At least once in a lifetime, you will need to do laundry. But If you are living in a school dormitory, which means you will definitely need to do your own laundry. This may be the first time you will do. Even you did laundry at home, there is a few difference, you did not have to contend with pay washer, the possibility of getting locked out of your room. Or your pants getting stolen. But you don’t need to worry this article will help you to master to a life skill. Doing your laundry on your own is an easy way to assert a little independence an prove to yourself that you are just doing fine on your own.
Ways to Do Laundry:
1.) Shirt to Do Laundry
The first thing which you need to do is unbutton the shirt, including the tiny ones at the collar before laundering. Other the agitation in the machine and the weight of the other garments may cause buttonholes to tear.
- It is a good idea to pre-treat collars every time when you wash them. Once stains from the body oils build up, they are difficult to remove. Use a stain remover or spot clean with a mixture of water and liquid detergent. Then pour it over the area and rub with a soft toothbrush. It is especially important to spot clean permanent press shirts and other items that have been treated with resins so they retain their shapes because these fabrics tend to hold soiling.
- Wash permanent press shirts with all the purpose detergent on the permanent press setting, which is gentler than the regular one, uses warm water and has a long cool down rinse to further minimizing wrinkling. Do for the dryer’s permanent press feature, which has a cool own period at the end. Wash non-permanent press shirt on the regular cycle in cold or warm water.
2.) Sweater to Do Laundry
Many knits made up of cotton, synthetic, or blends can be machine washed in the warm or cold water on the gentle cycle with all purpose or mild detergent. To fight wrinkles and stiffness, dry items on low for 50 to 10 minutes before laying them flat on a mesh sweater rack or a towel.
- Place a wool, cashmere or fine cotton sweater in a zippered pillowcase, wash on the delicate cycle with cold water and lay flat to dry.
- Delicate knits such as silk and crochet are a different story. Dry clean these or test for a colorfastness to see if the color will bleed, then place a dab of detergent on a dip a cotton swab in detergent and hold it on the fabric for about two minutes. Hand washes in cold water with mild detergent. Some knits can even stretch out, aspect shape after washing and lay flat to dry.
3.) Never Lose a Sock Again
One of the most frustrating aspects of doing laundry is the number of socks that you put on the machine and after the laundry, you struggle to get all those. Just forget about eh instruction written on the machine. You just need to simply pin a pair together before throwing it in the machine. No sorting and no matching necessary afterward.
4.) Jeans to Do Laundry
Most denim is top dyed which means only the surface of the fiber is colored. To keep jeans from fading or acquiring white streaks wash them in small loads and cold water with all-purpose detergent. This cut down on abrasion.
- It is very common in jeans to shrink in length when they get washed. To avoid this hold them by the waistband and legs and gently stretch them vertically before dying. Dry on low or medium heat because of over-drying causes unnecessary wear and tear, so take jeans out when the legs are done but the seams and the waistband are slightly damp.
5.) Hats and gloves to Do Laundry
You can wash hats and gloves like a sweater. You need to follow the same instruction based on the fabric types. Cotton blends can be machine washed cold on delicate, cashmere and wools on the delicate with cold water.
- Newsboy and baseball caps could become misshapen so it is best to keep them out of the washing machine. Spot clean structured hats.
- You need to hand wash leather trimmed gloves. You can hand wash gloves with small sections of leather if the leather is the same color as the knit, otherwise, bleeding can the problem. to dry insert the handle of a wooden spoon in one finger and set the spoon end in a vase. This will help the gloves to retain its shape.
6.) Down and Polyester Coat to Do Laundry
You need to wash adults coats in water. Wash down coats in front loading machines with a mild powder detergent and warm water on the gentle cycle. If you have a top loader, take these coats to a dry cleaner and most top loaders have the agitators that can compress and displace down filling and prevent pieces from tumbling freely.
- You need to use towels for speed drying. Smaller items like children jackets whether filled with down or polyester can go in a front or top on loader on the gentle cycle, tumble dry on low. Put a few clean dry towel in the dryer to help soak up excess moisture and speed drying.
7.) Everyday Bras and Lingerie
You need to set the washing watching to the gentle cycle to do laundry because most lingerie can be put through the machine’s gentle cycle even if written on the label that hand washes. Use all-purpose detergent with synthetic and cotton. Go for mild detergent with lacy fabrics.
- Then apply a stain solution. Pretreat yellow stains by rubbing them with mild soap and warm water. Let it soak for about 20 to 30 minutes.
- You need to protect hosiery, bustiers, bras, slips and camisoles and other any garments with straps or underwire by placing them in zippered mesh bags, which will keep them from snagging and twisting, fasten clasps to prevent them from catching on the netting. Use a bag with fine mesh so hooks can’t get through.
- You can wash undergarments separately. Wash in light loads and never throw them in with the heavy items, as these can cause wires to bend or break.
- Don’t use the dryer. Always air dry to prevent damage to underwires and straps.
8.) Baby Clothes to Do Laundry
When washing infant clothes use an extremely mild detergent to start. As the skin of the infant is too sensitive for the chemicals present in many detergents and bleaches. These harsh chemical can affect the baby skin and cause itchiness and redness to them. So buy a mild detergent which is particularly designed to wash the clothes of the baby.
9.) Underwear to Wash
Don’t overload the washing machine. To ensure thorough cleaning wash underwear in light loads. Use the gentle cycle with warm water and use all purpose detergent unless the label specify mild
Dry on low. You need to tumble dry items that contain spandex on low or air dry them to prevent shrinking.
Handwash delicate the items. If you are washing lingerie and bras, anything with delicate lace you should wash by hand.
10.) Swimsuits and Shapewear to Wash
Rinse them well when you get home from the pool or the beach to remove salt water and chlorine. It causes fading or changes in color. Chlorine can also damage elasticity. Do laundry by hand or in the machine as with everyday bras and lingerie.
you need to follow the underwear washing instruction for the shapewear. If the item has underwires, then use a mash bag. Because shapewear typically contains spandex, air dry or tumble dry on low.
- Don’t put anything in the dryer that you may feel shrink. let the air dry.
- If you have a large wash load, then make sure to set them in the heaviest setting or divide the load between two washers.
- Only wash with few items at a time because denim takes up a lot of room and can overload a washing machine.
- Make sure to be careful with the wash cycle temperatures.
- Don’t have a huge laundry basket, so get a smaller one so that you will have to do laundry more often.
- If you getting bore doing the laundry so you can listen to a radio station at a low volume.
- Don’t wash shirt with heavier items as it may develop holes.
- Make sure not to add too much of bleach and detergent.
- Do the laundry once a week so that you will not have a huge load of laundry.