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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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GinIsIn · 05/07/2017 06:13

Fucking constantly. But I have a dog and a baby, and am on a fitness kick at the mo!

SallyGinnamon · 05/07/2017 06:15

Everything on Friday night / Saturday / some Sundays. Four of us inc 2 teens.

White shirts / coloured shirts / coloureds / jeans and hoodies / dark uniforms / towels every week. Bedding 2-3 weeks depending on season. School PE kit occasionally (DD) or termly (DS!).

Washer or occasional dryer not left 'unattended' i.e. Not on overnight if we're asleep or in the day if we're out and DDog is home alone. Makes anything other than weekends very tricky.

blukite · 05/07/2017 06:45

4 of us, I can go a good 5 days without needing to do a wash. Haven't done a wash since Saturday evening for example

nutbrownhare15 · 05/07/2017 09:27

2 adults plus a 2 year old. I generally do a wash every day, 6 loads a week. But 3 of those are cloth nappies only, so it'll be 3 loads a week once she's potty trained. I don't tumble dry as we have a big warm space next to the airing cupboard. Moving soon and will be investing in a rotaire washing hanger where you can dry outside in all weathers.

BertAndKhloe · 05/07/2017 09:31

Two adults and a baby. Two washes every day. Surprised to see bigger families doing it less than daily!

Booshbeesh · 05/07/2017 09:33

every day sometimes twice in a day! burn the clothes.. fuk it

Brittbugs80 · 05/07/2017 09:40

Family of three. Never do a load a day, don't have enough to fill the machine but if the weather is nice then we do as many loads as we can and dry it outside. We have a tumble dryer but it's used more in winter.

There's definitely 3 loads a week minimum though, whites, darks and colours. We try to alternate a week of clothes then towels and bedding and bath mat.

LittleLionMansMummy · 05/07/2017 09:46

Every. Fucking. Day.

Family of 4 including a 7mo baby...

Lapinlapin · 05/07/2017 09:48

I must do at least a load a day for 4 people.

But there again 'a load' is meaningless without knowing the size of the machine. Our machine is pretty small, so in reality, I could well be doing less washing than someone who says they only do 3-4 loads a week.

GreeboIsACutePussPuss · 05/07/2017 09:49

4 of us here. at the weekend I do 4 loads - 2x darks (99% of DH's clothes are black) 1 x colours and 1 x whites, then midweek I do another load, because teenage DS plays football and rugby and possibly just finds extra mud to roll in and DD(8) has art on Wednesday and seems to feel decorating her dress is an important part of that.

GreeboIsACutePussPuss · 05/07/2017 09:54

Two adults and a baby. Two washes every day. Surprised to see bigger families doing it less than daily!

Children create a lot less washing than babies.

ProjectGetThroughTheDay · 05/07/2017 09:55

every day

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superfluffyanimal · 05/07/2017 10:00

I just wash loads at weekends or when I am WFH. Last weekend we were out a lot so did a couple of loads yesterday however DH has run out of socks so need to do more today.

Family of 3, I think we average 5 loads a week.

feelingoldandtired · 05/07/2017 10:01

Every day family or seven washing drying and ironing x

Louiselouie0890 · 05/07/2017 10:32

Two adults one toddler. Once a week usually Sunday when I'm doing nothing at home. Usually 3 loads. I wood nt do one everyday that would drive me insane I'd feel it was all I did. I'd rather just dedicate a day to it when we're stuck I'm anyway.

SheGotOffThePlane · 05/07/2017 10:39

OMG I do umpteen washings every single day. Monday it was 3 loads, yesterday 2, today the first is on and then a load of towels after this.
2 adults, 2 kids and a dog.

paxillin · 05/07/2017 10:48

Summer: one machine per week each darks, lights, brights, towels and sheets. Winter: same, but two darks and an additional weekly wool machine. So five in summer, seven in winter. Line dried most of the time.

lemureyes · 05/07/2017 10:53

Doing it every day to prepare for our first baby. Washing all sorts (sofa cushion covers) and I will end up doing 1 or 2 loads a day once baby is here as I am using cloth nappies and cloth wipes 😊

AVY1 · 05/07/2017 11:06

Everyday but that's mainly because DH has a messy job and a sweaty hobby. I try to make sure a load is ready to go on at 6 when we get up, do the eco quick wash and then it can be hung up before we leave the house in the morning.

Certain things have certain days - weds is towels day and Sundays is strip the beds day and they go straight in the machine.

There's only three of us and I get really frustrated but it's either a bit every day or a whole day spent doing laundry and I hate the putting things away part so am much better at keeping on top of it if it's staggered throughout the week.

Amory · 05/07/2017 15:55

Two adults, I wash as soon as there is a full load. Do categories of lights, darks, towels, bedding, with the occasional orange/red/pink load, so 4-5 loads per week. I am a stickler for keeping the loads separate (no putting socks in with bedding, for example).

When the 2DCs lived at home it was less often, as I also worked FT then, but the world never stopped turning.

Oh and I have always had a tumble dryer and use it as and when needed.

Mollieben · 05/07/2017 16:02

I try to do all my washing on fridays but quite often have to do a mid week load as well.

FuckingSausageFingers · 05/07/2017 16:08

pudding24 I wear jumpers and cardis a lot, but I wouldn't necessarily wash them after wearing them once. Could you wear them over a couple of days and then your washing pile wouldn't build up as quickly? I actually put mine back in the wardrobe between wearing, but I have a feeling this might be an MN faux pas...

We do 2/3 washes a week. White. Dark. Towels/bedding. Sometimes towels and bedding go together. Sometimes the towels can fit in with the dark wash. DCs sheets go into the white wash. 3 in our house (toddler DC). Reason it's sometimes 2 is we don't always have a full white wash so I deliberately wear white things to even it out

HerBluebiro · 05/07/2017 21:21

Why no socks in with bedding?

YellowLawn · 05/07/2017 21:24

Why no socks in with bedding?
because they get lost in the covers.

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