Teaching Children How to Do Laundry

You probably know a college senior who returns home every weekend so his mom can do his laundry because he doesn’t know how. If you are a mom, you probably want to avoid this scenario. With a few steps, you can teach your children how to do laundry.
  • When your kids are small, teach them where the laundry basket is and to put their dirty clothes in there.
  • Toddlers ages two to four love to imitate and do whatever their parents are doing. This is the perfect time to have them help you sort laundry by colors. Not only is it a good time to help them learn their colors, you are also setting the beginning stages for helping them learn to do laundry.
  • Older kids ages six to eight can help you do laundry by learning how much soap to use, where to put the soap and what wash settings to use. An explanation of why you prefer to use hot, warm or cold and why you can’t mix colors is usually in order.
  • With proper training, children as young as ten can do laundry. You could make this a chore for your child and pay them a weekly allowance for helping out in this capacity. Some parents give their teenage children the responsibility of washing their own laundry.

Learning how to do laundry is not that difficult. With proper training as they grow, there is no reason your child should not know how to do laundry by the time they are in high school, and certainly college.

How do you have your children help with laundry?

Melissa, a mom to three little ones (ages 7, 3 and 1) blogs at Mom's Plans where she writes about living a fulfilling life on less and focuses on cutting expenses, budgeting, paying down debt, saving money and once a month cooking.