How to Wash Laundry, the Adult Way
Unless you’re homeless or have really bad hygiene, doing laundry is an unavoidable chore in life that you just have to buck up and get done. I personally don’t mind gathering all the different colors and sorting out the darks from the delicates, and respectively throwing them in the wash. When it comes to folding, however, I would just rather not. I usually try to bribe my husband to do the folding… Hehe. Anyway, back to washing. It occurred to me just the other day that most of my adult life I had been simply leaving the washing machine settings/knobs on the same setting every time I washed, unless of course I was washing something like a delicate blouse, in which case I would turn the knob to delicate. Easy enough. In my moment of epiphany, I wondered, “what could that mysterious permanent press setting possibly be used for?…” So, I did a little research, and made a shocking discovery — I had been washing laundry wrong all this time! As it turns out, that permanent press setting is quite useful! Below I will list the details of how to wash laundry, the adult way.
Whites: Regular/Cottons Setting, hot water; the cottons/regular cycle utilizes the most turny churny power of the washing machine, so when used with hot water it has the best potential to remove stains and dinginess! From personal opinion, even if I am washing socks that are white, I NEVER wash them at the same time as my other whites. Think about it, your feet get super sweaty throughout the day, in the house you walk all over the place without considering what you’re stepping on, from which a lot of dirt and grime end up residing on your socks. Gross!!! I always wash my socks, no matter what color they are, in a separate load. If you have two people in the house who wear socks on a regular basis, typically there are plenty enough socks to make up a whole load of laundry. I wash those little suckers on hot, too. And be sure to check the bathroom, behind the bed curtain and behind the laundry basket to be sure you collect all the pairs, cuz those little guys are elusive!
Colors: Permanent Press, warm water; Ah, the mysterious permanent press setting does have a purpose. And it’s for the most commonly washed item of clothing (at least in my household) COLORS! This entails the sorts of things like your non-delicate work shirts like polos, colored t-shirts and colorful workout leggings. 😉 The water should be warm to wash and cold to rinse, to keep the colors looking bright!
Delicates: Delicate cycle, cold water; This one is pretty straightforward. But make sure to read the tags on your clothing in case they are supposed to be hand washed only! A few shirts have been victims of my laziness, when I didn’t feel like washing anything by hand. Don’t make my same mistakes! Now, there are a few articles of clothing that say to only wash by hand… Like my bras and a few work blouses that I own… But those guys seem tough enough to handle a delicate wash cycle, and since I’m being honest that’s usually where they end up. Anyway, the delicate cycle should always be ran with cold water to minimize any shrinkage or damage to the material, and to keep any colors on the clothing from blending. Also be sure to watch out for clothing items that are made primarily out of cotton (like MissMe jeans, for as expensive as they are you’d think they would be a less common material or something) or any fabric that would be harmed by high heat, like wool. Be sure to hang dry those things, NOT the standard way as you would hanging any old item in your closet though. That will leave you with pointy shouldered, stretched out neck shirts. I always either throw my delicates over the shower rod or hang them with a clothes hanger, draped from the middle of the shirt/clothing item, like so:
No longer will we be naïve and put our wash cycles on cotton/cold every time! We are adults!