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pudding24 · 04/07/2017 20:59

I've been looking online for a suggested housework schedule (daily, weekly, monthly, etc) and was surprised to see laundry listed as a weekly task in many!

There's only two of us, and what with clothes, underwear, exercise clothes, towels, bedding, etc., if I don't do laundry every day, it starts piling up.

I don't have a dryer and have limited airing space so can't do more than one load a day - do others just do several loads on a designated day?

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glitterlips1 · 04/07/2017 22:29

At least 1 load a day. More on the weekend to include bedding.

CryingMessFFS · 04/07/2017 22:29

Me, DH and 2 DC under 4hrs old
I do about 1 load a day Confused is that a lot? Tbf DH has a manual job so he needs new clothing every time he works so that's around 4 big work outfits a week which is a load in itself.

CryingMessFFS · 04/07/2017 22:29

Under 4yrs* obviously

bridgetreilly · 04/07/2017 22:30

I'm always usually wearing a woolly jumper or cardigan

OP, if it's actual wool, it rarely needs washing unless it's got stained or muddy.

feelingblue123 · 04/07/2017 22:31

Never. DP does it all. I will occasionally sort it into loads for him and mostly do the folding and putting away, probably once a week. It does get to quite a pile before I get round to it. We never iron anything.

itshappenedagain · 04/07/2017 22:33

Family of three...do three loads a day. We do have two a tumble dryer, plus the dc have nightly sporting activities and I change the beds at least twice a week.

RubaDubMum89 · 04/07/2017 22:33

3 of us in our house - DD is 7 months. If I don't do a wash everyday, chaos ensues. DDs wash basket is overflowing every night 😑, basically, I spend my days getting vommed on and dribbled on and on a good day pooed on which = at least two changes of clothes. DD goes through a good 10 bibs a day, pj's, a few changed of clothes and a couple of changes of vests then add to that towels, bedding and soft furnishings DD has projectiled over during the week and my partners stuff.... Gah. Just Gah Grin

Lana1234 · 04/07/2017 22:34

3 of us. Every other day.

echt · 04/07/2017 22:35

Two of us and about eight loads a week in winter, less in summer. This is because the laundry has a heating vent in the floor and dries the clothes. The rule is, if the heating is on, clothes must be drying. All but the white washes are quick, low temperature washes so we keep the laundry fully occupied. No tumble drier.

AtSea1979 · 04/07/2017 22:36

I'm surprised by so many people washing daily. I do one of each every week. i.e on a Friday night/Saturday I do 1 dark, 1 coloured and 1 white wash. Towels go in whichever colour they are and bedding gets done every couple or weeks or so.

hazeydays14 · 04/07/2017 22:38

Only two of us so we only do one or two loads on a weekend. We have a few way, way too many sets of bedding so only end up actually washing bedding once a month ish
We don't have a dryer but we do have enough space to dry if the weather is bad

KimchiLaLa · 04/07/2017 22:40

Once a week - on a Sunday. That's everything - bedding, towels, clothes. 2 of us currently. Otherwise I'd always be doing it!

Etymology23 · 04/07/2017 22:40

I very rarely wash any woollen (actual wool!) jumpers- just leave to air.

Bedding X1 per fortnight
Towels about the same
But hand towels shoved in darks more often with tea towels etc
X1 darks per week - ish.

Definitely think many things are washed unnecessarily! Lots can be hung to air and decrease then worn again (and again).

K1092902 · 04/07/2017 22:41

Five of us at the moment!

Monday I do my own laundry
Tuesday I do DHs
Wednesday DDs
Thursday Towels and bedding
Usually 2 or 3 loads a day but very rarely more.

Both DSDs do their own laundry over the weekend.

Once a month I wash a set of curtains (I have a Rota so one month it's our bedroom then DDs etc), cushion covers from throw cushions on beds/sofas and throw blankets.

Duvets are washed at the beginning of summer and winter season as we have summer and winter tog duvets.

shaggedthruahedgebackwards · 04/07/2017 22:46

4 of us and I have no formal routine but would say I run at least 1 load of washing on approx 4 days of the week

If the weather is good at the weekend then I will take advantage and do a few loads of towels/ bedding etc

It just feels like a never ending chore!

HerBluebiro · 04/07/2017 22:47

Only 3 of us here. But whenever the weather is nice. 9kg drum and a quick cycle (just over an hour) means I can do most of the washing over a morning in summer nice weather once a week.

Winter it is harder (sheltered garden =no breeze =wet clothes).

I can't imagine hand-wash ing towels as a previous poster suggested.... wouldn't they be wringing wet? But then I do reuse them a few times before washing them. I mean I'm clean I'm hardly going to make the towel awful from 2-3 dryings

MrsChopper · 04/07/2017 22:47

Family of 3 here, DS is only 10 months.

I We do laundry almost every day. I do have a dryer but only use it when really really necessary. I wash dark, whites, reds/pink (which we seem to have a lot of) seperately. Usually wash DS' stuff separately. Then bedding and towels separately.

Things that aren't particularly dirty get a quick wash.

HerBluebiro · 04/07/2017 22:49

Plus gosh. Curtain washing each month eh? What do you do to them to get them so filthy?

Eyes curtains suspiciously.

K1092902 · 04/07/2017 22:55

Ha. I'm not sure if I explained that properly- I do one set of curtains a month so each set of curtains is probably washed every nine months or so

Sgtmajormummy · 04/07/2017 22:58

4 of us and a 7 kg washing machine.
I do 4 full loads a week and refuse to do half loads. Two of whites, one of darks and one of reds or pastels on alternate weeks.

I find it's not the washing that's a PITA, it's the drying and folding, ironing and putting away. Kills me every time, so I make sure I do it with large amounts.
When it's all dry (line in summer, tumble dryer in winter) I call everybody into my room for a 2-minute scrum to sort and put away their clean stuff from the bed.

bigtastyplease · 04/07/2017 23:02

Family of 6 do a wash every day then extra white wash on Fridays for school shirts etc

PNGirl · 04/07/2017 23:03

2 adults here. One weekly towels, one fortnightly bedding, one or two weekly darks. Jeans separately when there are 3 or 4 dirty pairs.

KeiraKnightleyActsWithHerTeeth · 04/07/2017 23:13

Family of 8, every day and 3 times on Sunday. We still have one in reusable nappies. We rarely tumble dry.

NoFuckingRoomOnMyBroom · 04/07/2017 23:21

4 of us & I do at least one load of washing a day, if I don't it gets ridiculous Confused

pudding24 · 04/07/2017 23:23

OP, if it's actual wool, it rarely needs washing unless it's got stained or muddy

Interesting! Unfortunately I don't think I even own anything with a wool blend, but will bear in mind in case I ever do!

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