When an outfit is new, we certainly aren’t looking to replace it anytime soon. Right? Hopefully, months down the road, our not-so-new outfit will look as nice as the day we bought it. Does it work? Sometimes “yes”, sometimes “no.” Time, wear and tear, and laundering weaken the fabric and its luster fades.
Mindy finally got the courage to intervene. He thought the machine was broken – no suds. She gently walked the sheepish young man through the process of adding DETERGENT to the water. It either was the best pickup line ever or providence. By the time we all graduated, their wedding date was set and he knew how to do laundry!
Step 1: Identify
You might want to print them out and keep them near the washing machine for future reference.
Step 2: Sort
- Get out somelaundry baskets and sort your dirty clothes according to colors. First: darks and lights. Then, types of colors. White, black and red are best kept exclusive to same color. If you mix them, your whites will become pink or dingy grey and will never to return to their former luster. Black and navy blue can be washed together–most often they will be in the “cold water wash” pile to keep them from fading.
- Sorting does not stop with color. Next, READ THE LABEL to determine HOW to wash them. Some items may be delicates that should only be washed by hand. Others may be “machine wash, lay out to dry”. Trust the label. If it says “lay out to dry” then DO NOT put them in the dryer. Use a sweater dryer or table top with a towel on it to lay them out till they are dry.
- Sort by type, as well. For instance, white towels or colored towels can be two separate loads. Though towels can be washed with other types of clothing, washing them separately makes putting them away so much easier at the end of the process.
- Check them for stains and treat accordingly.
You have now sorted the clothes by: