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As kids grow up and become involved in multiple sports, taking care of laundry becomes more of a challenge in my house! Case in point, Harper being almost ten years old – she is involved in every sport at school. Kickball, soccer, basketball – you name it. I cannot believe the amount of sports gear I am washing. Let alone her school uniform. I was excited when Lysol reached out to try their Lysol Laundry Sanitizer. This laundry additive has definitely helped with the sport loads of laundry (whites and color loads). And, now I’m having my ten year old really help with the laundry.
Today I am sharing a few things that have made the task of laundry more bearable in our home. From sharing my tips on teaching kids how to do laundry, to the miraculous Lysol Laundry Sanitizer, to a sweet little DIY to add some flare to your laundry basket.
Tips for teaching kids how to do laundry
My daughter has been helping with some of these steps for a few years. But now is the time for her (as a fourth grader) to really learn and take on more responsibility with the chore of laundry!
We came up with 4 simple steps. SWFP
1. Sort and Inspect – Bring the laundry bag downstairs to the laundry room. Sort colors into one basket, whites in the other. All her smelly sports uniforms and socks go into a separate smaller basket. We talked quite a bit about “inspecting” when you are sorting. Check pockets and look for stains.
2. Wash & Dry – I showed Harper the washing and water temperature guide on the top of the washing machine lid. We also went over what can be thrown in the dryer and what needs to be hung to dry on the hanging rack. I let her know it is always better to ask before you throw something in the dryer that you are unsure about. I also showed her when doing the “sports” load of laundry to use the Lysol Laundry Sanitizer. This stuff is amazing. No chlorine bleach and designed to kill 99.9% of bacteria in laundry (when used as directed in rinse cycle). It also eliminates bacteria and lingering odor that regular detergent leaves behind. You can find Lysol Laundry Sanitizer in the laundry care aisle at Target.
3. Fold – Like I said above, I am one master folder – ha! I showed Harper how I fold. For any of you old Gap employees – no, I do not use a folding board! Harper is still working on finding her favorite fold.
4. Put Away – This is the step that is somehow always the hardest in our house. Does this happen in your house, too? We are working on immediately putting the folded clothes away right after we fold! I will let you know how it goes! Do you have any tips for this step?
Now, of course I had to share a little DIY we made to spruce up the boring laundry bag! Simple natural colored tassels with a few pops of color really make our laundry bag shine! See how we made it…
Supplies – natural colored yarn, colored embroidery thread, scissors
- Wrap yarn around a piece of wood or cardboard. Have a piece of yarn along the top to create tie. The more yarn you wrap, the thicker the tassel will be. Cut the bottom loop of yarn.
2. Pull off from the wood piece and tie a knot on the top using the extra piece of yarn. Choose a color of embroidery thread and tie on the top ¼ of the tassel. Wrap multiple times to create a nice pop of color for the tassel. Tie off. Trim the bottom of the tassel to make even.
Head to your local Target to pick up Lysol Laundry Sanitizer and use