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The Mountain of Washing ~ Giveaway

One of the universal truths of mothering is that the mountain of washing never stops growing. In my household, it is unrelenting. It seems that the moment I tackle and tame one mountain, another has sprung in its place.

To help preserve my sanity, and make some attempt at keeping a clean stock of clothes on our shelves I follow a very simple routine. Keep the mountain low: divide the mountain into segmented piles as soon and as often as you can. Use a buzzer: my washing machine allows me to select a buzzer to beep the moment a load has finished. Just simply turning this on has meant I no longer forget I even started the washing (and hence only managed one load in an entire day). That’s it. When enough clothing has accumulated in one of the divided piles – put it on. Rinse and repeat, all week, all month and all year.

The Mountain of Washing

The only kink to this routine is AJ. From a very young age, we found out he suffered from severe eczema and severe allergies. From that moment so many aspects of his life were handled with extreme care, including washing his clothing. To this day, I still separate his clothing from ours. I still make sure that only hypoallergenic products come into contact with his clothing, sheets and towels. It means that I must wash all our things separate to his. A very small price to pay for my son to have clothing that doesn’t irritate him, cause a flare up or worse still, trigger a reaction. It is something I need to be constantly vigilant of. Until now.

The Mountain of Washing

Cold Power Sensitive Touch is hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested. It is free from perfumes to ensure that sensitive skin remains free from irritation. As a proud partner of the Eczema Association of Australasia, I felt assured that I could give this a go with AJ’s clothes. Not only has Cold Power Sensitive Touch really cleaned our clothes, it is as simple as using the recommended dosage and letting it get to work. A perfect fit for my routine. I only wash in cold water and it seems Cold Power Sensitive Touch works best in cold water, saving me energy and money.

I have thrown AJ’s clothes all in with ours, sheets and towels too and it has been a success. It has meant less loads of washing in our household, with the added bonus of knowing that AJ’s skin will be safe, irrespective of what pile his clothes get washed in. At an RRP of $14.99 I’ll be placing this in my trolley more often and keeping an eye out for specials to stock up.

One lucky reader of always Josefa has the chance to win 2 packs of Cold Power Sensitive Touch Detergent. To enter:

1) Like always Josefa on Facebook.
2) In 25 words or less, answer:  What is your best tip to tackle the mountain of washing?

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Cold Power and Digital Parents Collective. Cold Power Sensitive Touch provided complimentary samples for this post, however, all opinions expressed are completely my own.


  • kookla123

    Launder regularly, avoids Mount Washmore
    Use Cold Power, its best for sure
    Seperate colours, check pockets too
    To avoid you having to re-do!

  • Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

    With a baby using cloth nappies, I have constant mountains of washing. I wash every second day and iron twice a week.It’s the only way to keep on top of it. I use the Cold Power sensitive touch for all of us. No one has any allergies, but I like the way it cleans and it smells nice 🙂

  • Housewife in Heels

    My tip- get your husband to be responsible for laundry!

  • bodyandfeetretreat

    When all three of us are at home I leave the washing to be done in the laundry doorway and then as I walk past I remember it needs to be done and put it on. I also tend to put a timer on so that I don’t forget I have got washing in the machine !!!
    Have the best day !

  • Save me from my own washing mountain! It’s never-ending. x

  • Sarah @ Hunting for Ladybugs

    Totally off topic of washing but I get bad itchy eczema on my hands – I’ve had great success with Mum’s Secret as a topical hand cream to get it back to a manageable level. I’ve seen some great reviews using it on kids if you Google it. It’s a NZ product that I think is only available online…

    Back to laundry, I’m good at the putting it on, hanging it out but suck at the folding and putting away step. One thing I’m trying is separating it into tubs for each family member so I’m only folding their clothes at any one time. Makes it easy to get one done and away without the toddler messing up the piles. Still a work in progress but seems to working better.

    Thanks, Sarah

  • I agree. The only way to keep on top is to wash each day. With six in our house, five of them of the female species it’s a constant battle but if I let it go even for one day it consumes the whole house

  • Pinky Poinker

    When my five kids were young the washing was controlled by ME! Now they’re older any system has gone to hell in a handbag. My twenty year old son comes in and dumps any wet load he finds in the machine on the shelf in a huge lump so he can stuff his tradie uniforms in all at once. Grrrrr. I’ve just returned after a week away and I’m dreading going into the laundry.

  • staceyshailer

    Always have a bucket filled with water and Napisan up on the bench to throw anything stained and dirty straight into for soaking.

  • Miss Mandy

    I hate washing, it truly is the worst household chore. If I won the lotto I’d pay someone else to do it.

  • Kaz

    My tip is try to remember that you’ve done a load because when you find it the next day, it will be soggy and stinky! I can’t kick baby brain!

  • AParentingLife

    My best tip for tackling the washing is moving to a nudist colony!

  • Charmaine

    I don’t have a mountain but I do have kids (and myself) with sensitive skin! I just do one clothes load at the end of each day and one load of nappies as I use cloth and hang it on racks to dry overnight. Once a week I do sheets and every two days I do the towels. It is only my daughter, son and I so that helps keep the washing down. But my main thing would be to do the washing EVERYDAY as even with only the three of us if I let it go, well then there is a mountain!

  • Marisa

    It’s a never ending battle here too especially using MCN’s. My time saving tip is to sort as you hang so each person has a section on the washing line
    I then fold straight off the line so I can take the piles straight to people’s drawers instead of them hanging around in the basket waiting to be folded and sorted. If I have time I even hang by clothing type!

  • I try to wash every sunny day, just one load to keep it under control, hubbys job is folding the washing when I cook dinner! How great that you have found something with a decent price point that means you can wash all your clothes together!

  • marypreston

    I do at least one load of wash every day. When dry, I fold and put away immediately. Keeps it manageable.

    FB: Mary Preston

  • How’s this for coincidence – my washing machine beeped as I was reading this post!

    My best laundry tip is to hang clothes up on hangers to dry, then they can go straight in the wardrobe – usually no ironing required!

  • Oh that must be such a relief to have a product that you can use for all of you. Washing is bad enough when you don’t have to be extra vigilant. Speaking of which, I seem to be overflowing with it today 🙁

  • Narelle Rock

    That’s what I have 4 kids for, one puts on the machine, then they all help hang it all out, then bring it all in, all I have to do is the ironing!

  • Diana

    Sorting it into the relevant piles you wash in, ensuring each is a full load AND no tissues in any pockets or it creates a mountain more work that you just don’t want or need!!

  • I wish we had as much room as this to have separate baskets for the kids! My washing is never ending though! Best laundry tip – hang it out at night so dry half way through the next day, well in winter anyhow 🙂 Emily @ Have a laugh on me

  • I had to wash all Bella’s seperately until she was about 7, then her eczema practically disappeared. I still like to use sensitive products, better for all our skin.
    I absolutely wash every day to stay on top of it all.

  • Melissa puli

    I wash three times a week… Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays!

  • Wow, lots of people lovin’ washing liquid Josefa! I didn’t realise you were running this giveaway, but I’ve just been to like your fb page anyway!

    With my washing I tend to tackle the whole lot on one or two days a week, that way I feel less like the washing-maid! I don’t really like doing it everyday, it drives me nuts!

    Thanks xx

  • Kim m

    My husband tells the kids to get changed out of their school clothes when they come home, I’m the one that rushes out like a mad woman yelling “no no, stay in your school clothes till you put your pj’s on!” (why is he trying to double my washing?).
    That is one way, but I also try and wash at least every second day so that I don’t have to spend the whole weekend washing!

  • Kim m

    I like you on facebook too
    Kim m

  • Karina Lee

    Get the husband to help – we ain’t living in the 1940’s anymore. =)

  • Rina

    hoho..I think my best tip to tackle the mountain of washing is to sleep on it lol! I really hate doing laundry. There were times when I thought our kids clothes were not enough that we had to buy new ones and then I did my laundry and found out the drawers were overloaded with clean clothes 😛

  • Grace

    Oh, I have a huge mountain waiting to get done right now! Thanks for the reminder, Josefa! 🙂

  • LydiaCLee

    It’s not the washing, it’s the drying that’s the problem – especially in all this rain!

  • LydiaCLee

    As Nike says – Just do it! Washing is easy – it’s the folding and putting away that requires effort!

  • Cate

    Offer to babysit my niece and nephew regularly. They 1. Are very good at entertaining my 2 year old so I can get things done, and 2. Love to help fold and iron! Win win for everyone!

  • Cate

    Oops, I need to read the instructions more carefully. Lets try again-
    Babysit my niece and nephew regularly. They are very good at entertaining my son And Love to help fold&iron! Win win for everyone!

  • Ei Nyo

    Have a washing roster and split it across multiple days. Monday – Sheets, Tuesday – Baby’s clothes, Wednesday – Whites, Thursday – Dark clothes.

  • Lynsey Stephensen

    Clothes, work uniforms, towels, in separate baskets
    Earphones in, I do them fastest.
    Sort, wash. Sort, dry. Sort, fold.
    A fail-proof system, I’m told.

  • Wendy Sutcliffe

    I preset my washing machine to wash a load while we sleep, I hang it out early,that gives me a head start!

  • Leanne Winter

    My strategy is to never let a day pass without doing a wash or it breeds overnight in the basket!

  • Marleisa

    I prefer to leave my washing and do it all in one day – so the basket actually gets empty! Then we start again for another week.

  • The Plumbette

    Buy a big washing machine so that you can do bigger loads and fewer washes. Having less kids could also help keep the pile down. 😉

  • JBMarigold

    Train the children from an early age to work the machine and do some of their own each week – they can work computers at age three after all!

  • melinda nardella

    after friday night wine with girls, I always enjoy doing the washing just that bit more! So my advice is a couple of glasses first!

  • melanie whittle

    Make it hubbys job after all we already do so many of the other household chores

  • Karen Edwards

    I have a clothes basket in the bathroom with 3 sections whites, colors and hubbies work clothes it always makes it a bit easier and quicker to wash if its already sorted and also keep a basket in our newborns room and wash her little things separately from ours 🙂

    • I have always wanted to have a laundry with separate baskets, and train my kids to use them. Instead of dropping them on the floor where they take them off, LOL. Unfortunately it’s still an idea in my head instead of my house. Sigh.

  • Paula

    Separate into colours, whites and towels… and wash wash wash. Then sort as I take them off the line, into different baskets, saves handling twice…

  • Melissa Jones

    Check forecast and choose a fine day. Beautiful day always cheers me up to finish loads of housework and is perfect for drying the clothes.

  • Val C.

    Definitely use ‘Cold Power’ and say goodbye to the dreaded streaky washing and having to wash things twice!

  • Monica

    Dont let washing pile up…wash as often as you can.

  • Nicki Grech

    I find if I do at least 1 load a day then I am on top of it.

  • btones4

    Washing one load each night, while I sleep, and hanging them out first thing next morning, means no mountains and no day is washing day:-)

  • Lani

    Fold with company – ie, one of the children, and not visitors! Makes the time go faster and they learn how the laundry is done – and maybe even join in the fun!

  • EmL

    Teach everyone else to do the washing, then make it a game. Person
    who helps the most, WINS! The prize: Picking our Sunday night dinner.

  • cath

    Wash and fold every day helps to keep my washing blues at bay,but I cannot iron to save myself they just get folded then help yourself.

    • This is similar to my philosophy, but I sometime wonder what the point of folding is, when I look in the kids drawers after they’ve put them away… Not sure whether to LOL or cry!

  • Fi

    I wash, dry and fold everyday, putting everyone’s clean washing in a little pile (my son has a huge pile). I then put away once a week on a Sunday so all the washing is sorted for the week ahead.

  • Rebecca Andrew

    Break it down, lights, dark, towels, works clothes, put the next load on before I hang it out, I get through it faster like this.

  • Karlene Forrest

    Shove an arm full in the machine on your way out the door in the morning. By the time you get home it’s ready to hang out and heaven knows there’ll be another load to do by tomorrow.

  • Tracy Lyness

    5 kids keeps my washing constant…i have to wash everyday and i get the kids to help fold them and they put their own clothes away otherwise its too ongoing

  • The Cold Power Sensitive Touch giveaway is now closed.

  • Well, I’ve read through the comments, hoping for some awesome magic tips to make my washing pile go away, but it doesn’t look as though there is one 🙁 I like your system though Josepha. Separate as you go, then put on a load as soon as a pile is big enough.

  • Oh, and I’m curious what you did before you started using this washing detergent, and why you didn’t just use them same thing for yours as for your sons – too expensive or not effective enough, I’m guess? I just use a homemade washing liquid that uses soap flakes, borax & washing soda (or you can leave out the borax), so no irritating fragrances or anything, but none of use have particularly sensitive skin, I don’t know how soap goes for that?

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