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Washing Woes

Postby Laura-g-c » Thu May 01, 2014 9:34 am

I think I am going to go :loopy: !! I just cannot face one more load of washing! PLEEEAASSEE tell me how you ladies cope with it? My OH has this thing where he will only wear 2 tshirts at a time and they are never reused PLUS a work shirt 5/7 days a week. That's NINETEEN every week at least :gaah: We are doing BLW with DD so bibs or no thats another million vests etc. She's teething so prone to rash so I'm doing lots of nappy free time but that just makes more mats and towels and bedding to wash. There are the nappies.. my clothes... dishcloths, plus the occasional surprise like spilling something on the sofa etc etc etc. Yesterday I was super busy and didn't have a chance to hang one load so that put me behind and now today... Total backlog. I've looked at it and just CANT FACE IT! :shocked: Where do you dry it all (we have no drier, it's raining...) How do you find the time?!! :eek: Please any advice because honestly...it's too much! I've only got one baby right now and would love another but I will explode!!!

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Re: Washing Woes

Postby sim » Thu May 01, 2014 11:47 am

I'd start by insisting my DH seriously scales back the amount of clothing he is wearing or wash his own!

For BLW I use the big coverall bibs from IKEA which are fab. As the weather warms up I strip the child while they eat= no dirty clothes.

Re teething, try some teething powders - they can reduce the acidity of wee and poos and help calm down the rash.

We have a schedule if washing we try and stick to, based on standard loads and I expect my DH to help as we both work full time. There is almost always a load done overnight that gets put out or in the dryer in the morning an then another goes in to wah while we are out at work.

I also find the heated airer invaluable for drying nappies etc inside when it is raining.

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Re: Washing Woes

Postby Sunset » Thu May 01, 2014 12:22 pm

I have an 8kg washing machine which cuts back on the loads, I do about 10 a week now. Drying is an issue and I have just got rid of my dishwasher so I can fit in a tumble drier (we are a family of 5). If I couldn't have the tumble drier I would have got one of the lakeland heated airers (they seem expensive but are cheaper than a new tumble drier)

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Re: Washing Woes

Postby Louise » Thu May 01, 2014 1:56 pm

sim wrote:There is almost always a load done overnight that gets put out or in the dryer in the morning an then another goes in to wash while we are out at work.

I also find the heated airer invaluable for drying nappies etc inside when it is raining.


^This. Although I don't work so can sometimes squeeze in a 3rd load! (4 children and no tumble drier here!) I stick a wash on overnight and it goes outside or on the heated airer in the morning and another one in the morning that goes out/up as soon as its done. If the weather is nice enough and the washing dries quickly then I can get another load on after the morning wash is done and put that on the line too. We've a 9kg machine so can fit a lot in at once which helps.

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Re: Washing Woes

Postby gilbertandmartha » Thu May 01, 2014 2:01 pm

We're a family of five, so we also have a lot of washing. I refuse to do DH's shirts, so he gets them dry cleaned. Then everything else goes in together, apart from towels, bedding etc, and they are all collected up and washed at the same time whether they are dirty or not.

I try and live quite minimalistic when it comes to clothes, so I am forced to wash every day, but it does work, because I have to keep on top of it. But we also have a dryer so its much easier.

Definitely what sim said about the powders they work wonders and stop the acid wee's. Can you get a dryer at all?

Or maybe even a washing service that could do your DH's shirts and then he could drop them all off on Friday and pick up Monday or something like that - especially if you have to iron them.

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Re: Washing Woes

Postby Laura-g-c » Thu May 01, 2014 3:08 pm

I have tried time and again to get him to cut down on his shirts or at least re-wear them and it works for about a week before we're back to two at a time so I'm resigned to it just always being like that. Love the idea of the uberbib! That would really help because it is soooo messy! The other day I just threw a load of clothes in the bin because I couldn't face washing them! Honestly coming up to breakdown point hahaha!!
Thank you for the tips. Family of four/ five, I just cannot imagine it! No we can't get a drier yet :( Just don't have the space to be honest but one day. ONE DAY there will be one :) I have seen the heated airers but I was worried about them damaging the PUL? I may tell OH to do his own from now on. I re-wear clothes to reduce the load so if he won't do that he can jolly well wash them himself!! Thanks again mamas xx

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Re: Washing Woes

Postby Bugglyboo » Thu May 01, 2014 4:31 pm

Heated airer is my first love. The kids and dh come after :giggle:

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Re: Washing Woes

Postby ems101 » Thu May 01, 2014 5:35 pm

Second (third/fourth?!) The heated airer. Totally worth the outlay. We are a family if 5 too so machine is always on, but tiny baby stops me getting it out in the line to schedule sometimes so it just builds up then I have a mega day of washing when I can!

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Re: Washing Woes

Postby Sophiebeth23 » Thu May 01, 2014 7:39 pm

We have the Lakeland heated dryer it's brilliant!


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