Laundry, laundry, laundry — the never-ending task! With six people in the family we have a decent amount of laundry. At the house, I had a really nice front loading washer and dryer. But it never felt like I could get caught up on the laundry.
In the RV I have a mini front loading washer/dryer all in one unit. When we first bought the RV, we thought we were going to take the washer/dryer out so that we could put long bunk beds in. I am SOOOO glad we didn’t.
Here is a picture of the unit that is in our RV. It is in the back bedroom, in a closet right next to one set of bunk beds. Sorry for the weird shadow – the doors don’t quite open all the way.
- Towels take up a lot of room in a washer and dryer, so use the same towels for about a week. Just hang dry them between showers.
- While living at a campground, the kids can wear the same outfit two days in a row – yes I said it! My kids wear the same clothes two days in a row. Obviously, if they get really wet or really dirty, they’ll change clothes. But, when it is dry out, they can easily wear the same clothes for two days in a row. This drastically cuts down on laundry.
- Air dry all bathing suits right when they are done being worn. With all the chlorine in pools, bathing suits really don’t need to be washed that often if you get them drying right away!
- Do the laundry every day – and put it away every day.
I do laundry every day in the RV, and the machine runs for a good 2 1/2 to 3 hours. But, since it is an all-in-one machine, once I start it, I just leave it run until they are washed and dried. The drying cycle takes about 100 minutes to get everything dry, but it works. I can fit one outfit for each of us in there at a time. So, if I do laundry everyday, I am able to keep up with it.
If I need to wash sheets, blankets, and a lot of towels, I go up to the laundromat at the campsite But, for $3 per load, I try not to do it too much. Or, I just bring everything to my parent’s home – thanks Mom and Dad!
The campsite we are currently at has full hookups, meaning we have water, 50-amp electric and sewer. So, I have all the water I need and it empties right out of the RV.
If we were at a site that did not have water and sewer – which a lot of state parks and national parks don’t have – then it would be harder to do laundry everyday and I would really have to plan on how to make it work.
But for now we have a process that works. As long as I do a load every day, and put it away right away, it works great. And I am pretty much ALWAYS caught up on laundry, which is an amazing feeling!