Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Laundry Day? or no Laundry Day?

I have been doing laundry every day for quite some time now because of the volume of laundry and people that I have in my house. Recently though I have decided to try to do it all in one day or at least maybe two days a week just to see which way works the best for our family. I have done almost all of the laundry that I had to do in the course of two days. Here are some of the ways that I utilize my time and get more done.

Time and Money Saving Tips

1. As soon as one load is finished I put it into an empty basket.

2. Then I refill the washer and start it again and keep the washing process going.

3. I have two washers to make washing more efficient for a large family.

4. I fill my dryer 75% full and add a dry towel to dry the laundry more quickly.

5. Only use cold water and the quick wash cycle except when washing whites for bleaching.

6. I make my own laundry detergent.

7. I use the bounce softener bar.

8. Separate the laundry into three baskets folded and on hangers (this is done in the long baskets that the kids use ) if they are church clothes. One basket for boys, one basket for girls and one basket for Mom and Dad. I also hang Mom and Dad's clothes up in the Laundry room if they are not t-shirts etc.

9. I add some sheets and pillowcases and blankets to the children's baskets to put away as they put away their clothes since their room is closet to the linen closet.

10. I have the children bring their dirty laundry to me and I have them take their clean laundry and put it away I help some of the time. It is a large job.

Resources links for repairs and supplies:

PartSelect (for parts and advice) (laundry soaps)
Eco Nuts (also on my side bar)

How about you? Do you have a certain wash day? Do you do any of these steps?


Aliene said...

Sounds like you have it going! I have been making home made detergent for a couple years and I love it. Especially love the fels naptha bar soap. I keep a bar in the kitchen window and use it on stains. It really removes them.
I love your blog because a lot of the home remedies we did when I was a child. Back then ~ it was of necessity. Have a blessed week.

Jenifer Harrod said...

Thanks, Aliene. I like the Fels Naptha too I need to put a bar on my washer again to take out those pesky ring around the collar stains my husband gets.

Amanda @ Life, Experience Needed said...

I've had the same thought: do all the laundry on the same day or assign certain days for laundry. At this point (since i'm back to work) I seem to do it all in one day

Jenifer Harrod said...

Thanks for the input, Amanda.

Unknown said...

I normally also do it all on one day, often on Saturday. But doing one load a day might make it more manageable. Will maybe try that next week. So far i am still using store-bought detergent, but would love to give homemade one a try.
have a wonderful weekend
ps: lovely that you are keeping Lyle, dogs so love to have company :-. Ours spend a lot of their time playing with each other...

Jenifer Harrod said...

I tried to do it all in one day but it didn't work so far. I think I will have to do it every other day or so for now. I really like my liquid laundry soap. Its so much more affordable. Lyle is a cutie, thanks Jutta.

Unknown said...

I separate it into who's laundry it is and throw it on their dressers. That way I can fold it all at once and put it straight away. Laundry is pretty manageable for me right now but with another baby on the way (we plan to use cloth diapers) it may get a bit more challenging! Luckily, my daughter (3 and a half) is able to help me with household chores now, and she loves being my little helper. :) I should probably start making my own detergent too!

Jenifer Harrod said...

That is good until you have too many clothes and more than one child to a dresser. I'm so happy that you are going to try the laundry detergent. Let me know how it works out for you Camille.

Rachel R said...

I still wash clothes whenever it piles up. Usually for 1-2 days a week, 2-3 loads a day. I find I end up not hating laundry this way but I am only washing for 4. I might have to force myself to get more organized with more children.


Jenifer Harrod said...

This is how I am doing it now for the most part about every other day or so. Thanks for coming by.

Susan Evans said...

I tend to do laundry once every morning so it's part of my routine, and so that it doesn't overshadow one day completely. If I do it at the same time each day, I don't forget about it. If I do it at other times of the day, I forget, and it gets sour by the next day, sitting in the washing machine all night.

I think it's a great idea to have two washers! :)

Jenifer Harrod said...

Thanks Susan I may have to go back to doing it this way too. I just wanted to try a few different ways to see whci ones were the most efficient.

Hanni said...

Our family is little: just my husband and me. But we are paying a big money for energy, because I am washing every color separatedly. I have a trick: I let the clothes to soak for a while and then a quick program is enough. I spared 40% energy with this!
I hang dry our clothes, this way I don't have to iron that much :)

Jenifer Harrod said...

Thanks Hanni for commenting and tetlling us your tips. Hang drying is really great when you can.

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