3 Wonderful Ways to Ease Your Summer Laundry
Summer laundry has some of the most challenges, let’s make them easier! Do you know why summer laundry is worse than any other time of the year? The kids are out of school and that means they play hard, get messy quicker and wear something for 10 minutes and then throw it into the hamper! Kids are 90% of the laundry culprits in the household and the best thing you can do is teach them what doing laundry is all about so that they think twice before throwing everything they own into the laundry just so they don’t have to put it away.
1. Decide What is Clean and What is Dirty
First thing is first understanding what is clean and what is dirty. Just because something has been worn for a few minutes doesn’t make it dirty. Put a limit on how many outfits that your kids can wear during the day will cut down on full laundry baskets. Have them before they go to bed pick out two outfits that they can change into the next day. You can make it a game and especially little girls love to play dress up so instead of a fight at bedtime they can put on a few outfits and have a fashion show to decide what they want to wear the next day.We understand as parents that kids are going to get stains and get dirty so having a backup option is really okay! Once they’ve picked out their outfits for the next day they can climb into bed and sleep well!
2. Decide When To Do Laundry
The second thing is to understand what can be worn or used more than just one time. Towels and bathing suits are one of those things that can get used more than one time after a romp in the sprinkler or getting into the pool. Baiting suits can actually just be rinsed out with cool or cold water after each use in a chlorinated pool and be just fine for a week even two. If a towel is hung up after it's used or put on a clothes line to dry correctly after each use you can use a towel for a week before it has to go into the laundry. Having colored pegs can help the kids to understand where things get hung up. Making sure that the pegs are close enough to their reach that they can do things for themselves really makes them feel like they are contributing to the house hold chores as well!
3. Get Rid of Stains Before Laundry
If your clothes or your kids clothes get stained during the way with things like soft drinks or sugary drinks, ice pops, candy or something else let the kids get involved in actually helping to get the stains out before they go into the laundry. Using club soda or a stain remover stick is a really easy way to get them involved and allowing them to understand helping out really does leave more time for playing. When there aren’t a ton of messes to clean up kids and their parents can spend a lot more time together actually enjoying the summer time!