8 Tips for Wash Day

I remember when growing up in East Texas, that my grandparents talked about doing particular chores on certain days. Each day had a specific chore that was most important that had to be done that day. Usually the mother of the house, who also elicited the help of her daughters in completing the daily chore, made certain the chores got done. The sons were usually out with father doing their own chores to keep the household running smoothly and efficiently as possible. 

I also remember the chore rhyme that my grandparents abided by.

This old rhyme reflected the traditions of the English that were brought over to America when they settled here. If you would like to find out more about this old rhyme click here at http://www.rhymes.org.uk/a125-wash-on-monday.htm.

According to this old rhyme, wash day was Monday. In my household, wash day is every day. I am always washing work clothes, towels, and bedding. Usually I wash 1 to 2 loads a day. I wash the laundry and hang them on the laundry line to dry. This is one of my first daily morning chores. If it is a rainy day, then I will put the laundry in the dryer. 

The only laundry I never hang on the laundry line is my whites. They go straight into the dryer rain or shine. 

Here is a great book read by the author about a couple of girls helping their mother and grandmother do the laundry. Wash day was a big chore from gathering the clothes, sorting them, washing, and hanging them on the line to dry.

Thanks to the invention of modern-day clothes washer and dryer, wash day is no longer a momentous task. If you would like some tips for perfect laundry click here at The Best Tips for Perfect Laundry

My 8 Wash Day Tips:

1. Wash 1 load every day. This helps in not letting dirty laundry pile up. Also it helps in keeping laundry under control and not feeling overwhelmed.

2. I sort into 3 categories: white, really dirty farmyard clothes, and everything else. 

3. I usually wash in cold water. The only thing I use hot water for is or was cloth diapers and really dirty farmyard clothes. Everything else is cold water. Why? Cold water is cheaper to use without the added expense of using the water heater.

4. I use inexpensive laundry detergent or I make my own homemade laundry detergent.

5. Hang clothes outside to dry as much as possible. You can make an easy clothes line by running a piece of rope between two trees or you can make one of these 26 Clothesline Ideas to Hang Dry Your Clothes and Save you Money Also I uploaded a video from Jon Peters on how to make or build your own clothesline.

6. If you have children, enlist their help in doing laundry. It is a good skill for them to learn.

7. Washing clothes is not fully completed until the clean laundry is put away. I have a basket for each member of the household. I put their clean and folded laundry in this basket. They are responsible for getting it from the basket and into their dresser.

8. I also have a hanging rod in my laundry room where I immediately hang up laundry that requires a hanger such as dresses, slacks, skirts, button-down shirts. Each member of the household have their own area of the hanging rod. They are responsible for getting it from the clothes rod and into their closet.
Have a happy wash day!


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