Saturday is usually my schedule for laundry, because I need to wash my son’s school uniform. So, to be able to save electricity and water, I have to include other dirty clothes, towels, sometimes bed sheets and curtains. And since my son’s uniform has three sets: the polo shirt which is yellow, under shirt, which is white color, and the pants which in khaki color, I need to separate them by colors.
Anyhow, you can get good laundry results if you sort clothes according to the following guidelines:
Separate colors and whites into different laundry loads. Intense colors (very dark or very bright) may bleed, especially when washed for the first time. They can tint white or light-colored clothes washed in the same load. A good guide is the maker’s care label.
Separate chlorine-bleachable light and white clothes from those that cannot be bleached if you intend to add chlorine bleach to the wash.
Most wash loads do quite well in cold or warm water. Heavy soils on cottons respond better to a hot-water wash. Hot water may have an adverse effect on permanent-press garments. Check each garment’s care label.
Separate very dirty clothes that should be presoaked or washed in hot water from lightly soiled or temperature-sensitive items.
Separate sweatshirts, new towels, and products made from chenille yarn from permanent press clothes and corduroys which attract lint.
As you sort wash loads, remember to empty pockets and close zippers to prevent snagging. Next, check for troublesome stains that may have become set. Some stains won’t respond well to a presoak or laundry booster, and require special treatment before washing.
To keep socks from getting lost, place them at the bottom of the washing machine tub, wash them in a mesh bag, or use “sock savers,” plastic rings designed to lock pairs of socks together.
Do not overload your dryer. Always allow ample room for articles to tumble about freely. Placing too many items in a dryer can lengthen drying time and cause garments to wrinkle. Leaving clothes in the dryer’s drum after tumbling has stopped can also cause wrinkling.
To ensure optimum drying time, be sure to clean the dryer’s lint filter after each use.