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I've been cd'ing for about 6 months now, and I feel like all I do is laundry! Now I like washing etc the dipes, so what can I do to reduce the rest of the laundry?<br><br>
I have one dh, who does not generate a lot of clothes laundry, and one dd, who really seems to! I don't think it's me...I don't have that many clothes.<br><br>
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Well, some folks will think this is wrong...<br><br>
-Use clean towels three to four tmes before washing. You're clean after a bath or shower, right?<br><br>
-Wash jeans once they get something on them, maybe wear them four to five times before washing.<br><br>
-Rinse kitchen towels in the sink and clean them, letting them naturally dry and reuse.<br><br>
-I have "house clothes" that I change out of to go outside but otherwise I wear some sort of compilation of three pieces of clothing all week long. Tank top, loose khakis and sleep pants.<br><br>
This probably sounds gross to everyone but the boy makes so much laundry that I have to make it up in other areas.
 

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um... our laundry policy is:<br>
if it has no visible dirt on it, and it doesn't smell, it's clean<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sick">
 

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Well I keep telling my dh we are going to become nudists so I don't have to do so much laundry!<br><br>
But I agree when any of us take clothes off it either goes in the dirty pile if it is smelly or stained and on top of the dresser if it has wear left! Then if I really want "clean" clothes for my boys I can get them out of the dresser, but usually they are just going to smear paint or yougurt or mud or pee all over them soon enough that visibly clean clothes are clean enough!
 

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I'm pretty conservative about what gets thrown in the hamper, that is, it has to be <i>dirty</i> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I use my towels for a week before I wash them.<br><br>
I'm paying attention today, laundry day, and most of it is my girlie's, or face cloths and kitchen towels. She just gets everything dirty, and her feet sweat, so that can be 2-3 pairs of socks a day.<br><br>
Hmmm. Without counting diaper washes, I average 3-4 loads per week. Does this sound right?<br><br>
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We also wear things until they are smelly or show that they have been worn. This is, of course, easier with the adults in the house than the kiddos. However, to cut down on kid laundry, my toddler (21 mos) generally eats naked or at least topless. She never liked a bib anyway. I let the kids sleep in their playclothes on the weekends if they want to. They generally wear pjs 3-4 times before washing (they usually shower at night anyway so they are clean when they put them on). No one in the house uses a topsheet---just the fitted sheet and blanket. I wear "houseclothes" as well--I have 3 old jersey knit dresses that are stained with hair dye and paint. I wear my real clothes to take the kids out & run errands but change as soon as I get home. That way, I don't have to worry about getting food or cleaning products on myself during the day. These dresses do get washed pretty often, but they dry quickly and don't take up much room in the washer. And that means I can wear my jeans and nicer tops many more times before they need washing (which makes them last longer as well).<br><br>
I like the washing dishtowels in the sink idea. I'm going to start doing that. I usually throw in 2-3 dishtowels with every load I do. I'm not big on papertowel or paper napkin use so most spills and such get mopped up with dishtowels.
 

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3-4 loads a week sounds pretty conservative to me! (but then, we have 4 kids...)<br>
maybe just investing in some good sweat-wicking socks for your dd would be a small step, if you're finding yourself changing her socks so often. or allowing her to barefoot it when the weather is conducive. i tend to let my kids stay in semi-dirty clothes if they're just knocking around the house (like if they just get a pizza sauce smear here and there, or dirt or grass stains) as opposed to doing multiple clothing changes. i prefer to clean multiple spots out of one outfit, as opposed to individual spots out of several. of course if someone spills milk all over a shirt, or something like that, it's a different story.<br>
if you don't have a huge wardrobe for the kids or yourselves, it's only natural to have to wash what you do have more often than if you had a large wardrobe. i'd rather just have less to deal with quantity-wise myself.
 

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You say you don't have many clothes. That can actually increase your laundry if you have so few things that you always have to wash clothes to have something to wear. I usually make myself go buy a new pair of jeans when I get to where there's just one pair that I like to wear because otherwise I'm always washing that pair. (Well, like every 3 wearings or so. I don't wash jeans every time.) The way I figure it, it doesn't really waste money to have enough clothes since if you have half as many as you need, they'll just wear out twice as fast since you're washing them all the time.
 

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Doesn't sound gross to me, SarahGuinn.<br><br>
We were at Lake Issyk-Kul a couple of weeks ago. There was a Frenchie staying next door to us. It was so obvious he was a westerner because he changed his clothes every day.<br><br>
Both dh and I change into house clothes. Nothing around here gets washed until it is soiled or stinky. My dh wears a pair of pants for 4-5 days. Shirts depends on the day's activities - if he's made a phone call it will need to be changed! I don't know why but phone calls make him nervous!<br><br>
My dd generates most of the laundry. She is suddenly very dirty all of the time!
 

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I think 3-4 loads a week is nothing. I have just my Dh and I and every week I do a load of<br>
whites,<br>
blacks and reds,<br>
browns,<br>
blues,<br>
other colors,<br>
and alternate towels and sheets every other week.<br>
Thats 6 loads for just the 2 of us. I can't wait until the baby comes to make more! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wash.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wash"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hang.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hang">
 

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...This probably sounds gross to everyone but the boy makes so much laundry that I have to make it up in other areas.</b></td>
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You MUST have been around a bunch of people who have OCD.<br><br>
I would certainly NOT consider any of what you said "gross".<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
We bathe at night so the sheets stay cleaner (habit from childhood) and less stuff to do in the morning.<br><br>
Load of towels once a week. Sheets once a week.<br><br>
Only three divisions: lights--hot, lights--warm & darks--warm.<br><br>
if we're considering buying something that falls outside of that, we don't buy it (unless it is a hand-wash only and that IS allowed if it is ALL <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wool"> !! But, then again, you don't even consider washing wool after just one wearing unless something got spilled on it.)<br><br>
Keep clothes clean by:<br><br>
Always use napkins.<br>
SCRUB the neck every day.<br>
Don't take out the garbage in your good clothes.<br>
change out of the good clothes when you get home.<br>
Have different clothes for different tasks.<br>
Use an apron when cooking (full-frontal type), NO MATTER WHAT.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nono.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nono"> (male OR female)
 

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Bathe less often <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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The only things I insist on changing every day is socks and underwear.<br><br>
I also alternate weeks with sheets and towels. I mean how dirty are towels if you use them to dry off a clean body.<br><br>
I usually shower every other day and the kids once or twice a week. DH showers more often, but he has a job where he gets dirtier. I'm not a big sweater and the kids are not real messy. I think we are as clean as the next person.<br><br>
I also try to save the laundy for the end of the week and then do several loads in one day and try and fold and put away by the end of the weekend. That way, I am not doing laundry every day and so it doesn't seem quite so endless.<br><br>
Jeanne<br>
mother to 4 and a decade of washing diapers and still going (hopefully not for much longer on that)
 

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If it doesn't look or smell dirty, then it isn't. This is our number one rule. Shirts and pants can generally be worn 2-3 times before washing unless it's really hot and people sweat. My toddler goes through more clothes since she's messier. (She also only gets a bath every 2-3 days.)<br><br>
My dh changes out of his work clothes when he comes home. I have nicer clothes for going out, like my cute jeans overalls, and for around the house I have tshirts and shorts that I don't mind getting dirty cleaning stuff. When dd's home she normally wears only her undies. lol!<br><br>
Sheets changed every 2-3 weeks unless there's a reason to change more often than that (i.e. they get something spilled on them or someone's sick or wets the bed).<br><br>
Towels used all week long and hung to dry after every shower. We live in dry AZ so towels dry within a couple hours of being used. Each person only gets one towel to last all week, plus hand towels in the bathroom. I figure if you are clean out of the shower when you use the towel, then it can't get dirty that fast can it? In swimming season we each also have a designated pool towel but those don't get washed after every use either.<br><br>
I have a laundry basket in the laundry room that has three sections to it. I have labeled each section: Whites, blues/blacks/purples, and all other colors. I only have this one hamper for the whole house and people are responsible for putting their laundry in it. I only wash when the hamper is full. I refuse to do 1/2 loads unless it's an emergency or unless it's something that bleeds a lot.<br><br>
For a family of two adults and one toddler we do about 4 loads of laundry a week, plus when dd was in diapers we did 2-3 loads of diapers a week. On the weeks I do sheets, I wash them all in one load. I have a super capacity plus washing machine.<br><br>
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Ok, so I'm doing pretty well then. I think what I'll do is have a "laundry day" and see if I can do laundry only once a week.<br><br>
Excepting for dipes of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Thanks!<br><br>
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i have no idea how many loads i do in a week....because it is so variable, not because i can't count.<br><br>
one thing we do that makes me feel cleaner, but doesn't take too much is change the pillowcases weekly, sheets biweekly. All my spit and slobber and grease from my hair is too much for me to deal with.<br><br>
we also have a "staging area" for clothes too dirty to be in the drawers with the clean and too clean to be in the dirty pile. It consists of a coatrack and a laundry basket.
 

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This sounds like me. I personally only have two pairs of jeans and one pair of yoga pants so I wear the jeans for a week at a time unless I get something on them. I change the sheets on our bed weekly because Madyson drools all over them and we do everything on our bed. We eat on it, sleep on it, play on it, it's just the center of our family here. It's just the two of us so why not??? So we each get one towel a week to use. Since I don't have anymore diapes to wash, I do one load of wash a week, if that. It's just Madyson and I and we wash one load a week, maybe less and hang to dry. I don't use a dryer for our stuff except for towels and bedsheets and pillowcases in the dead middle of winter when the stuff wont' dry within a day or so. (we are quite conservative on heat because we are on a tight budget to clothing doesn't dry well in our house in the winter here in New England) The only thing we change each day are socks and underwear! And we rarely wear socks until the middle of winter. It's Birkies and Teva's for us!<br>
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You guys sound like my kind of people. In My house clean clothes is for school, work adn church. So in the hot summer my kids can often runaround for nearly a week with out much more then a t shirt on (and it's usually a T they wear all night too). And we try to use a towell several times before they're washed. i say try because they are sometimes used to clean things other then freshly showered bodies.<br><br>
When I was single and my life was organized I often wore the same outfit 4-5 times before I felt t it needed a wash. It was great I only had a load of laundry/week. But now with three little boys. I can (in the hot summer) get by with3 loads/week.<br><br>
The school year is hard becasue my kids have to be in clean clothes to go to school, but they're never clean when theu come home, so we end up with more laundry then I care for. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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