How Much Time Does The Average Person Spend Doing Laundry?
We get the question all the time, “how much time does the average person spend doing laundry?” For a single person living alone, the task of doing laundry every week is without a doubt time-consuming, and can require a lot more work than you think. Let’s break it down into detail and figure out just how much time laundry time you spend every week caring for your clothing.
Time Spent Doing Laundry
Laundry refers to the washing, drying and/or folding of your clothing items and other textiles. Depending on your living situation, access to laundry machines, drive to your nearest dry cleaners, or financial status, the laundry process can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours each week.
When your most favorite t-shirt needs to be cleaned, it has to be put in a hamper or bag first. Therefore, gathering up your clothing, bedding and towels can take some time to do.
Getting everything ready to go in one spot should take an individual about 10-15 minutes per load. However, if you are washing 2 loads of laundry per week, the prep time would be approximately 30-40 minutes total.
Washing & Drying Laundry
Washing Laundry Time
Well, how dirty are your clothes? The washing process depends on how dirty your clothing or textile items are. Also, most modern washing machines in today’s time period have a standard run time of 40 minutes. Although, if the soil level is significant, you could be looking at upwards of an hour.
Drying Laundry Time
As stated above, average load of laundry takes anywhere between 30 to 40 minutes. Keep in mind, transferring the clothes and related items to the dryer and starting the load adds another 5 minutes. However, while there are some items that take longer to dry such as jeans, jackets, and towels, most items are dry in about 40 minutes. Thus, this averages out to be approximately 85 minutes of laundry every week.
Folding & Putting Laundry Away
Believe it or not, people consider folding the worse part about doing laundry. Once all of your clothes are out of the dryer, into your hamper and smelling fresh, the last thing you want to do is sort through them and fold them neatly or hang them up. Thus, for an average load of laundry, it takes a person about 20 minutes to fold clothes. However, this may differ based on load size and how fast you are at folding and hanging. Keep in mind, it’s best advised to use specific hangers for certain garments. Read our blog post to learn more about choosing the correct hangers for your clothes.
Moreover, if you’re a fast folder, or if you prefer to just shove your clothing into drawers, you might only need 10 to 15 minutes for this step.
Therefore, you are spending about 40 minutes every week folding and putting away your laundry.
Total Laundry Time
Let’s add up all of the time it takes to do laundry every week.
- First, Laundry Prep Time: 30-40 minutes
- Second, Washing & Drying Clothing: 1 hour & 25 minutes
- Third, Folding & Putting Clothing Away: 40 minutes
Based on these estimates, the average person spends about 3 hours every week on laundry. For some people, spending a large amount of time on laundry can be overwhelming.
Moreover, buying energy efficient washers and dryers can do their work in a less amount time. Also, keeping your clothing sorted into lights or darks by purchasing an organized hamper will allow you to save time separating out your garments.
For those who not have about 3 hours each week to dedicate towards laundry, Avon Cleaners’ laundry service is the best choice! Also, read our blog post to learn more about the different reasons why you should use a professional laundry service. Contact us today to learn more about our laundry and dry cleaning services and how we can help!