are still up – its like trying to brush your teeth whilst eating a Tim Tam. Wait until they are in bed, pop on a chick flick or Magic Mike and own Mt Foldmore 🙂

84 nem moran February 2, 2014 at 10:50 am

own less lol, my kids have HEAPS of clothes so its tempting to leave it go til we desperately need to do it then it’s 10 pairs of pants / 10 tops / 10 rompers or outfits plus undies / socks / cloth nappies and instead of a small load you have three lines full to do :/

Im working on my laudry though, I want stackable system where lights / darks and towels can be seperated as they come off the person, that way I can see which pile needs to be washed today

85 Carly W February 2, 2014 at 9:42 am

have shared on face book …

oh I could so do with a new machine! thanks for all the pointers too!

86 Carly W February 2, 2014 at 9:41 am

stay on top of it! Wash every few days, fold as you are bringing it in and put it away straight away! Many hands make light work .. so each family member should put their own clean clothes away.

87 Melissa Pompe February 2, 2014 at 9:40 am

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88 Melissa Pompe February 2, 2014 at 9:38 am

My tip for making folding faster…. get your little ones involved. My 3 year old daughter loves pairing socks. Help and education at the same time.

89 Samantha Falconer February 1, 2014 at 10:48 am

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90 Samantha Falconer February 1, 2014 at 10:45 am

I do lots of little things that seem time consuming when doing them, but save time in the long run! I hang washing out as soon as the cycle is finished. I always line dry in the sun…in our warm climate we rarely use our dryer. I hang socks in pairs, then when taking the clothes off the line I always fold everything into each persons clothes. Then they can go straight from the basket to the wardrobe. My friends think I’m funny that I don’t iron, but I rarely need to following all these methods!

91 Alison Wilson January 31, 2014 at 11:08 pm

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We have ‘Sock Tree’ for the odd socks. (Well it’s really just a washing basket with the odd socks threaded through the holes. The kids call it the ‘sock tree’). At a glance I can see all of the odd socks we have, no sorting through a pile of socks to find one!

92 Alison Wilson January 31, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Hang t-shirts to dry outside on their hangers – then they rarely need ironing, and I can hang them straight in the cupboard when dry.

93 Alison Wilson January 31, 2014 at 11:00 pm

I hang t-shirts to dry outside on their hangers – then they rarely need ironing, and I can hang them straight in the cupboard when dry.

94 Yvette January 31, 2014 at 10:58 pm

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95 Yvette January 31, 2014 at 10:56 pm

I’m very particular when it comes to washing and clean clothes, but one thing I used to always struggle with is removing underarm stains – particularly in Hubby’s t-shirts when he’d been out in the garden, mowing etc. Until I discovered a fantastic way to remove those stubborn yellow, solid stains … mix together dishwashing liquid, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to create a thick scrub. Rub on the stain with a soft nail brush and voila – underarm stains be gone!

96 Kristin Santi January 31, 2014 at 10:18 pm

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Invest in a good washing machine and do washing regularly. I try to do a load every day, that allows me to keep on top of all the washing, and not to stress on the weekend. Weekends are sacred when you work full time and have three children. Given the frequency of use, the washing machine is one of the most used appliances in our house. This is why I strongly believe you should invest in a good brand like Panasonic. For me, I had to get a smaller capacity washing machine to get a good quality one within my budget. I believe it is worth it for the reliability and peace of mind, but always wish that I had been able to afford a bigger machine.

97 Kristin Santi January 31, 2014 at 10:07 pm

I bring the washing in when I get home from work and sit it at the end of the couch. After the kids are tucked in bed I sit and watch my favourite television show and fold the washing. It is an excellent excuse to just sit and watch tv, and I hardly notice that I am folding whilst I am watching tv. The added bonus is that hubby cleans up the kitchen because I am folding clothes.

98 Leanne Renehan January 31, 2014 at 9:56 pm

(Shared on Facebook ) I hang all my underwear and socks on $2 shop hanging peg airers.
In Melbourne you never know when you are going to have to run out and rescue the washing from the rain, with all the small stuff hanging like this I just unclip it from the line and they are all rescued from the rain.

99 Leanne Renehan January 31, 2014 at 9:50 pm

I fold the washing straight from the line into piles of each persons clothing.
Once I get inside I can take it straight to their rooms and put it all away without moving anything around.

100 Shelley Terry January 31, 2014 at 8:35 pm

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101 Shelley Terry January 31, 2014 at 8:35 pm

I have just discovered the benefits of folding the clothes as soon as you take them off the line. Makes it much quicker to sort the clothes out once inside and means they’re easier to iron.

102 christine Knott January 31, 2014 at 6:57 pm

I love doing large loads, getting the washing done in one or two hits. But one thing I don’t enjoy is once the clothes are all dry, having to go through them again and put them in piles. That’s double handling for me. So….what’s the answer? As I’m hanging out the clothes, I hang them in sections. One section for my oldest son, one for my youngest son, one for my daughter and then hubby and me. I actually enjoy hanging clothes on the line, I usually do this in the evening, when things are a little quieter and it’s just me out in the backyard. In the morning, presto! I take them off the line section by section, fold them and all I have is 5 piles already sorted and ready to be put on beds for ‘someone’ else to put away. It works for me!

103 Yvette ajani January 31, 2014 at 6:43 pm

With four kidlets and a 2 big people in the household… I have a whites basket, colored basket, and towel basket in the laundry. Everyone knows to put what where! I mix half and half of laundry powder with bicarbonate soda! Whites come up white as can be! I use 2 tabs white vinegar as fabric softener when washing the towels too! Nice and fluffy!! I have a clothes line that has 6 strings and everyone has a line each! Tshirts and shirts are hung on the line on clothes hangers, so when they need ironing only a touch up iron is needed! The kidlets fold into their own named basket and put it away….I think that’s it… time is saved daily!!! Woooooo

104 Narelle Rock January 31, 2014 at 6:10 pm

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105 Narelle Rock January 31, 2014 at 6:09 pm

My time saving tip is to pair up all your socks when hanging them out, then you can just take them off and roll them up as a pair and you’re done! Also fold your washing before putting it in the ironing basket, will leave it less crinkled when it comes to ironing everything.

106 Kaz Purtill-Wright January 31, 2014 at 6:05 pm

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107 Kaz Purtill-Wright January 31, 2014 at 6:03 pm

My biggest time saving tip starts from the very beginning of the laundry process; Teaching my family members to deposit all their dirty clothes into the laundry basket instead of me having to chase dirty clothes left on bedroom and bathroom floors. It is so much easier to quickly throw a load in the machine when all the dirty clothes are in one spot in the house.

108 Sheralee January 29, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Washing tip #1 NEVER and I repeat NEVER ask a male (that his mother has always done everything for him) to pop a load of washing on for you…. New charcoal grey towels, white tee shirts and my best woolen jumper ALL in together! I never uttered a word but have realised that the washing will always be my domain… so a lovely new machine to spend the rest of my life doing it in might just make it okay.

109 Amanda Gorton January 28, 2014 at 10:39 pm

I put on the washing in the evening and let the machine do all the hard work, then by morning it is ready to hang out!
But seriously folding clothes as soon as they dry, prevents wrinkles and creases which dramatically reduces ironing time.

110 Sonia January 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm

My tip starts before the clothes even get near the washing machine! Don’t do washing you don’t need to do! Do things like wear pjamas twice, wear clothes until they are dirty and hang up good clothes to be worn again if they are not dirty!
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111 Lisa Wood January 28, 2014 at 3:14 pm

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Oh and I never ever wash the whites with colours
I tell a lie…
I did it once and David was not impressed with Pink Socks 🙂
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112 Lisa Wood January 28, 2014 at 3:10 pm

I have been washing boys clothes for over 19 years!
So yeah that’s a lotta of washing to be doin’
for sure
there tips galore I could shout out to you
but my number one life saying time saying
easy tip from me to you all
is fold at the washing line!
Putting the clothes on the washing line in individual groups
so that when its time to take them down
Folding them takes less time!
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113 Vija January 28, 2014 at 2:07 am

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114 Vija January 28, 2014 at 2:05 am

I hang the washing out into groups – Firstly, I group according to who it belongs to and then secondly, according to what type of item it is eg socks together, undies together etc. Also when hanging out the washing I use one of those magic clothes brushes to brush off lint while the items are still damp. This not only gets rid of the lint but also acts to make the clothes less creased. When taking of the line, maintain the groups and fold immediately. Voila, all done!

115 Karen Edwards January 27, 2014 at 4:26 pm

I fold the washing as I take it off the line into piles for each person we’re now a family of 5 with a small 6kg machine so that means lots of washing each day so If I fold as I bring it in the house doesn’t get taken over by clean/dirty washing everywhere.
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116 Rachel January 27, 2014 at 3:49 pm

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My biggest bug bear has been spending all that time and effort laundering, hanging it out to then have the birds poop on it. Rewashing various items each day adds so much extra time and wasted effort. Getting sick of this chore each day I asked hubby to put a line up under our big verandah. Now rain, hale or shine the laundry flaps away happily, unhindered by birds, rainstorms or fading from the blazing sun.

117 Rachel January 27, 2014 at 3:39 pm

We have an equal number of boys and girls which makes for easy washing. A boy load one day, a girl load the next. When it’s their turn the boys take the clothes off the line when dry, fold and put in their rooms. It sometimes takes a bit longer before they’re put away however. The girls love to help. Each have their own little basket and pegs. Miss5 hangs out her things on her little clothes airer with her pink pegs. She then helps me by taking off her clothes on her line, putting them in her own basket and straight to her room. She tries to help fold the things too. Miss3 tends to drape her clothes on her clothes airer, not yet mastering the peg co-ordination. But she likes to copy her big sister and collect her clothes when they’re dry as well. A little bit of effort by everyone in the household goes a long way to creating harmony.

118 Kara January 27, 2014 at 1:19 pm

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119 Kara January 27, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Its about organisation. 3 baskets in the bathroom. One for towels, one for lights and one for darks. Not only does it mean you can just dump your washing in, throw in powder and go its setting my children up for good practices when they get older. (and no more pink clothes for hubby when red items go in the wash with white!).

120 Tabitha P. January 27, 2014 at 6:20 am

my best tip is to just do it.
it saves time by getting it all done at once. Don’t make something take longer than it needs to.

121 Veronica Paterson January 27, 2014 at 12:45 am

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122 Veronica Paterson January 27, 2014 at 12:22 am

E~ssentially I wash off-peak to save some money firstly,
C~lean the filter so I’m not picking fluff off clothes later annoyingly,
O~h with hubby’s oily work clothes I add some Bosistos Eucalyptus,
N~o I don’t have a dryer so it’s only the clothes horse or Hills Hoist
A~nd hubby the kids & I each have our own little section of course,
V~aluable time is saved folding the washing straight from the line,
I~’m thankful we don’t have to use washboards anymore how divine.

123 Rachel T January 26, 2014 at 8:19 pm

A load a day keeps Mt Washmore away!

124 Wendy S January 26, 2014 at 3:39 pm

I pre-pack my washing machine every night, a mixed load, and I use the delay function so the machine starts at 4am and is finished by the time I get up at 6. I hang it out first thing and then put on another load if needed. I’ve been doing this for years rather then spending one whole day trying to get through all the washing, with 6 of us I have found this is the way that works best for us.
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125 Cyndie January 26, 2014 at 1:53 pm

I save time by:
1. having two separate dirty laundry baskets in the laundry room (colour/dark & white) – this simple organisation tip not only saves me going through a whole lot of dirty clothes when it’s time to load the washing machine but it’s also a easy way to assess if there is enough clothes to be loaded in or if we should wait another day or two.
2. Once washed, I air-dry my laundry on a clothe line, it is nicer to the planet (no electricity required) and also prevent a whole lot of ironing as I use clothes hangers for things like dresses, shirts etc. A lot of clothes these days are made in fabric that don’t required ironing if they are manipulated properly between washing and drying!
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126 vicky wanless January 26, 2014 at 12:09 pm

I find half a cup of distilled white vinegar stops lint sticking to clothes. There is nothing that takes longer than having to sit there pulling off lint that makes your clothes look old and daggy.

127 Rae Graham January 26, 2014 at 9:01 am

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128 Rae Graham January 26, 2014 at 8:59 am

After choosing the correct cycle on the washing machine and pre stain treating the kids uniforms I hang shirts on hangers and take time to make sure I hang anything else flat and straight,I some times bring the clothes in a little damp if they need to be ironed-it makes it so much quicker and easier to iron!.also if some clothes can be put in the dryer I fold them hot and save time on ironing!
My other tip is just to do it as it comes in and then I don’t become overwhelmed with baskets of dirty washing and ironing!

129 Karen Turner January 25, 2014 at 11:59 pm

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130 Karen Turner January 25, 2014 at 11:58 pm

Shirts, t-shirts and pants I put on coat hangers on the line, they dry quickly and hardly have any creases making ironing easier.

131 Meg Lynch January 25, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Use divided laundry carts to sort washing into items such as whites, colours, work clothes etc This way the whole family is pre-sorting, meaning less time spent in the laundry.

132 Meg Lynch January 25, 2014 at 8:52 pm

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133 Meg Lynch January 25, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Prevent fading your coloured clothes by washing them in cold water. Detergents have come a long way and most do as well in cold water as they do in hot or warm.

134 Armin Mehrabkhani January 25, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Use coat hangers to hang your shirts on the clothes line. The shirts will dry wrinkle-free (which saves ironing) and are quick and easy to collect from the line when dry.

135 Troy Simpson January 25, 2014 at 2:08 pm

When pegging out the washing, keep “alikes with alikes”: eg, group socks with socks, undies with undies, polo shirts with polo shirts, etc. This will save a lot of time later, when you can quickly unpeg the different groups, fold them up, and pack them where they belong in the closet or wardrobe.
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136 Keren January 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm

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137 Keren January 25, 2014 at 12:49 pm

My time saving tip along with what everyone else has said, is that I wash at night and also hang it out, so that it is usually dry by the next morning when its time to go to work. Meaning I can get one load off the line and put another one on the line. It saves me time and energy. Then its all ready for the kids to fold when they get home from school 🙂 I also only wash on certain days of the week and only do full loads, this saves time and money.

138 Kelly Arndt January 25, 2014 at 3:46 am

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139 Kelly Arndt January 25, 2014 at 3:46 am

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140 Kelly Arndt January 25, 2014 at 3:44 am

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141 Kelly Arndt January 25, 2014 at 3:44 am

All of my four kids, as well as their Dad and I have ‘split’ laundry baskets, that is, double baskets with a side each for whites and colours and a side for dark. The kids have all been taught to sort between the two sides. This way, I save time both on sorting kids’ clothes and Hubby’s work clothes(the latter of which always smells terribly of diesel oil, the scent of which can seep into anything else)and between the colours. I prefer to do a ‘Kids’ Load’, a ‘Dad’s Load’, a ‘My Load’ and a ‘Towel Load'(wet towels are folded and placed in the bath daily), each once a day and having things sorted even a little, is a HUGE help! I admit, as like most busy Mums, washing is not my favourite thing to be doing, although it could become more of a favoured chore with the help of a 10kg Panasonic ECONAVI, which would also help increase the amount of clothing able to be washed at any one time…!

142 Louise January 24, 2014 at 10:49 pm

I have a laundry time saving tip to share. Enjoy the serenity of the laundry working space, it’s a heavenly little break away from the kids. I would enjoy using the Econnavi front loader because it will allow me to do the laundry in 10kg lots, and I would do this lots and lots. Laundry it’s not going to stop so u may as well enjoy it with a Panasonic because that won’t stop either.

143 sam santillo January 24, 2014 at 9:57 pm

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144 sam santillo January 24, 2014 at 9:56 pm

My wife not being well, I have taken over the laundry duty 🙂 I have a routine down pat to save quite a bit of time so I can enjoy my family .
One of the best ways to save time on laundry duty is to sort the clothes long before they reach the laundry room. Even the youngest children can sort clothes by colour, which mine do .
I normally do two loads every other day. Washing then hanging, drying and folding and putting it away . I dont leave it to build, I have made that mistake and its all too time consuming. Having the best washing machine that basically does all the work for me is a god send! ( however it is old and a Panasonic EcoNAVI 10kg, sounds great for my man laundry cave ) 🙂
My children love helping with grown up chores and Im teaching them a life skill, its a win win time happy house 🙂

145 Catherine Pitt January 24, 2014 at 5:04 pm

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146 Catherine Pitt January 24, 2014 at 5:03 pm

I find when I hang the washing out I hang it in groups. ie. Mum’s things, Dad’s things and Kids things.

147 jenny patrizio January 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm

i fold my clothing and place it in catergories on half the side of the laundry backet and husband’s clothing on the other side of the basket so that when i go to put my clothing away it’s done quickly

148 Jody at Six Little Hearts January 24, 2014 at 1:57 pm

I do at least 10 8kg loads per week with my family of 8!
I would be lying if I didn’t confess to saying that the washing almost kills me! Especially if the six children get sick – then my loads can jump up to 15 or 20! (It frequently does happen!)
These days my washing requires helpers. If Dad’s home, he has to carry the basket to the line so that I can hang it. Before washing gets this far, I shake it all out, piece by piece from the washing machine while wet. This makes hanging easier and quicker and prevents me from standing outside too long in any unpleasant weather!
I usually fold straight from the line and sort my piles by person on the dining table. I then make my kids turn off the TV, video games and computers and issue each of them with their piles! They all know where to put them and are expected to do a good job of it.
I cannot cope with the housework 6 kids under 13 generate anymore. I need everyone’s help to get through the day. I would dearly love to win this! A large washer is just what this large family needs!
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149 Jeff Nitsch January 24, 2014 at 8:23 am

Often collecting the washing from the floor and under the beds of the kids’ rooms takes the most time! I find that a stopwatch, a race, and a gold coin prize gets the kids to bring their washing to the laundry super fast, and it takes a load off for me too!

150 Rachel K January 24, 2014 at 2:40 am

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151 Rachel K January 24, 2014 at 2:38 am

My worst household chores are a toss-up between the garbage bin and ironing! The first makes me want to throw up the latter is so dull and boring I would rather listen to a radio talk back show (in a language I don’t even speak) while plucking my armpit hair, than press metal to cloth! Nevertheless these chores have to be done!

When it comes to ironing I can only manage it in small bursts or I lose the will to live! Ha, ha! I set up the ironing board in the lounge and plonk the basket of clothes next to it. I then settle down on the couch to watch my weekly dose of “Bold and the Beautiful” which I have recorded. I iron one or two things every ad break and then settle back on the couch in between ads for my next installment of what my husband calls “brothel TV”! This makes ironing just bearable!

Adding a little spark to the things you dislike doing can make them just that little bit more enjoyable and save you time too!

152 Jane Whelan January 24, 2014 at 1:10 am

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153 Jane Whelan January 24, 2014 at 1:08 am

For oily stains on clothes rub a little dish washing liquid into the stain before washing. It brings the stain right out.

154 karina l January 24, 2014 at 12:30 am

Get the husband to help out – double the help, half the time it takes to wash, dry and fold!

155 Kim January 23, 2014 at 11:33 pm

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156 Kim January 23, 2014 at 11:32 pm

If you get ball point pen on clothes, don’t bother soaking, just spray it with hairspray, give it a good rub and put it in the awesome Panasonic front loader and it will come out sparklingly clean!

157 caterina ielasi January 23, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Basket arranging is the norm in our home, but we take our clothes off inside out for washing (except those stubborn stained clothes), and hanging on the line that way, slowing the suns bleaching process on your clothes and giving longer life. Hanging clothes are hung on hangers to stop peg markings, and clothes are taken off before completely dry cutting ironing time and making it easier.

158 Linda Courtney January 23, 2014 at 11:24 pm

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159 Linda Courtney January 23, 2014 at 11:22 pm

Hanging tees and dress on hangers then on the line saves so much time when putting them away.

160 Jen January 23, 2014 at 10:20 pm

I say to my husband, ‘Want to do something romantic together and come help me hang the laundry?’ Once he’s got started I usually wander off and find something else to do, and whaddya now, I’ve got knocked two items off the to-do list in one go!

161 Karlene January 23, 2014 at 9:25 pm

My grandma stayed with us when my son was born and she “taught” me how to hang washing on the line to minimise ironing. Who knew I was doing it wrong until then – just pegging it on as fast as possible! It really makes a difference shaking basic creases out, hanging shirts across the middle so the peg marks are under the arms, and pegging shorts and pants only across the back of the waist. And as the washing is bought in from the line I now roughly fold it, rather than throw it in a crumpled pile in the basket. All the old hints and tricks really make a difference, and I think of grandma with every peg clip.

162 Pauline Stewart January 23, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Don’t use fabric softener on your towels as it prevents them absorbing water properly.

Also buy all your socks in the same style & colour & you never need to deal with odd socks again!

163 Lea Anita Black January 23, 2014 at 6:54 pm

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164 Lea Anita Black January 23, 2014 at 6:53 pm

My laundry saving tips: Have two baskets for laundry, one for whites and one for coloured and educate the children on which to put in what! Do large loads each time rather than lots of small
loads to save time, water and energy! When hanging clothes up quite a few items will not need ironing if given a good shake and hanged up the correct way, evenly and smoothly! When taking the washing down I fold them as I go…..throwing them in the basket results in avoidable wrinkling and sorting! I put towels together, sock, undies etc so it saves alot of sorting time.

165 cleo sids January 23, 2014 at 6:25 pm

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166 cleo sids January 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Sort clothes in lights, darks and colours piles , make sure no coins or tissues in pockets. Pre soak stains night before. Set washing machine on warm so certain clothes don’t shrink. Use liquid detergent , no chalky build up. Hang clothes on hangers for less ironing and pick clothes off clothesline when nearly dry, making ironing easier.

167 SANDY HORSFALL January 23, 2014 at 6:06 pm


168 Shayne D January 23, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Sunlight soap is a Mum’s best friend!
If you have little ones at school and they come home with paint stains on their school uniform.
Just use sunlight soap and cold water (very important) to get the paint out before washing as usual.

169 Shayne D January 23, 2014 at 4:09 pm

First world problem – sure. Yet it is my worst laundry nightmare (cue scary music)!
You’ve done a load of dark clothes. You’re ready to hang them out to dry. You open the lid of the washing machine to find……………..eeeek…………….a renegade tissue has gotten through the screening process. You can’t help but scream – “How could this have happened?”
You were so diligent, you sorted colours, you checked pockets before loading, but somehow it managed to slip through and is now in a million irritating pieces all over your clothes. With a sinking heart you unload the clothes whilst trying to calculate how much extra time it will take you to shake each item before hanging, then brush with the lint roller when dry. Answer – too much time! My laundry tip – dark clothes + white tissue = don’t mix.
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170 Tamara Lamb January 23, 2014 at 3:10 pm

I always hang my pants and short from the bottom of the legs as this helps the waist/cuff area dry quicker. Never use a dryer to help save your clothes as well as your electricity bill and the environment 😀

171 Di January 23, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Remove lint and fluff with a lint brush while the clothes are still wet, just after you’ve hung them all up. It comes off easier than it does when things are dry. So this way many things get to skip the ironing (& defluffing) pile, and get put away.

172 Nicole White January 23, 2014 at 2:07 pm

~ Have colour coded clothes hampers in the laundry, WHITE for whites, BLACK or NAVY for dark clothing, and RED for colours – saves time sorting loads. ~

173 Kylie Embury January 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm

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174 Kylie Embury January 23, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Choose a washing machine that suits your family and is the right size – in my case, with two teens and a toddler it needs to be BIG – something like the ECONAVI 10kg would be perfect. Not only saving water by doing one big load, it would save me time. Also, chose one that is teen friendly and that they can easily operate and get them in on the “action” a.s.a.p – good for them to learn, and good for us as well 😉

*hubby friendly is always a bonus too!

175 Kylie Embury January 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm


176 ClaireyHewitt January 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm

It seems that many of my modern day mumma friends are not aware of the tremendous power of the sun. Don’t waste time soaking and scrubbing, many food stains (especially fruits) you can just wash as normal with a decent machine and washing powder and then give them a great dose of sunshine out on the line. If cloth nappies are your thing, then do as your Granny did and get them out in the sun for a dry clean.

The sun is also your best friend when doing whites. A sunny day will bring your whites looking fabulous. Your coloured clothes will also look much brighter.

The sun can kill bacteria too – if your towels have only been used once or twice just hang them in the sun and straight back to the bathroom (If you can get the family to hang their own this is even better!)

And when it comes to sheets, is there anything better than clean sheet day when the sheets have been dried outside in the sunshine? (Topped off if you have freshly shaved legs that day too!).
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177 Katrina Tomaszek January 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Keep the laundry area clean and organised. Regularly dust and wipe down surfaces, keep the washer aired and the dryer lint free. Keep products organised on shelves and easy to access. With a little preparation getting the job done will be much quicker!

178 Bel January 23, 2014 at 11:46 am

When hanging out the washing, not only do I hang out each family member’s clothes on a different section on the line, I hang them in order….t-shirts together, pants together, undies, sock etc
It makes the folding and putting away process so much easier and quicker, especially if you have to rush out and just chuck it in a basket before it rains!!
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179 Karen Mashford January 23, 2014 at 11:20 am

When washing towels, I add 1/2 cup bicarb soda with my washing powder and only ever use vinegar as a fabric softener, the combination of bicarb and vinegar and hanging in the shade makes the towels fluffy.

180 Natasha Andrews January 23, 2014 at 11:12 am

Gosh I adore this washing machine – is it sad that I find it way more exciting than a designer handbag or dress?? My current washing machine leaves a lake of water on the laundry floor every time I wash and I wash EVERYDAY! A 10kg load would be awesome as I could MAYBE have a day without washing!!

I agree with the stain advice – my kids are pretty messy (they are kids after all) and I have become on expert at stain removal and getting to it fast is the best way to get stains out!

My best tips?

I hang all my wet shirts, t-shirts and dresses on coat hangers when I hang them up to dry – this reduces wrinkles and makes ironing (if I have to do it) a much simpler process.

Plus when I get the dry washing in I fold it straight away and place into separate baskets for each bedroom and one for the bathrooms/kitchen. Makes putting away so easy that the kids now do their own 🙂

Oh and as I learnt in my lazy student days wash regularly! Once the pile gets bigger than you it is hard to start!!

Thanks for running such an amazing competition – this is going to be a fabulous prize for a family to win!

181 Alexandra January 23, 2014 at 10:59 am

I HATE ironing. So much so that I absolutely refuse to do it unless the fate of the world hinges on the fact that I iron (needless to say I don’t iron). But Hubby and I both wear workshirts.

So after washing I hang up our work shirts on hangers out in the sun and let the sun press them dry. On a hot day all the creases shake out fantastically and they can go straight into the closet and I never have to touch a hot iron.

182 Lisa January 23, 2014 at 10:46 am

I shake them out to remove wrinkles then hang sheets and towels by their corners to dry on the line. As I take them off, I fold them and then they can be put straight away smelling gorgeous and fresh. No creases and when making up the beds, no wrinkles on new sheet day (that’s bliss!!!).
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183 katherine January 23, 2014 at 10:45 am

I’m a big fan of delay start – I always set mine for the wash to be completed at 6am, so clothes can be hung out and not have a chance to get smelly. I can then put dirty sheets and towels in straight after breakfast as the clothes have already been done.

184 Mandy carey January 23, 2014 at 10:20 am

When hanging out the washing hang each family members clothes in there own section on the line then when you take the clothes off you can fold everyone clothes in the own pile so it already sorted out, so you can put away soon as you get inside just take their pile straight from the basket without having to sort everything out again.

185 Toushka Lee ( January 23, 2014 at 10:09 am

Everyone in this house has a laundry basket in their room. They’re the ikea ones with handles. I simply grab the basket and dump it in the washing machine. – Both kids baskets is one load of washing. I do this every second day. before the load gets too big. This way it’s easy to grab the white clothes (of which there are not many – and add it to my white load which I only do once a week because we are a family that wears a LOT of dark colours. (thank god for that – that saves me time right there!)

When doing my weekly sheet wash I grab the sheets off the bed and wash them straight away. No piles of sheets here. Then they come off the washing line and back on the bed. No folding! There are spare sheets in the linen cupboard that never get a look in.

I fold towels straight off the line so there are no piles of towels to fold. I don’t do this with clothes because I would be standing outside forever folding those teeny tiny clothes.
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