Do you keep planning to plan to make a plan for laundry? Enough said! I understand that doing the laundry is not an exciting task, but it is a necessary one. Laundry Instructions are not exciting; however, they can prevent some exciting results such as strange colored undies! Though not fun, it can only be put off for a limited time. I actually have started do enjoy the time I spend on the task, now that I have a plan. Here are some tips:
- Sort with a laundry hamper instead of tossing everything into the basket.
- Separate into similar groups. I separate into colored, whites, delicate and towels.
- If I have denims such as pants, I wash alone if I have enough or with towels.
- Use a pre-wash stain remover if there are any stains.
- Empty pockets before washing (Tissues will make a fuzzy mess of your laundry)
- Wash per the instructions on the garment care tag.
Do you have a divided laundry hamper? They make quick work of laundry sorting. I especially like this one found on Amazon: http://CynthiaLikes.me/LaundryHamper
Laundry Instructions are found on the care tag inside any manufactured garment. Sometimes they are hard to find, but usually under the tag in the back of the garment or sewn into a side seam. These are important to follow if you want to keep your clothes looking new. Yes, you can sometimes ignore them successfully, but the results can also be disappointing if you do not.
Here is a chart that explains most of the symbols you will find:
Using a mesh laundry bag can protect delicate fabrics that would otherwise be damaged by zippers or rougher fabrics. These will also let you combine some smaller items of laundry that are in the same color family. However, if the laundry instructions indicate delicate fabric, then only use a gentle cycle.
Before loading garments into the washer, zip zippers and button buttons. This prevents stretching that could damage the shape of your clothing. Don’t overload your washing machine. It is tempting to get it all done quickly – but that can result in clothes that don’t get completely clean. Every wonder why some folks have gray underwear that did originally come that way? Overloading the washing machine can be a cause. Clothes need room to move around in and overloading can also cause the fabric to deteriorate faster.
Also, don’t use too much detergent. If you put in more than the bottle suggests, the detergent will linger on the clothes, causing them to turn yellow or gray. Too much detergent can build up in your washer and damage your machine also. This is another case of where less is best.
So in summary for laundry instructions: Sort clothes by category, follow washing instructions and don’t overload the washer or with soap. So go forth and conquer – laundry, that is!