Friday, 4 March 2016

My Mum's Washing Wisdom

Washing is one of those chores that appears impossible to catch up on once you have children.  It can seem never-ending; my youngest especially always seems to have half his dinner wiped up his sleeve so needs a regular change of clothes!  Then they enjoy rolling down hills, jumping in muddy puddles, my boys are magnets for dirt…

Thankfully Beko have some more washing tips to share from some of their favourite parent bloggers, I plan on having a good look and seeing what washing wisdom I can pick up.  I thought I might as well share my own suggestions too; luckily my mum gave me some tips to help lighten the load.  Hopefully following this guidance will free up more time for you to put your feet up for Mothers Day.

It helps if you can get your own children involved, loading up the washing machine and helping put the clean clothes away afterwards.  Pocket money was earnt not given freely so my brother and I had an incentive to help; I should do the same now as my boys enjoy earning a few pence here and there (luckily they still find coppers attractive so I could get away with paying them a cheap rate for their efforts!). 

My mum taught me not to mix colours, although I get round this now with a colour catcher product, because frankly it’s quicker and more efficient just to bung everything in together.  It seems to work as fingers crossed our clothes are keeping their colour well enough and I do not have to worry about sorting through piles of clothes before washing them.  I have also found that Vanish is quite handy if you want to keep your whites white!

I do read the care instructions on labels; some clothes need to be washed at a lower temperature or end up shrinking into a mini version as I have learnt from experience!  I always wash the boys tops inside out to try and help protect the design, I have now trained hubbie and the boys to turn their clothes inside out before adding them to the wash basket (or chucking it on the floor!), you see I have not quite ironed out all the kinks with their training program.  But if you start teaching them now then hopefully they will start to do it automatically.

Do you have any other tips to add?


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