With the hustle and bustle of the Holidays, it’s very likely your Clean Laundry sorting gets done in a hurry-not noticing a red dinner napkin falling into your white wash! No worries, you are not alone.
Soon you will be washing your laundry under an hour and organized like a pro!
Keep in mind, that every time you wash fabrics some dye from it is released into the water, and deposited onto other fabrics that are in your laundry load.
Although tedious, going through pockets can be a helpful tip especially when you find out later in the drying cycle that you missed a container of lip balm or a tube of bright red lipstick. This can damage just about the entire load of laundry. Tissues in your pockets can be the result of a huge lint mess!
Labels are an important part of successful laundry, they inform you whether an item can or cannot be machine washed. If your label says to “wash separately,” “hand wash” or “dry clean only” you’ll need to place these items in a separate pile.
Sort by color
Whites, pastels, white background prints and light grays will go in one pile. Deeper colors-black, red, navy, dark gray and brown go in another pile.
Sort by fabric
Example: Sheets and towels should be together, separate these from apparel. Jeans and darker-heavier fabrics should be separated from lighter fabrics such as blouses and dress shirts. This allows you to use the appropriate water temperatures which keeps drying times faster.
Lingerie is very delicate and should be separated from your other garments. It’s best to place in a mesh bag to keep from snagging and wash on a delicate cycle.
Heavily soiled items
Fabrics that have ground-in dirt or greasy stains should also be washed separately. Never wash an item with an oil stain or a strong chemical in with other items. These items should be pre-wash stain treated and always washed separately.
Remember that white and fast color fabrics need to be cleaned at the recommended higher temperature roughly every third wash to keep their brightness.
Yes, sorting laundry does add a bit of time up front to how long it takes to wash clothes, but in the end, you will save time and money by not having to fix, rewash, or purchase new clothing.
“We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.” E.B. White
It’s About Time,