If It’s Not Dirty, Don’t Wash It
Several years ago a “sister” blog ( theheartof thehousehold.blogspot.com) asked its readers for their best housekeeping hints. Kim C. wrote the following comments. I’m guessing Kim is truly the Voice of Experience. As you’ll see, it’s pretty clear she must have more than one or two children!
“Clothes do not get washed with every wearing. It’s often just not necessary, and it can be poor stewardship since laundering wears out clothes more quickly. [Cleaningproz note: Where do you think all that dryer lint comes from, if not your clothes?] We usually do a quick visual inspection and maybe a sniff test. Obviously, certain items are excluded from this policy. Please tell me you assumed that without me having to say it.
“Towels don’t get washed every time. With a few exceptions, we think a towel can be used many times before it needs washing. Maybe I should have mentioned that we each have our own personal keep-your-hands-off bath towel.
“Children do not necessarily have to bathe daily. It’s just not necessary. Little ones don’t geet body odor like big people, and the ones in diapers tend to get the important parts washed several times a day anyway. so the smaller people in our house–the ones who need constant supervision in the tub–get bathed on an as-needed basis.
“It’s ok for kids to sleep in their clothes. Really, if they spent all day indoors and their clothes are clean, they don’t need to change into PJs. If they don’t care, I don’t care. It’s one less thing to do in the evening and one less piece of laundry to wash.”
So what’s your take on these housekeeping hints from Kim? Are you thinking, Finally someone has the courage to say what I’ve been thinking all along? Or are you saying, Ewwww! That’s disgusting? Either way, please share your comments below. We’d love to hear from you.