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How to Do Your Laundry in 5 Easy Steps

September 27th, 2007 admin

You knew it was coming eventually—this is your lesson in Laundry 101.

A lot of kids don’t get their first taste of doing laundry until a week (or two… or three…) into college. Go into it unprepared, and you can end up with a load of white clothes that come out pink. Yeah, it can get pretty bad. Below I’ve compiled a few easy steps to help you successfully navigate your first laundry experience.

These directions just tell you how I do my laundry, and I’m more focused on ease than absolute perfection. So, if you want to spend a lot of time on your laundry, you should probably search out more detailed instructions. You can also consult your clothes’ tags for detailed instructions—remember that some fabrics need to be dry-cleaned or hand-washed. Also, don’t over-load your washer or dryer, as your clothes won’t get as clean or dry as fast.

  1. Gather What You Need
    Quarters or laundry room cash card, detergent, softener (if you want), dryer anti-static sheets, and of course, your laundry
  2. Separate Your Laundry by Color
    To keep colors from bleeding into each other, I recommend having three separate loads:
    Whites & Light Colors: white or very very light colored clothing
    Colors: any rich or bright colors (including jeans)
    Reds: red or dark pink ONLY!
    Some people do five loads—whites, light colors, bright colors, dark colors, and reds—but the above system should work okay if you don’t want to spend a lot of time on it. Just make sure you keep your reds separate! They can RUIN a load of laundry in no time!
  3. Start the Washer & Add Detergent
    Pay to start the washer, and select the cycle and temperature settings (but don’t put your clothes in yet):
    Whites & Light Colors: if you have delicates, put it on the delicate setting, otherwise use normal; “warm/cold” temperature setting
    Colors: normal or permanent press setting; “cold/cold” temperature setting
    Reds: same as colors
    When the water starts, add your detergent.
  4. Add Clothing to Wash
    Add your clothing and shut the lid. Check the timer to be sure you get back quickly (so no one steals your laundry!). Take a break until your laundry is done washing.
  5. Dry Clothes
    Put clothes in the dryer with an anti-static sheet (if desired). Dry delicates on low, and other fabrics on medium. Hang dry anything very delicate (like bras and certain sweaters).

That’s it!

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. st_gulik  |  September 27th, 2007 at 11:08 am

    You forgot the most difficult part: Putting it away.

  • 2. Jamie  |  September 27th, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    True! Actually, I’ve never been very good at that step. 🙂 I mostly just kept clean laundry on a chair and dirty laundry in the hamper. I don’t recommend that method.

  • 3. Michelle  |  August 15th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Yes, putting away laundry is the most difficult task. Talk to my overflowing laundry basket.

  • 4. Gneekman  |  October 18th, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    If you use a detergent that’s specially made for washing in cold water, you can put all your colors together. Colors don’t bleed in cold water.
    It’s worked for me so far.

  • 5. Chessa  |  July 8th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    I’m the laziest clothes-washer there is. I put my colors and darks all in the same wash and put them on warm/cold. They’ve never bleed once, not even when I’m super lazy and was my whites with them.

  • 6. Guest  |  April 6th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I realize this is super old, but I thought I would add something. I use these nifty things called Shout color catchers. They work well enough so that I’ve cut my load amount from 3 to 2 – clothes and towels. I even wash my reds WITH my whites, without anything happening. I don’t know if these sheets have worked as well for anyone else, but I’ve found them to be pretty convenient.

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