Laundry in the Hunter-Pike household
For many households, ours included, laundry is an almost never-ending task. No sooner have we washed, ironed and put away one set of laundry the wash basket is already full again and another wash load is necessary.
Being a household of 5 (sometimes 7) washing is in no short supply. Having lots of younger aged children means that the basket fills up quickly. We’re also a cloth wipe household for the little kids. This means instead of spending a huge amount of money on baby wipes we use reusable cloths for face and hands and wash them.
A not so typical wash load
A typical wash load for us could include;
- Chocolate covered t-shirts
- Various orange stained items of kids clothes
- Dribble Bibs from Chase (due to his medical condition we go through several a day)
- Chase’s school uniform and swim kit
- Husbands work clothes
- Lots of Geeky T-shirts and skinny jeans
- Cloth wipes for hands and faces
- What seems like a billion odd socks
- Various receipts that I forget to empty out of my husband’s pockets
Does anyone actually enjoy laundry?
I’m not a fan of most aspects of doing the laundry. I’m guilty of putting a load on and then forgetting to remove it, meaning quite often I have to put yet another rinse cycle on. This is a total waste of water and something I’m trying to be more careful not to do. I do however like those moments when the sun is shining, the youngest is asleep and Chase and Brooke are at school/nursery. I get the chance to stand outside in the peace and quiet and hang the washing out which I find quite cathartic.
The main challenges for us to keep our laundry up to date is routine. As our loads vary depending what day of the week it is and how many children we have in the house at any given time. As a general rule I’ve decided that when the bin is full I will sort out the washing and then do a wash load. Whichever pile of laundry is the biggest (whites/colours) is the one that gets done first. If i average it out I would say we do about 5/6 large washing loads a week.
Other difficulties for us is finding a laundry detergent that will work for all of our loads and all of our children. Since my 1 year old Harper underwent hip dysplasia treatment her skin has been very sensitive. Harper’s skin has started reacting to almost anything.
No time, no space!
I’m generally quite time poor and space poor. I find it difficult to make time to fit the laundry routine in. If the sun isn’t shining then space becomes a real problem. Our house is filled with equipment so I have to switch up the time i do the laundry and try to get it dry overnight so there is still space for Chase to navigate his wheelchair around the front room!
On the days when I’m time poor, I do get help. I often enlist the kids to help with sorting laundry. My husband is actually the chief of ironing as he enjoys it! He also does washing loads on his day off. Making the laundry a team effort makes it so much more manageable.
My ideal laundry detergent
My ideal laundry detergent would meet the following criteria
- Be suitable and sensitive enough for everyone’s skin
- Do a great cleaning job getting out all those stains the kids get on the clothes
- Smell nice but not overpowering.
- Work well with all my different load types so I don’t have to keep changing products
- Be mess free and easy to dose
There’s nothing better than putting on your favourite t-shirt that freshly washed and breathing in the smell of clean clothes. One of my favourite things about freshly washed clothes and bedding is the smell of it. However, I have issues with the smell of some detergents! I find some washing detergents to be very overpowering. Overpowering laundry detergents often are filled with strong fragrances that can also trigger a reaction on my youngest’s skin. Even certain fabric conditioners on the market are a no go in our house as they smell so strongly.
Thanks to BritMums and Ecover we were sent a bottle of Ecover’s Non-Bio concentrated laundry detergent to test, as well as a fab laundry bag. It’s been a while since I have used a liquid detergent so I was keen to put it to the test.
Dosage was very simple and easy to understand. As we live in an extremely hard water area and were doing large laundry loads we used a cap and a half each time we put a load on. The bottle made it easy to pour with minimal mess. I usually manage to spill loads of detergent on the work surface so this was a real achievement!
The smell of the detergent wasn’t knock your socks off strong but it was still enough that after washing the fragrance clung to clothes. The fragrance wasn’t to overpowering and the lavender and sandalwood was a hit with my 3 year old too. Even after the clothes had been ironed and store away the fragrance was still there. I really liked the fragrance on the detergent.
I was surprised at how well a non biological liquid detergent was able to clean up Chase’s school t-shirts. Chase comes home a stained white polo top almost every day. The polo tops are either food stained or if not they usually have paint and pen from Chase getting creative in class.
I’d definitley consider buying Ecover non bio laundry detergent again. There has been zero reaction from Harper and her skin issues, the white’s are as clean as usual, the bedding smells great and Brooke really loves the smell of the new washing detergent. So much she’s been asking to help put the laundry away! I would wait to buy it when on special offer though. We use a lot of detergent being a large household. Living in a hard water area means we need more detergent per wash load as well.
Overall I was impressed with how Ecover performed, being a plant based formula I knew it would be gentle to everyone’s skin but was concerned about it’s washing performance on whites as well as on colours (especially on the low 30 degrees I wash those on). I was pleasantly surprised to find it was tough on cleaning but also kind to everyone’s skin. How do you keep on top of your washing loads? More to the point how do you keep your socks paired up?! I’m going to be using my new Ecover laundry bag as a lost and found for all our odd socks I think!
This post is an entry an entry for BritMums #EcoverLaundry Challenge, sponsered by ECover