Thursday, November 11, 2010

Teaching Kids to Do Laundry, Plus a Giveaway from Clorox!

With four children, I’ve certainly done my share of laundry over the years. And considering that all four of my kids are dirt-loving boys, I’ve spent a lot of time scrubbing out really tough stuff! Needless to say, I’ve bought plenty of Clorox laundry products over the years to tackle my laundry challenges. You can bet that I’ll be imparting my wisdom to my boys, especially as they near adulthood.

One of my sons will be heading off to college next year, and I plan to make it very clear that he will be doing his OWN laundry, not bringing home several months’ worth of smelly clothes to be washed! I’m thrilled that Clorox has published my story on their new Mom Moments blog. Click here to read “Students! Show Your Thanks: Do Your Laundry at School.”


GIVEAWAY

Clorox is generously offering one of my readers a terrific Clorox college laundry kit containing several Clorox products and a towel! To enter, leave a comment on this post sharing a tip on how you taught your kids to do laundry (or how you plan to teach them when they’re old enough). This is mandatory to enter the giveaway.

You can earn optional additional entries by… (leave a separate comment for each)

- Following Clorox (@Clorox) and Susan Heim on Parenting (@ParentingAuthor) on Twitter and tweeting about this giveaway. You may tweet 3 times a day. (Please space them at least an hour apart.) Leave a separate comment with the URL of each tweet. (1 entry per tweet.)

- Tweeting the following (1 entry):

Should you do laundry for your college student? One mom’s perspective on the @Clorox Mom Moments blog! http://tinyurl.com/26s557o

- Liking Clorox on Facebook. (1 entry)

- Liking the article “Students! Show Your Thanks: Do Your Laundry at School” on Facebook. Click here to read the article and click on the Facebook “Like” button at the bottom. (1 entry)

- Liking Susan Heim on Parenting on Facebook. (1 entry)

- Subscribing to Susan Heim on Parenting via email, RSS and/or Kindle (see sign-up options on left sidebar). Leave a comment for each subscription method. (1 entry for each subscription method for up to 3 entries)

- Following Susan Heim on Parenting through Google Friend Connect. Click on the “Follow” button on the left sidebar. Leave a comment. (1 entry)

- Putting a button for Susan Heim on Parenting on your blog (the code is in the upper right-hand column of this site) and/or a text link on your blog roll. Post a comment with your blog’s URL. (1 entry for button; 1 entry for text link)

- Posting this giveaway on your blog with a link to this page. Leave a comment with a direct link to the post. (3 entries; leave a separate comment for each)

One winner will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Tuesday, November 30, 2010, at 11:59 PM EST. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winners must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn. Contest is open to US residents only.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, Jessica!



DISCLOSURE: The Clorox Company sent me information about Mom Moments not intended to solicit a product review or product claims. No products were provided for this post. I will receive compensation for the article.

119 comments:

  1. While the washer fills I add the bleach, then add whites.
    cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

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  2. Following Clorox (@Clorox) and Susan Heim on Parenting (@ParentingAuthor) on Twitter
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  3. Tweeting the following:
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  4. I Like Clorox on Face Book (Cathy Wallace)
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  5. Liked the article “Students! Show Your Thanks: Do Your Laundry at School” on Facebook.
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  6. I Like Susan Heim on Parenting on Face Book (Cathy Wallace)
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  9. Following Susan Heim on Parenting through Google Friend Connect
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  12. I taught her one thing at a time, first how to separate then how to work each machine

    hippopurplemonkey at yahoo dot com

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  13. follow you both and tweeted
    http://twitter.com/bayctygrl/status/3071086455427073

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  14. like Clorox on FB Jennifer Bee
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  15. like you on FB jennifer Bee
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  16. subscribe to email
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  17. follow on google, Jennifer
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  18. I don't think there is any trick to it, I just showed my son what I do and had him replicate it.

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  19. I taught my son to always start the machine and put in the soap first. That way the soap dissolves and doesn't stain the clothes.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  20. I'll teach her by first having her help me fold the clothes and put them away, then later she can help with the machines!

    Thanks!
    fineinsanity {at} live {dot} com

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  21. I am a email subscriber.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  22. Google Friend Connect Follower! {mom2anutball}

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  23. I would love to be able to share a tip but I guess I didn't do something right. My son brings all of his laundry home to me every time he comes home from college.

    choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Anonymous7:25 PM

    HORTON111@AOL.COM

    I TOLD THEM HOW AND WATCHED THEM FOR A WEEK OR SO ... IT DID NOT TAKE LONG FOR THEM TO LEARN YOU DO NOT MIX WHITES WITH COLORS

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  25. Anonymous7:26 PM

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  26. I actually wrote up a procedure for them

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  27. i yet have got to show my youngest as to how it al works but i do heve her help me with puting the wash in to the landry baskit .

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  28. i follow clorox on twitter

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  29. i follow u on twitter

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  30. i like clorox on fb

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  31. i subcribe to your blog and just in case you need it heres my e-mail jenny9675309@yahoo(dot)com

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  32. Tweet #1
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  35. elizabeth p4:35 PM

    I am just starting to teach my kids to do their own laundry. I began with having them help me unload the washer and they would find a bit of money. Now even without the money, they don't see it as a chore. I am queenesperfect at yahoo.com

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  36. Tweet #1
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  37. 11/15 Tweet #2
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  38. I put a red marker spot and a blue marker spot on the tag of every piece of clothing so they know if its hot or cold.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcat.net

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  39. I would start with the basics like separating colors and using the right temperature. Thanks for the giveaway!
    jjak2003 at gmail dot com

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  40. I like Clorox on facebook (Jessica Miller)
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  41. I like Susan Heim on Parenting on facebook (Jessica Miller)
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  42. I like Students! Show Your Thanks: Do Your Laundry at School on facebook
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  43. I subscribe to Susan Heim on Parenting via e-mail
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  44. I follow Susan Heim on Parenting through google friend connect
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  45. i already have my daughter helping with the laundry--she loves sorting the colors :)

    marci
    tristatecruisers at yahoo dot com

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  46. like clorox on FB :)

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  47. follow via GFC :)


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  48. subscribe via e-mail :) entry 1

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  49. subscribe via e-mail :) entry 2

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  50. Like the article “Students! Show Your Thanks :)

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  51. I haven't taught my daughter yet because she is a teenager and she would run a full washer with only a pair of jeans it (LOL) I will show her how to properly seperate the darks from the light colored ones. Then I will show her how much detergent to add and how to set the controls.
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  52. I like Clorox on Facebook
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  53. I Like Susan Heim on Parenting on Facebook
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  54. Email subscriber.
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  55. RSS subscriber.
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  56. Follower GFC.
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  57. My son is in high school now and I him showed how I do it. Simple as that.

    felecia@twinokasfl.org

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  60. Anonymous2:11 PM

    I told them to look at the tags find to seperate them. Then wash the like colors together.

    hebert024 at aoldot com

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  61. The light from the dark~ My boys were taught that at a young age~ 7-8.......They know that red will turn white socks pink from watching their Dad do laundry! Fun giveaway

    saramom of 2ia (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  62. I follow Clorox on Facebook!
    @saramomof2

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  63. How nice it is that you've found another way to build a good relationship towards your children. Aside from having dinner altogether, doing laundry could be great too.

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  64. 11/19 Tweet #1
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  65. i actually didnt teach them.. i always id it until they went to college, and then... they just started doing it themselves
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

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  66. Follow clorox on facebook: carolyn gonzalez

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  67. I let them do it wrong then showed them how to do it correctly.

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  68. Following both on twitter as ky2here1, here's my tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/ky2here1/status/8739399533596673

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  69. I would teach them by having them just do it on their own and to definitely separate by color!! I'm horrible at laundry, so I'm not that good of a role model. annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  70. I follow you and Clorox on Twitter (I'm wowtotweet) and tweeted about your giveaway at:

    http://twitter.com/wowtotweet/status/8795801283203072

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  71. I tweeted your comment on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/wowtotweet/status/8796324983996416
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  72. I like Clorox on FB. (I"m anne dall on fb) annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  73. I like the article about your son coming home w/ loads of laundry. I never thought to not launder lint-producers with lint-attracters! annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  74. I like you on FB. annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I'm anne dall on fb

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  75. I'm a subscriber to your email. annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  76. I subscribed to your RSS feed. annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  77. I am planning on teaching them by a) explaining how everything works and b) supervising them until they get a hang on it

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
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  78. following you both on twitter @left_the_stars
    I tweeted your giveaway

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  79. I like Clorox on facebook (Louis Here)

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  80. Laundry Tweet

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    (I had conflicting error, so I don't know if my first post came through, if it is a dupe please delete

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  81. I *Like* the article “Students! Show Your Thanks: Do Your Laundry at School” (Louis Here)

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  82. I like your blog on facebook (Louis Here)

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  83. I subscribed to your feed via google reader

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  84. Google Friends Connect - following your blog publicly as Louis

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  85. We all do laundry in our house. I like to make sure that my kids know that if they want clean clothes when they need it, then they can do it themselves, instead of waiting for mom. I help, but I also make sure they do as much on their own as possible, including folding (which everyone hates!). I want to make sure that they can survive on their own!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  86. Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/9449813099675649

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  87. Tweeted link: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/9452831073370112

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  88. I like Clorox on FB: Cori Eckstrom Westphal

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  89. I like the Students Show your Thanks post on FB: Cori Eckstrom Westphal

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  90. I like you on FB: Cori Eckstrom Westphal

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  91. I'm a Google Friend (follower): Cori Westphal

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  92. I have your main button: http://asahmlookingforadeal.blogspot.com/2009/09/sahm-looking-for-deals-favorite-blogs.html
    (it's alphabetical)

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  93. I added you to my text blogroll (lower right sidebar): http://asahmlookingforadeal.blogspot.com/

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  94. Use one cap full of liquid detergent after water is filled

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  95. We had them help one step at a time...sort colors at first, then they got to add the detergent, and then they learned how to turn the knobs, etc.

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  96. I taught my daughter to do her own laundry by separating the lights and the darks. Plus she waits forever to bring her laundry to be done so now it is her job.

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  97. My main tip would be that you can almost always use cold water. DO IT! Save the money and don't use the warm/hot water for no real reason. :)

    THANK YOU! tripsma at gmail dot com

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  98. I plan to start early with my daughter. At 3, she is already helping us to do laundry!
    aleksa91 hotmail com

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  99. Fill the washer first then add the bleach. suelee1998 @ gmail.com

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  100. I follow your blog via gfc suelee1998 @ gmail.com

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  101. Wash like things/colors together, cold wash saves energy

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  102. I taught mine by having them stand by me while I talked them through it several times, then watching them several times to make sure they did it right without me telling them. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)aol(DOT)com

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  103. Subscribed to feed with google reader. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)aol(DOT)com

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  104. Anonymous8:17 PM

    When I teach my daughter how to do laundry, I will supervise at first and I'm sure she will catch on quick. She helps with folding now, but I've never really shown her how to wash yet.

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  105. our children are young but they will learn when they are old enough
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  106. I plan to have my kids start with the easy stuff (white sheets and towels, etc.) so they can learn the basics first. cmkrieger(at)gmail(dot)com

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  107. I taught my kids how to sort when they were younger!


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  108. I plan to tell them how to sort colors and what kind of detergent to use on each kind.

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  109. I'm an email subscriber.

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  110. I'm a GFC Follower.

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  111. I plan to teach them early- 10 or 11 years old- to wash in cold water, and measure detergent properly. Hopefully they will be interested then.

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  112. Follow you and Clorox via Twitter and tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/#!/two_loves_mama/status/11841659016843265

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