Let's Do Laundry

Find out fun ways kids as young as 5 can help you tackle that pile of laundry.

Learning About laundry

mother and daughter folding laundry

Heather Weston

Do you feel like you're in the laundry room 24/7? Yeah, we do too. Make it fun by getting your child to help you sort, wash, and fold. Kids ages 5 and up are ready to give you a hand with simpler jobs, but before you turn your child loose have a quick chat about sorting. Explain that lights go together and are usually washed in warm water. Dark clothes and colors are usually washed in cold, and only totally white things can be bleached -- but that's something only Mom and Dad do. Your child can check pockets for change or tissues and close up zippers. A younger kid can sort by color, add dryer sheets, match socks, and clean out dryer lint -- which she'll probably get a big kick out of. Teach your child to fold by starting with easy shapes like towels and washcloths. Older kids can pour in the detergent, fold all types of clothes, and put laundry away. You'll conquer that mountain of dirty clothes, spend time together, and teach your child a super-useful life skill.

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