Saving Money by Sorting Laundry Correctly

It’s laundry time! Nobody looks forward to this household chore, but it must be done, so here a few tips to do it properly and save money at the same time. 

Difficulty: Moderately Easy


Things You’ll Need:

  • A few laundry baskets and an open area of the floor to sort
  • A little patience
  1. Step 1

    Start by setting up a space to do your work. You should have an open area on the floor with room for a few empty baskets. Take a deep breath. I know it’s not the most fun thing you can think of to do.

  2. Step 2

    Designate one basket for darks, one for lights, and one for whites. You will also need a basket for hand wash items that are delicate, and an area for new items because these shouldn’t be washed with the rest. They usually bleed color and can ruin a whole load. Also make sure to read tags so you know if you have any dry clean only items.

  3. Step 3

    Set aside any dry clean items first to take to the dry cleaners when you get a chance.

  4. Step 4

    Next, put all new items that may bleed color in a separate basket. These can be washed separately in a small load, or I like to hand wash them the first couple times just to make sure they won’t bleed on the rest of my laundry in the machine.

  5. Step 5

    Then, sort the whites into a basket of their own, the darks, and then the lights. I don’t do a separate towel load or a separate jeans load. I just put them with their respective color and wash them in that load. This saves money because you have two less loads to do. It saves to do a few bigger loads instead of lots of small loads.

  6. Tips & Warnings

  • Wash in cold water
  • Use a good quality detergent and follow the directions on the label. Using a less expensive detergent, you have to use more and you end up buying it more often. Tide and All are the best I have found. Visit for a free sample of Tide Total Care or visit for information about All laundry detergent