Before I had children, I had a vision of what my life as a parent would be. I was certain that my children would always be well behaved and attitude free. They’d also be clean, tidy and smartly dressed at all times….
What I actually got were two children who are mostly well behaved, sometimes attitude free and attract dirt like you wouldn’t believe. In fact, I can confidently say that if there’s a chance to get dirty, they’re at the front of the queue.
Looking through my many, many photos, I could have chosen any one of about twenty pictures showing one or both of them in full muck mode but I chose these pictures because they make me smile every time I look at them. They were taken on holiday this year, just after the chocolate party they both went to. They drank chocolate milkshake, had chocolate spread sandwiches with chocolate biscuits and chocolate fairy cakes before being painted with chocolate body paint.
Luckily, they were quite sensible and took a bottle of water to drink and neither of them are THAT keen on chocolate so they just had a sample of everything but didn’t eat too much. Trust me, there were children coming out holding their tummies looking like they had eaten way too much!
I never mind them getting dirty – it’s all part of growing up – but it does mean I feel like I’m constantly washing clothes at times!
Here’s my top five moneysaving tips for you to save money while you wash:
- Don’t put a wash on unless you have enough for a full load. Even if you have a half load option on your machine, you’ll probably find that although it will use less water, the majority of machines still use almost the same amount of electricity to run a half load.
- Usually the shorter/lowest temperature option are OK for all but your dirtiest clothes and will save on energy and money.
- If you buy a premium brand detergent, you can save by switching to your supermarket’s own brand and if you already use that with good results, try the value brand. I had a quick look on a supermarket comparison website a while ago and worked out that the big name detergents work out on average around 25p per wash, own brands work out about 12p per load and the value brand is even lower at slightly lower at around 11p a load.
- Make sure you don’t overfill your washing machine – the clothes need to be able to move about in the soapy water to get things clean.
- You don’t always have to use the amount that the packet instructs you to. I use about two thirds of the recommended amount and am more than satisfied with the results. I only use more if the load I’m washing is very dirty (see above chocolate party pictures ;-)).
This is my entry to the John Lewis competition to win a Hotpoint appliance. I also received some vouchers from them for joining in.