I’ve been working with my friends from Whirlpool, sharing what we’re doing over here to teach our kids to do the laundry.
In just a few short weeks, my kids have become serious Wash Warriors.
Laundry is one of their expected chores, from start to finish. And really? It’s become one of their favorite chores.
This week, we took it a step further and taught Maddy, Owen, and Cora to be Stain Fighters.
Especially with rainy, fussy spring here before we know it, knees will be muddy and grass stains will color pants and skirts alike.
I’ve never been too crazy about making sure my kids’ clothes were stain-free and perfect, and unfortunately I’ve never made a big deal about ‘play clothes’ vs ‘school clothes’. But as the kids get older and clothes become more expensive, it really is a skill that kids should learn.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Teach Kids to Be Stain Fighters– Learn Laundry From Start to Finish:
Expense aside, our kids’ growth starts to level out a bit once they hit elementary school, so taking better care of clothes makes sense.
They need to wear the clothes longer. Plus taking care of their belongings a lifelong skill and responsibility.
Not to mention, stain fighting can be an exciting, at-home, anytime science experiment of sorts.
Through it all, I honestly learned more during our stain fighting than I ever expected. I (gulp) did not know that you could remove stains without a stain stick. Or stain spray. Not joking.
Check out the how-to of teaching your kids to be Stain Fighters:
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Preparing our stained cloth was probably the most fun. Deliberately spilling fruit juice, pasta sauce, and mustard on clothes?
Rubbing mud and grass onto clothes? Writing on clothes with a ballpoint pen?
We had a ton of bandanas from Brady’s trips to the groomer, so we used his bandanas for our experiment.
We followed the How-To’s word for word. Thank goodness that Whirlpool has all of this information online–for anyone and everyone.
I simply grabbed the information from the Whirlpool Institute of Fabric Science page. There you can actually search for individual types of stains and material or print out the whole Stain Removal Guide as a pdf, which is what we did.
Maddy puts in a load of stain-filled into our our Whirlpool Duet. Mind you, the material is all properly stain-treated! We’ll see how it turns out!
Can you see the folded laundry behind her? My Wash Warriors were hard at work this week!
And of course, our Dr. Seuss hat is close by. It was, remember, Read Across America Day earlier this month!
Our stain-fighting helped. Gone is the pasta sauce. Gone are the mud and grass. Gone is the ballpoint ink. Gone is the fruit juice and mustard.
Are their Stain Fighters in your family? Who takes care of the hard-to-erase stains on your kids’ clothes?
Would you ever consider letting your kids at ’em?
I’d love to hear it!
And that’s it–just a wee bit o’ at-home science mixed with some serious life-learning for my kids this week. I’m thrilled that they’re getting so into doing laundry, and I look forward to lots of clean clothes ahead!
One thing we’ll keep close at hand? The Whirlpool Institute of Fabric Science Stain Removal Guide. Printed out and hung right next to our Wash Warrior How to do Laundry sheet.
also part of this Wash Warrior series:
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fyi: This is a sponsored post, written as part of the Whirlpool Ambassador program. As always, opinions and ideas are my own, influenced only by my experience as an educator and parent and my three little wash warriors.