Teaching our college students how to do laundry

Laundry! That word conjures up real drudgery for some. Most of our kids probably have little or no experience with it and now that they are going off to college we better teach them fast. Hopefully you took the time during the summer when laundry is probably at an all time high, with all the towels and bathing suits, to let them do a load or two before they are off on their own.

Whether to use hot or cold water, use one rinse or two and how to separate dark from light clothing. Make sure you get them a good laundry bag or basket so that they can carry their clothing and the detergent easily to the laundry room in the dorm. I suggested that my kids use the fabric softener sheets, because it seemed easier than having to add the fabric softener into the washing machine and the machines in the dorm may not have a separate receptacle for it. And now they have those pods which makes it even easier and takes the guesswork out of measuring the detergent.

I remember sitting on the beach a few years ago with a girlfriend whose son had just gone to college for the first time and she got a hysterical phone call from him about separating his laundry. She proceeded to walk him through his clothing piece by piece while we were sitting there listening to the waves. I remember thinking that was nuts that he didn’t know how to do this basic skill. Well, I sent my daughter off the same way and got the same phone call. I immediately called my friend to apologize and we had a good laugh.

Btw, don’t forget to send your kid with quarters. Some colleges use a swipe card in the laundry room but others are still old fashioned and use quarters like we did when we went to college.

As an aside, for you future empty nesters, just think of how little laundry there will be once your kids are off to college? The transition to being an empty nester can be a sad and hard one but the prospect of less laundry can put a smile on any mom’s face. 🙂

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Author: Uncool Parent Posted: August 5th, 2015

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