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Thursday, March 18, 2010


Yesterday I asked readers to guess how long it took me to go through 250 dryer sheets.  I opened the box on August 1st, so Jenny was right.  The box was empty 7 1/2 months later.

But that is not the end of the story.  Last night I was telling Derek about it, and how I wrote the date on the box so I could average how many loads of laundry I do a week.  He asked me, "Don't you use TWO dryer sheets?"

Apparently in the past when I was loading an unusually large load (or maybe blankets?) I suggested putting a second sheet in for good measure.  That was before I was careful to only use one per load.

I don't know how often Derek throws the wash into the dryer, but he's not afraid to do a bit of laundry to help me out (and get clothes washed in time for work on Monday morning).  I am guessing he helps with a load every two weeks or so.

At least I know that I have not been doing 8 loads of laundry for my family of four each week!  I am guessing 5-6 is more accurate.  (There were weeks when I am certain I did at least 7 due to two children's leaking diapers though...We have since switched to nighttime diapers.)

In case you are curious, I do plan to keep track again.  I'm curious.  How about you?  How many loads do you do a week?


Christy Killoran said...

I do at least one load of laundry a day. On Friday, I change the sheets so that is more laundry on that day.

Do you use Bounce dryer sheets? I just read about the Bounce dryer bar. You stick it in your dryer and it lasts for a certain number of loads. The bar actually tells you when it needs to be replaced. We have really sensitive skin so we usually use the all natural dryer sheets. I'm very curious about that bar though and wonder if it would be okay for our skin!

Cindy said...

I just bought a bar Christi but haven't used it yet b/c my new washer and dryer aren't here yet. They come next WED!!!! I am so happy to not have to go to the Laund. mat anymore. I would say I normally do about 6 loads a week. In the summer we seem to go through way more clothes from getting down and dirty.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I bought the laundry bar, the smaller size didn't even last a week (mind you I do 3 loads a day, not counting bedding), but the larger one has lasted almost 3 weeks already, and it works very well. I haven't noticed any skin problems with it, but it is perfumey. Be careful though, they can break loose from the side of the dryer, and then they are a mess.

Miller Moments said...

I do two on Monday, two on Thursday, and one on Saturday. (of course sometimes this varies because we also occasionally have diaper leaks). So probably 5-6 loads a week.

Eva said...

we're a family of 3 and since we live in an apartment we don't do laundry as often. it can be a whole day event having to wait for available machines and whatnot. I'd say 4-5 loads every two weeks. Sometimes more if there's bedding and tablecloths to be washed.

Jenny said...

woo-hoo, i was right! (well, you know, MOSTLY right until Derek had to come in and try to steal my glory) I have to admit, I don't put a fabric softener in every load I ever do. I'd say it's about half - like I definitely don't when I'm washing kitchen towels, etc. I don't know how many loads of laundry I do - but historically I seem to do several in a row when the hampers are getting full. So maybe 3 or 4 a week. We reuse bath towels for a week or longer, and I pretty much only wash sheets when there are accidents in the bed - but that's regular with the boys for some reason, only with them, never with Sis. (the kids, that is; WE don't have accidents, of course)

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