Have someone in your life who needs to learn how to do their own laundry? Maybe a college kid? ( hint hint) I’ve got the basics below to guide them through their first load or two!
Time: 1 HoursCost: $0Difficulty: Easy
First I separate my laundry into 4 piles – whites, delicates, darks and colors.
I put my darks, like black jeans and detailed cloths like embroidered shirts inside out to protect them in the washer.
Before attempting to wash out any stains, be sure to pretreat them. This can be done with your favorite stain stick or spray.
Washing in cold water helps prevent clothing from shrinking. It’s known that washing in hot water is better to disinfect, however my washer is very powerful (as apartment washers usually are) and I wash all my clothing in cold.
Before drying every load, I empty the lint trap. This is extremely important. If the lint trap is too full it will take longer for your cloths to dry. Also, if it gets too full it may start a fire.
One last tip is not using fabric softener with your towels. This can prevent the water being absorbed after your shower. So there you have it! The basics of laundry. Now get out there and impress your Mom! 🙂