I have been compensated by Biz this year to use their laundry product
and to share with you my honest opinion of how I like the product.
5 kids = a lot of laundry!
Some people love doing laundry. I am not one of them. I don’t hate it; I just don’t like how it is the job that is never done. No matter how much laundry I do, there is still more to do.
So I enlisted my children at an early age. I got them sorting laundry and folding the easier items at an early age. And . . . if you are lucky like me . . . your oldest child will like to fold laundry! The past year, my oldest has folded probably three-fourths of our laundry — because she likes to fold it! Hurray for me!
Here are some ways kids can help with the laundry:
All kids from about age 3:
- Help sort the laundry. (If you still sort laundry. I know some do it all together.) I have 3 baskets of laundry in my laundry room: whites with lights/lights and brights/darks. It might seem like it takes more of your time to supervise preschool children who are helping you do the laundry than to just do it yourself, but one day they will be able to do it without your help if you teach them how to do it.
- Help fold easy items like washcloths.
- Help match socks.
- Take care of their clothes (if the drawers are low enough).
Lower elementary age children:
- Fold shirts, pants, and other items of clothing.
Upper elementary age children:
- Load the washing machine and switch clothes to dryer. We have a top loading wash machine so the child has to be tall enough to reach into the wash machine.
- Fold more difficult items
By junior high, kids should be able to do every aspect of laundry, which will help you out a lot. I usually still load our washing machine and dryer, although my oldest does it sometimes. The reason I still do it is that we have an extra large washing machine, and I want to make sure we have enough clothes to fill it. I can do a small load, but I would rather do a large one if I can. That is why we still do our clothes together instead of each child doing their own clothes. We also don’t have a very large house, so I don’t have a laundry basket for each child in their room. We have one hamper in the hallway outside the 3 bedrooms, and the older girls on the other end of the house have a hamper in their room. Do whatever system works for you!
I also like to switch the clothes to the dryer so I can make sure certain clothes don’t get put in the dryer. I usually will take the clothes out of the dryer to make sure all the hanging clothes get hung, and then I will take the clothes out to the living room floor and dump the clothes on the floor. Then all the kids will fold. It gets done super fast, and I don’t feel like I am folding clothes all day! Then I have the kids pick up their piles of clothes and go take care of them.
The other thing I find to help in the laundry process is having my own homemade detergent that saves money and the bottles of Biz detergent. The Biz laundry soap bottles are smaller so my kids can pour it if I am ever not around to help them start the laundry, and using the Biz soap in a spray bottle is the best stain fighter ever! I had never used it until last year and I’m never going back to any other stain fighter. It’s awesome! My kids think it is fun to spray the stain fighter on the stains too!