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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15150 on: September 23, 2016, 09:00:23 AM »
Huh, I've never had any of those problems not using them for years.


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« Reply #15151 on: September 23, 2016, 09:18:15 AM »
Dryer sheets reduce absorbency.  I've been a guest and been given lovely thick fluffy towels to use - that do not soak up any water.  My air-dried towels may be a bit stiffer but they actually function as towels.

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« Reply #15152 on: September 23, 2016, 09:37:35 AM »
Dryer sheets reduce absorbency.  I've been a guest and been given lovely thick fluffy towels to use - that do not soak up any water.  My air-dried towels may be a bit stiffer but they actually function as towels.
Are you sure those aren't just the towels? I have some towels that are nice to touch but have absolutely zero absorption capability, while other towels from different materials absorb water just fine.
And I wash and dry them both just the same (in a dryer, with dryer sheets)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15153 on: September 23, 2016, 09:41:06 AM »
Dryer sheets reduce absorbency.  I've been a guest and been given lovely thick fluffy towels to use - that do not soak up any water.  My air-dried towels may be a bit stiffer but they actually function as towels.

Just do this once in a while:

http://lifehacker.com/5362234/use-vinegar-and-baking-soda-to-recharge-your-towels
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« Reply #15154 on: September 23, 2016, 10:04:42 AM »
Dryer sheets reduce absorbency.  I've been a guest and been given lovely thick fluffy towels to use - that do not soak up any water.  My air-dried towels may be a bit stiffer but they actually function as towels.
Are you sure those aren't just the towels? I have some towels that are nice to touch but have absolutely zero absorption capability, while other towels from different materials absorb water just fine.
And I wash and dry them both just the same (in a dryer, with dryer sheets)
I've had the exact same experience.  The towels have all been treated the same way, too.

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« Reply #15155 on: September 23, 2016, 10:07:14 AM »
Chris22 with every post you convince me more and more that you're just messing with us ;)

The cost of a dryer isn't just the electricity. It's the depreciation - you had to buy the dryer in the first place, right? It's the space you have to put it in, you're paying rent or a mortgage on that (or paying for dryer use at the laundromat). Do you use any sheets etc? They cost money.

It's also the wear and tear on your clothes and other washables, which, believe me, is considerable. When I left home and stopped drying my clothes with a dryer I could not believe how much longer they lasted. Seriously, if you haven't tried hanging everything to dry, it's a revelation how long clothes can last.

Finally, it's the environmental costs. Yeah, the electricity, the materials used to make the thing and keep it running, producing and transporting the machine, dealing with it once it is past it's useful life etc.

The air dries clothes perfectly well. I literally don't understand owning a machine to do... exactly what nature will do given a few hours.

(And I live in a rainy damp place. 24 hours is the max anything takes to dry inside even if it's been on a low spin cycle. If your clothes don't dry in that time you probably need to look at how healthy an indoor environment your house is providing).
I know it seems like Chris22 is messing with us a lot, but I'm kind of with him on this one.

Sure, I grew up hanging clothing to dry and all. 

But first: depreciation.  The dryer in our house came with the house and is from approximately 1987, I think.  I did a google on the part number.
Next: space and "mortgage".  In my area, the land cost is more than the house cost.  I don't think the 3x3 space that the dryer takes up is worth "more" than the back yard area it would take to hang clothes.  We do hang some things inside that we don't want to shrink, but the rack takes up more space than the dryer.

Also, of course, with the drought, it's very very dusty and there are small birds that poop in our back patio area.  We used to dry our clothing on an umbrella style clothesline underneath an easy-up.  But that's a lot of work, to put that up every weekend.  We did get lazy at one point, stopped taking it all down, and then a windstorm blew down the easy up and ripped a hole in it.

I do agree it's easier on the clothes, and I like the fresh air smell.  But I don't do the laundry anymore, and if my hubby likes the dryer, he likes the dryer.  (I also agree that the gas dryer is the minimal cost in our house, less than the oven and hot water).
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« Reply #15156 on: September 23, 2016, 10:18:07 AM »
(I'm not going to post about my coworkers and you can't make me. My office is in lower Manhattan, though, so the usual stereotypes apply.)
Please educate me. I don't what Manhattan stereotypes are.
Come on, you can't state that you have co-workers with facepalm-worthy stories and then not tell us. That is a yooge tease.

Lunch in lower Manhattan for $15 sounds honestly pretty cheap to me!  What do they do, drink the leftover water from the hotdog cart guy for that price?
Lunch is about $15/day at the it place of the moment, lots of conspicuous consumption, fancy coffees, you know.
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« Reply #15157 on: September 23, 2016, 10:33:08 AM »
Our first new electric washer and dryer lasted darn near 20 years. I don't see what the crisis is. If you use them less I guess they might last 25-30 years.

We started out with hand-me-downs that needed TLC and they too lasted about 20 years all together.

That's about $50 per year if the original set cost $1000 which our's did not (cheaper).

Compare that to going to the laundry-mat for $10-$15 per visit. That's ~80 visits before you could have paid for the laundry machines. About 80 weeks of laundry? And transportation costs too. I would have to drive to a laundrymat - an additional $2 or so each trip.

And as mentioned before you might have trouble getting clothes to dry quickly enough on the line. And don't forget popup afternoon showers. You might leave clothes out all day only to have them rain on by the afternoon showers. Easier if you are home all day of course and can rush out to rescue the laundry.
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« Reply #15158 on: September 23, 2016, 10:34:35 AM »
Lunch in lower Manhattan for $15 sounds honestly pretty cheap to me!  What do they do, drink the leftover water from the hotdog cart guy for that price?

Midtown Manhattan lunch prices near me... sandwich (falafel, meatball, grilled chicken etc.) $6-$8. Fancy salad: $10-$12. Sauteed greens/grains/veg bowl: $8-$9. Pizza: $1-$3/slice. Soup: $3-$6.

Of course you could find more expensive places if you tried, but the restaurant/take-out prices here are not that bad.
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« Reply #15159 on: September 23, 2016, 10:42:42 AM »
Lunch in lower Manhattan for $15 sounds honestly pretty cheap to me!  What do they do, drink the leftover water from the hotdog cart guy for that price?

Midtown Manhattan lunch prices near me... sandwich (falafel, meatball, grilled chicken etc.) $6-$8. Fancy salad: $10-$12. Sauteed greens/grains/veg bowl: $8-$9. Pizza: $1-$3/slice. Soup: $3-$6.

Of course you could find more expensive places if you tried, but the restaurant/take-out prices here are not that bad.

Good answer, I was going to say that while I imagine Manhattan will have higher prices than nearly the rest of the country, I'm sure you can find lunch for under $10 if you look. If nothing else there has to be a hot dog stand within walking distance of some of the office buildings.

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« Reply #15160 on: September 23, 2016, 10:51:16 AM »
Our first new electric washer and dryer lasted darn near 20 years. I don't see what the crisis is. If you use them less I guess they might last 25-30 years.

We started out with hand-me-downs that needed TLC and they too lasted about 20 years all together.

That's about $50 per year if the original set cost $1000 which our's did not (cheaper).

Compare that to going to the laundry-mat for $10-$15 per visit. That's ~80 visits before you could have paid for the laundry machines. About 80 weeks of laundry? And transportation costs too. I would have to drive to a laundrymat - an additional $2 or so each trip.

And as mentioned before you might have trouble getting clothes to dry quickly enough on the line. And don't forget popup afternoon showers. You might leave clothes out all day only to have them rain on by the afternoon showers. Easier if you are home all day of course and can rush out to rescue the laundry.
As a single guy, I pay about $10/month for using my landlord's washer and dryer.  So that's 100 months just to pay for the machines, then more to pay for the electricity for those machines.  It's within walking distance, but most of my neighbors do drive.  Maybe I'm getting a great deal or something, but it just doesn't seem worth it to buy my own.  Now, if I bought used, that would make more sense, but I still don't have room for them, so I'd need a bigger apartment, more rent...

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« Reply #15161 on: September 23, 2016, 11:31:17 AM »
As a single guy, I pay about $10/month for using my landlord's washer and dryer.  So that's 100 months just to pay for the machines, then more to pay for the electricity for those machines.  It's within walking distance, but most of my neighbors do drive.  Maybe I'm getting a great deal or something, but it just doesn't seem worth it to buy my own.  Now, if I bought used, that would make more sense, but I still don't have room for them, so I'd need a bigger apartment, more rent...
True, for single people, a washer/dryer is probably not a wise financial move.  For big families, or if you're in the suburbs and the laundromat is far enough that you have to drive, it makes sense to buy.  Different strokes for different folks.

Our family of 8 does about 8 loads per week, 420-ish loads per year.  The cost of electricity per load is really small--maybe $0.10/load for both washer and (gas) dryer.  The fuel cost might add another $0.10.  Assume detergent cost is the same.  Water cost is negligible.  It's been a few years since I've used a laundromat, but it was over a dollar per load to wash and another buck to dry.  So the energy cost of running them is very low.  We bought our cheap Kenmore set for $550 11 years ago when we bought our first house.  Now granted, we didn't produce nearly as much laundry back then, but at $1.80/load saved, that's 305 washes to pay it back.  In our current family, that's 9 months of laundry.  Back then, it would have been more like 3 years.

There's also the intangible benefits.  Like being able to start a load and forget about it for a few hours while you do other stuff.  Or being able to assign that chore to the kids.


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« Reply #15163 on: September 23, 2016, 12:01:26 PM »
Lunch in lower Manhattan for $15 sounds honestly pretty cheap to me!  What do they do, drink the leftover water from the hotdog cart guy for that price?

Midtown Manhattan lunch prices near me... sandwich (falafel, meatball, grilled chicken etc.) $6-$8. Fancy salad: $10-$12. Sauteed greens/grains/veg bowl: $8-$9. Pizza: $1-$3/slice. Soup: $3-$6.

Of course you could find more expensive places if you tried, but the restaurant/take-out prices here are not that bad.

Good answer, I was going to say that while I imagine Manhattan will have higher prices than nearly the rest of the country, I'm sure you can find lunch for under $10 if you look. If nothing else there has to be a hot dog stand within walking distance of some of the office buildings.

Yeah it's very possible to find lunch for <10 wherever you are.

One person in particular is in default on loans but goes to a hot food bar and pays $9/lb for mashed potatoes and cut up fruit. And buys coffee instead of drinking the free options.
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« Reply #15164 on: September 23, 2016, 12:09:00 PM »
Lunch in lower Manhattan for $15 sounds honestly pretty cheap to me!  What do they do, drink the leftover water from the hotdog cart guy for that price?

Midtown Manhattan lunch prices near me... sandwich (falafel, meatball, grilled chicken etc.) $6-$8. Fancy salad: $10-$12. Sauteed greens/grains/veg bowl: $8-$9. Pizza: $1-$3/slice. Soup: $3-$6.

Of course you could find more expensive places if you tried, but the restaurant/take-out prices here are not that bad.

Good answer, I was going to say that while I imagine Manhattan will have higher prices than nearly the rest of the country, I'm sure you can find lunch for under $10 if you look. If nothing else there has to be a hot dog stand within walking distance of some of the office buildings.

Yeah it's very possible to find lunch for <10 wherever you are.

One person in particular is in default on loans but goes to a hot food bar and pays $9/lb for mashed potatoes and cut up fruit. And buys coffee instead of drinking the free options.

It's easy to think that you're so behind that a 10$ lunch doesn't make a difference. And, like, A SINGLE 10$ lunch mostly doesn't. But one every workday makes a 200$+ difference every month.

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« Reply #15165 on: September 23, 2016, 12:28:06 PM »


Our family of 8 does about 8 loads per week, 420-ish loads per year.  The cost of electricity per load is really small--maybe $0.10/load for both washer and (gas) dryer.  The fuel cost might add another $0.10.  Assume detergent cost is the same.  Water cost is negligible. 

What?  How? 

Also I suspect you are underestimating your cost per load but I guess maybe you live somewhere with very cheap utilities

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« Reply #15166 on: September 23, 2016, 12:29:28 PM »
Our family of 8 does about 8 loads per week, 420-ish loads per year.  The cost of electricity per load is really small--maybe $0.10/load for both washer and (gas) dryer.  The fuel cost might add another $0.10.  Assume detergent cost is the same.  Water cost is negligible. 
What?  How? 

Also I suspect you are underestimating your cost per load but I guess maybe you live somewhere with very cheap utilities

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« Reply #15167 on: September 23, 2016, 12:32:13 PM »


Our family of 8 does about 8 loads per week, 420-ish loads per year.   

A load of laundry per week, per person?!

I think you might be doing something wrong... Does your family consist of 8 large men by any chance?

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« Reply #15168 on: September 23, 2016, 12:51:26 PM »


Our family of 8 does about 8 loads per week, 420-ish loads per year.   

A load of laundry per week, per person?!

I think you might be doing something wrong... Does your family consist of 8 large men by any chance?

Assuming a baby in there (puke. on. everything. plus leaky diapers, oh god), sheets for 8 beds (washed every 2 weeks, 2 sets per load, that's still 2 loads/week), towels (after a week in our climate they smell musty - that's another load) that's actually really

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« Reply #15169 on: September 23, 2016, 12:59:36 PM »


Our family of 8 does about 8 loads per week, 420-ish loads per year.   

A load of laundry per week, per person?!

I think you might be doing something wrong... Does your family consist of 8 large men by any chance?

How so? My wife and I do at *least* 2 loads of laundry a week--whites and darks. Sometimes we don't do any.... and the next week we'll do 3-4 loads.

I do my dress shirts about 2x a month. They get their own load. Whites get their own load. Colors get their own load. Sometimes socks and underwear get their own load too.

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« Reply #15170 on: September 23, 2016, 01:05:32 PM »
Sheets and towels alone for one person is a full load a week. My wife, daughter, and I do 3-4 loads a week in the summer, more in the winter due to bulkier clothes.
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« Reply #15171 on: September 23, 2016, 01:11:44 PM »


Our family of 8 does about 8 loads per week, 420-ish loads per year.   

A load of laundry per week, per person?!

I think you might be doing something wrong... Does your family consist of 8 large men by any chance?

Assuming a baby in there (puke. on. everything. plus leaky diapers, oh god), sheets for 8 beds (washed every 2 weeks, 2 sets per load, that's still 2 loads/week), towels (after a week in our climate they smell musty - that's another load) that's actually really

Plus gym clothes, sports uniforms, the occasional quilt of comforter -- my family of five does four or five loads a week, so this sounds right.

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« Reply #15172 on: September 23, 2016, 01:17:46 PM »
Sheets and towels alone for one person is a full load a week. My wife, daughter, and I do 3-4 loads a week in the summer, more in the winter due to bulkier clothes.

why are you washing sheets and towels weekly. 

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« Reply #15173 on: September 23, 2016, 01:21:53 PM »
Sheets and towels alone for one person is a full load a week. My wife, daughter, and I do 3-4 loads a week in the summer, more in the winter due to bulkier clothes.

why are you washing sheets and towels weekly. 

to quote Nick Miller from new girl

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... Towels weekly because they smell musty and gross after about 8-9 days.

Sheets bi-weekly because otherwise they smell like stale sweat and are crumpled and full of car hair and uncomfortable. More often if it's been a ...good... week and things are messy.

Look, I'm all for not doing unnecessary cleaning, but surrounding myself in things that smell to save a dollar on washing costs? Crap savings. If I didn't notice it, trust me, I'd do it less.

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« Reply #15174 on: September 23, 2016, 01:38:08 PM »
we do towels once a month maybe every 3 weeks and do sheets i dont even know once every two months if that. i'm not doing alot of running in my sleep so i dont really sweat in bed.
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« Reply #15175 on: September 23, 2016, 01:41:14 PM »
we do towels once a month maybe every 3 weeks and do sheets i dont even know once every two months if that. i'm not doing alot of running in my sleep so i dont really sweat in bed.

I'm sorry if you aren't doing any other activities that might contribute to bed sweat.
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« Reply #15176 on: September 23, 2016, 01:43:59 PM »
we do towels once a month maybe every 3 weeks and do sheets i dont even know once every two months if that. i'm not doing alot of running in my sleep so i dont really sweat in bed.

I'm sorry if you aren't doing any other activities that might contribute to bed sweat.

This. :)

I mean... if you wear clothing to bed, I guess you'd need to wash the sheets less and PJs more? Personally I go for more naked groping, but you do you.

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« Reply #15177 on: September 23, 2016, 01:48:00 PM »
we do towels once a month maybe every 3 weeks and do sheets i dont even know once every two months if that. i'm not doing alot of running in my sleep so i dont really sweat in bed.

I'm sorry if you aren't doing any other activities that might contribute to bed sweat.

This. :)

I mean... if you wear clothing to bed, I guess you'd need to wash the sheets less and PJs more? Personally I go for more naked groping, but you do you.

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« Reply #15178 on: September 23, 2016, 01:55:29 PM »
we do towels once a month maybe every 3 weeks and do sheets i dont even know once every two months if that. i'm not doing alot of running in my sleep so i dont really sweat in bed.

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« Reply #15179 on: September 23, 2016, 02:00:18 PM »
we do towels once a month maybe every 3 weeks and do sheets i dont even know once every two months if that. i'm not doing alot of running in my sleep so i dont really sweat in bed.

This has to be my favorite post from you Chris. Thank you.

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« Reply #15180 on: September 23, 2016, 02:02:08 PM »
we do towels once a month maybe every 3 weeks and do sheets i dont even know once every two months if that. i'm not doing alot of running in my sleep so i dont really sweat in bed.

This has to be my favorite post from you Chris. Thank you.

you jacked this up jordan thats my quote.  and how outta shape do you have to be to sweat enough having fun to drench your sheets and wash them every week? i'm picturing two obese whales going at it with sweat pouring everywhere right now.
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« Reply #15181 on: September 23, 2016, 02:09:35 PM »
we do towels once a month maybe every 3 weeks and do sheets i dont even know once every two months if that. i'm not doing alot of running in my sleep so i dont really sweat in bed.

This has to be my favorite post from you Chris. Thank you.

you jacked this up jordan thats my quote.  and how outta shape do you have to be to sweat enough having fun to drench your sheets and wash them every week? i'm picturing two obese whales going at it with sweat pouring everywhere right now.

You know there's a difference between zero sweat and drenched sheets/pouring sweat right?  And there are other fluids that may be involved as well.
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« Reply #15182 on: September 23, 2016, 02:13:26 PM »
we do towels once a month maybe every 3 weeks and do sheets i dont even know once every two months if that. i'm not doing alot of running in my sleep so i dont really sweat in bed.

This has to be my favorite post from you Chris. Thank you.

That wasn't my post, I responded to that post ;)

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« Reply #15183 on: September 23, 2016, 02:16:24 PM »
Yeah you people do too much laundry.  Is this a learned trait?  Did you grow up in a household where it was common to do a load every day?

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« Reply #15184 on: September 23, 2016, 02:20:23 PM »


Our family of 8 does about 8 loads per week, 420-ish loads per year.   

A load of laundry per week, per person?!

I think you might be doing something wrong... Does your family consist of 8 large men by any chance?
Yup, and there's even a schedule.  Two kids per day for the first three days, parents' whites on thursday, parents' darks on friday, towels on Saturday, and it's not unusual to have another load of some sort during the week.  I agree with the others that towels don't need to be washed every week, but DW doesn't agree, and since she's in charge of the laundry...

Granted, the loads aren't all very big, but that's where we're at.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15185 on: September 23, 2016, 02:24:45 PM »
Yeah you people do too much laundry.  Is this a learned trait?  Did you grow up in a household where it was common to do a load every day?

Hang your towel properly so t dries
Have sex on the kitchen table or shower

my kitchen table wont fit in my washer though
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« Reply #15186 on: September 23, 2016, 02:26:18 PM »
Yeah you people do too much laundry.  Is this a learned trait?  Did you grow up in a household where it was common to do a load every day?

Hang your towel properly so t dries
Have sex on the kitchen table or shower

my kitchen table wont fit in my washer though

I bet these people clean their kitchen table every day too.  Disgusting waste of resources

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« Reply #15187 on: September 23, 2016, 02:31:12 PM »
Yeah you people do too much laundry.  Is this a learned trait?  Did you grow up in a household where it was common to do a load every day?

Hang your towel properly so t dries
Have sex on the kitchen table or shower

my kitchen table wont fit in my washer though

I bet these people clean their kitchen table every day too.  Disgusting waste of resources

Filthy wasteful people.  They probably clean the table after they bang on it too.  Ban them from the forum for their complete disregard for the planet!!!
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« Reply #15188 on: September 23, 2016, 02:45:22 PM »
we do towels once a month maybe every 3 weeks and do sheets i dont even know once every two months if that. i'm not doing alot of running in my sleep so i dont really sweat in bed.
We do about 4 loads a week for 4.  Boys sheets need to be changed because they wet the bed or the pullup leaks.

And, well, I'm a middle-aged woman.  I sweat.

Add in my workout gear, and the towels.  After a week, the towels smell musty and gross.

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« Reply #15189 on: September 23, 2016, 02:48:42 PM »
we do towels once a month maybe every 3 weeks and do sheets i dont even know once every two months if that. i'm not doing alot of running in my sleep so i dont really sweat in bed.
We do about 4 loads a week for 4.  Boys sheets need to be changed because they wet the bed or the pullup leaks.

And, well, I'm a middle-aged woman.  I sweat.

Add in my workout gear, and the towels.  After a week, the towels smell musty and gross.

are you cleaning yourself in the shower prior to using it or using it as a mop to clean up the otherly bodily fluids left on the bed? if the latter i'd wash it probably after one use.  otherwise i hang towels after showering and have no issue with musty smell in a week.

yeah kids sheets wetting them yada .. makes sense but just didnt realize people washed things this much. 
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15190 on: September 23, 2016, 02:53:25 PM »
8 loads a week sounds right.

wait, are we still talking laundry? Or banging on the kitchen table?

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« Reply #15191 on: September 23, 2016, 02:53:51 PM »
When I was raising my kids there were 5 of us and we had about 10 loads of laundry/week.  Now with just 2 of us we do probably 4 loads/week.  I actually am shocked at the people that do not wash towels/sheets on a regular basis. Ugh!!!!

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« Reply #15192 on: September 23, 2016, 03:19:50 PM »
When I was raising my kids there were 5 of us and we had about 10 loads of laundry/week.  Now with just 2 of us we do probably 4 loads/week.  I actually am shocked at the people that do not wash towels/sheets on a regular basis. Ugh!!!!

Do you people have tiny tiny washing machines?  I wash everything on a regular basis, but not a frequent basis.  When I was single, 14 t-shirts, 14 pairs of underwear, 14 pairs of socks, and 1 pair of jeans would fit in the washing machine with 1 towel and 1 set of sheets (just the fitted and flat sheets, plus pillow case).  That's .5 loads per person per week and I'd usually still have room left in the machine... could stretch longer if I owned more socks.

P.S. I only occasionally wet the bed so maybe that's the difference?

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« Reply #15193 on: September 23, 2016, 03:25:46 PM »
When I was raising my kids there were 5 of us and we had about 10 loads of laundry/week.  Now with just 2 of us we do probably 4 loads/week.  I actually am shocked at the people that do not wash towels/sheets on a regular basis. Ugh!!!!

Do you people have tiny tiny washing machines?  I wash everything on a regular basis, but not a frequent basis.  When I was single, 14 t-shirts, 14 pairs of underwear, 14 pairs of socks, and 1 pair of jeans would fit in the washing machine with 1 towel and 1 set of sheets (just the fitted and flat sheets, plus pillow case).  That's .5 loads per person per week and I'd usually still have room left in the machine... could stretch longer if I owned more socks.

P.S. I only occasionally wet the bed so maybe that's the difference?

We also operate at about .5 loads per person per week, and we're large adults. That includes towels and sheets. I have to think each kid would need substantially less. When I was a kid we had 'nice clothes' and 'play clothes'. This way neither set needs to get washed after every use. The nice clothes stay clean enough for multiple wears, and the play clothes look like hell because who cares.

And for those who will say "oh ya, but for $0.32 cents a week I'm not going to have my family looking dirty", it's about more than money. Unless you like doing laundry, you should try to minimize the horrible chore, no?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15194 on: September 23, 2016, 03:39:47 PM »
When I was raising my kids there were 5 of us and we had about 10 loads of laundry/week.  Now with just 2 of us we do probably 4 loads/week.  I actually am shocked at the people that do not wash towels/sheets on a regular basis. Ugh!!!!

Do you people have tiny tiny washing machines?  I wash everything on a regular basis, but not a frequent basis.  When I was single, 14 t-shirts, 14 pairs of underwear, 14 pairs of socks, and 1 pair of jeans would fit in the washing machine with 1 towel and 1 set of sheets (just the fitted and flat sheets, plus pillow case).  That's .5 loads per person per week and I'd usually still have room left in the machine... could stretch longer if I owned more socks.

P.S. I only occasionally wet the bed so maybe that's the difference?
I guess I just wear a lot more clothing!  I have workout gear, which is usually washed after one wear (unless it's restorative yoga).  I work out a lot.  I also wash my sheets once a week (read into that what you will).  We also use a lot of rags for cleaning.  We're the weirdos who wash the table AND counters every day (make your jokes now).  I also use cloth napkins because I'm fancy.  But I have to wash them a lot because I'm a barbarian when I'm hungry. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15195 on: September 23, 2016, 03:58:17 PM »
I also wash my sheets once a week (read into that what you will).
Given your username, it's probably best not to read too much into it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15196 on: September 23, 2016, 05:17:50 PM »


Our family of 8 does about 8 loads per week, 420-ish loads per year.   

A load of laundry per week, per person?!

I think you might be doing something wrong... Does your family consist of 8 large men by any chance?

You have too many clothes.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15197 on: September 23, 2016, 05:37:15 PM »
A lot depends on the size of the washer as well. You may do a lot "more" loads but actually have less laundry.

A 3.0 cubic foot washer does about 10-12 pounds of laundry
A 5.0 cubic foot one does about 23-25 pounds

Big difference!

Our old top-loader could be stuffed with almost double of what fits in our "new" (bought used for $150) super-efficient front-loader.

But the new one uses about a quarter of the power and water, so I'm OK with that.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15198 on: September 23, 2016, 11:37:34 PM »
I'm a big guy, and I do about a load a week for me.  Would be / should be more if I worked out more.  DW does about a load a week for her.  Then there are the kids.  Then the bath towels weekly, the pool/beach towels when we go, the sheets monthly, the dog towels sometimes.  And most of our clothes don't get washed after every wearing (underwear, socks, and workout clothes do).

That adds up to 7 to 9 loads of laundry a week and keeps us smelling good and looking presentable, but not coiffed.  This seems completely reasonable to me.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15199 on: September 24, 2016, 06:50:47 AM »
I have two teenage boys who both do sports.  Believe me when I say that we need to do at least one load per kid per week.  The kid who does cross country is soaked from head to toe after a run, and he runs every day.  He can't let his clothes sit in the hamper for too long because they stink up his room.  Having kids also means the kitchen table is not a great option, so yeah I will wash the sheets.