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Whenever I mention to my friends that I only do laundry once a week, they stare at me like something is wrong with me. After they jump and say: ‘no way, that’s impossible!’, I clarify that I am only referring to clothing laundry. I usually throw a load or two of towels, tea towels, tablecloths and linens in between, but that only takes an hour of my day. As for bedding, I wash them every two weeks, unless someone is ill at home, or there are spills or stains.
Granted, we are a small family of 3, and my amount of laundry is small compared to others, but this is how it’s done in many households whether there are 3 or 7 family members.
Regardless the number of family members there is, we all need a boost to make laundry day more manageable. I recently learned that hard water (water with a high pH) can deteriorate your clothes faster, because of the presence of several minerals. To fix that, you can add 20 Mule Team® Borax, an all-natural multi-purpose household cleaner, to your laundry load.
You can find Borax at many retailers. I found it at my local neighborhood Walmart, in the Bleach/Laundry/Laundry Detergent Aisle, with the additives.
What Borax does, is that it brings the water’s pH balance to a neutral solution, turning it into ‘soft water’, helping reduce damage to fabrics and clothing. Better yet, you can pre-soak fabrics stained with oil, fatty or protein stains in a mixture of 1/2 cup of Borax per each gallon of warm water before starting the laundry load, and the mixture will help dissolve the stain.
While busy experimenting with Borax in the laundry room, I was thinking how can I convince others to reduce the number of loads and try switching to only do their clothing laundry once a week.
Do you think I can convince you to have a ‘laundry day’ instead of having to do ‘laundry every day’? Below are my 5 reasons to only do laundry once a week.
1. Done and Forgotten for a Week. Yes, Please!
There isn’t a better feeling than accomplishing something from start to finish in one single shot. And the truth is, I have very few of those moments.
My mind is a multitasker (although I loathe multitasking), and there are always projects halfway-done around my office, studio, and home in general. So to me, having all of the laundry done in a day means I don’t have to think about it for the next 6 days, and I can focus my attention on other things around the house. Everything is folded and put away at once, saving me lots of time and effort.
When you’re committed to one task a day, it will have your full attention. You can focus on it, and dedicate more time which means you can get it done faster.
2. Save Water, Energy, and Extend Fabrics’ Life
I often wonder how does one load of laundry look for people who say they do laundry every single day. My family could not possibly accumulate enough soiled clothing for me to put together a full load of laundry every day.
If you can delay doing laundry until you have a full load, you have a win-win situation. You save water -especially if you have top loader machines- and energy. Let’s say, instead of doing two small loads, you are doing one big load of laundry using probably the same amount of water.
Also, if you want to take care of your clothing, consider skipping washes. Some clothing doesn’t always need to be cleaned each time is worn. For example, jeans can be worn up to 4 times between washes (if they’re not smelly or stained), bath towels can be washed once a week, and sheets and bedding once every two weeks. However, if someone in your family is ill, bedding should be washed at least every other day.
Waiting a full week to do laundry, helps you also accumulate enough clothing to sort them in the 3 main groups: darks, lights/whites, and color.
3. Find What You Need, When You Need It
By doing laundry once a week, I am programming my brain to know almost exactly what’s clean and folded, and what’s in the hamper.
Laundry once a week, helps you keep track of things like school uniforms, soccer gear, or ballet leotards (not that I wash any of those, but bear with me here). To give you an example, on Monday mornings, I know that my son has plenty of clean socks, underwear, and school uniforms. Enough to last him the entire week. Along the same lines, we know that his Karate uniform is clean and hung for Tuesdays afternoon, ready for action.
Think about it. How can you possibly keep track of your favorite jeans, or yoga pants, if you’re not sure if you washed them yesterday or the day before yesterday, or if you even wash them at all?
4. Raise Laundry Day Awareness
By doing laundry once a week, you can actually raise awareness in your household by letting the entire family know that it’s time to lend a hand, especially your kids. After all, isn’t it easier to ask them for help once a week, rather than every single day?
If you have school-aged children, they can totally help with laundry work. Now that our son is older, I can ask him to give me a hand by hauling his own laundry bag to the laundry room and sorting clothing into groups.
By the end of the day, when all laundry is folded and stacked in a basket, we bring it upstairs and put everything away in one swoop. You can hand each of your children a small basket containing their clothing, and ask them to put it away if they are old enough to do so.
5. More Dedication, Less Rush, Fewer Wrinkles.
When you designate a day for laundry, you create a mindset. Your habits start to change as you introduce the new routine, and slowly but surely, it becomes an almost automatic thing to do. I like to say that I have my laundry day set on autopilot. I do an average of 6 to 8 loads of laundry every Saturday. Laundry starts early in the morning and I am usually done by 5 or 6 p.m.
There are a couple of reasons why I chose Saturday as my laundry day.
- I usually don’t leave home on Saturdays, at all during the day. My time, focus, and efforts are all dedicated in one and only one thing: laundry. I do other things, don’t get me wrong ( I don’t sit and watch the loads go round), but I am not going grocery shopping (that’s another day!), or chauffeuring my son from and to school, Karate lessons, Religion, etc.
- I can fold clothes immediately after the dryer’s cycle is done. Wrinkles can be avoided by fluffing and folding clothes while they’re still warm. This is one of the biggest advantages of doing laundry once a week. By staying focused, you act quickly and you can get the clothes out of the dryer while they’re still warm. No need to re-run the dryer and air fluff again -saving you energy-. If you leave a pile (a ball of clothes) on a bed, basket or counter to fold at a later time, you will find lots and lots of wrinkles.
- Saturdays have a much slower pace. The phone’s not ringing as much, and we usually take out or go out to dinner, so I am not juggling food prep with laundry.
Last but not least, laundry day brings renewal to my mind and my home. Without the rush -no other million things to do on the same day- I feel comfortable doing laundry. I can actually stop and smell the roses (or fabric softener!). On Saturdays, I also like to vacuum all rugs and do a quick spot cleaning to my floors. It feels good to have the entire home smelling clean and fresh!
Using Borax Beyond the Laundry Room
Borax is usually known for its many uses in the laundry room, but I wasn’t aware of all other possible uses. In fact, you can find them written in the back of the box! Borax helps clean naturally pots and pans, tile, fine china, sinks, ovens, microwaves, even mattresses, and pillows.
One of the many uses I am looking forward to trying is cleaning the sink’s garbage disposal. I also would like to try making my own multi purpose cleaner with Borax, water, and essential oils. Sounds easy, right?
Go ahead, and learn how to #BoostWithBorax
So, what do you say? Are you team Laundry Day or team Laundry Every Day, and why? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear your opinion!