Coincidentally, in a 24 hour period I read about washing habits of two different bloggers – The Manly Housekeeper and An Exacting Life. I was shocked that the Manly Housekeeper can do 6 loads of washing in a day – that’s more clothes than I’d own I think! I also realised he’s not from the Sydney suburb Manly, he’s just a man.
– I do a dark load and a light load per week
– I separate lights and darks with two washing hampers
– I hang gym clothes over my bathroom tension rail, on hangers, til they are dry, then I put them in the hampers. This stops the constant need to wash wet and dirty clothes
– I wash in cold (except the occasional hot wash for sheets and towels – but that’d be about once a month)
– I always wash overnight (I have metering that makes it cheaper to do this)
– Everything gets hung out on a rack, or over my ‘balcony’ from the upstairs of my loft
– I treat stains, mainly with a little soap stick. It works well
– I do delicate washes as needed – either in my washing machine under a special setting or by hand (such as silk)
– I iron uniforms, cotton shirts and pillowcases (a habit I’m trying to get out of!)
– I fold everything as I take it off the line – making what can be two jobs at my parents, into one job.
– use a dryer (therefore the weight of my clothes has never been a big consideration)
– use fabric softener
– use store bought washing liquid
Overall, washing isn’t a chore in my head. I enjoy having everything clean and sorted. Actually, I take it upon myself to fold and put away, or hang out washing, when I see it. It just makes me zen. Perhaps it’s genetic – my friend’s child calls my father the ‘washing monster’!
How do you do your laundry? Can you see room for improvement in my routines? I wouldn’t mind alternative to shop bought wool wash, plastic wrapped stain remover, and the oxidising agent (that I use sparingly, I have more than a box, and I’ve had it a year) – any thoughts?