Handi-skill Spotlight: Laundry

Today’s Handi-skill leans more on the life skill side of things. Well, not so much leaning as being a critical life skill.


The bane of my existence.

Luckily, this is now my children’s duty, and amazingly we now have clean socks when we need them. I was shocked when I realized that with the help of a step-stool (and a less filled soap jug), my 10 year old is completely capable of doing the laundry.

First, I taught them how to make our laundry detergent. It costs less than $7 for 10 gallons of detergent (a LOT less), and takes about 2 hours (or less) to make. And, yes – it cleans well – hypoallergenically too.

Then, on to actually doing the laundry – they have to learn how to load the washer, the temperature of the water, etc, etc…. There is really so much to learn.

My favorite source of all things laundry is Mama’s Laundry Talk. I think I’ve spent hours on her section on How to Fold Laundry alone…

On a side (somewhat unrelated) note, this past weekend I pulled out all the colored hangers and put as much as possible onto white hangers, and I can’t believe how much of a difference it makes. Now the hangers aren’t competing for my attention – the clothes are the stars – at least until they are put on, right?

What handicrafts or life skills have your kids been learning lately? I’d love to hear about it – let me know in the comments.


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16 Thoughts on “Handi-skill Spotlight: Laundry

  1. I finally realized the kids were old enough to put away their own clothes…maybe this is the next step for me?!!

    …a friend of mine has shared that laundry soap recipe. Thanks for posting that link. I may have to try it out.

  2. What a wonderful post! I am going to have to try the laundry soap. I taught my now 13-year-old how to do laundry when he was about 7 or 8. I feel it is very important for children to learn life skills…just as important as lessons.

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    • Gidget on March 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm said:

      Thank you for your kind words and the Lovely Award – that was so sweet of you!

      Definitely give that Laundry Soap a try – it costs a little more at first because of buying the bucket (about $5), but we’ve used it for over 10 years, and I can’t even imagine how much money we have saved!

  3. I have the same problem!!! I nlfaliy am to the point where if I wash and dry the clothes, then throw them on the couch, my husband will fold them within a few days :) It’s not perfect, but it’s better than dumping them on the floor like I used to!

  4. MY laundry gets crazy out of control – at least I’m not alone- my friend Gidget suffers the same affliction 😉 Well, we can suffer together! My boys are learning a little bit at a time- they are still pretty young – but they all help empty the dryer and fold towels and deliver stacks of laundry to their rooms. Usually I’m better off putting it away myself 😉

    • Gidget on March 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm said:

      oh, you are way ahead of the game already, Kelli! It’s great that they are getting involved so young :) I used to put it away myself because I liked it to stay neat, but now I’ve let go of that and am happy if it’s in the drawers and not on the floor. lol

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