Lessen Your Laundry Load
How much laundry do you do each week or month? I would say we average 1 load a week although we’ll sometimes wait and do all the laundry for the month in a single day. I thought this was close to the average for two people but now I wonder…
I was reading this article about the average amount of laundry for a family of two.
These two paragraphs in particular stuck out:
“2. How many clothes does an average person wear in a seven day period?
Obviously, this number varies based on the person. However, I was curious about how much clothing I dirty in a week. So, I abandoned my normal twice-weekly washing routine and weighed all of my dirty clothes at the end of the week. Turns out, I wore 16 pounds of clothing last week. My husband’s clothing came in at 17.5 pounds. Honestly, I was blown away that we dirty so much clothing in a single week. But, since we both started working out every day in 2009, we now dirty at least two sets of clothes a day. Between the two of us, we had three loads of clothing in a week (well, actually four because I had a delicates load).
3. How many towels and sheets does an average person go through in a seven day period?
Again, this number will vary based on personal preference. In our house, my husband and I combined go through 1 set of queen sheets, six washcloths, two kitchen towels, four bath towels, and two hand towels per week. This turns out to be less than 12 pounds, but unfortunately all of it won’t physically fit in a single load in our washing machine. So, the sheets get their own load and the towels get another. If you’re keeping track, this means that our family of two generates five or six loads of laundry most weeks.”
Four loads a week on clothes alone! Bleck, I dislike doing laundry so no way would I want to spend that much time on laundry every week. J. and I will wear almost all our clothes multiple times before washing. I’ll even rewear work out clothes as long as they were aired out and not balled up in a gym bag or locker. Honestly, if clothes aren’t dirty or smelly why wash them? I can wear my work clothes 4 or 5 times because I take them off as soon as I get home.
The linen is a bit different. We’ll use our towels and washcloths for a week or two and change our sheets every couple weeks. We have a pretty large supply of dish towels so while we may dirty two towels a week we don’t need to wash them every week. We don’t use hand towels but cloth napkins will get washed every couple weeks (again we have a largish supply for the two of us).
Not only is that a lot of time per week (2 hours per load if your using a dryer times 6 loads is 12 hours) but it’s a lot of water, a lot of electricity and or gas, and finally a lot of detergent. Setting aside dirty work out clothes if you wore each outfit twice before washing you could almost cut all that in half. You’d save yourself a lot of money and personal time. You could also air dry your clothes, even one or two loads could start to make a difference. And honestly your delicates would be better off air dried anyway. Finally try using a homemade detergent such as borax, washing soda and grated soap and you’ll save even more money and keep some plastic out of a landfill.
So what do you think? Is 5-6 even average for two people? How much do you generate?