New School Laundry – Teach Your Kids To Do Laundry

Laundry day is a family affair in our house. Everyone pitches in to help, and I do mean everyone – even the baby has a job to do. We’ve been doing laundry together for so long, our process is a well-oiled machine. Like everything else, teaching by example when they are little is the key to teach your kids to do laundry. Check out these tips and learn about the new school way to do laundry.

This post is sponsored by Tide and Downy, available at Walmart.

How To Teach Your Kids To Do Laundry

Teach Your Kids To Do Laundry When They Are Little

Start Them Young

Yes, even our four-month-old has a job to do on laundry day (and I don’t just mean making extra laundry). Her job is to lay on the bed among the clean laundry and keeps me company while I fold. It might not seem like a big deal, but as I play with her and the clean laundry she learns that laundry time with mom is fun and part of our routine. It is a tiny step, but it opens the doors to the next step. 

Laundry Baby

Sorting Colors

As soon as my girls were old enough to identify colors, they helped sort laundry. In our house that means dumping all of the family’s laundry on the floor in the master bedroom and tossing clothes into piles sorted by color. This process involves lots of laughter and the occasional pair of underwear on someone’s head. Yep, it happens, and the kids love it. 

Load The Machine

Not only do my kids love loading their arms with piles of laundry to stick in the machine, they can also help add the detergent. While littles ones might have trouble pouring the right amount of detergent, Tide PODS make it easy for kids and are tough on dirt and grime with detergent, stain remover and brightener in one convenient step.* And, of course, kids love pushing the buttons!

*Make sure your kids know Tide PODS are not food, and keep them up high when not in use.

Teach Your Kids To Do Laundry

Sorting, Folding And Putting Away

The final step in the process is my least favorite, so it’s when I ask for the most help – the folding and putting away. While my daughters pair socks, my husband and I fold the laundry (with the baby) into piles for each family member. When everything is ready, everyone grabs their clothes and puts them away. 

Kids Sorting Laundry

Because we have always done laundry together, we are able to talk about each step of the process while having a little fun. I know that when the time comes that they need to a load solo, they won’t have a problem knowing what to do. 

New School Laundry

Laundry these days is a lot more than just liquid detergent alone. With today’s high-tech machines and the latest in laundry products from Tide and Downy, there is a new school way of doing laundry to clean, deodorize and protect your clothing better.

There are four steps to new school laundry:

  • Tide PODS are highly concentrated 3-in-1 pacs that contain detergent, stain remover and brightener in one convenient step. Just toss one into the washer’s drum before your clothes.
  • Downy Protect & Refresh Liquid Fabric Conditioner locks out bad odors, giving clothes in-wear protection from offensive odors all day long. Pour it in the fabric softener reservoir on your machine.
  • Downy Fresh Protect Beads are motion activated and provide 24-hour odor neutralization and freshness – it is like deodorant for your clothes. You can add a capful of beads with your detergent before adding your clothes.
  • Downy Dryer Sheets complete the laundry regimen by controlling static, preventing wrinkles, softening and providing long-lasting freshness. All you have to do is toss a sheet in before your dryer cycle.

With three daughters, hand-me-downs must stay nice, so taking care to preserve our clothing is important. The new Downy Protect & Refresh Liquid Fabric Conditioner is great because not only does it soften your clothes, it also smooths and strengthens fibers to protect your clothes from stretching, fading and fuzzing versus using detergent alone.

Tide Downy New School Laundry

The average American throws away about 65 pounds of clothing per year. The way you launder your clothes impacts how long they’ll look new. Use these tips along with the new school regimen above to help protect your clothes:

  • Gym clothes with lycra or spandex need to be washed alone. Throwing them in with other clothes can cause breakdowns in the fabric and destroy antimicrobial and moisture-wicking qualities.
  • Be sure to zip your zippers and secure velcro when putting clothes in the wash to avoid snagging or sticking and possibly damaging other clothes.
  • If your clothes shrink in the dryer, soak them in water with a few tablespoons of hair conditioner for a few minutes and gently stretch the fibers back out.
  • Watch your clothing labels for guidance on water temperature to use – it’s there for a reason.

Keep your eyes peeled for me this Thursday-Sunday on WKMG CBS 6 in Orlando for some more new school laundry tips.

Free Samples

Ready to try out the new school way of doing laundry? Visit any of the Florida Walmart Supercenters below on Sunday, June 4 from 1-6 pm for free product samples and high-value coupons from Tide and Downy. A couple of stores will host the event on a different day, those stores are noted below. I’ll be at the store on Orlando Dr. in Sanford this Sunday, so come see me! 

Tide/Downy Events

Walmart Supercenter              1239 State Road 436 Ste 101, Casselberry

Walmart Supercenter              2700 Clearlake Road, Cocoa

Walmart Supercenter              1101 Beville Road, Daytona Beach

Walmart Supercenter              1699 N Woodland Blvd, DeLand

Walmart Supercenter              11012 N Williams St, Dunnellon

Walmart Supercenter              4444 W Vine St, Kissimmee

Walmart Supercenter              2501 Citrus Blvd, Leesburg

Walmart Supercenter              845 Palm Bay Rd NE, Melbourne

Walmart Supercenter              17030 US Highway 441, Mount Dora

Walmart Supercenter              3155 State Road 44, New Smyrna Beach *6/6/17

Walmart Supercenter              2600 SW 19th Avenue Rd, Ocala

Walmart Supercenter              10500 W Colonial Dr, Ocoee             

Walmart Supercenter              11250 E Colonial Dr, Orlando

Walmart Supercenter              8101 S John Young Pkwy, Orlando

Walmart Supercenter              2500 S Kirkman Rd, Orlando

Walmart Supercenter              1521 W Granada Blvd, Ormond Beach

Walmart Supercenter              174 Cypress Point Pkwy, Palm Coast

Walmart Supercenter              1590 Dunlawton Ave, Port Orange *6/1/17

Walmart Supercenter              4400 13th St., Saint Cloud

Walmart Supercenter              3653 S Orlando Dr, Sanford

Walmart Supercenter              3175 Cheney Hwy, Titusville *6/7/17

Walmart Supercenter              16313 New Independence Pkwy, Winter Garden

The following Walmart Supercenters will host similar events also on June 4 from 1-6 pm with Gain samples and high-value coupons. 

Walmart Supercenter              101 Howland Blvd, Deltona

Walmart Supercenter              1471 E Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee *6/1/17

Walmart Supercenter              904 Cypress Pkwy, Kissimmee

Walmart Supercenter              3250 Vineland Rd, Kissimmee

Walmart Supercenter              1000 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne

Walmart Supercenter              8500 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne

Walmart Supercenter              4980 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala

Walmart Supercenter              34 Bahia Ave, Ocala

Walmart Supercenter              9570 SW Highway 200, Ocala

Walmart Supercenter              5991 New Goldenrod Rd, Orlando *6/5/17

Walmart Supercenter              8990 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando *6/6/17

Walmart Supercenter              11930 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando

Walmart Supercenter              3101 W Princeton St, Orlando

Walmart Supercenter              1040 Malabar Rd SE, Palm Bay

Walmart Supercenter              1601 Rinehart Rd, Sanford

Walmart Supercenter              4085 Wedgewood Lane, The Villages

Comments

  1. Betsy Barnes says:

    My son always helped with laundry and he was doing his when he was around 11 years old. It really helped him build his independence in wanting to do more things.

  2. Laurajj says:

    Our little one loves to help sort when the laundry comes out! His favorite..matching socks!

  3. MaryAnn says:

    These are all good ideas. Our kids help out around the house but I have never had them help with laundry before. I think I need to start trying to get them to.

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