The Art Of Doing Laundry

The mysterious task of doing laundry can be accomplished successfully by keeping a few important steps in mind. Just remember to keep it simple by not waiting until the last minute as some clothes might be too delicate to go through the dryer and have to be line dried or hung to dry. This brings us to the first important step of reading clothing labels for the care instructions. This task might sound menial, but it can save a load of money by handling clothing properly.

The labels will soon be memorized after reading through them a few times. You will become familiar with the clothing items or even like materials in the future that will allow for proper care. This process will also shed a light on the importance of using cold or hot water in the washing cycle.

Separating Your Clothes
The next important thing to do is separate the clothing. This can be done by simply separating dark clothing from light clothing, or the process can be extended by making a white pile, light colored pile, and a dark colored pile to wash separately. Once the loads are prepared, the washer machine is ready to be loaded and adjusted for a proper wash cycle.

Current washer machines pretty much make the settings infallible for any type of load of laundry. Even coin Laundromats have up to date machinery that make this step easy to accomplish. There is usually a setting for the size of the load such as small load, normal load, permanent press, delicate, etc. There is also a setting for the water temperatures for each cycle of the wash. This will be the setting that is determined by the color of the load or the clothing label. Generally speaking, hot water is used for cotton or light colored loads and cold water is used for dark clothing, to ensure and endless supply of hot water a tankless water heater is best.  However, using hot or cold water is always trumped by the specific instructions on a clothing label.

Types Of Washing Machines
Washers can be either top loaded or front loaded. Remember to follow the instructions on the chosen detergent for either type of machine. Top loaded washers usually require the water to be turned on and detergent or bleach to be poured in to the point of being dissolved or mixed. Softener is usually added mid cycle for top load washers. Front loaders have a separate drawer that is pulled out and filled with detergent, bleach, or softener prior to starting the machine. Remember to keep the clothing labels in mind regarding bleach being added to any load.

Wash Cycles
The wash cycle is complete and the clothes are ready to be transferred to a dryer. Take time with this process so articles of clothing with labels indicating that clothing cannot be dried are removed from the load to be hung or laid out to dry. The remaining laundry can be placed in the dryer. Once again, current dryers allow for a foolproof method of adjusting the setting for the best possible outcome. There will be similar terminology on the dryer that was on the washer. Settings such as normal, delicate, and permanent press can be adjusted accordingly. There are other settings for time and level of heat that will become more familiar with each laundry load.

The final step to doing laundry is removing them from the dryer as close as possible to the end of the drying cycle to avoid wrinkles. Hang clothes that will go back in the closet and fold the clothing that will be placed in drawers. Folding laundry will become easier with each load.