Doing laundry is a part of daily chores which you need to learn someday. We cannot always depend on somebody else for doing it for us. Even daily laundry bills can be expensive. You can be a little more independent by learning and doing it yourself.
Washing your clothes is not that difficult if you keep doing it on alternate days. Please don’t wait for a pile of clothes to be washed as it can be hectic. Do your laundry daily as it will be easier.Learn to do laundry can be easier said than done so I’ve created a laundry checklist that summarizes what this post goes over.
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Here Are Some Simple Points To Remember On How To Do Laundry
Separate piles for different fabrics
You should separate your laundry into different piles as per their fabric. For example, a different pile for bed sheets & towels, a different pile for heavy denim & jackets and a different pile for thin/light shirts & pants etc.
Make sure that the laundry having the same fabrics are washed together and are not mixed with the other fabrics. This step can help in choosing the correct wash cycle for your load of laundry.
Separate the clothes according to their color
Often people do the mistake of washing clothes with different colors together. This often leads to the dark color of dark clothes bleed into the light/white colored clothes. Thus, for avoiding this and maintaining the real color of your clothes, never feel lazy to do the separation.
You have to make three piles. The first one will be for the white colored clothes, the second one for the light colored clothes and the third one for the dark colored clothes.
Check the pockets before doing laundry
Even if you are in a hurry to wash clothes, never skip the part of checking your clothes. No, it is not only about the money but there can be some important slips or even some metal or other stuff that can cause damage to the machine.
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Wash your clothes inside-out
For saving your clothes from fading their colors, you should wash your clothes inside-out. Especially the dark colored clothes like jeans or jackets need to be washed inside-out.
Choose your detergent wisely according to the machine and clothes
There are several choices in the market when it comes to detergent. You can buy detergents based on the type of washer you have or according to the fabrics. You can also choose a liquid fabric softener for keeping your clothes soft. Use bleach only for white clothes to keep them bright.
You should really take your time in choosing the best suitable detergent according to your needs. After all, the search is going to be a one-time search and the benefits will be long-lasting.
Treat the stains before putting the laundry in the machine
You must take care of the stains before washing the clothes. The easiest way to get away from the stain would be to apply a stain remover immediately on the stain for 5 minutes. You can also soak the laundry with stain remover for 30 minutes before washing.
Always use cold water for a better wash
Hot water cleans the dirt more effectively but it fades the colors too. Hence bright clothes always use cold water. Although you can seldom use hot water if the clothes are too dirty.
Different fabrics need different care
For keeping your clothes in the best condition, follow these methods for the different fabrics you own.
Hand wash but don’t keep it in water for a long time as it is prone to water staining and color loss. The best thing will be to give it for dry cleaning.
Cotton and Linen
Hand wash or machine wash but avoid using hot water as they will shrink or get wrinkles. You must air dry them.
Wool: hand wash in cold water and air dry.
Rayon and Viscose
They should be dry cleaned only.
While washing a cloth for the first time look at the washing symbols on its tag and always wash it as suggested.
- Plain bucket: Normal wash
- Lines under bucket: Gentle cycle wash
- Number 30 in bucket: Wash in cold water
- Number 60 in bucket: Wash in hot water
- Hand in bucket: Hand wash only
- Triangle: Safe to bleach
- Cross on triangle: Don’t bleach
- Circle: Dry clean
- Cross on circle: Don’t dry clean
- A Cross on iron: Don’t iron
- Cross below iron: Don’t steam
- Dots in iron: Hot iron
By following the laundry tips I shared with you, you’ll be able to accomplish your laundry. I’ve put together a checklist that goes over all of these items with a quick reference washing symbols guide to help you. You can download that below.