One Thing You Should Not Pay Someone To Do For Your Child


Teach your kids how to sort, separate and put their dirty clothes in the wash now.

Show your children how to treat stains, measure detergent and explain the importance of removing lint from the dryer vent after every cycle.

Don’t turn your son’s sports socks right side out, since you aren’t the one who took them off like that.

Parents should teach their kids how to do their own laundry instead of paying someone to handle the task for them.

Tide University Laundry adds to our entitlement epidemic and families are signing their young adults up for services on over 18 different college campuses. Parents are paying upward of $800 each year to have their kid’s dirty clothes sorted, washed, folded and delivered back to them in a pretty package.

Young adults are perfectly capable of washing, drying and folding their own underwear and sheets, so why are parents paying for these services to be done for them?

Tide promotes their service as a necessity for busy students and parents are mistakingly falling for their marketing.

Oh yes, little Johnny deserves more time to study and be with his friends, that good boy. College is not the time to be doing laundry.


Because when you’ve paid for big Johnny’s dirty socks to be turned inside out by an actual hard working college student, he’s going to have a difficult time wrapping his head around the fact that laundry is, unfortunately, a never ending reality in life. You have the privilege of owning and wearing clothes then you’re going to also get the privilege of having to wash them. Laundry is only one of the regular bummers of adulthood.


Proctor and Gamble is just another corporation to prey on the loving, over-involved parent. Companies are finding success in offering services that ultimately chip away at not only parents’ bank accounts but the overall health of young adults today.

Parents, we already pay for expensive Apple products, data plans, and material items that our kids don’t need.

We sign up for Amazon Prime so none of us have to wait more than two days for our desires.

Moms and Dads attach a credit card to Apps so their children can order dinners to be delivered to them from their favorite restaurants before hailing rides from a stranger off of Uber or Lyft.

Now parents are willing to pay people to wash their kid’s dirty laundry when they head to college.

We must stop the madness and start expecting more from our capable kids.

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My children will be welcome to fork out the $800 from their own bank account if laundry is too much for them to handle when they get to college. But this is a bill I won’t be footing and you shouldn’t be either.

We can’t teach our children and young adults that they are too precious to deal with their own dirty clothes. Back in the day, our parents weren’t even willing to pay for our schooling. Now we have a generation signing up to pay strangers to wash and fold Johnny’s underwear so he can have more leisure time for himself.

On social media Tide University Laundry uses the hashtag #LifeNotLaundry. They want to make you believe that college students do not have the time nor energy to spare for sorting, washing and drying their own threads.


And I directly quote from the University Laundry website, “While you get valuable hours to put back in campus life or other causes, we handle your dreaded chore of laundry. From start to finish – we do it all – the sorting, the washing, the drying, the retail-style folding, the packaging, and the delivery. Anything you think is dirty enough to put in a laundry machine, bring it to us – we’ll give it back clean and folded.”

Isn’t that just wonderful of Proctor and Gamble?


Unfortunately, kids #LifeIsLaundry and parents it’s up to us to teach them this reality. While University Laundry may sound like a helpful service, it is in all actuality quite a disservice.

Save your money and instead teach your kids how to do their own laundry now so that they will be capable of managing the task when they move out of your house.

Most likely your college student will forget all the laundry tips you taught them while they were under your wing.

They will instead rush and throw all of their darks, whites, and towels in the wash together. There will be no stain remover or fabric softener involved in the process. Your young adult will learn when they’ve ruined a wool sweater or turned their socks pink, that just maybe they need to put a little more effort in the next time around.

And that’s not a lesson I’m willing to let Proctor and Gamble steal away from my children.


3 replies
  1. Jamahil Ferguson
    Jamahil Ferguson says:

    I just put my son out because he didn’t want to follow the rules I feel so bad but I had to do this to teach him lesson he 19 and finish high school didn’t want to do anything

  2. AmyRyb
    AmyRyb says:

    That first image you posted is ironic, as I lived across from the laundry room my freshman year and we had plenty of fun moments as people learned how to do (or not do) laundry and stopped by our room while they waited. We learned resourcefulness when the machines were full or had problems, and bonded with our friends through it all. Ridiculous. Save up your quarters and figure it out…you have to study sometime, so why not when your clothes are in the wash?!

    • Amy Carney
      Amy Carney says:

      Amy!! Why are parents doing these things for their children and taking opportunities away from them in the process? I don’t understand what’s going on with all the unnecessary entitling that’s going on! Thanks for reading and commenting! Amy


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