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Meredith checks out the NEW Gain Fling in the Moonlight Breeze scent.

Simplifying Laundry for our Busy Family

By Heather Sanders

This post is underwritten by P&G.

I work from home full-time and I homeschool my kids, so to say I need life to be as efficient as possible is an understatement.

As a homeschool parent, I pour into my kids’ education as a teacher, facilitator and resource provider. While academics are an obvious part of my role in their lives, it doesn’t stop there. I am also raising responsible household managers who will stand on their own two feet one day; fully capable of the daily skills independent adults need to know.

Emelie, my older daughter (17), has been responsible for the kids’ laundry for the last two years, but this year we flipped tasks; meaning it was time for Meredith (13) to take on the kids’ laundry. Not only is she responsible for the sorting, washing, drying, and tending to “special care” items, but also for keeping us stocked with the required laundry supplies: detergent, oxygen bleach, dryer sheets, and stain removers.

While the kids were all still very young, it probably seemed to them as though our household cleaning products appeared (as if by magic) for them to use in the kitchen, laundry room, and bathrooms. As they’ve grown older (read: and can write legibly on the grocery/toiletry/supplies list), I’ve given them the responsibility of recording what they’ve used up, as well as keep an eye on what products need to be replaced in the near future.

Obviously, the time this saves me adds up, but even more importantly, maintaining a home is a skill all three kids will need throughout their lives.

Emelie has accompanied me to Target to purchase toiletries for several years now; so, when she began driving last year, I transferred the task of our bi-monthly household shopping trips to her.

Recently, Meredith has joined her, and though I cannot say they are always the most expedient shoppers, they have been taught to read labels and, at the very least, know the importance of being smart shoppers.

Both girls have grown up understanding our commitment to the budget, but now that they are older, we give them freedom to take advantage of unexpected savings, and even, to comparison shop.

Gain Flings Original Scent vs. Moonlight Breeze

As sisters raised in the same household, they share a lot of the same practicalities, but frequently, their individual preferences differ. For instance, all white vs. print paper towels, floral vs. fruit scented shampoo or soap, and most recently, Original Scent vs. Moonlight Breeze scented Gain Flings.

Most of the time I’m available via text to make the final decision, but sometimes the girls are left to sort it out on their own, as in the following re-enactment of a recent shopping trip where the girls picked up a few household items.

Gain Flings Simplifies Laundry for Busy Families from Heather Sanders on Vimeo.

Once my younger daughter Meredith (the daughter whose arm is not in a sling) learned that Gain Flings included Febreze, she was sold. This is a child who asked for Febreze in her Christmas stocking for years (no lie), and kept a few bottles (different fragrances, of course) to freshen up her room multiple times a day. She also frequently chased the dogs around the house spraying them. Honestly, I did not discourage this practice as I was often too busy to get them to the groomer on a regular schedule.

Though she was probably 4 or 5 then, Meredith could not say “Febreze”, but instead called the air freshener, “FreezeBreeze”, which stuck in her brain and our family’s vernacular. Years later, it is not uncommon to see “FreezeBreeze” written on the Target list.

One thing both girls (and I) agree upon is that Gain Flings may come in small packages, but their overall effect is anything but small for our busy family.

One of my biggest laundry room complaints includes the mess made by the kids who let the detergent drip down the side of the bottle. So naturally, beyond the fresh scents, what I love most about Gain Flings is that it’s a ONE STOP, NO MESS process.

The kids simply toss in ONE Fling for a small to medium load or TWO for a large or XL load. That’s it. NO MORE MESSES!

The NEW Gain Flings make boot socks smell divine - just ask Meredith.

Also? Gain Flings makes boot socks smell divine (the odor removal power of Febreze WITH the extra cleaning power of Oxi Boost does the trick) – just ask Meredith.

It’s a 3-in-1 product y’all.

The NEW Gain Flings are one of those products that simplify living in a house of 5 where laundry is a constant battle!

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This post is sponsored by P&G. Save on NEW Gain Flings and Tide Pods at Target.

 

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About the Author: Since 2001, Heather Sanders has worked from home in the following industries: web design and development, branding and consulting, web graphics and social media p...

About the Author: Since 2001, Heather Sanders has worked from home in the following industries: web design and development, branding and consulting, web graphics and social media promotion, and copyediting and freelance blogging. Wanna start a blog? Looking for someone to copyedit or proof your posts? Need some social media graphics? Contact Heather today!

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IrishCream
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IrishCream

It may be simple to use, but the ingredients list is pretty scary. Not friendly to the environment, and several of their ingredients are rough on people with respiratory sensitivities.

Karen
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Karen

I am astonished that you had the only comment on the chemicals. We use a scoop of Charlie’s Soap or Rockin’ Green plus a scoop of OxiClean (the “free” version). They are either cheaper or same price as main brands and I don’t see how dishing out a scoop is so challenging that tossing in a chemical filled pouch seems like a better option. I have taught my 4 year old to use the scooper just fine. We don’t use dryer sheets or fabric softeners (more money savers) and have observed zero difference in how our clothes turn out. Except… Read more »

Whitney B
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Whitney B

I’ve got my first baby on the way, and obviously I can’t use scented pods on his laundry (even if they do smell divine!) Are there any options in Sensitive Skin, Fragrance Free, or Baby?

Cheryl S.
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Cheryl S.

Would love to get that $300 card. What little things do I do that make a big difference? Hmm. I save myself time by setting up breakfasts the night before, getting everything ready so it’s grab and go during our hectic mornings!

Annie S
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Annie S

In our house- working mom, work from home dad, toddler and a septuagenarian-making a dinner for 6 instead of 4 makes lunches so much easier!
Simply by cooking a slightly larger evening meal means that there is a plate of leftovers for someone to snag for lunch the next day. Plus if we have an unexpected guest, say a neighbor, friend or relative passing through, we have enough to share a meal with no more effort.

Kim
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Kim

I have separate laundry hampers for whites and darks so the sorting is already done before laundry day!

Ally
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Ally

I buy everyone socks that will match any sock, so I don’t have to bother matching them while I put away laundry. It saves me SO much time. 

Kristin
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Kristin

Two little things that go a long way:
1) After organizing laundry the night before, I bring the basket down and set it on the kitchen table to make absolutely sure I see it when I get home from work and remember to throw everything in the wash. 
2) Prep-cooking on the weekend. Dicing peppers and onions and getting all of the food down to baby-size really saves my brain during the week AND ensures that we save money by not needing to order out.

Casey
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We’ve got a little basket in the fridge labeled “EAT ME FIRST!” that keeps all of our about-to-expire items. I go through the fridge once a week to weed out the older stuff and this helps us not to miss/waste anything!

Michelle
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Michelle

Meal planning & using Peapod. Saves me a lot of time each night trying to figure out what I’m making and doing. Takes a little bit to get into, but once I’m in a routine it’s perfect.

Jeanette
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Jeanette

I have multiple hampers for whites, darks, and delicates so my laundry is pre sorted. I also have Windex touch up cleaner and tilex in each bathroom that we use throughout the week so cleaning the bathroom is that much easier on the weekends.

Elissa
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Elissa

Using color coded hampers. Everyone throws their own clothes in according to color: whites, darks, brights, delicates. That way I can just dump and wash rather than sort through everyone’s stuff. 

Amy
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Amy

I have one basket for all missing socks. Missing a sock? There’s a good chance you only have to look in the basket and not in every nook and cranny around the house.

Kimberly M
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We sort our trash and recycling immediately rather than waiting for dump day to go through the bins.  Saves so much time the day we haul everything away (once every 5-6 weeks) and only takes an extra minute or two to sort. Plus it saves on our trash bill – the more we can recycle, the less we pay for what’s actually trash (plus it helps our environment one tiny step at a time.)

Rachel
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Rachel

I bake double batches of dinner and freeze half.

Lisa
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Lisa

I keep cleaning supplies in each bathroom. When the kids are in the tub, I can easily wipe down a toilet or countertop while the kids are splashing around – while keeping an eye on them of course.

Denise Winston
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Denise Winston

I remove pantry items from their original bag/box and put into clear containers. For some odd reason the kids use less at one time. Cereal, oatmeal, crackers, etc all have a container. It keeps clutter, clean up and finding empty boxes to a minimum as well. Would love to try the new Gain!

Kristine Laird
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Kristine Laird

I do the dishes every morning, a load of laundry each day and one whole room each weekday. It is SO EASY if I keep up with (1 hour a day tops!). It leaves me plenty of time to work on school during the day, my clean freak husband doesn’t have more work to do when he gets home and my kids have a safe environment to play in. Then we get to relax in our nice clean home all weekend long!

JR
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JR

I put all of my items that cannot be dried in a delicates bag that can be set aside after the wash cycle.  That way, if my husband is doing laundry and I am not home he doesn’t accidentally dry my “hang dry” items. A lot of my clothes don’t have tags to read washing directions.

Stefanie Johnson
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Stefanie Johnson

I have a bunch of little things I do throughout the week that make life so much easier!! We decided that we will have a chore to complete every day after work so over the weekend we get to have fun instead of clean all day long! Monday is dust day, Tuesday we vacuum and mop, Wednesdays are the dreaded bathroom cleaning days, Thursdays we wash the dogs and Fridays are spent doing whatever is left to do before we have fun! I also wash a load of laundry every 1-2 days to keep up with it. I also spend… Read more »

juliana
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juliana

Hum…I’d say dishes daily b/c it’s quicker than once or twice a week but I don’t always manage that…so we’ll go with cooking multiple servings at one time and having lunch all week!

Karen
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Karen

We meal plan and cook enough for lunch for the grownups each day.

Jessie C.
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Jessie C.

I do weekly meal planning to make sure we eat healthy and not to waste food while staying on budget.

mere
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mere

I ask about my kid’s day before asking about homework. Somehow, just getting the chance to unload first makes the work go more smoothly.

Krystle
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Krystle

I prep our morning smoothies ahead of time so I just have to throw it all in the blender at once.

df
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df

Love the skills you’ve imparted to your kids and so this post was a great read. I’m with at least one other reader here on being aghast at the contents of this product. We make our own laundry detergent and I’ve had my kids help me in this (though I’m no nearly so good on the routines as you sound to be!).

lisa W
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lisa W

Would love the gift card. I think having a specific task for each day (i.e dusting on Fridays) is a little thing that goes a long way 🙂

Swaddle
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Swaddle

I always like to keep things organize around the house. I know when things are properly located in a certain area, then when it’s time to look them it…I know they will be there and I don’t have to spend hours or days looking for them. Recently, it has been our tax documents. We file them away in the office throughout the year and then when it’s tax time we bring out all the documents and don’t have to go searching around the house for lost receipts or something. A great time saver in the long run.

Laurie
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Laurie

I set out my clothes the night before and pre-pack any to go items.

Brandy
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Brandy

I try to use the little moments throughout the day that would otherwise be spent just standing/sitting around. For example, when I’m heating up something in the microwave, instead of just standing idly in the kitchen, I’ll use that minute or two to unload a few dishes, wipe down my counters, or even do some jumping jacks. If I’m watching TV, I’ll fold the laundry at the same time, and if a commercial comes on, I’ll use those few minutes to get up and move around. Sometimes I might pick up some toys, or do some quick dusting. I try… Read more »

Lauren
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Lauren

I cook a huge pot of soup up at the beginning of the week and put it into meal-sized canning jars. Makes it so easy to eat a healthy meal in minutes, and the jars make it easy to take the soup to work too for lunchtime. Way less expensive than eating out and really something to look forward to with our frigid midwestern winters!

Laura
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Laura

We have a “command center” near the door where all of our bags, carkeys, purse, diaperbag, hats, mittens, coats, etc are placed as we come through the door. No searching around for things as we’re hurrying to get the kids out the door.

I loved reading all the comments on this one – it’s one of the most helpful comment sections I’ve seen. I must write some of these tricks down & start using them!

Ada Miller
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Ada Miller

well I try to clip as much coupons I can but our area doesn’t get a lot of good ones like some areas do. I use my coupons to get good sales at the drug stores to help save money which has helped out financially a lot & something I enjoy doing. by the way I enjoyed reading your post about the girls responsibility & will definetly be putting those things to use for our boys. anything I can do that will help them be responsible children to teach them the way of life I’m all about. thanks for the… Read more »

Kathleen
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Kathleen

I comvinced my 5yo that pairing socks and folding kitchen towels was a fun togetherness activity…

Shannon R
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Shannon R

I do a lot of little things that go a long way, but for now, I think of starting the dishwasher every night so we start the day with a clean kitchen and ready to go. I also think of my 3 week rotation of chore charts so all the daily household chores get taken care of on a regular basis. So many things!

Aimeeeee
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Aimeeeee

My best time saving tip is when tidying the house I use a basket and pick up all the items through the house for each room in turn. Ie: all the cups, mugs, misc items for the kitchen. Then I put those all away. Then all the items that belong in the study. Then our bedroom. Then the nursery. It savesme making multiple trips to each room!

Erin
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Erin

Meal planning has made a huge difference in my life! Having everything I need for a weeks worth of meals in the house makes it easy to cook after work and avoid eating out. I also always make enough to have leftovers for lunch.

jan
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jan

Little things that go a long way: stocking the fridge with fruits and veggies and making a bigggg salad for lunch at work every day!

Stefanie
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Stefanie

I keep shopping lists for each store we go to (Target, grocery, drugstore, etc.) on a Google drive that everyone in my household has access to. If you use something up, you add it to the list. That way, our shopping lists are ready to go when we go to the store and we don’t forget anything.

Liberty
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Liberty

We try to do as much meal prep ahead of time so that when the busy supper time comes, and we are tired after a long day, supper is as easy as possible to make.

Danyelle
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I try to utilize the slow cooker as often as possible.

Kira
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Kira

Until recently, we were involved in an activity that kept us away from home on weekends. I keep my toiletry bag packed at all times, including an extra toothbrush and travel size everything. That way, when I’m running around the house packing at the last minute, I know that everything I need to stay clean is already there!

caitlingreene
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caitlingreene

I always buy in bulk anything that doesn’t spoil. It takes planning but it makes my life easier to only have to buy things every 6 months rather then every week and I have found the “investment” helps get my regular grocery bill down quite a bit 

Jean
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Jean

I try to buy my houshold items separately then my groceries during my lunch hour. I have a Target and a Walmart each within walking distance. So I am able to save time during my grocery shopping and money.

Michele
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Michele

My timesaver is ordering as much as possible online. The less time I spend in a store with my 3 yr old the better off everyone is.

Jak
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Jak

I put a rectangular container in my old refrigerator. Anything that might fall through the wire shelves goes in it. No more tomato paste tubes tangled in the shelves! I keep cheese sticks and hard boiled eggs in it too for quick snacks.

Jordan Troublefield
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Jordan Troublefield

Each week i meal plan and make ready to eat snacks and put them in the fridge. I also sort my laundry out by color so when i am busy i can throw a load in the wash real quick and go about my day. Little things like that make such big differences when you are always on the go!

Laura 6
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Laura 6

I set clothes for myself and my son the night before, so our mornings go a little quicker. I also pack my work bag and purse, and make sure I have lunches and snacks for each of us.

Kelli Burke-Sanchez
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Kelli Burke-Sanchez

I try to make extra of whatever I am cooking for dinner;  it keeps the hubby and kiddo happy when they want a quick snack!  Would love to win that card also…good luck to all 🙂

Christina
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Christina

What little things do you do that go a long way?
I set clothes out the night before
I sort clothes and start a load every other night
I set out breakfast dishes at night
I menu plan and make sure I set out ingredients the morning of so my hubby can help in meal prep.

Autumn
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Autumn

I use a lingerie bag to put all of my toddler’s dirty socks in so I can find them when the load comes out of the dryer at the end.  Lot less lost socks this way.  When I was nursing by cloth breast pads went in there too.  (Now we use the nursing pads as coasters)

Gwynne johnson
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Gwynne johnson

Freeze soup leftover then add veggies when heating it!