And I realize that I've discussed frugal ways to deal with laundry before, but mainly in using racks and clotheslines to dry clothes, or how to make your own laundry soap.
But then I realized that there's more to it when it comes to laundry. It's a whole new way of looking at what goes in the hamper; and attitude on how we look at clean. I mean really, Americans are so brainwashed when it comes to our hygiene. Commercials tell us that everything has to be spotless, or we're just "not good mothers and homemakers".
We can either buy into that thought process, or we can realize that we are being sold an idea, developed by marketing teams to sell their products.
I decided that we were happier when we weren't chasing the "spotless dream" and trying to look like we just walked off of a magazine page. And was that a good use of our funds, by the constant washing of our clothes, homes, and bodies?
So here are a few of our rules:
- You get one clean towel a week, and you must use that towel all week. If you hang it up correctly, it WILL NOT SMELL! Remember, its job is to wipe clean water off of your just-cleaned body, so it's not really dirty.
- Jeans rarely get sweaty, so unless you are outside and they get dirty, you continue to wear your jeans until they do get dirty.
- We have a set of chore clothes that are hung in the mudroom and used for outside work, and they don't need to be cleaned as often, so that saves on alot of laundry each week.
- Because we homeschool and don't "go" to school, we don't have to have a different outfit each day, so we can wear our comfies a few days in a row. This is one of my favorite perks of homeschooling!
So the next time you slip on one of your favorite cozy outfits for the third day in a row, don't feel guilty! Feel FRUGAL!! And be proud of it :-)