Not everyone has experience of doing laundry. This may be your first time and you need to know what to do so that it doesn’t end in disaster. It is not difficult to do your laundry properly if you follow the instructions in this how to do laundry for dummies guide below.
Labels appear on clothes for a reason. They are there to protect your garment and provide instruction on how to wash them. For example you cannot wash all types of clothes in a washing machine. The label will tell you how each item will react to water, heat and cleaning solvents.
There are different washing rules for wool, cotton and synthetic fabrics. Basically you need to know if you can use a washer, have to wash the item by hand or take the item to the dry cleaners. So be sure to read those care labels and don’t just assume that you can throw everything into the washer. You can end up damaging clothes not designed for this.
The first place to start is to sort by color. You do not want to mix white clothes with deep dark colored clothes for example. So put all of your whites, white background prints, light grays and pastels into one pile. In another pile add any red, dark gray, black, brown or navy deep colored clothes. Wash stained or heavy soiled clothes separately.
Now you need to sort again by fabric. So for your lighter colors keep towels separate from clothes. In the dark colors keep lighter items such as dress shirts and blouses separate from jeans and t-shirts. This is ideal but if you have to wash all the clothes of the same color together then you can. Just use the wash cycle for the most delicate of the clothes.
There are a number of all-purpose detergents that you can use for your laundry. Be sure to read the instructions for correct amounts for load sizes. Just add the detergent to the dispenser or into the washer drum before you add your clothes so that you prevent residue.
You can actually wash most of your clothes effectively using cold water. Bed sheets and underwear will require hot water for washing to get rid of any oils from the body. Heavily stained or dirt caked clothes also need a hot water wash.
When using a washing machine the “normal” cycle will be OK for the majority of loads. Some fabrics will require a “delicate” or “permanent press” setting though. For best results washing towels and jeans use the “heavy duty” cycle.
Before you load any items into the washer check that there is nothing in any pockets and you remove any belts and jewelry. Place each of the items into the washer one at a time. You don’t want your clothes to be in a wad. Be careful not to cram everything in to the washer. If you do this then they might not wash properly.
After the wash cycle finishes you need to remove the items immediately so that you reduce the chance of wrinkling your clothes and prevent any mildew forming. Then you can add your clothes to the dryer.
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