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:


How to hang dry delicates

No longer will we be naïve and put our wash cycles on cotton/cold every time! We are adults!

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