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The Minimalist’s Guide: 5 Tips For Washing Laundry

Laundry. It’s the bane of almost every person’s existence. There’s the sorting of the clothing, choosing the washing settings, making decisions about what to dry in the machine, and what should be line-dried so that it doesn’t look like you prefer to shop at Baby Gap. And if you don’t have a washing machine in your apartment, you have to choose what laundromat you most prefer to spend quality time at.

Contrary to popular belief, washing laundry doesn’t always have to be painful. And if you’re one of the many trying to live a more minimalist-inspired life or just want to make laundry a more manageable task, here are 5 tips:


1. Rewear Your Clothing

If you want to do laundry like a minimalist, it’s important to not let clothes-to-be-washed pile up in mountainous heaps. It’s also important to remember that not every item of clothing needs to be washed after each time it’s worn. Don’t do more laundry than you have to.

Try only putting shirts, shorts, pants, dresses, and skirts into the hamper if they’re smelly or visibly dirty. In the heat of summer, this may mean you have to wash clothes more frequently than at cooler times of year. But you should still be able to wear a lot of shirts at least twice and jeans at least three times before they need to be washed.

2. Pare Down Your Wardrobe

To wash clothes like a minimalist, your wardrobe should resemble a minimalist’s. Own fewer articles of clothing, and you’ll have less to wash. The same rule applies to towels, sheets, and anything else you might throw in the washing machine.

To start, try sorting through your clothes and linens, and sell or donate things you rarely wear or use. Having fewer items to wash makes every part of the laundry process less burdensome.

3. Hang-Dry More Often

Towels, some bed linens, and sweatshirts and sweatpants can take a long time to dry naturally. But most articles of clothing can dry in a few hours under the sun or overnight on a drying rack.

In an attempt to save energy like a true minimalist and make the process of folding and hanging clothes after they’ve dried easier, try hang-drying more of your laundry; it’s a game changer.

4. Do Laundry On The Regular

If you only have five pairs of socks or underwear, you’re going to have to do laundry at least once a week. Washing laundry regularly helps keep the task from becoming overwhelming.

Try finding a time that works for you to do your laundry, and schedule it as your designated ‘laundry time’ so you don’t neglect the task. This may be once a week, twice a week, or once every two weeks. Just find a rhythm that works best for you and your schedule.

5. Use Less Washing and Drying Products

The household cleaning products market is saturated with stain removers, laundry detergents, softeners, fresheners, etc. If you wanted to, you could use different detergents for washing white clothes, dark-colored clothes, and bright-colored clothes. But this may result in an entire cupboard filling with laundry supplies, and is largely unnecessary.

So instead, try finding one good go-to laundry detergent you like that works for all of the clothes you wash in the washing machine. Alternatively, you can make your own laundry detergent at home or wash laundry using soap nuts. Soap nuts require little storage space, and can be used for dishwashing, cleaning glass, and other cleaning applications.

Written By Jamie Fleetwood


Jamie is a Midwest transplant currently living in Denver, Colorado. She is a writer, creator, and entrepreneur who enjoys road trips, photography, and getting lost. She encourages others to live life their own way by sharing the nomadic pitstops of her life through photos and words from the heart.

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