Elder Care in West Middlesex, PA: Keeping Laundry Fresh and Clean

Young or old, nothing makes you feel more put together than clean clothing. For many people, a fresh pair of underwear and socks is critical to feeling “right”, and everyone understands the pleasure of slipping into a freshly-made bed at the end of a long day. For many seniors, keeping up with the laundry is a daily challenge. If you provide elder care for an aging loved one, making sure that she has fresh, clean laundry on a regular basis is one of the best ways you can ensure your comfort and dignity. Fresh clothing and linens are also important for keeping your aging loved one healthy, as dirty laundry and lead to hygienic problems, bed sores and other issues.

Many elderly care providers find that keeping up with the laundry can seem overwhelming when providing care for an aging adult who copes with various medical problems, Elder Care in West Middlesex, PAmobility issues or cognitive challenges. Often these issues result in having to exchange clothing and linens of a senior several times per day.

Instead of allowing the laundry to you become an insurmountable chore, use some of the following for keeping your aging loved one’s laundry fresh:

  • Have separate hampers for whites, colors and dark clothing so that you don’t need to take the time to separate loads when it comes time to washing the laundry.
  • Wash damp items promptly to prevent mildew. If it is not possible to wash these items within two hours of them becoming wet, make sure that you do not put them in a closed container with other laundry, as this will potentially mildew other items as well.
  • Use hairspray to remove ink stains. Simply spray the stain until wet, allow to sit for 15 minutes and wash as usual.
  • A combination of vinegar and baking soda also makes an active stain remover. Rub baking soda into the stain, then pour a small amounts f vinegar over the area. It will react by bubbling. Simply rinse the item in cool water, and then wash as usual.
  • Despite common belief, washing most laundry in warm or hot water is not actually get these items cleaner. In fact, using warm or hot water can damage the fibers in clothing, fade colors and set stains that have not been properly removed. Except for white sheets and towels, use cold water and detergent formulated for this use.

The caregivers at CareGivers Plus are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs. CareGivers Plus is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable home care in West Middlesex, PA and the surrounding areas. Call 724-638-7110 for more information.

About Robert Devine

Robert Devine is Owner and Administrator at Caregivers Plus Home Health Care of Hermitage, PA.

Whether it’s conversation and company, or just eating a meal together, having someone to sit and visit with can help make for a happier, healthier life.

Caregivers Plus has been operating as a locally owned family-operated home care agency in Mercer County since 1994.
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