I enjoy making laundry time simpler.
I love clothes that are easy to wash. Unless it's a really special piece, I specifically look for a lack of special instructions, like hand wash and dry clean only.
I'm not hard on my clothes, but running them through cycles of laundry can tire them out. To preserve my clothes and keep them in tip-top shape, I do my best to be as gentle with them as possible.
Here's one of my favorite laundry tricks
A couple of years ago, I discovered one of the best ways to be gentle with some of my pieces: mesh laundry bags.
If you haven't heard of these mesh laundry bags before, here's a link on Amazon to show you what I'm talking about.
My zippered mesh laundry bags are one of my favorite life-simplifying implements I own.
Why I tried them
I had heard about them for a few years before buying them, but thought they were silly or unnecessary. Why bother getting extra stuff if I just wash my clothes on the gentle cycle, anyway?
As much as I love the gentle cycle, it can still eventually wreak havoc on some of my more fragile garments. A scarf is a great example of something that needs to be washed after a few wearings. (Unless I want to smell like my dinner from last night's Tex-Mex restaurant, because the fried aroma of tortilla chips sticks to my scarves like glue).
Even on the gentle wash cycle, the scarf can still get little holes or snags from zippers on other garments.
A mesh bag protects your clothes from the agitator and other clothes in the load.
How it works
The zipper is on the outside of the bag, and it won't snag anything in your laundry. It will just keep the bag closed while it's getting moved around in the washer.
The mesh takes the beating from the agitator, and your bagged clothes won't take the brunt of the impact.
Added bonus: Whatever is in the mesh bag probably needs to be air-dried. As I pull it out of the washer, my laundry is already sorted. Everything that isn't in the bag goes into the dryer. I take the clothes out of the bag and throw the bag itself in the dryer too, so it will be ready for whenever I do the next round of laundry.
I have also used it to keep all my socks together when I throw the bag in the dryer. That was nice, because I didn't have to fish around for matching pairs in a pile of laundry.
To sum it all up...
When you add mesh bags as staples to your laundry-simplifying regimen, your clothes will look nicer for a longer period of time with minimal effort.
Having the right tools for the job makes a huge difference in making your life simpler and easier!