Encouraging Tweens and Teens to Help with Laundry During Summer Break

Encouraging Tweens and Teens to Help with Laundry During Summer Break
Makeba Giles

Makeba Giles

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Reflecting on my days of helping my mother with laundry as a child, I remember how the entire process seemed so calculated. The amount of laundry detergent used was determined by the size of the load, and how soiled the clothes were. High-odor clothing like team sports uniforms and work clothes had to be washed more than once to get the odors out.

My mother began teaching me how to do laundry when I was only nine years old. I hate to admit it, but my laundry regimen has been done the same way – her way—for over 30 years.

That’s a very long time!

It’s a known fact that when you do anything the exact same way long enough, it becomes a habit that can be very hard to change. Laundry is no exception. This can create a dilemma when the time comes to encourage kids to lend a helping hand with the clothing chores.

It can be hard to come out of those systematic, traditional ways of doing laundry, but it can also be equally challenging to get tweens and teens to embrace those older methods today – especially since times have changed so much.

Reflecting on my days of helping my mother with laundry as a child, I remember how the entire process seemed so calculated. The amount of laundry detergent used was determined by the size of the load, and how soiled the clothes were. High-odor clothing like team sports uniforms and work clothes had to be washed more than once to get the odors out. My mother began teaching me how to do laundry when I was only nine years old. I hate to admit it, but my laundry regimen has been done the same way – her way—for over 30 years. That’s a very long time! It’s a known fact that when you do anything the exact same way long enough, it becomes a habit that can be very hard to change. Laundry is no exception. This can create a dilemma when the time comes to encourage kids to lend a helping hand with the clothing chores. It can be hard to come out of those systematic, traditional ways of doing laundry, but it can also be equally challenging to get tweens and teens to embrace those older methods today – especially since times have changed so much.

I know firsthand because I’m currently teaching currently teaching my tween son and teen daughter my tween son and teen daughter how to help out with the household laundry chores. With summer just around the corner, I want them to be prepared to help with the increase in laundry chores due to summer outdoor activities (and dirt) that comes with it. As I was showing them what to do, it didn’t take me long to realize that they weren’t too thrilled with taking on an antiquated laundry regimen.

After much thought, I can’t say that I don’t blame them. Laundry is changing – and I realized that we should, too.

To make things go more smoothly, I needed to find a common ground between traditional and “new school” laundry methods, and for us to adopt the newer methods together. I found the perfect solution with products from Gain available at Walmart.

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Gain Flings, Gain Fireworks In-Wash Scent Booster, Gain Fabric Softener, and Gain Dryer Sheets offer a more practical (new) way to do laundry effectively.

I’ve found Gain Flings to be fantastic for everyday dirt, grime, and odor. Everything from my daughter’s soccer jersey and socks to my 10-year old’s jeans come out clean and fresh without the need to run them through the wash a second time.

This is because detergent pacs like Gain Flings combine the best of liquid and powdered detergent, Oxi Boost, and Febreze freshness all in one. Since each pac is already pre-measured, there’s no need for to measure and pour like before.

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This eliminates the worry of having the right amount of detergent every time. Simply toss them right into the washer drum before you add your clothes. This makes starting new laundry loads much faster and easier for the kids (and me, too!).

When my college son comes home from a long day of classes and working as a campus tour director, his staff shirts can be smelly. The same holds true for my husband’s work uniforms after coming home from a 24-hour shift of firefighting. For those moments, I rely on Gain.

Fireworks In-Wash Scent Booster to save the day!

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Scent boosters are new products that come in handy for particularly pungent odors that need to be neutralized and every day laundry. Adding the beads in the washer drum with the Gain Fling pac before adding the clothes provides an extra boost of Gain scent that lasts all day long.

It’s the perfect way to get rid of odors in the clothing without jeopardizing any colors or fabrics. Now my tween won’t have to fret over our clothes coming out the wash smelling the same way they did when they went in when they assist me with the laundry.

While some laundry regimens change, others stay the same. I still protect my clothing during the wash cycle by using Gain Fabric Softener. Not only does it protect, it also strengthens fabrics while adding softness, all with the classic Gain scent. And to minimize static and wrinkles, I advise the kids to toss a Gain Dryer Sheet into every load they dry.

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I also give them the tips that I’ve used through the years to keep our laundry protected and damage-free:

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Adopting a new school laundry regimen has really helped us to put a new spin on the ages-old task of doing laundry! Gain Flings, Gain Fireworks In-Wash Scent Booster, Gain Fabric Softener, and Gain Dryer Sheets have all become our favorite laundry products to use because they have made the process more efficient and better for me and my tween and teen. Now that we have successfully bridged the gap between old school and new school laundry in our household, it’s laundry chore day, simplified!

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Forget the liquid alone; there’s a new school way to do your laundry with a fresh Gain regimen!

If you’re in or near the St. Louis area, you can stop by any of the Walmart stores listed below beginning on Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for live laundry demos, free samples, and coupons to try out the new school laundry regimen in your household, just in time for summer. I’ll be joining in on the fun at the Maplewood Commons Supercenter on Saturday, May 6 beginning at 1 p.m.  – be sure to drop by and say hi!

The times for specific days are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday : 1:00pm-6:00pm.

Saturday: 11:00am – 4:00pm

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I’ll also be sharing these and other new school laundry tips on KSDK channel 5’s Meet Me in St. Louis broadcast on Friday, May 5. Check your local listings for show times.

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You can purchase the full line of new school laundry products at Walmart stores or at walmart.com/newschoollaundry.

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What are some of your memories of doing laundry as a kid? Do you have laundry traditions that you’ve passed along to your tween(s) and teen(s), or have you adopted a new school approach to your household laundry chores? How do your kids help with laundry during summer break? Share with me below.

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  • My son helps with the laundry all the time , it is good that we let them help and learn to do things on their own.

  • Ola Broom

    Great coverage on this product. I had no idea Gain had so many items for the laundry. Definitely NOT the old fashioned way.

  • It’s never too early to learn! I know some kids under 10 that can and do actually do their laundry. Love it!

  • QuirkyEngineer

    Oh this is a super helpful post. I’m trying to teach my younger brother household chores so this definitely helps! We don’t get Gain where I live but it certainly seems to work really well!

  • Elena Stevkovska

    I am going to show this to my hubby as well 🙂 Great post and very practical as well.

  • Jana Iankova

    This is great and helpful post, and I think not only for teens but for my husband too 🙂

  • Deepa Malhotra Gandhi

    I have a teen and a tween at home and this is a good way to make them learn about doing good laundry. We don’t get gain here but it looks very good and easy.

  • I love laundry tablets like gain flings. So easy, so quick, and not messy. I remember my mom teaching us to do laundry when we were young, and when you turned 13, it was up to you to do your own laundry or you didn’t have clean clothes!