What’s On Your Laundry List?

Sherpa Sense:

You might already do a load or two of laundry each week or more likely every other week! But what about some of those items that need washing less frequently.  The blanket on the couch that smells like stinky feet. The dingy colored rug you stand on when you get out of the shower. The kitchen towels. Yes, the ones you dry your dishes with.  #stinky. Time to get those on your laundry to do list.

Let’s Yak:

So you’ve put in a long work week and doing chores is next on the list. Great! Have you been sleeping in those sheets for several months? Yes, it’s time to launder them. Even if your pet German Shepherd doesn’t sleep on the bed. Even if you do take a shower everyday. Follow this Mom’s guide of what to wash when, to give you an idea of just how often some things need to be washed. It will keep you and your home smelling like a rose.

Mom’s guide for how often to wash what (realism factored in):


  • Underwear, socks
  • Washcloths
  • Tee shirts, tank tops, swimsuits
  • Dress shirts
  • Exercise/athletic clothes

Every few days to a week:

  • Kitchen towels/hand towels/bath towels
  • Dress clothes (if the tag says they can be laundered)
  • PJs
  • Jeans
  • Bras/shapewear
  • Sweaters (again, if the directions say they can be safely laundered)

Every other week:

  • Sheets/pillow cases

Every couple of months:

  • Blankets/throw blankets
  • Bath mats
  • Throw rugs
  • Winter wear/gloves/hats/scarves/washable coats

Every 6 months:

  • Comforters
  • Pillows
  • Shower curtain
  • Mattress pad

If your dog shares space with you, consider upping the frequency. 😉

Take a Hike:

Start this week and build your laundry list. Put it on a calendar if you need to and start cleaning up your life (or apartment). Your mom will be proud of you. 

Yakety Yak:

Ah, the sweetness of curling up with a good movie and a soft cuddly blanket that smells of stinky feet. #cantwait

This is just a guideline to give you some ideas on when to wash what. Common sense should tell you to wash something more frequently if you have stained an item. Remember, the sooner you get to a stain the better it will come out. Your nose and eyes will likely tell you the rest. Nothing beats a fresh set of sheets and a clean bath towel. It can be a hassle to have to make your bed after you have been out on the town for the night but is worth it once you crawl between the sheets of a freshly laundered bed.

Peak Lookout:

See our posts on Laundry 101 – No clean underwear… What do you do? and Easily Remove the 8 Most Common Laundry Stains.

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