As a parent of a big family, one of the most stressful things that you have to do around the house is the laundry. Think about it, you have bags and bags of laundry, with colours and whites mixed together and only one washing machine to do it with. The good news is that there are some things that you can do to make laundry day a lot easier and we are going to take you through some of these in this article. Keep reading if you’d like to find out more.
Give everyone a laundry bag
There’s nothing worse than thinking you only have a small bit of laundry to do and then heading to your kids’ rooms to see that they have lots of clothes on the floor. The reason for this is often because they are too lazy to head to the dedicated laundry basket with their clothes. To combat this, you should think about getting everyone an individual laundry basket for their room. This will help to keep rooms tidier as well as giving you baskets to look in when you are planning on putting a load on. On top of this, you can easily sort clothes and not get them mixed up.
Do it often
Although we are talking about how to handle laundry day, it is actually advisable that you do your laundry on a few separate days if you have a big family. This will make it a lot easier to handle and you won’t need to worry about spending the whole day doing it. On top of this, you can give yourself more space to hang clothes if you don’t have a tumble dryer. No one wants to do laundry every day of the week but if you break it up into manageable loads, you will feel a lot less overwhelmed.
Don’t panic when things go wrong
When you are washing a lot of clothes for all of your family, you might come across some problems with your washing machine. This includes things like your washing machine not draining, it breaking entirely and much more. The advice that we could give you here is to not panic. You’ll find that there are plenty of guides online that will help you fix common problems and if you really need to then you can organise for someone to come out and have a look at it.
Use the right amount of detergent
Our final tip for those who want to be able to handle their washing better is to make sure that you use the right amount of detergent. You’ll find that plenty of bottles of detergent come with a little cap that you fill up, but have you ever thought about the fact that this is only a recommended amount? Usually, you can get away with using a little less each time unless your clothes are heavily soiled. Figure out how much you actually need to use, and you’ll be able to save money and not have to head to the shops to get more detergent as often.
If you have a big family, make sure to take on board all of our advice when it comes to handling your laundry a lot better. Think about giving everyone their own laundry basket to ensure that clothes actually make it in there and try to do laundry as you go throughout the week. If you manage to do all of these things, you’ll find that laundry day is not as stressful as you think.