How Do You Feel About Doing Laundry?

Do You Have A Clue About Doing Laundry? - I don't think that this guy has a clue about doing laundry. I mean - what does he think the washing machine is, a television? No, he hasn't got a clue.
United States
September 29, 2008 7:04pm CST
Are you someone who likes doing the laundry? Or do you find yourself doing laundry "by default"? Do other people in your family help out with the laundry... or do they behave as though some "laundry fairy" comes flying around the house, mysteriously picking up their dirty clothes? How do you feel about doing laundry? Me - I'm a guy. When I run out of socks, I know that it's time to do laundry. I do try to help out with the laundry, though, making sure that I move the loads from time to time from washer to dryer, from dryer to couch, folding towels, matching socks, grabbing hangers and putting clothes away. That's my laundry story. What's yours?
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@monaliu (344)
7 Oct 08
Hi, Nathan.You know my answar la. I am a girl and I rent room outside, so I must do the laundry by myself everyday.But I do it very quick,just need a few minutes. You are a good guy! Cheers!
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• United States
7 Oct 08
I suppose that if you did not do the laundry, that it would never get done! It is not an overwhelming chore, because you only have laundry for one. Do you have access to a machine, or do you wash your clothing by hand? Cheers to you, too!
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@monaliu (344)
8 Oct 08
,I do it by hand...Just few minutes! thanks, Nathan.
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• United States
8 Oct 08
I told another friend on mylot about this site that I found. It tells how to build a "wind powered washing machine". Some soldiers during World War II in the South Pacific decided that they needed clean clothing. They did not have any electricity, but they had lots of wind. So, they cut up some barrels and made some blades to catch the wind, and... they made wind-powered washing machines! Here is the link, if you are interested: http://motherearthnews.com/Do-It-Yourself/1976-01-01/Build-A-Simple-Wind-Powered-Washing-Machine.aspx
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@lilaclady (28224)
• Australia
30 Sep 08
Laundry and Ironing are the worst chores other than the gardening, I hate it,I keep putting it of and putting it off until I have so much to do it is unbearable, I have to do some today and I am not looking forward to it.
• United States
30 Sep 08
I'm not all that fond of gardening, either. Picking weeds - yuck! Getting stung by bugs - yuck! I'm a guy, and there seems to be something about most of the guys that I know - that they seem to think that laundry is a "ladies thing" to do. I try to help my wife out with the laundry whenever I can, but she manages to do most of the laundry most of the time. I've actually written a little report: "Get A Man To Do Laundry" - in which I explore the idea of getting a guy to step up and take on the task... rather than dumping his dirty laundry on the floor and leaving it there for someone else to take care of.
@Darkwing (21586)
30 Sep 08
I don't mind doing the laundry at all! It's the ironing I hate!!! lol. I don't have a tumble dryer because I prefer to hang my clothes out on the washing line in the fresh air, to dry naturally. They don't get full of static and they smell wonderful after having been outside. I just have to get over my aversion to ironing, and I'll be fine! Brightest Blessings.
• United States
30 Sep 08
LOL - We typically buy the wrinkle-free clothes... I suppose that there are two ways to get that "outside, fresh smell" - either by hanging your clothes outside on a clothes line to dry... or by purchasing the scented fabric softeners - a variety of which are labeled: summer rain, spring freshness, etc., etc. As for the static cling... well... hopefully the fabric softener takes care of that!
@Darkwing (21586)
30 Sep 08
Hopefully, but the fabric softeners never smell quite like the outdoor air. Lol at your buying the wrinkle-free clothes!
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• United States
30 Sep 08
The difference is probably the same as the difference between buying store-made bread or simply making your bread fresh at home. They are both bread, but one certainly has a better taste than the other. Even when you buy the bread from a store bakery, it does not quite have the same taste as bread that is made at home. Thanks again for your reply!
• United States
30 Sep 08
I absolutely detest doing laundry! The biggest part is the folding of clothes. I can't complain to much about my husband on this one though. We both hate it equally. There are times when we both have forgotten clothes in the washer. We normally fold clothes together because that's the one thing in my house that I have a bad tendancy to put off. I will have to say is that my husband will leave his clothes lying around everywhere and I have to pick them all up constantly. Our kids put their dirty clothes where they belong more often than he does!
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• United States
30 Sep 08
{em]lol[/em] I can't tell you how many times we have forgotten clothes in the washer... Or forgotten to add the detergent or something like that... As for husbands who leave their dirty clothes lying around everywhere (kudos, btw, to your kids for picking theirs up!) - I think that it's pretty common. I've written a report (for women especially,) called "Get A Man To Do Laundry" - in which I talk through some secrets for getting a man from dropping his dirty, sweaty clothes on the bathroom floor to actually putting them where they are supposed to go... For most people, laundry is just one of those things that you have to do to get through life - to be healthy and to feel good about yourself. Short of hiring it out, it's always got to be done. Thanks for sharing your response!
• United States
30 Sep 08
lol! It is kind of strange to see our kids pick them up! It's like you said though, it needs done. Yeah sometimes my clothes get a second washing after sitting there.
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• United States
30 Sep 08
I suppose that somewhere along the line, the kids had a good laundry role model who helped them to figure out what they should be doing with their laundry... Good for them! And it's so easy to forget about clothes when you're washing them in a machine. Someone else told me that they have to wash all of their clothes by hand... so I suppose that there'd be no forgetting about that load of laundry!
• United States
30 Sep 08
I have no problem doing laundry but I do not like touching dirty socks or underwear that aren't mine. My sister plays soccer so sometimes her socks are just really gross and I just can't deal with them.
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• United States
30 Sep 08
Does your sister leave her dirty things lying around, or does she just take care of them on her own?
• United States
1 Oct 08
She puts them in the wash/laundry room with he rest of the dirty clothes so I do come across them.
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@jazel_juan (15750)
• Philippines
30 Sep 08
i am not really ga-ga over doing the laundry, but i dont have any choice but to do so, plus i do it for my kids and my husband, unless ill let them do it! hahaha:)) but before when i was in college i don't do it, its my mom who do the laundry but when i had a family it already became my responsibility...:D
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• United States
30 Sep 08
I wonder if it's simply one of those things that people get this idea in their heads from watching their parents - that if mom did the laundry, well, then, it's mom's responsibility? And it's just an idea that people have, and so they keep going with that idea? I wrote a little report for people who would like the men in their life (children, too, I suppose) to take a little more of the household laundry responsibilities - titled: "Get A Man To Do Laundry". The laundry needs to be done, but there's no reason that the expectation for doing the laundry should simply fall upon one person, and with the right approach, I think that others can be brought into that process as well. Best wishes to you!
@jazel_juan (15750)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
i guess it just become automatic, when you become the mother itst immediately your responsibility, no has to say it but its just automatic..hehehe:))
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@subha12 (18449)
• India
30 Sep 08
i do very rarely i think. its not that i really do not like to. but i have dry skin problem and after doing laundry i get bad marks on my hand.
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• Singapore
30 Sep 08
I have a friend who is sensitive to detergent too so she has to hire a maid to do the laundry.
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• United States
30 Sep 08
I also wonder if there is something with the particular kind of detergent that you are using that would cause such problems with your hands? Had you tried using rubber gloves? Some detergents may be more harsh than others, and I know that they even now make (they didn't in the past) a particular kind of detergent especially for washing babies' clothing -- which is supposed to be less harsh, I believe.
@mimico (3618)
• Philippines
30 Sep 08
Oh I hate doing the laundry. I have to wash the clothes I wear to the gym right after I get home from a workout sessions otherwise they'll stink. But if I have to wash my other clothes everyday as well I'll die! I can set aside part of my Sundays for doing laundry, but I won't do laundry during weekdays. It's just too time consuming and stressful. I also hate ironing and folding. :( I don't think I'll be a good housewife haha I need a maid...
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• United States
30 Sep 08
Something that really surprised me in a number of discussions here on myLot is the number of people who have someone else - as in, someone outside of their family - doing their laundry. It sounds like, in some countries, it is the regular practice to have maids or some sort of household help that comes along and does the laundry? One thing is for sure, that after a work out, you at least need to let your clothes dry out (or, put them right into the washer), otherwise, I think that they might mold! Thanks for sharing your response!
• United States
30 Sep 08
i know you'll be a good wife when you find one..
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@SukiSmiles (1993)
• United States
30 Sep 08
We all pitch in to do the laundry. If my kids are around, they empty the hamper into the garage. I will make them pick of their own dirty clothes if it wasn't in the hamper. I sort it - I don't trust anyone else. I wash, dry and fold. Everyone puts away their own clothes and my husband will also put mine away. At least he puts 95% of it in the right place. So, I don't complain.
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• United States
30 Sep 08
Oh, but I don't iron. My husband will if he wants something pressed.
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• United States
30 Sep 08
We try to make doing laundry a family affair in our home, too. My wife does most of the laundry. She lets me put away my clothes (most of the time - sometimes she graciously puts my clothing away for me). I let her put away her own clothes - so that I don't misplace them for her... We turn "putting away the clothes" into a game with our young children - and they seem to enjoy running back and forth with an armful of clothing... and it gets the job done.
@KrauseHome (36626)
• United States
1 Oct 08
Well personally, doing Laundry does not seem to bother me. I know it is something that needs to be done, so I do at least 2-3 loads or more a week. The only thing that bothers me, is loading the washer or unloading the dryer and carrying the clothes to the bedroom to be folded. As I have Bad legs due to Arthritis and Diabetic issues, it can be hard to carry the stuff, but I manage. Usually my husband will help fold the clothes or do a load or two as well just to help out if needed. Since we have a Washer and Dryer here where we live, it is nice. I would hate to ever imagine loosing this.
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• United States
8 Oct 08
I know what you mean. Hearing the stories of so many others who either have to leave their homes to do the laundry, or who have to do all of their laundry by hand, really makes me appreciate the fact that we actually have machines that can do the work for us! It's good that your husband also helps out with the laundry, especially given your medical condition. I've written a report which I've entitled "Get A Man To Do Laundry", in which I talk about the secrets that ladies can use to get the men in their lives to be a little bit more participatory in the laundry process - no matter what level of help the men might be offering. I know that my wife sure appreciates any help that I give her in the process, and I think that other men should be helpful to their wives in doing laundry as well. Thanks for sharing your story and your response!
@cndn420 (2062)
• Canada
30 Sep 08
i've been doing my own laundry for years now and i really don't mind it. i try to do a load every so often so when i really have a nothing day i dont have so many loads of laundry to do.
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• United States
8 Oct 08
Doing laundry a little bit at a time makes it so that you do not have one huge pile that has accumulated over time. It really is a matter of a person's perspective - whether laundry is something is that they don't mind or whether it is something that they utterly detest. Thanks for sharing your response!
@lingli_78 (12832)
• Australia
30 Sep 08
i love doing laundry... no problem for me at all... i usually do my laundry once every week together with my hubby to save water and electricity... and yes... when i see my hubby's socks start to run down, it is time to do the laundry... otherwise, he will have no sock to wear... take care and have a nice day...
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• United States
7 Oct 08
When you say that you do your laundry together, do you mean that you both participate in doing the laundry - or do you simply launder the clothing in the same load of laundry? If you both work on laundering your clothing together - then good for you! I keep tabs on the level of my clothing as well, so that I know when it is time to "get another load going"... Thanks for your response; and you have a good day, too!
@bombshell (11265)
• Germany
30 Sep 08
when i was working in Philippines i am doing my own laundry every friday night.i dont have a problem of.i enjoy it coz its my clothe and i love doing it every wekend.that time i was even using my hands
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• United States
1 Oct 08
It sounds like you have a good time doing laundry, you enjoy it, and have no complaints - whether you are washing by hand or by machine! Good for you - and best wishes to you in the future.
@lynnemg (4535)
• United States
30 Sep 08
Laundry is a never-ending task that I do not enjoy doing, but do very often. I enlist the help of my kids when it comes to this one. I may, let's say wash and dry several loads, but I will leave them in the basket, or on the couch for the kids to fold. Or, they will do the washing and drying and I will do the folding. It just depends on how the day has gone. In my house, there are 5 of us monday thru Friday and six of us on Saturday and Sunday, so laundry is a daily thing for us. All it takes is letting it go for one day for it to get piled up.
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• United States
1 Oct 08
It sounds like you have a good system of trading off and splitting up the laundry responsibilities. And it sounds like you have a lot of people involved in the process, either making the dirty laundry or cleaning it. And if the front end of the process keeps going (making dirty laundry), but the back end (cleaning it) gets stopped up - problems could quickly develop. Thanks for sharing your story!
• Canada
30 Sep 08
I don't mind gathering the clothes, putting them in the washer, switching them to the dryer, and folding them. What I don't like is taking the clean, folded clothes from the laundry room to the bedrooms and closets. I don't like fighting to get everything to fit in the drawers and to not slip off the hangers. It seems noone in my house likes to put them away because there is always a great big pile or two of clean folded clothes in the laundry room.
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• United States
1 Oct 08
I hear you. Reading stories like yours, I wrote a report called "Get A Man To Do Laundry" (linked from my profile page) - in which I outline a way to go about getting people in the household to participate in the laundry process (minus the fighting). Even among people who really don't mind doing the laundry, there is usually some point in the process that they really would rather avoid. My wife and I have had similar conversations (pleasant ones) about the dishes, where it is interesting to observe our differences on which dishes each of us would rather not do - pots, pans, silverware, etc. It's something that has to be done, and we do them, but there's always some part of the process that's our least favorite thing to do. Thanks for sharing your story!
• Canada
30 Sep 08
I don't mind doing laundry as it is something that has to be done everyday , with so many of us living in the household . Although I don't mind washing the clothes and I don't mind drying them , of course the washer and dryer does that lol , I don't mind packing them either but for some reason I hate putting them away and they often sit in the basket until it is full and then I take up a couple of loads and try and put them all away togther so it doesn't seem like I am doing it all the time :) Gernerally no one in the family helps out as the little ones are to little and asking my son is like pulling teeth . It is better if I put the stuff away that way I know it gets put where it beongs , of course it would be helpful if they could ever take their dirty clothes downstairs so I didn't have to go rooting through the bedroom but this doens't happen very often .
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• United States
1 Oct 08
The laundry machine is a life-saver, or at least a time-saver, when it comes to doing laundry. As for putting them away... I hear you on that. We get our little ones to help out by making a little game out of it - carrying their clothes off to their rooms... As for the older ones, and especially guys, there the challenge is a little bit more... challenging. I've written a report that I've entitled "Get A Man To Do Laundry" (linked on my profile page) in which I explore some of the "secrets" to getting guys to pitch in and do their part when it comes to laundry. I encourage people to get away from some of those typical ways that people use that end up being more like "pulling teeth" and end up with a more positive approach to accomplishing the same goal. I think that a lot of ladies out there are like you - they do it because they want to see it get done, that it goes where it belongs (one lady reported that her husband would do laundry, but whenever he did it - it would always come out weird, maybe like he was using too much detergent or something?), to avoid arguments or teeth pulling, etc. I think that there is a more positive way, which I've outlined in my report. Thanks for sharing your response! And best wishes to you!
• United States
30 Sep 08
I actually love to do laundry. I am the only one who mainly does laundry and I don't mind at all. But I do hate it when my husband leaves his dirty clothes around. I wash my clothes like every other day. Because my husband he works at a factory and he has a uniform and he needs clean clothes every day. I can't wait until they give them the rest of his uniform so I don't have to wash as much. His job is supposed to be washing his uniforms. But for now I don't mind. I'll wash the clothes make sure they smell good and then put a dryer sheet and dry the clothes and then start folding and putting up clothing items.
• United States
30 Sep 08
It really is all in your perspective, and so if you take a good perspective on doing the laundry, then it really won't be as bad as it would be for someone who takes a bad perspective on the laundry. I had people like you in mind when I wrote my report, "Get A Man To Do Laundry" - thinking about the husbands who like to drop their dirty clothes on the floor - expecting that the "laundry fairy" will come flying by, sprinkle her magic dust, and voila! Clean clothes! It may not be much of a problem now, but I suspect that over time the habit will be something that you hope will be changed. Many guys are like that, and women complain about this (and rightly so) frequently. You can hear stories about guys who go off exercising, and then they leave a pile of dirty, sweat-soaked, smelly clothes on the bathroom floor... (yuck!) ... and yet, as a guy, I have to admit that I have been guilty of doing the same thing... Well - it's good to hear from someone who takes a positive outlook on the task of doing laundry. Best wishes to you!
@RAGHUBIR (65)
• India
30 Sep 08
i am college boy so moste of time i loundry my self when i go college most of time i change my cloyh raguler so i try to clean my cloth and many time my mom helpe me and many time itry to washe alone now i did learn washe cloth when ii have to leive alone at home i try do all worke and many people do loundry self but many reach peopl they do not any worke
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• United States
30 Sep 08
I remember my college days fairly well, where my dormitory had one coin-operated washer and dryer (maybe it was two of each) to share between 16 people... so good luck trying to break in to the line up and get your clothes through... I remember visiting an aunt and uncle once, when one of my cousins had come home from college with a huge bag of clothes. (I think he had been saving them up! But that's the way of college, sometimes.) Thanks for sharing your response!
@Bebs08 (10684)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I don't like to do laundry but I have to because I am just staying in the house and I can't bear the site of the laundry basket overflowing with dirty clothes. anyway, it's not that hard to do the laundry, just put it in the machine, leave it there for a while, do mylottting, then come back to put it the dryer, do mylot again and when it is done, fold it... that's my routine 2-3X a week. Well, dirty socks specially white ones, I have to soak it first for hours and wash it by hand. I don't want to dump the white socks in the washing.. it doesn't clean very well.
• United States
30 Sep 08
I like your system - laundry, mylot, laundry, mylot, laundry, mylot! LOL ... I think that there are quite a few people out there like you, who just can't stand the sight of dirty laundry, and so they resolve to just take care of it and get it done and over with. So... the washing machine is a wonderful invention to free up your time and allow you to take care of the laundry without having to slave over hand washing the clothes... Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
@jackiew (915)
• Canada
30 Sep 08
hello i don't really mind doing laundry-everything is on the main floor here so its really not too bad-i throw a load in while on the computor or watching t.v
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• United States
30 Sep 08
If you have the machinery, doing the laundry can be a pretty simple thing... and you can even do it while you are doing something else! The people that I feel sorry for are those who do not have a washing machine, or who do not even have access to a washing machine and have to do everything by hand...