With the Holiday hustle and bustle, it’s very likely your Clean Laundry sorting gets done in a hurry-not noticing a red sock falling into your white wash! If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.
Follow these simple steps and you’ll be washing your laundry, under an hour and organized and 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.
• Read your labels
First of all your labels will let you know whether an item can be machine washed. If the label says “wash separately” or “hand wash” you’ll want to place those in a separate pile. Also, unless you want smaller clothing, if the label says to “dry clean only” this will need to be placed in a bag and sent off to the dry cleaners.
• Sorting 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: If you have whites pile with towels and sheets, separate these from apparel. In the darker colors separate t-shirts and jeans from the lighter weight items such as blouses and dress shirts.
Washing by fabric type 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
Clothing that has ground–in dirt or greasy stains should also be washed separately. Never wash a piece of clothing with an oil stain or a strong chemical in with other items. These items should be pre-wash stain treated and always washed separately.
• Check pockets
Although it can be 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 that bright red lipstick. This can damage just about the entire load of laundry. Tissues in your pockets can result in the whole wash load being covered with paper particles which are terribly difficult to remove.
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,