Laundry Ideas--Sorting and Washing Clothes

Washing and drying clothes efficiently saves time and money. Many of us are stressing out about white white colors bright, and not losing the deep hue of our favorite red blouse.

Let's start with sorting clothes, and work our way to an empty washer! Next time we will talk about properly drying clothing.

Sorting clothes doesn't have to be confusing, here are 5 categories of color groups and the best temperatures to wash them in:

Whites, lights, and almost whites -- Hot water

Yellows, and whites with prints -- Warm water

Brights (reds, oranges, and light blues) -- Cold water

Darks (purples and dark blues) -- Cold water

Blacks and dark browns -- Cold water

Remember to check tags, and put to the side any pieces of clothing requiring hand wash, dry clean, or dedicates.

The items that are dedicates should be washed together, with the washer set on the delicate cycle, cold wash, cold rinse.

Permanent press is for your dressier clothes that can be machine washed. A good example is a nice blouse, skirt, or khakis that are not quite delicate, but you still want to wash with care. Permanent press should be cold wash, cold rinse unless there are tough stains.

Sturdy white clothing items, like underwear, or plain white T-shirts, should be washed in hot, and rinsed in cold.

Newer clothes tend to bleed more than clothes that have been through a few wash cycles. If you feel nervous about your favorite electric blue pants bleeding on the rest of the load, there is a test!!!

Bleed Test:

Dip a small corner of a inner seam into a small, clear container of water. Make sure the water is the proper wash temp and add detergent. If you see color in the water, it's best that you wash that item separate!

An Eco-friendly practice would be to wash all of your clothes on cold wash, cold rinse. Washing with cold water certainly saves energy, and money on your monthly heating bill. There many heated debates among people who want to decrease wasted energy as much as possible, and those who just care about the cleanliness of their clothing.

Go Green! Save Money! Save The Earth!

Both sides have valid arguments, since cold water usage is better for the environment. The only catch is that cold water does not clean fabric well, requiring longer cycles. Also, some of the money saved from lower heating bills may be spent on extra detergent need to clean stains.Cold water also can slow the drying process, since fabrics like cotton absorb more water.

If you are using bleach, remember to handle it carefully because it is a hazardous chemical. Only use for plain whites, never use for a white shirt with a print. Pour the bleach into the water, letting it mix well with detergent before adding clothes. Do not pour bleach directly on clothes, that may cause spots.

If using liquid fabric softener, add it in the rinse cycle. Do not pour directly into the wash, pour into the fabric softener dispenser.

Next time we will talk about efficient drying!

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