For most families, laundry shows up on the daily to-do list, making it the perfect opportunity for chores for kids. Nearly every age group can pitch in to help with laundry chores—whether you’re letting your toddler “help” unload the dryer or teaching a teen the ins and outs of stain removal. 

This list of age-appropriate laundry chores for kids provides a loose guideline for getting the whole family to help out in the laundry room. Most importantly, always keep safety in mind when kids help with laundry and review your Use and Care guide if you have any questions regarding the operation of your appliance.

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Laundry chores for kids by age

18 months–3 years old
4–5 years old
6–7 years old
8–13 years old
14–18 years old

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Chores for kids 18 months–3 years old

It may take longer to get the job done, but letting an eager toddler help with simple laundry chores is a great way for them to learn about household chores and helping others. You can also use this as an opportunity to teach them about basic laundry safety.

Chores for this age include:

  • Help take wet clothes out of the washer and put in the dryer
  • Transfer dry clothes to the hamper
  • Match sock pairs
  • Fold washcloths

Chores for kids 4–5 years old

Preschool age kids are likely learning about colors, shapes and numbers. Make a fun game out of sorting clothes by color and type to work on these skills and teach them more laundry chores.

Chores for this age include:

  • Hang shirts on hangers
  • Fold pants
  • Sort clothes by color

Chores for kids 6–7 years old

Kids in elementary school can start taking more responsibility for their own clothes, specifically making sure that dirty and clean clothes make it to where they need to be.

Chores for this age include:

  • Take sheets off of beds
  • Fold towels
  • Put dirty clothes in the hamper or laundry room
  • Put most clean clothes away
  • Clean dryer lint trap

Chore tip: Use this guide to teach kids how to fold shirts.

Chores for kids 8–13 years old

Around this age, kids gain more independence and can learn how to actually run the washer and dryer. Help them choose the right cycles for each load by using a family laundry chore chart.

Chores for this age include:

  • Run the washer and dryer
  • Learn about different cycles
  • Use the right amount of detergent and safely use other cleaners
  • Put fresh sheets on beds
  • Hang up/put away all clothes and other laundry

Chore tip: Got a kid spending lots of time on their phone or tablet? With Whirlpool brand smart appliances, you can assign and send laundry tasks straight to their device via the Whirlpool® app.

Chores for kids 14–18 years old

Teenagers should be able to tackle most laundry tasks on their own. At this point, they can help with ironing, mending torn clothes and using the right treatment for stains. You can also teach them how to read fabric labels in order to give their clothes the right kind of care.

Chores for this age include:

  • Treat stains according to stain/fabric type
  • Ironing
  • Fold sheets
  • Store seasonal clothing
  • Sew buttons, darn socks, mend torn items
Age-appropriate laundry chores for kids list

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