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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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Cailleach666 · 05/07/2017 21:31

Nine or ten loads a week.

family of 5.

Yura · 05/07/2017 21:38

4 people here, including baby in cloth nappies. 2 nappy washes a week, 3 clothes (including husband's sports gear), one for bedding. So washing 6 days a week (occasionally one delicate wash as well). Nappy washes take 2.5 hours, all the others 1.5 hours. So 11 hours of washing time, unfeasible to do on one day!

Hippee · 05/07/2017 21:56

I have two late bedwetters so on my worst days I am doing 4 sets of bedding a day - my record was 21 loads of washing in a week. The rest of the beds get changed less often than they should, because I am so overwhelmed with washing the rest of the time.

Binkybix · 06/07/2017 09:39

Dunno. About 4 loads a week, sometimes more, sometimes less. I don't separate things as everyone else seems to, apart from into different temp categories. 2 adults, 2 young children.

ElinoristhenewEnid · 06/07/2017 10:21

6 loads a fortnight 2 of us and I like to have full loads whilst separating different wash types using different washing powders for different fabrics. I would never wash towels with clothes.

MagicMoneyTree · 06/07/2017 11:54

HerBluebiro the socks just go in with the normal white or dark wash.

user1499333856 · 06/07/2017 12:05

4 of us.
2/3 white loads a week
2/3 dark loads a week
3/4 Towel loads a week
2 loads of bedding
Wool wash in winter / delicates / DH work shirts
No ironing apart from 6 shirts a week.

Never ever ends 😔

WashBasketsAreUs · 06/07/2017 12:06

There's just me and oh here and i do washing every day! God knows where it comes from. To be fair it's not so bad in the summer as less jumpers etc to wash but i wonder where it comes from.
Occasionally i don't have enough of one particular type of washing ( dark, lights, hot wash) but that's a rarity. However i never wash on Christmas day, so i pat the washing machine and wish it happy Christmas!

paxillin · 06/07/2017 12:32

Occasionally i don't have enough of one particular type of washing ( dark, lights, hot wash)

I ask everyone to wear brights/ black for a day if the brights/ black machine isn't full.

hibbledobble · 06/07/2017 12:45

2 adults and 3 children. Part time cloth nappies and a bed wetter. I do an average of about one load a day.

hibbledobble · 06/07/2017 12:48

Some people on this thread are doing far too much laundry: not very environmentally friendly!

The key I believe is only run full machines (no unnecessary separation ) and only washing things when they need it. Towels can be reused!

starfishsilver · 06/07/2017 12:50

2-3 loads a week, 2 adults and a one adult child who is here half the time. No tumble drier as it's bad for the environment/clothing, we hang it on a large airer instead.

MissWilmottsGhost · 06/07/2017 12:51

2 adults, 1 school age child.

2-3 loads a week. Usually one light, one dark, one towels/bedding.

Joinourclub · 06/07/2017 12:51

Every. Fucking. Day.

Decaffstilltastesweird · 06/07/2017 12:54

Two adults, one toddle here. We do laundry about three times a week, or maybe four. No designated laundry days or anything though. We just do it as it comes.

steppemum · 06/07/2017 12:58

Family of 5. All clothes washed at weekend. 4-5 loads one after another and hung up, but I have a rack in my utility room which can take all that washing at once.

Towels sheets ect done during the week as needed, and then hung up or tumbled dried. I sometimes do all the clothes and all the sheets on one day at weekend if I am efficient!

MissWilmottsGhost · 06/07/2017 13:02

I also deliberately wear white things to fill up the lights wash fuckingsausagefingers


MissWilmottsGhost · 06/07/2017 13:05

Just do up the duvet cover before putting it in the washer bluebiro it stops socks getting lost inside and means you can just shove the lot in together.

Starlighter · 06/07/2017 13:08

4 of us (2 small dc) and I do it every single day! It's never ending!!

HazelBite · 06/07/2017 13:14

Family of 6 adults, On an average I am doing 2 loads a day, mainly to stop it building up

PickAChew · 06/07/2017 13:19

I was going to say it would be easier to say when I don't do laundry, but there are 4 of us, including 2 older but still very grubby boys. I do about 10-12 loads a week, though, including smaller loads of delicate stuff, so needing to do a load every day seems a lot for just 2 people

ifcatscouldtalk · 06/07/2017 13:21

2 adults one child. One daily wash. Like yourself no tumble dryer. I can't stand the build up of it if I miss a couple of days which occasionally happens.

ThanksForAllTheFish · 06/07/2017 13:31

Family of 3 and I do washing usually twice a week. 2-4 loads depending on what needs done. Our machine has a 7kg drum so it can hold a fair bit. I tend to do my stuff and DD's stuff and DH does his own.

DH has form for not separating darks/ light/ colours and will bung everything in at one time. He doesn't see that white things washed with jeans lol ok off colour - they still look 'white' to him rather than white with a blue tinge. As such I don't trust him to wash my things or DDs things. He's funny about not washing jeans too much as it ruins them apparently so I just leave him too it. I think he does a wash about once a fortnight.

That said this week I have been washing non stop as DD has had a sickness bug. I've had to wash 2 single duvets, 3 pillows and multiple loads of bedding on top of everything else. I would estimate I've done about 15 loads of washing so far this week.

hibbledobble · 06/07/2017 13:33

hazel if there are 6 adults, why is it only you who does the laundry?

ShotsFired · 06/07/2017 13:39

@pudding24 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.

Two of us as well. To me it sounds like you are washing far too frequently (e.g. jeans after one wear etc). We do:

1 x week: hot wash for his work shirts and other suitable
1 x week: normal wash for darks/colours

Plus, as and when required:
1 x Towels and/or bed stuff
1 x Sports kit (depends on how active we've been, but we both have tons so it can pile up till a full load!)
1 x anything else random that doesn't fit in above categories.

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