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Back to School: Top tips for keeping on top of laundry

After a long summer of little routine and (ahem) relaxation, the end of the school holidays is the time to start getting back to normality.

And with that, comes a mountain of laundry from uniforms, to sports gear and everything in between. Here are a few handy tips to help manage your mountain:

1. Use a divided laundry sorter with colour coded tags

Give yourself a helping hand and get in to the habit of pre-sorting laundry. This will save you time and energy when it comes to putting on a load. No need to waste precious minutes untangling white blouses from grey trousers – just pop it all in to the machine! Use your sorter to divide laundry in to darks, colours and whites, and then do a separate wash for each. Simple!

2. Use a mesh bag for socks and ties

If you find it hard to keep socks in pairs, this handy little tip will save you pulling your hair out over missing partners! Pop them all in a mesh bag with a drawstring, so they can’t escape. Bonus tip - make things easier on yourself and have all the kiddies wear the same coloured socks for school. It's much easier to pair 30 random navy socks!

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3. Check the label before washing

Before washing any garment for the first time, read the label. Often with new uniforms, you might want to be careful of colours running. Some may need some special care, like drying flat, but lots of the big department stores do easy care uniforms - so buy those if you can!

4. The sun is your friend

Whenever you get the opportunity, hang your laundry outside to dry. It helps them smell great, and it removes stains too. The sun is like magic, it lifts the stains right out!

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5. Get the little ones to help

There's no reason at all why the kids can't help you get organised with laundry. Whether it's putting a laundry basket in their room and teaching them to put clothes in it at the end of the day, or if it's teaching them how to use the divided laundry basket we mentioned above - get them to help out!

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Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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