How to Properly Do Your Laundry

If you missed the laundry lesson then this post is for you! My mom would do my laundry for me up until high school and then when I went off to college I would throw everything in one load (terrible I know). But as I’m getting older and my clothes are getting more expensive I realize I’m ruining some cute stuff because I’m doing my laundry wrong. So, I got help and now I want to help you. Here are some quick steps to properly do your laundry.


1.     Separating & Sorting

This is where I always mess up and because of that my whole process has been downhill. What you’re supposed to do is read the clothing labels on your clothes, especially the ones that look delicate. Then you want to sort your clothes in piles based on their color and washing needs. Sort by:

Whites: White t-shirts, white underwear, white socks and other white clothing. Wash these clothes on warm or hot.

Darks: Grays, blacks, navies, reds, dark purples and similar colors are sorted into this load.

Lights: Pinks, lavenders, light blues, lights greens and yellows are placed in this pile of laundry.

Jeans: All denim material are washed together in this load.

Delicate: This pile is any clothes that are light weight and fragile like lingerie, pantyhose, silks.


2.     Check the pockets

Once you’ve decided which pile you’ll begin with check the pockets of all the clothing to make sure there isn’t anything in there. Once I left a pen in my pocket and ruined everything so make sure you don’t skip this step.

3.     Remove Stains

If you have heavy stains on any of your clothes then you want to remove them under a sink with a little detergent by hand.


4.     Start Washing

Now depending on the pile you’re working on you’ll set your washer accordingly. If you’re doing a load of whites put it on hot or warm, choose your strength, and then the size of the load.

5.     Add Detergent

I like to start the water and then add my detergent into the water before adding the clothes. Make sure to read the detergent bottle to know how much to include and or use a pod.


6.     Add in your Clothes

7.     Dry Clothes

Clean out the lint trap and then add in your clothes. Choose your drying level.

8.     Fold & Put Away


Now some people are probably shocked that anyone would need this information but others are relieved someone has finally broke it down. I hope this helped you guys. As always stay connected with me on social media @YoungFreeMI.


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