HOW TO DO THE LAUNDRY?
HOW TO DO THE LAUNDRY:
You can stretch. You’ve done it! Accomplished your dream. YOU’RE FREE! You have your own place, you are your own person.
You know how to go to work, how to pay the bills, how to take care of yourself. But, there is only one small problem.
You don’t know how to do the laundry.
Oh, you know that you need to throw clothes into a washing machine and add laundry detergent. You know that after the washing machine, comes the dryer. But how to do the laundry, really…it’s a mystery…
So, you’ve started through your clothes, looking at tags. You would rather not look at the tags that tell what size you are, but for some reason, companies seem to feel it necessary to leave size tags in plain sight. Then they carefully hide the laundry info tags.
As a result, there has been a lot of digging in your clothes lately, to try and figure out how to do the laundry… The tags said helpful things that only seemed to increase the mystery of how laundry is done. Phrases like, “Wash Separately”. Or “Wash with Like Colors”. What can these things possibly mean?
Are you supposed to get away from everyone—be separate—when you wash the “Wash Separately” items?
What is – Like Colors? Does that mean if the item is dark, keep everything dark? Or keep everything the same color? Help is needed if you are ever going to have clean clothes to wear!
And, finally, here is your help—Easy to read instructions on how to do the laundry.
A sort is just laundry-jargon. It means to separate. So the first thing you do is separate the laundry.
Put WHITES IN ONE PILE
COLORS IN ANOTHER PILE
2. SEPARATE LIGHT AND DARK CLOTHING
Once the whites and colors are in different piles, turn to the pile of colored clothing. Take out everything that is not dark-colored, and put it into a pile, so you will have three piles of clothes at this point.
3. SEPARATE THE “BLEEDERS”
Some colors will “bleed” into the water, as you practice how to do the laundry—
- Navy blues
- Royal Blues
So you want to group blacks and navy blues together (Often royal blue can be put in this bunch if money is an issue).
Group reds together.
4. SEPARATE BY MATERIAL TYPE OR WEIGHT
Lighter materials will need to be washed on the delicate cycle.
Medium-weight fabrics, like t-shirts, can be washed on a regular cycle.
Heavier fabric, like blankets, can be washed on a heavy cycle
Lace items, such as lace underwear, usually need to be hand washed. Some lace clothing is made to be able to withstand machine washing. It is smart to check the tags.
On women’s garments, anything with built-in, cups—like bathing suits, special clothes with the bra built-in—cannot be put through a cycle in the dryer.
These items that always need to be washed by hand are rescued by some newer models of washing machines. They have a hand-wash setting. If you are lucky enough to have access to one of these machines, you can machine-wash your hand washables.
- Everything can be washed in lukewarm or cool water. You save on the bills, your clothes are less likely to fade, and the fabric will last longer.
- Whites need to be washed in hot water periodically, in order to bleach them. They will stay nice and white. When whites are spoken of, what is referred to are items such as cotton sheets, socks, panties, etc.
HOW TO DO THE LAUNDRY—EVEN WHEN IT’S DRY CLEANING
Every once in a while, you will need to clean the drapes or your favorite fuzzy jacket. Don’t worry if the tag on them says DRY CLEAN ONLY. There are kits which can be bought at the store. They have dry cleaning chemicals and bags to put the clothes in to clean. You put chemicals in a bag with the clothes, then put the bag in the DRYER. Works like a charm. We have a favorite brand, of course, but there are several out there.
Unfortunately, laundry and freedom go together. Now you know how to do the laundry.
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