Laundry Tips- Laundry Routines

Welcome to another addition of Laundry Tips. Previously we talked about detergents and dyers verses line drying. Today we are going to talk about routines. What works for one person might not work for the the next person. Here are just some ideas to motivate you and lighten the load (pun intended).

Tip #1 Decide on a Laundry Day or DaysDo you remember the old rhyme:

Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Mend on Wednesday,
Churn on Thursday,
Clean on Friday,
Bake on Saturday,
Rest on Sunday.

In days before modern conveniences it was necessary to have a full day devoted to laundry. Thankfully now many of us have the leisure to wash practically any time we want.

In the Stanley household growing up every Thursday and Friday were our laundry days. We would sort every thing the night before and then spend the next of the day taking clothes in and out of the washer and dryer. Anything not done on Thursday would be finished on Friday.

For some families getting all your laundry done in one day just isn’t practical, especially if you line dry. I would venture a guess that all of us own more cloths than our grandmother and great grandmothers who did laundry once a week did. Maybe the massive amount of clothes is motivation to weed through our closets and give away some of our overabundance of clothes. Just think you will have less work, more room in your dresser/closet and you can bless some one else who needs those items more than you.

When you are a large family you might as well forget about one laundry day a week idea. The Duggars do multiple loads a day but then not many of us have THAT large of a family or that many washers and dryers. Even if you only have a couple kids you might find it more manageable to do one or two loads every day instead of just once a week.

I like to wash cloths on Monday and towels and linens on Fridays. If had a baby I would add in a couple diaper washing days as well.

Tip #2 Have a Laundry Folding Party 

If you do most of your wash on one day have a laundry folding party. Put on a movie or audio book and have everyone pitch in. Even little kids like to help. Let them fold easy things like underwear, sock or rags. Matching skills and color recognition can be practiced while folding socks. 🙂 Sure watching something slows you down but it gets the job done. At least it worked for my siblings and me.

Tip #3 Don’t Worry too Much About Colors

I am horrible about separating cloths into proper piles. I’ll do the basics like separating heavy weight and light weight cloths. I don’t really stress too much about putting light and dark colored clothes in at the same time. Most clothes are color fast. Washing in warm or cold water decreases the chance of your clothes bleeding. When you purchase something new you might want wash it with like colors a couple times, just in case. When I really needed some things washed I’ve been known to mix light weight tees, underwear, jeans and extra dirty socks in the same load, gasp!! It’s not the end of the world they all turned out clean. Preferably I don’t mix things that much very often.

Tip #4 Start a Load First Thing in the Morning

I don’t know about you but there is a triumphant feeling when you get a load done before breakfast. It’s a great way to get your laundry day(s) started. I throw a load in when I wake up and try to have it on the line before we eat breakfast, sometimes it happens, other times life happens and the laundry doesn’t till later in the day.

Tip #5 Don’t Stress About Using the Dyer

In a perfect world there would always be long, warm, sunshine days with endless amounts of time. Lets face it, that’s hardly the truth. If you don’t have the time to hang all your cloths to dry and can afford to use the dryer, go for it! Even if line drying is the more frugal, eco-friendly, simplistic thing to do sometimes the extra time and energy that you may have is worth it. Of course this is coming from the woman that doesn’t have a dryer….. If I could I would.

What are your laundry routine tips? I’d love to know! We can all learn from each other. 

When I was looking for the rhyme above I found this slightly different version. It gave me a chuckle when I thought about all the things that I have brewing in my kitchen. A whole day dedicated to brewing, maybe it refers to beer only but you never know, maybe all those lacto-ferments are included  in it too.

Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Bake on Wednesday,
Brew on Thursday,
Churn on Friday,
Mend on Saturday,
Go to meeting on Sunday.

This post is part of Teach Me Tuesday,  Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, Your Green Resource,  Living Green Tuesday, 

About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. Hello, I saw your post featured over on the Homestead Revival blog hop. I read your about page and so much of what you shared really resonated with me. I am also a “product” of homeschooling. I was taught at home from jr. high on and did not go to college either. I spent five years in Central America working with women in a community there teaching them to sew. I’ve since married and am living in the U.S. getting ready to homestead on 10 acres. I’ve added your blog with all your wonderful recipes to my Google reader and look forward to reading. I wish you the very best! 🙂

    • Thanks Jenny! It’s always nice to “meet” another former homeschooler, mission minded homesteader! 🙂 I hope your new homestead goes well! Where is Centural America were you? Blessings!

    • I lived in San Pedro Sula Honduras and worked in a small area called Seis de Mayo not to far from Puerto Cortes. My parents still work there as part time missionaries.

    • I have friends that are missionaries in Ojojona, Honduras. I believe it sort of near the capitol.

  2. Hi Katie,

    We’re having our inaugural Eat Make Grow Blog Hop. We are looking for folks to link up who want to share what they have been eating with their families, growing in their gardens or making with all their creative impulses. If you’re interested, I hope you’ll hop on over and link up a couple of your posts. It’s a way for you to grow your readership and find other like minded mamas.

    Hope to see you there,


  3. I enjoyed this post…. and I smiled when I read #2, because whenever we fold a heap of laundry (family of 10) we call it a laundry folding party. Stopping by from Growing Home. 🙂

  4. Maybe the massive amount of clothes is motivation to weed through our closets and give away some of our overabundance of clothes.

    At one point we had 11 people living here. I could get all the laundry done in one day in the summer. It the winter, I did laundry on 3 days. As far as how many clothes we have… about 5 shirts and 3 pairs of pants. One church outfit. The only time what got into trouble is if we needed 2 days of church clothes. ie weddings, funerals… I refused to wash anything that was not dirty.

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