If you’ve got a household full of kids who love to get mucky and dirty, you probably didn’t think that ‘laundry’, ‘easy’, and ‘fun’ could go together in the same sentence, but they can!
Doing the laundry doesn’t have to be the arduous task we imagine it to be, and by simply making just a few small changes to your regular washing routine – and adding a bit of extra organisation – you’ll find that not only does the laundry get done a lot quicker and with less effort, but it can also be a rather entertaining task. Yes, really!
Here are some handy laundry tips that are sure to make your life easier:
Get a Laundry Basket ... Or Two!
You find a stray sock or pair of trousers on the floor. How did they get there? Did your kids pull them out of the dirty laundry pile, or did you drop them while carrying a large load of clean clothes from the washer? Does this situation sound familiar? Not only does carrying an entire load of laundry through the home increase the risk of falls and injury, but it also means you could be unnecessarily washing clean clothes that have been dropped. The solution is to get a laundry basket. It doesn’t need to be expensive, it doesn’t need to look good, it just needs to do the job. You may wish to get more than one, if you have the space to do so, as they can be excellent tools for organising both clean and dirty laundry. Placing laundry baskets in the kids’ rooms or in the bathroom encourages your little ones to keep their rooms tidy. If you use two baskets, your child can help divide the laundry into whites and colours – this will help prevent any unintentional damage to your clothing!
Learn the Wash Care Symbols
It is so important to take note of the wash care symbols on your clothing to ensure the materials don’t shrink or become frayed or torn. However, if you were to check the symbols on each individual item every time you did the laundry, you’d be there forever! It’s far too time consuming to do that, so learning and understanding what the wash care symbols mean is the best way to save time and make the laundry a more efficient process.
If you’ve decided to use laundry baskets to separate materials, you should, at the very least, have a basket for ‘normal’ clothing, and a basket for delicates. ‘Normal’ materials include cottons and synthetic fabrics that can typically withstand a relatively hot wash and spin cycle. Your delicates basket should include woolens, silks, lace, embroidery, heirlooms, and fabrics that might 'bleed' colour. Be sure to wash these at a much lower temperature, perhaps even a cold wash, and with a gentle spin cycle.
Choose Your Detergent Wisely
If you’ve ever looked in the shops for laundry detergent, you’ve probably noticed that there are literally hundreds of different types, and it can be difficult to know what to choose. Shopping for a detergent shouldn’t be overwhelming – it should be easy! Surf excel Matic is a great choice for you to use in your washing machine, and is the only detergent recommended by leading machine manufacturers. Be sure to get the correct version – either for front loading machines or top loaders.
Involve Your Kids When Doing Laundry
Hopefully you’re now convinced that a little bit of organisation can make laundry easy, but what about fun? Laundry can, and should be, fun! The way to bring a little entertainment into this household chore is by involving your kids in the process and making a game of it. It’s especially easy to do this if you have young children and toddlers who love nothing more than helping out and being told what big kids they are, but it can be a bit trickier with older children.
Role play and make believe is the key here. Perhaps as you’re folding clothes, you could employ a couple of keen couriers to take the folded items to the right rooms in the house, or to the right cupboards and drawers. Perhaps play a game of match with socks, or see who can pair the most socks the quickest.
Your kids may even like learning how to use the washing machine, and helping you press the right buttons. There’s loads of ways to turn even the most boring of tasks into a fun game for the family, so use your imagination and get playing!
Do you find laundry hard work and dull, or do you have a good system in place for organising your workload? Do you turn laundry and other boring household tasks into family fun? Share your ideas with other parents below.