You Said It: Making Laundry Easier
Arthritis Today readers offer their advice for making laundry easier if you have arthritis.
Laundry is a chore for anyone, but when your hands are stiff and swollen, it can be especially hard. Arthritis Today asked its readers and followers “How do you make doing laundry easier with arthritis?” Here are their answers.
Anne Rowell, Shreveport, Louisiana
By spacing it out. I only wash a load or two a day.
Amber Marsh, Albany, Western Australia
I bought new pegs for drying clothes that I can open with my hands, instead of just my fingers.
Laura Izett via Facebook
It’s a family effort! I wash, my husband folds, and my kids put it all away.
Sally Holt via Facebook
I don’t let it pile up.
Kimberly Neuenburg, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
I [converted] my coat closet into shelves so I can [easily access] all my baskets, and there is less bending.
Brandy Montgomery, Baltimore, Maryland
Slipping clothing onto a hanger saves a lot of time and tedious folding. I can cut the process in half by using hangers and my hands are not sore!
Kathi Knop, Gilbert, Arizona
I bought front loaders and put them on pedestals to make them easily accessible. I also have a wheeled basket.
Anne Watson via Facebook
I use barbecue tongs with a long handle to take clothes out of the machine it saves me from too much bending.
Linda Kaser via Facebook
I taught my husband how to sort his clothes into smaller baskets. I do the same. Keeps it manageable. I buy smaller bottles of detergent which makes it easier to handle.
Heidi Hutson, Los Angeles, California
I get my kids to load and unload everything!
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