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Laundry Hacks for Busy Moms with Babies

by Jenna Gleason

Laundry day is everyday when you have a baby or a toddler. There are food challenges, potty training dilemmas, and those pesky dirt and mud tracks on their knees and bums. While some of us are pretty handy with the tips passed down from grandma, some moms don’t have a clue where to begin! But have no fear; many of these tips can help you gain control of the laundry room again.

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Dawn Power

For a money saver just try regular old dish soap. Scrub those stains right out and let the item dry in the sun, you’ll be surprised with the results. Then launder normally.

Citrus Power

If you're not happy with those results, try some lime and lemon juice. With no harsh chemicals and a cheap effective homemade remedy, it sounds way too good to be true... but it works! Lather and rinse with a mixture of both juices then let it soak up the sun’s rays.

Tried and True Brands

Try newer remedies such as Oxiclean or Fels-Naptha. They are chemically driven to lift those nasty stains out of your baby’s onesie!

Unlikely Duo

Can’t get that marker stain out from your toddler’s arts and crafts clothes? Hand sanitizer and hairspray will be your best friend!

Solar Power

When your whites aren’t so bright anymore you can use bleach or baking soda then use the best “free” drying machine ever made, the sun.

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Lemon Power

Make your house smell super fresh by boiling laundry with some sliced lemon.

Ultimate Champion

Want a recipe for a stain remover for almost everything?

  • 4 1/2 Tbs Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 Tbs Dish Soap
  • 2 Tbs Baking Soda

Here are some more pro tips to get you through laundry day: 

  1. Use a sponge and liquid fabric softener to create reusable softener cubes.
  • Cut a sponge into squares.
  • Soak the squares in fabric softener, twist out the excess liquid and toss one into the next load.
  • Store them in a container next to the dryer and reuse them a couple of times.
  • You will use a fraction of the softener and your clothes will still come out fresh and soft.

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