Why Doing Your Own Laundry Makes ZERO Sense

Written by Team Cloto
Sep 17, 2017 Last updated: Sep 18, 2017 9 minutes to read

Two facts that most of us can agree on:

1. We all lack time

2. We all want more money

So why is it then that we continue to waste our time doing things that don’t add value to our lives nor do they save us any money. Why not let somebody else do those things for us?

The social cognitive theory is based on the notion that we learn by observing others. We do things simply because that’s how we’ve seen others do them. By continuing this cycle as it relates to laundry, we hurt ourselves by wasting time and money. Let’s see how we can break the cycle.

Cloto is in the business of doing laundry. When we pose the question to people, “why not let someone else do your laundry,” they often answer “I can do my own laundry” or “I already have a machine.” While that may be true, you have to ask yourself – is that time best spent? Can you really afford wasting away precious time laboring over such a tiring and repetitive chore?

Take for example a family of four – two kids and two adults. We know that women spend an average of 17 minutes per day doing laundry, or nearly two hours per week.[1] And that’s usually on a weekend when we want to be spending time with family. What about those other chores: soccer for the kids, dinner for the family, and cleaning the house? This is not to say men don’t do any work, but numbers don’t lie. Women on average spend nearly triple the amount of time doing laundry as men[2]. The problem lies in the fact that women work nearly the same amount of hours per day as men, and have other chores! None of us have time, and women even less so. Yet, we continue to spend our most valuable asset on the least desirable of chores. Why is that?

We caught up with prominent Huffington Post blogger and founder of SocialDad.ca James Smith, to help us answer this!

Cloto: As a well-respected blogger with tons of followers, how much time a week do you spend doing your own laundry?

James Smith: The laundry never seems to end. It's an endless cycle (pun not intended) of moving piles of clothes and towels from the laundry basket to the washing machine, to the dryer and then out for folding.

Cloto: How do you balance your time between content curation and doing laundry?

James Smith: I've always found writing pretty easy. Sitting down to write an article or replying to emails is a fun way to spend a few hours. Doing laundry is anything but fun – although it is a necessity – as I don't have enough spare clothes to leave a pile unwashed.
I need to do all the chores around the house before I can relax into working on SocialDad.ca so some evenings I don't sit at the laptop until well after the baby's in bed, the dishes done...and the laundry is folded.

Cloto: Why do you do your own laundry?

James Smith: Trust me, if I didn't have to do my own laundry, I wouldn't. If someone would come to my door, take it all away and get it back to me all clean and folded, I'd be in heaven.

Cloto: Does the environmental aspect of laundry ever cross your mind?

James Smith: I use detergents that don't have many chemicals in them for a couple of reasons. The first is that I don't want any harsh detergents giving my daughter a rash. The other reason is that I know how much of it goes right down the drain and don't want to be causing harm to the already troubled environment. We have to do our tiny bit, right?

Cloto: Can you give some advice to people out there to help create a better work-life balance?

James Smith: Finding balance is always going to be hard. I think the answer is the most simple choice. Find what is important to you and spend your time on that.

"Choose people over chores. Put your phone away and don't waste a second on things that don't make life better for you or the people around you."

Now, we all have different ideas about why we do our laundry, but James touches on so many pain points associated with this loathsome chore task that it begs the question: why do it yourself?

One of the reasons we commonly hear is “Ok, yeah. I hate laundry, but I can do it cheaper at home.”
We’re going to let you in on a little secret. Yes, you might be able do it cheaper at home (if you bought one of those new $2,000 high tech washer and dryer). How much cheaper though? This is where things really get interesting. If you actually can say to yourself, “I spend ‘x’ amount of money doing laundry myself,” then you using our service would be a no-brainer because you already understand all the hidden costs. For the majority of us however, we simply don’t know.
Let’s look at some simple arithmetic and see just how much cheaper you can do your own laundry.

These are extremely conservative numbers, as they don’t include the cost you paid to buy those machines and maintain them. The numbers also do not reflect the mind-boggling prices we find in laundromats everywhere we go! So the question remains, how does it make any economic sense to pay at least $50 a month doing your own laundry when you can have it done by a professional for $60?
The beauty of math is that it allows us to divorce ourselves from what we think we know and forces us to focus on what is. The infographic shows us is that for no more than $10 a month, you can save a minimum of 8-15 hours. And for a person who uses the laundromat, we actually put money back in your pocket! We don’t have to tell you what you can do with an extra few hours a week or an extra few dollars to spend. The bottom line is doing laundry yourself simply isn’t worth it. So why not give it to the pros and let us give you back some of your day?

Team Cloto
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.