How To Do Your Own Laundry

Kara S.
by Kara S.
1 Hour
Have someone in your life who needs to learn how to do their own laundry? Maybe a college kid? ( hint hint) I've got the basics below to guide them through their first load or two!
First I separate my laundry into 4 piles - whites, delicates, darks and colors.
I put my darks, like black jeans and detailed cloths like embroidered shirts inside out to protect them in the washer.
Before attempting to wash out any stains, be sure to pretreat them. This can be done with your favorite stain stick or spray.
Washing in cold water helps prevent clothing from shrinking. It's known that washing in hot water is better to disinfect, however my washer is very powerful (as apartment washers usually are) and I wash all my clothing in cold.
Before drying every load, I empty the lint trap. This is extremely important. If the lint trap is too full it will take longer for your cloths to dry. Also, if it gets too full it may start a fire.
One last tip is not using fabric softener with your towels. This can prevent the water being absorbed after your shower. So there you have it! The basics of laundry. Now get out there and impress your Mom! :)
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  • Judy Thurston Judy Thurston on Dec 27, 2016
    How can i try any of these options without a washer&Dryer? I was curious if you thought if i could use one without any hook-ups for them and also if it would be wise with a septic tank we rent? Please Respond back ASAP!

  • Judy Thurston Judy Thurston on Dec 28, 2016
    I was gonna check at The Salvation Army Store near us to see if they have any apartment sized one on wheels at a resonably priced, along with a drying rack too! Please Respond back ASAP! Thank-You!

  • Judy Thurston Judy Thurston on Dec 30, 2016
    Kara, No i meant a apartment sized Washer on wheels@ the Salvation Army Store, and by the way where did you get your drying rack at? Was it cheap or not? Please Respond back ASAP! thanks alot! Do you know where i can get a double mattress at?

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  • Mfbandit769 Mfbandit769 on Apr 05, 2017
    I was waiting for the hints. All I got was separate the clothes, use cold water, and empty lint before drying. These all seem like very basic steps.

    • S Davis S Davis on Aug 12, 2018

      She did say if you were having to teach someone how to DO the laundry.

  • Ma_pa_jackrabbit Ma_pa_jackrabbit on Apr 05, 2017
    The sun bleaches everything so if it's not a white or close to it hang it in the shade.