With having to do your own washing being voted as the third worst thing about leaving home, it’s no real surprise that 65% of young adults still rely on their parents to help out with their laundry in some way or other.
In a report dubbed “The Launderette of Mum & Dad”, Beko has released new research revealing just what lengths busy Brits will go to avoid this chore. So, what are the top excuses? Well, 25% say they are too busy to do the washing themselves and 19% say there’s too much laundry to deal with in the first place. But, possibly the most tenuous excuse, is the 24% who leave it all to their parents because they say that mum and dad ‘enjoy doing it’. Do they really?
Still handling washing of grown-up children
On average, young families are likely to use their washing machine a massive 260 times a year, which is the equivalent of five times per week. But how much of that laundry is from family members who no longer live at home? With 40% of people admitting that they would be happy to travel up to an hour just to have their parents take care of their laundry pile, who knows where independence outweighs convenience?
But it’s not just new home leavers who depend on mum and dad. Beko found that 11% of people still rely on their parents to do their laundry for them in their 30s.
So What Can You Do to Prevent Your Children Relying on Your Laundry Services?
When you delve further into the figures, it seems like a lack of time and concerns over ruining laundry items are big barriers that stop children taking this task on for themselves.
So with that in mind, what can parents do to prevent their homes from becoming a laundrette? Aside from encouraging them to do this for themselves while they still live at home – tantrums notwithstanding – it’s worth sharing some pearls of wisdom that you’ve learned through the years.
Here are some top tips to share with your child to help them become more comfortable doing the laundry:
- Always check the care labels before washing your clothing – that information is there for a reason, show them how to use it.
- Remember to not only separate darks from lights, but also different fabrics (e.g. keep denim separate from delicate fabrics like lace).
- Learn about the various cycles on a washing machine and when and how these should be used.
- Check pockets and remove any items before putting them in to wash.
Offering some guidance and sharing your own tips and tricks learned over the years may be the best way to stop your home turning into a walk-in launderette – it’s also your chance to take a step back and appreciate that, no matter what they say, your children will always need your wise words from time to time.