Disclosure: I received a sample of Purex PowerShot Detergent to facilitate this post.
As a young stay at home mom, I thought I had to do all the cooking and cleaning. As our family grew to include 3 more kids, that started to get overwhelming. I mean 4 children generate ridiculous amounts of dirty laundry each week! Over time I realized that there was no reason the kids couldn’t help me with the household chores – including the laundry. I didn’t have to do it all myself.
Even 2 and 3 year old children can do simple tasks like folding wash cloths, clean out the lint catcher, or helping you match socks. Get them involved in the process early on and move on to more difficult tasks as they get older. Gradually add more tasks and eventually the kids will be doing their own laundry. In our house, by the time they are pre-teens, each child is responsible for washing, drying, and putting away their own clothes.
If you are overwhelmed by the mountain of dirty clothes your family generates in a week, you don’t have to do it alone! Here are 5 tips to make it easier for your kids to help with laundry.
- Set up your laundry station to make it easy for kids to help. For example, in our laundry room, we have a rolling clothes rack with extra hangers so they can hang up clean clothes right away. We also have a table right next to the dryer where they can fold their clothes. If your kids are old enough to run the washer by themselves, make sure that the detergent, dryer sheets, etc are all stored where your child can easily reach them.
- Label. Label. Label. Having a marked place for everything makes it easier for kids to help with laundry. We have 4 baskets in our laundry room that are marked towels, jeans, whites, and darks. So the kids know exactly where they need to put their clothes to be washed. We also have drawers labeled so they know exactly where to put their clothes when they are cleaned.
- Teach your kids to empty their pockets. Seriously, you can’t tell them this too many times 🙂 I learned that the hard way after a crayon ended up in our dryer. I can laugh about it now, but it wasn’t too funny at the time.
- Have a place for stained clothes. In our house we have a small basket marked stains. The kids know that if they have clothes that are stained, they need to put them in that basket so I can use stain spray on them.
- Make it easy for kids to use the right amount of detergent. I have long been a fan of those little detergent pouches that contain just the right amount of soap for a load. The downside is that they can so be expensive. Fortunately Purex has a solution. New Purex Powershot Detergent has a clever bottle that does the measuring for you. It makes it super easy for kids to use just the right amount per load.
I got to try a bottle of the new Purex Powershot Detergent and was very impressed. You just open the cap, flip the bottle upside down, and the bottle automatically measures out the correct amount. One flip for regular loads, two flips for large loads. When you flip the bottle back upright, the dispenser automatically re-fills and is ready for the next load.
I highly recommend Purex Powershot Detergent if your kids are doing their own laundry. No fuss, no mess, and no danger of them accidentally adding too much detergent to a load. It truly couldn’t be simpler!
Laundry is no fun for anyone, but it becomes much more manageable when you teach your kids to help. So tell me… What tips do you have for getting your kids to help with the laundry? Be sure to share your tips by leaving a comment below.