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Nail Down Your Laundry – Save Time and Expense

Are you spending too much time on laundry?  Nail down laundry in less than 10 minutes – from a household of seven.

Seriously, why does laundry have to be such a daunting task?  When I started a family over 20 years ago, I used to have trouble keep up with laundry too.  Part of it is just finding your groove, which, when your family is still multiplying, is practically impossible.  But, when our 4th baby was born 9 years ago, I finally nailed it and haven’t looked back.

Homeschool Family Keeping Up with Laundry

So, what’s the deal?  Simple – I started doing it every single day.  Yup.  Sound difficult?  It’s not once you get in the groove.  Every single morning, after getting dressed — but before breakfast, especially before coffee, take it in and start.  No exceptions.

With doing it this way I used to have 1 medium and 2 small loads a day, because of cloth diapers, but now it’s usually just one load, unless there are delicates.  So, usually there is one medium/large load, and then a small, delicate/whites load.

When each load is done, the kids and I toss it in the dryer or hang it up, then it gets folded and put away.  The older kids put their own things away and the younger ones just need checked on.  And I put away mine and Dad’s things.  Takes a total of about 15 minutes out of our day.

Homeschool, Save Money, Save Time, Laundry

One excuse I’ve heard is – “I can’t afford a water bill like that!” (Which was also probably the lamest excuse I ever heard for not using cloth diapers)  It hasn’t increased our water bill any, in fact we use less because we’re not using a ton once or twice a week, it’s more equivalent to adding another person in the shower a day.

“Well, don’t you go through soap and fabric softener like crazy?”  No, there is a bit of a secret behind that without increasing the expense of soap.

The soap saving secret is — we use Charlie’s soap.  With Charlie’s there’s no need for fabric softener, and I only have to use a tablespoon per load.  One container is 2.64 lbs and lasts me about 2 months. That’s with a household of 7 people — 5 kids who are always playing in the mud, hiking, gardening, and tearing up clothes before they get a chance to grow out of them.



For things like chocolate and grass stains, I never use any expensive stain remover, ever.  I keep a diluted bottle of dish soap, squirt it on spots, rub it in and toss it in the washer.

We also only use cold water and often hang our stuff to dry.  For towels I add a half cup of baking soda to the wash and white vinegar to the rinse.  That’s it. Done.

Getting the Laundry Done in Homeschool

Doing all household chores every single day is how we manage to do everything and keep up with it.  There’s less laziness, the house is always clean, the laundry is always done and when we take off on a hiking trip, we don’t come home to a messy house and a pile of laundry.  It’s enough to focus on bathing and feeding everybody, checking for ticks and hosing off shoes.

One of my favorite things about doing things this way is that the kids are learning how to be responsible in little ways that aren’t overwhelming to them.  There’s more time for fun when the work is done.

Hiking with Homeschool Kids and Keeping up with Laundry

Check out our favorite soap – Charlie’s – we’ve been using it for over 10 years and we have saved so much money!  Plus, it has no scent or fragrance, it’s non-toxic, non-irritative, completely safe and works awesome.  I also use Amazon’s “Subscribe & Save” to save a little more money.


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