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
- 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.
- 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.
- Step 3
Set aside any dry clean items first to take to the dry cleaners when you get a chance.
- 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.
- 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.
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 https://tide.com/en-US/offers.jspx for a free sample of Tide Total Care or visit https://www.all-laundry.com/ for information about All laundry detergent