How DO you teach a teen to do the laundry? How to separate and sort, how to use detergent. There are a lot of variables in learning how to do the laundry, so let’s teach our teens to be self-sufficient in this household chore!
We are heading into sweaty season here in Arizona. That means laundry is EXTRA important in a house with 2 teen boys.
But, I really wanted my teens to do their OWN laundry…. problem is, I also wanted it clean and fresh, so what’s a mom to do?
Let me give you five tips for teaching teens to do their own laundry.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Gain at Walmart. A big thanks for them sponsoring this post I think a lot of parents are going to find helpful! The opinions and text are all mine.
Teaching Teens to do the Laundry
Teaching teens to do laundry tip #1: You do the whites
I encourage my teens to bring whites, socks, and undies into me and I will be happy to wash them. My husband and I don’t have quite a full load each week — so I am fine to do their whites if they’d prefer. Great for white Sunday shirts that I don’t really need cozy-ing up to a dark pair of jeans.
You can use vinegar to set the dye on jeans on their initial wash to prevent color passing
But, there is also something to be said for life lessons on why you separate. 🙂
Teaching teens to do the laundry tip #2: Use Gain Flings
Guys. Letting my boys pour laundry soap was just more than I could handle. I’d always bought liquid soap up to this point, but then I started buying Gain Flings and it was a GAME CHANGER.
They suddenly knew the exact amount to put in the washer, and thanks to new & improved Gain Flings — it’s easier than ever to get all the right stuff in, without my entire washing machine being covered in detergent and more.
I mean, the OCD in me would probably die if I watched them individually add the detergent, Oxi boost and Febreeze that’s in each fling. Talk about a mess EVERYWHERE!!!!
In case you didn’t know – Flings more than just laundry detergent in a pouch. Gain Flings include, concentrated detergent, Oxi boost, and Febreze odor remover all in one. Makes it super easy as teens are learning.
Teaching teens to do the laundry tip #3: Scent is everything.
Teen boys. If you haven’t had one — just wait. All those hormones just exude smell. And not in a nice way. Having a detergent that can replace that smell with a fresh clean scent is SO important.
I’d recommend using something like Gaint’s new Blissful Breeze scent that smells SO clean. No mess, no fuss — just a clean smell.
Teaching teens to do the laundry tip #4: Let it go.
The logical consequence of a teen not learning to do their own laundry is that they don’t have any clean laundry.
Don’t be the one who jumps in to save them. Be the one who lets consequences fall… and then be SURE to compliment them when they’re wearing something clean and fresh.
Natural consequences are the best consequences.
Natural smells, on the other hand…. not so much.
BIG thanks to Gain for sponsoring this post, and for helping thousands of teen boys smell a little fresher this summer!
Don’t forget that the new Gain Flings in Blissful Breeze Scent have
- A 3-in-1 benefit of concentrated Gain detergent, Oxi boost, and Febreze odor remover all in one. Remember, less mess! WINNING!
- Gain Flings are now available in new Blissful Breeze scent – leaving your clothes smelling amazingly fresh and clean.
- Gain Flings are easy to use—just toss 1 or 2 in your wash instead of measuring out detergent. You get that 3-in-1 power with the flick of a wrist. — so easy to use!
Flings really make life SO much easier! I love them! BTW, if you’re looking for other ways to make your kids self-sufficient, I think you’ll love this.
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