Monday, May 19, 2008

Myth busting

A lot of people seem to think that boy children generate more laundry than girl children. I suppose it makes sense. After all, they are more likely to be found playing in the mud and they just generally enjoy more dirt making activities like soccer and dirt bikes and baseball.

I am here to tell you it just isn't true. Boy laundry may be dirtier, but there is a heck of a lot more girl laundry to be done.

I got a little behind on laundry this last week with Sophie being so sick. I mean, I still did a ton of laundry: Sophie was wearing (and being sick on) ten or more outfits a day, her bedding needed changing about twice a day and then there were all the towels and washcloths used in clean up efforts that needed immediate laundering. Yeah, I did a lot of laundry, but not the laundry I usually do.

Consequently, the girls' hamper is piled to the ceiling (not joking) and the other hamper is pretty much overflowing too. I have been doing load after load today and it still seems as if no end is in sight. Chloe has no clean pants (well, she didn't this morning, but don't worry, she does now) and Bria went to school wearing a pair that is just small enough that she probably shouldn't wear them ever again.

So I have been thinking that all this laundry they have generated this week is much, much more than the 21 or so outfits and maybe 10 pair of PJ's that it should be if each child only wore one outfit and PJ's twice before they threw them in the hamper. I'm talking at least four times more. And really, not many of Sophie's clothes are needing washing at this point, so I know that Bria and Chloe are squarely to blame.

Why did this happen? Why, because I have females, of course. Bria wears about 4 outfits in the course of a morning before school, and the ones she decides against go into the hamper or on the floor. By the time I get to them, they really are dirty because they've been next to a stinky towel or stepped on by dirty shoes. Chloe is really into the bag lady layered look right now and enjoys wearing several shirts and sweaters with jeans and a couple skirts for good measure. She also changes her outfits several times a day. When Bria comes home from school, she likes to change another 4 times, just to come up with cute combinations (which usually aren't so cute, but whatever, someday she'll figure that out).

And during all the fashion modeling and clothes slinging, I am left staring down a mountain of laundry, over half of which is probably clean though I have no way to really tell.

And that, folks, is why girls unequivocally generate more laundry than boys.

I just don't have to stain treat as much.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

  2. I agree!!! I have two girls and two boys and the girl laundry is twice what the boy laundry is!! lol

    P.S. - I can't believe I'm the second to comment. Usually I'm the 15th!!

  3. DITTO!
    Although my kids are pretty tough on their clothes. So I have the "clean" clothes that have to be washed because they were put with the dirty clothes, and then I have the "dirty" clothes that are completely thrashed. My kids play like boys. :)

  4. I would have to agree. I have all boys, and it is totally true that we have to spray and wash everything, but I can't say that there is soo much laundry. Unless we are going somewhere, I let my boys wear the dirty clothes(to an extent)till the end of the day. Maybe I am a bad mom, but Oh well.

  5. Wow. In my family we would have "laundry parties" where each child was supposed to come and get their clean laundry and put it away. Well, my brothers often came and got it, threw it on their floor, and walked all over it until they were told to clean their room, at which point it all went back down the laundry chute. I am hopnig we will avoid this in my own family, but your post doesn't give me a whole lot of hope--and your girls aren't even near the teenage years yet!

  6. You know, sometimes I think I'll be buried alive in laundry. Especially after a few sick days when you're simply doing sick laundry and not even chipping away at the everyday laundry. When I'm on top of it, I do a load a day. But that usually only happens for five days in a row TOPS. By the way, I believe it that girls generate more...I absolutely believe it. I changed my clothes at least three times a day all the way up to age....oh, wait. Now. At least I hang up what I only wear for an hour. :)

  7. Growing up in a family of 4 girls, I can attest to this laundry issue.

    Now in my own home, I'm doing on average about 10 loads a week just for the five of us. I know it will just get worse as my kids get older and I can hardly imagine what that will be like.

  8. I would agree.
    However, we tend to lose a pair of jeans to complete thrashing about once a month. :)
    The poor, poor jeans.

  9. I don't know my teenage boys seem to bring up all of their clothes every week to be washed and I know they don't wear all of them. It seems like they take them to be put away and they end up on the floor and get walked all over all week and then they are supposed to clean their room and bring all of the clothes up to be washed.
    Laundry, Not FUN.....

  10. Hey, Lara, where is our picture of the piled up laundry? You know, in every house I ever went in, the ones with five or more kids but who seemingly had a spotlessly clean house, there was always a pile of laundry piled high on a couch or something.... We all can relate! --Amanda

  11. Sounds like you need to develop your sniffer to me! I'd be all over doing less laudnry if I could!

    PS - can you email me? got some more questions about actions in elements for you. :)

  12. The good news is, when they get old enough, and you've said it about 10,542 times, they finally understand that they CAN put clothing they've worn back into their drawer if it's not dirty.

    That said, I just finished a 15 load fest, and it took me almost a week. So, maybe not :(

  13. I start off by not buying too much clothes for my kids. 7 shirts, etc.

    Then When I do laundry I have the kids put away their own clothes. If they don't put it away with in the day then I confinscate it into a bag in my closet. They can't have it back till they agree to put it away right then and there. This usually works well because they run out of clean clothes after a few days due to point #1.

    If I suspect clean clothes on the floor I do the sniff test and I look the clothes over for dirt or food. If it appears to be clean then it gets put away.

    The problem I have with staying caught up with laundry right now is that the appartment we moved into has 1/2 sized washer and dryer and so I am only able to do small loads.

  14. Loved your comment about her figuring out what looks cute someday. I can so relate.