Laundry. Ugh!

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Not sure the cause, but WordPress (this blog’s platform) was not working properly to allow me to put out my post earlier. Oh well, better late than never (it most cases… but I bet that philosophy has led to more than a few avoidable pregnancies).

Laundry

Now, my wife might give me a hard time about not knowing how to sort laundry but without me we’d have no living space. I’m not saying she’s right about my laundering knowledge, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say she’s wrong. Initially meant for sanitary reasons, everything we could buy to use with Ryan (except his own clothes) was bleach-able. No sorting necessary! Just load up the machine, add some detergent and bleach, and push a few button. Presto! It’s practically foolproof.

Except…

It doesn’t clean itself.

That’s a problem.

We considered getting laundry service, but worried about sanitation and reliable delivery. Many people have offered to do our laundry, but I know Ryan wouldn’t feel comfortable with it. Brain injury is messy. Aside from the obvious bathroom episodes, there a frequent spills and bodily fluids that are unavoidable.Oh, and Ryan does this too…

Normally, we manage fairly well. It’s just an issue when one of us can’t get to it. We don’t have any assigned schedule between us. This is usually a great solution. Usually. But, when we both take our eye off the ball, it builds up rapidly. I’m not joking when I tell you that missing one day will back us up for two. It’s just that much!

Today is just such a day. I have laundry coming out the wazoo! It’s times like this I long for the washing machines in the hospitals. They had this nifty accessory that automatically added detergent, bleach, and fabric softener. Talk about taking the guesswork out of it!

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13 Responses to Laundry. Ugh!

  1. Ms. Blasé says:

    “… the washing machines in the hospitals. They had this nifty accessory that automatically added detergent, bleach, and fabric softener.”

    Now if they loaded, unloaded and folded the clothes, I’d have to buy them off of ya 😛

    • Carla Liberty says:

      If you ever find this kind (that loads, unloads, and folds) I will pay handsomely for it. Twice.

      🙂

  2. Vicky Scott says:

    Ken,
    I totally understand!

  3. Beth Quesnell says:

    hahaha, to the pregnancy comment!

  4. Paula says:

    Oh dear…I *totally* understand this!! Miss just one day and you pay for it, because, it doesn’t just double, it magically triples. There’s a group of us out here that are still trying to figure out how to help you guys with the laundry situation. I still think sending it out is the answer, because it comes back all nice and neat and folded. Ken, you have more than your share of work to do, so does Sue — you do not need the laundry mountain staring at you. Next time someone approaches you with a solution you consider viable, why not take it? You deserve it!!!!!!!!! Laundry is a time hog and only therapuetic when you want to hide and stand there like a robot folding clothes. Hope you and Ryan have a smooth sailing day! Love & prayers always, Paula

    • Vicky Scott says:

      Quite frankly based on how we saw laundry handled 😦 in a couple of facilities when JMan was in the hospital, I think doing it at home is the most sanitary for our boys! I guess I just know too much, have seen too much and am slightly jaded by now.

  5. Gail Doyle says:

    Ken ,,Top bad you can’t get a commercial size washer and dryer,if they would fit and of course the cost..Doing laundry can be a drag and you have enough things to do……Maybe a schedule you can both stick to:)) Hope that boy Ryan is doing well today. And Good Luck. Ken. Gail

  6. Dianne says:

    I feel for you. Laundry is a thankless task.

  7. sally ellis says:

    Ah, the laundry blues. I understand your predicament. I wish I had an answer for you but I don’t. Hang in there. Wishing you a peaceful night.

  8. Debbie says:

    Hey Ken, I have a laundry tip for you. My Dad always did the laundry. For some reason he loves doing the one job I can’t seem to keep up with. My sister told me about adding 1/2 cup of vinegar to the beginning of a wash cycle. I had never heard of this. Well I thought let me call Dad because he would of course know. Sure enough adding vinegar to the laundry is a good idea, but he said he uses a full cup instead of 1/2 cup. Check it out!! The many uses for vinegar. I still have to try my foot soak with vinegar soon. I hope you all had a good day today. XOXOXOXOXO

    • Jo Hobbs says:

      I have heard that this works well using distilled white vinegar. It cleans, disinfects and softens the laundry. I have heard that white vinegar doesn’t affect the environment like detergents and bleach (can’t swear). All you need to do is put the laundry in the dryer. Anyway, I don’t add softener in the rinse water, just dryer sheets in the dryer when I transfer the wet clothing. Just sign me, Heloise/not. The folding is useless, just shake it out and lay it on a card table — it will get used up quickly all over again anyway. Or you could sign me Real Simple, and the older I get, the simpler I get! LOL

    • Vicky Scott says:

      We use lots of vinegar.

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