How To Do Laundry
Laundry is a pain in the ass, but if you would like
to move about our society, it must be done! And for some
of you, college might be a time where mommy can't do your
laundry any more and it's time to learn how to do it yourself.
Here is an easy-to-follow list that should leave you with
clean smelling laundry that doesn't seem to be smaller or
a different color than when you started:
Separate you clothes.
Before doing laundry, read the tags on all of your clothes.
Some clothes need to be washed in cold water and dryed
on a lowsetting or else they will shrink. Some clothes,
on the other hand, are more durable and won't get clean
if you wash them in cold water.
Your clothes should be separated into the following piles:
Lights/cold (light gray, pastels, white, anything that
will pick up bleeding and will shrink in hot water), Darks/cold
(black, red, dark blues or greens, anything that will
change the colors of your other clothes and will shrink
in hot water), Lights/hot (light colored sweatshirts,
socks or pants that will not get clean in cold water and
can also pick up any bleeding) and Darks/hot (this includes
jeans, dark colored sweatshirts, socks, anything that
will bleed and needs to be well cleaned).
Note: It is possible that your clothes cannot be washed.
If your label says, "Dry Clean Only" then do not put it
in the washing machine—it will get ruined. If you do not
want to take your clothes to the Dry Cleaner, try a Dryel—a
home dry cleaning kit for your non-washable clothes works
well. Also, bras (especially underwire) should be washed
on a delicate setting, and the more delicate ones should
be air dryed—these are easily ruined.
Put your clothes in the washing machine.
Before adding your clothes, pour in your detergent. Liquid
detergent is more effective than powder, and any brand
will do (Tide is the most popular). If you have a lot
of clothes, pour an entire capful of detergent into the
machine. If you do not have a lot of clothes, pour only
a small amount in—liquid detergent is concentrated and
if you add too much your clothes may come out feeling
stiff and uncomfortable. After adding detergent, put your
clothes in. Do not overload the machine. Just add whatever
fits comfortably—never press your clothes down to fit
more. The machine may tear clothes and simply will not
clean them if it is overloaded.
Set the machine.
Once you have put your clothes in, select the correct
setting. If you are washing delicate clothes select a
Cold/Cold temperature setting. For regular loads select
a Hot/Warm temperature setting, and for especially dirty
clothes select Hot/Hot. Also, select the load size. If
you have filled less then half of the machine your load
is small, for half the machine the load is medium, and
for more than half the load is large. Then turn the dial
to select how long you want your clothes to wash for and
wait. The machine will go through several cycles of rinsing
and spinning and it will stop completely when it is finished
- normally 30-45 minutes.
Dry your clothes.
If you would like to make your clothes soft, now is the
time to add a fabric softening Dryer Sheet (you can also
buy fabric softener in a liquid form and add it during
the wash cycle, but you have to have a special fabric
softener dispenser built into the machine or else know
the right time to add it—this can be overly complicated,
so dryer sheets work best). You can add two dryer sheets
if you have a particularly large load of laundry or you
would like a load to be particularly soft—but be careful,
too many can leave a residue on your clothes or be particularly
smelly. Next, add your clothes to the dryer and make sure
that the lint trap is empty (always empty the lint trap,
if it is full it can take hours for your clothes to dry).
Select the temperature you would like to dry you clothes
on (lower temperatures for more delicate clothes, higher
temperatures for thicker clothes like jeans and sweatshirts),
and turn the dial to select the length of time you would
like to dry your clothes. Remember, the lower the temperature
the longer it will take to dry, the higher the temperature
the smaller your clothes will be when they are dry. Now
it is up to you to decide what you'd like to do.
Fold your newly clean clothes up, or just throw them into
the "clean" pile in the corner. Either way, you did it!
You washed your own clothes. Contratulations—welcome to
the real world. Sucks, don't it?