Ok, my kids don't do the laundry (and it will be many a year before they can), but I am struck today as I stare at loads of it 1. How much laundry children make 2. How many stains they make and 3. How I haven't truly haven't hit on a good working "system" for our laundry yet. So, while it's a bit of a divergence from directly talking about kids, as a friend of mine who is living in Honduras said, "Sometimes laundry just needs to be discussed!"
So, Point Number One: The Sheer Amount of Laundry
What in the world? I swear I try to keep on top of my kids, not letting them change 6 times a day and all that, but it's like I put the clothes in the drawers and some time in the middle of the night those nicely washes and neatly folded clothes somehow make their way into the dirty clothes baskets. And I only have 3 kids! Some of you rock stars with 4 and 5 and on up! Anybody got a good solution for this clean clothes to dirty clothes migration?
Point Number Two: Stains
Sigh. I just folded about three loads of laundry and half of the load still had stains on it! I think I am bad at catching them before I wash said clothing, but I also don't have a good solution for stains. I do have the luxury of being able to buy a North American laundry detergent (saves the clothes, some) but these Boy stains...anybody got any great, easily recreated stain solution?
And Point Number Three: A System
Now, I know that I am blessed beyond measure in that I have a washer and a dryer!! But there still is the constant stream of laundry and the hanging things on the line like diapers and kitchen linens. And then there is the folding and getting things to their actually locations where they are suppose to live (not just hanging out in a laundry basket at the base of the stairs.) I have hit on the idea of each member of the family having their own laundry basket, with their name on it, so they, with help at this point, can start to put their own clothes away. It also helps my husband know who's is who's because at this point, our two big guys wear almost the same size. But other than that, I feel like I am still sorta fumbling around. Anybody got a stellar laundry system? SHARE!!
Bonus Point: My Best Tip
I have found that during rainy season, our clothes can start to smell because it can take 4 days on the line to dry. I discovered last year two things that help kill the smell, tea tree oil (hard to come by I know) and rubbing alcohol! (lots easier to come by!) Put a couple of tablespoons of rubbing alcohol in your wash and it will help kill that funky smell!
So, what are your best laundry tips? Anybody got a good solution for this clean clothes to dirty clothes migration? Anybody got any great, easily recreated stain solution? Anybody got a stellar laundry system? SHARE!!