The average American parent dedicates almost a full day’s worth of time to cleaning and housework each month. That’s a lot of time!
It’s no secret that laundry can be a time-consuming process. It’s a chore that is – unfortunately – a necessity. Depending on the size of your household, you may be spending multiple hours a week walking to and from the laundry room, piled up baskets in hand.
We’ve all had the experience of realizing you don’t have any clean work clothes or you need to clean your kids’ clothes for practice or dance class. That is when things get inefficient. You have to rush to get the laundry done at a time that isn’t ideal for your schedule.
If you’re sick and tired of spending so much time on laundry, you’re not alone. So, how much time do people spend on laundry? Here’s what we found:
Commissioned by ARM & HAMMER Clean & Simple and conducted by OnePoll, the survey also looked at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected habits and household dynamics when it comes to cleaning and housework.
In good news, respondents aren’t missing out on as much quality time in recent months, as their family is now more likely to be helping out when completing housework.
In fact, results revealed 39 percent of parents surveyed said their children have been more involved with doing the laundry since the start of the pandemic.
In that same timeframe, 59 percent said laundry has been split more evenly between them and their partner — but 46 percent are still spending more time on laundry now than before the start of the pandemic.
In the last decade, household dynamics seem to be changing, 80 percent of respondents believe housework is being split more evenly between different partners— with millennials most likely to think so.
Some respondents were so keen on having help with the housework that they’d even forgo a date night with their partner — results found 22 percent would choose to have help with laundry over being taken out on a date.
While more and more parents are tackling housework together, a quarter of participants (25 percent) did admit to doing a poor job at some point on purpose — in hopes of getting out of doing the task again.
A third (34 percent) of respondents said their partner has pulled that trick, while 14 percent said they both have. And men were almost twice as likely as women to have tried this (32 percent vs. 18 percent).
The majority (78 percent) have taught their partner how to properly do a chore, with vacuuming (32 percent), laundry (30 percent) and making the beds (30 percent) revealed to be the top three chores people needed a lesson in.
There’s power in teamwork, 85 percent percent of respondents agree: Doing the cleaning and housework with a partner allows them to do it better.
Furthermore, results found 84 percent of respondents agree using a detergent that is good for you and your family, but just as effective, makes the laundry process less stressful.
In addition to time spent on laundry, people also spend quite a bit of money on laundry detergent. Consumers spend an average of $15-25 once or twice a month on detergent. Simple math shows that people spend between $180 – $600 per year (or every 300-390 loads) on laundry detergent. That’s a lot of laundry detergent!
According to Procter & Gamble Co., the average American family washes 300-390 laundry loads per year, which means they’re spending between $180-$600 per year on detergent.
How much does it cost to do an average load of laundry? Combining all of these factors, the average cost of a load of laundry is $1.27. At this cost, if you do one load per week, doing laundry costs $66.04 per year. If you do four loads per week, doing laundry costs $264.16 per year. If you average eight loads per week, doing laundry costs $528.32 per year.
If you’re looking for a way to cut back on your time spent on laundry, you may want to consider a laundry service.
It’s simple to say goodbye to your days spent washing and folding with the help of some laundry professionals. Many laundry services provide a cost-effective and high-quality answer to your laundry difficulties.
In most cases, it’s as easy as dropping your laundry off at the location and picking them up at a scheduled time, fresh and folded. At The Folde, we also offer pickup and delivery laundry service!
Our laundry delivery services make it easy to skip laundry day, with delivery right to your door. Sign up for a weekly service, or use us when the laundry starts piling up. We’re here to help lighten the load.
But, we’re not just another pickup and delivery app. Our new take on wash and fold laundry and dry cleaning is simple. We obsess over every detail throughout the cleaning process because, as you know, cleaning your clothes is an art — not a science.