I love being a homemaker. But one of the things that frustrate me is having to deal with laundry during the rainy days. I really don’t like it because all effort (plus water, electricity, laundry soap and fabric conditioner) is wasted when you end up with stinky, musty or amoy kulob clothes. That’s why in this post, I’m going to share with you some laundry tips that have helped me a ton when it comes to washing our clothes (and bed sheets, and towels and curtains) during the rainy season.
Do Your Laundry in DIY Laundry Shops
DIY Laundry Shops, for me, are the perfect solution when you want your clothes to smell fresh during rainy days. And no, I’m not talking about regular laundry shops where you can just drop off and pick up your clothes. I personally don’t prefer having my clothes washed in regular laundry shops because I think it’s a bit unsanitary. (They just put your clothes in laundry mesh bags and wash it with everybody else’s laundry. The horror!) I’m referring to shops where you can personally use industrial-grade washing machines and dryers. We usually go to Spin-Off Self Service Laundry in San Pedro, Laguna. I think they have other shops/branches as well.
We used to do this for almost a year after our old washing machine broke down. Depending on the volume of people doing their laundry, the process of washing and drying all your clothes will be around an hour and a half.
Do laundry frequently and in small batches.
I used to do laundry once a week. But during the rainy season, this gets problematic because no matter how much fabric conditioner I use, our clothes would still smell funky. I even tried using different laundry detergent and fabric conditioner brands but I would always get the same result.
Then I realized that one of the reasons why clothes smell bad even after I’ve washed them is because it has been left soiled for too long. One week is too long a time for our clothes to be left unwashed, most especially during the rainy season. All the dirt and sweat in the laundry can be a breeding place for bacteria that can definitely add stink to clothes. That’s why recently, I’ve been doing laundry in small batches, at least two to three times a week.
What also helped me make frequent washing possible is our new Samsung Top Load Fully Automatic Washing Machine. It’s our first time to own and use a fully automatic washing machine and I was like, “Why didn’t we invest on it before?” We used to own a twin-tub washing machine but it’s not time efficient for me since I still have to manually control the water level and transfer clothes from the main tub to the dryer.
Go easy on laundry detergent.
I used to believe that using more laundry detergent will help make clothes smell fresher. But I was so wrong! I found out that using too much laundry detergent can actually make clothes prone to kulob because soap residue can get trapped in the fabric. Rinsing it would also be a problem because you would need more time and water to do it. Just follow the instructions on your chosen detergent on how much to use for your load of laundry.
Mix white vinegar with your rinse water.
White vinegar is a natural disinfectant and can actually help freshen up your clothes. Just add a cup of white vinegar to every load when it’s time to rinse.
Using white vinegar with your rinse water can also help disinfect and clean your washing machine. A dirty washing machine can also be the culprit why clothes are not washed well. So make sure to add white vinegar whenever it’s time to rinse.
Air and hang it properly right away.
When I was younger, my mom used to tell me to air out the clothes before hanging them. I didn’t really like it because that means I would have to spend more time doing laundry. But now that I’m a homemaker myself, I realized that it’s an important step. Aside from smoothing out wrinkles on clothes, airing actually helps avoid the musty smell. Allowing air to circulate through the fabric can also boost drying time. And that’s why it’s also important to hang clothes properly and to make sure there’s enough “breathing space” in between each piece.
Doing laundry is really such a big production number for us homemakers. And when rainy days come, it can become extra difficult. But with the right strategy, fresh smelling clothes won’t be a problem anymore when you try out these laundry tips.
Do you have any laundry tips or hacks that you do during the rainy season? Share them in the comments below.