Should I Wash My College-Aged Kid’s Laundry?

As parents readjust to their college-aged kids returning home on breaks throughout the year, one question that comes up a lot is whether they (the parents) should be washing their kids’ clothes. There is much debate about whether you should or should not be doing this chore for your son or daughter. In the end, it really comes down to how you raised your child, and if you actually taught them how to do laundry and operate washer and dryer sets.

Throughout most of the year, our college-aged kids have had a huge amount of responsibility and independence. They have to make sure they get to class on time, eat, shower, and remember to do their laundry. As parents, we hope they are washing their clothes and not simply tossing them on the floor and re-wearing dirty clothes for several weeks at a time, until they are forced to wash them because the clothes are starting to smell badly.

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Yet, when our kids return home, some are all too quick to fall back into old habits and want to be dependent upon their parents. They are hopeful dad and/or mom will take care of all their needs during their visits home, like giving them spending money, taking care of chores, and doing their laundry. Some parents jump right in because they feel their young adult is now a visiting guest, rather than still living at home full time. On the other hand, other parents do not care whether they are visiting a few week or are home all summer long; their kids will do chores, earn an allowance, and do their own laundry.

Is it okay to do your college student’s laundry? Sometimes it is, and others it is not. For instance, if you have a small load to wash, and have room left in the washer, offering to put some of their dirty clothes in with yours to make a full load is acceptable. Another case where it may be acceptable to do their laundry is if you have pushed your child to focus entirely on their academic studies to earn good grades, and, while they are at home, they are working on course work. If they are not, then there is no reason why they cannot wash their own clothes.

An alternative to whether or not to do your kid’s laundry is to make trade-offs with your college student. You will do their laundry, but they have to do a certain number of chores around the house, make a few dinners, or even take care of the grocery shopping and other errands in return. This way, they are not getting to sit around relaxing, doing nothing, while mom and/or dad wait on them hand-and-foot.

Lastly, do not be afraid to retrain your college student how to do laundry if you notice they are not washing their clothes correctly, or have picked up bad laundry habits while away from home. If you or your college student is shopping for new laundry appliances, do not hesitate to contact FJS Distributors at 800-875-1533. We are a factory authorized distributor of popular brands, like LG Washer Dryer, and even carry combination compact washer and dryer models.

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Five Benefits of Using a Front Loading Washer and Dryer Combo

Laundry is one of the most common household chores around the world. On average, a family of four does about 400 loads of laundry every year. There are several different models of washers and dryers on the market today, including top loaders, HE top loaders, HE front loaders, vented dryers, ventless dryers, and combination washer dryers. Out of all laundry models on the market, front loading appliances have several benefits over top loaders.

  1. Energy Efficiency: Front loading machines are energy-efficient. They use a fraction of the water and electricity to wash clothes. Ventless dryers cost less to operate than conventional vented machines.
  2. Get Clothes Cleaner: Front loading washers get clothes cleaner because they are able to remove more dirt.
  3. Better on Clothes: Since front loading washing machines do not have a central agitator, they are not only gentler on clothing, towels, and sheets, but also help make them last much longer.
  4. Stack-ability: A stand-alone front loading washer and dryer is easily converted into stackable washer and dryer to free up space.
  5. Handicap Accessibility: Front loading machines are handicap accessible from a wheelchair and are perfect for homes where someone has mobility issues.

To learn more about front loading LG washers and dryers featuring ventless drying, call LG Washer Dryer today at 800-875-1533.

Compact Washer and Dryer Options for Your Home

Whenever you are shopping for a compact washer and dryer, you have a few different options to consider. You could purchase a stand-alone washer and dryer, or a washer and dryer combo. There are key differences between these models and how they operate. With stand-alone appliances, you wash your clothes in one machine and dry them in another. This option is ideal for homes with large volumes of laundry, or if you like doing all of your laundry in a single day. You even have the option to convert stand-alone appliances into a stackable washer and dryer with a stacking kit to help save space in your laundry room.

Washer and dryer combos combine both the washing and drying functions into a single appliance. Washing and drying cycle times are comparable to the total time required to fully wash and dry a single load of laundry with stand-alone washers and dryers. This type of laundry appliance is perfect in situations where you only have space for a single appliance and insufficient clearance to stack laundry pairs, if you do not have an existing laundry room and laundry connections, or if you do not mind spreading your laundry out over several days.

To learn more about compact washer and dryer models, contact us now at 800-875-1533 to speak to one of our friendly and helpful laundry technician experts.

Maximize Limited Square Footage with a Compact Washer and Dryer

Optimizing limited square footage in your home to include access to in-home laundry is easier to manage by installing compact washer and dryer models. These models are single unit appliances which combine the washing and drying functions in one machine. Since you only have to worry about finding space in your home for one appliance, it gives you greater flexibility where it can be installed in the home. A combination washer dryer does not require a dryer vent, since it uses ventless drying technologies to dry the clothes. The only connections required for installation are access to a standard 3-prong 110 V outlet, hot and cold water, and a discharge drain.

You have the option of tapping existing water and drain lines, if your home does not already have existing washer connections, or of converting the compact washer and dryer into a portable unit with a wheel kit and kitchen sink conversion kit. If you decide to tap water and drain lines, consider installing the combination washer dryer in an area in the home where these lines are easily accessible, such as in the kitchen or in one of your bathrooms. You are able to install the compact appliance under the countertop in either location by removing existing under counter cabinets, to maximize the limited space in your home.

To learn more about washer dryer combos, or assistance in selecting a model for your home, call 800-875-1533 now to speak to one of our experienced laundry technicians.

Renovating Your Apartment Buildings? Install Compact Washers and Dryers

If you are planning on renovating your apartment homes, you should seriously consider installing compact washer and dryer appliances into your newly remodeled units. Since you are already taking the time to repaint the walls, install new kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and carpeting, adding a new amenity with in-unit laundry is just one more perk to help you rent your apartments after renovations are completed. Apartment homes, which feature preinstalled washers and dryers in the unit, rent for more than units without a laundry or washer and dryer connections.

There are compact washer and dryer solutions to fit with every type of remodeling situation, regardless of the age of the apartment buildings. For example, if your buildings are older and do not have existing washer and dryer connections, the best solution is to install a combination washer and ventless dryer. This is a single appliance that operates on 110 volts with a common 3-prong outlet. All-in-one solutions do require access to hot and cold water and a discharge drain.

Installing a combination washer dryer is not difficult. You could get a plumber to tap into existing water lines and drain that run in the back of a hall closet, in the bathroom, or in the kitchen. If there are no available lines to tap easily, another option is to convert the combo washer dryer into a portable unit by adding a wheel kit and kitchen sink conversion kit.

For more information about compact washer and dryer solutions for your apartment buildings, contact one of our laundry appliance experts at 800-875-1533.


Stop Wasting Time at the Laundromat by Installing a Combination Washer and Dryer in Your Home

It can become tiring having to spend an entire weekend day at the Laundromat doing your laundry. You are stuck in one location for hours on end, feeding quarters into machines also used by other people. You might think this is your only option to get your clothes washed and dried, besides paying for a laundry service. But you would be wrong, as there is another option for you to consider, regardless of whether there are any existing washer and dryer connections in your home.

You are able to retake control of your weekends by purchasing your own combination washer and ventless dryer. This is an all-in-one appliance that not only washes your clothes, but also dries them in the same unit. Because the unit is ventless, there is no dryer vent required for drying your clothes. The appliance does not even require a special dryer plug, and it can be plugged directly into a regular 110V outlet. Your only consideration is deciding how you want to hook up the hot and cold water lines and the discharge line.

One option is to have a plumber install washer hook ups in a fixed location within your home. Your other available option is to add a wheel kit and portable water connection kit to your appliance. Both of these kits turn your new combination washer and dryer into a portable machine. You can store it out of the way whenever it is not needed. Any time you want to do a load of laundry, you simply roll the unit up to your kitchen sink, connect the adapter on the water connection kit to your faucet, turn on the water, plug in the appliance, and you are ready to do laundry.