How to Wash Absolutely Everything

How to wash a load of laundry

Knowing how to wash a load of laundry doesn’t come naturally. It’s something that needs to be learned. Washing your clothes according to fabric, rather than color can not only save you money, it can make laundering your clothes more efficient.If you have a lot of laundry, you also may want to divide your laundry based on type:

Denim in one load, Towels in another load, Sheets in another, etc.

Sorting laundry by color is also very important Whites together, reds/oranges/pinks together darks together, etc.. Once you’ve gathered your dirty laundry, figure out how everything needs laundered. The easiest way to do this is by looking at the tag:

Does your laundry require hand washing? Line drying? Hot water? Cold water? Tumble dry?

Chances are, a lot of your laundry will start to fall into the same categories. Separate your laundry into those categories. Here’s a guide to washing and ironing various fabric types.The seven most common fabrics

  1. Acetate: Hand Wash – Air Dry

  2. Cotton : Hot Water Wash – Tumble dry

  3. Linen: Cool Water Wash- Air Dry

  4. Polyester: Cool Water Wash- Tumble Dry Warm or Air Dry

  5. Spandex: Hand Wash- Air Dry

  6. Silk: Hand Wash or Cool Warm Wash- Tumble Dry Cool or Air Dry

  7. Wool: Hand Wash- Air Dry

Wash in cold water. For longevity of fabric cold is always better. Cold water is most gentle on clothing. Choose it for anything that might shrink or bleed dye.

Save the hot water for really soiled loads: kids’ baseball uniforms, gardening clothes, dirty sheets. Wash all sheets, blankets, pillowcases and bed covers in hot water that is at least 130 F (54.4 C) to kill dust mites and remove allergens. If bedding can‘t be washed hot, put the items in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at a temperature above 130 F (54.4 C) to kill the mites.

If a garment says wash in hot water, washing in cold won’t hurt it (washing a cold water garment in hot, however, can be damaging).

For the clothes I care about I use the dryer sparingly. I put the clothes in for 10 minutes and then hang them to dry.


What Do the Settings On Your Washing Machine Actually Mean?


Choosing a cycle for your laundry may be confusing – I’m not always sure what the cycles mean.

A cycle simply describes how quickly the laundry is agitated and how fast the machine spins the water out of the laundry.

To help your confusion, here are some of the basic cycles:

Regular Use the regular setting (also may be Normal or Cotton) when you’re removing stains and dirt or washing durable fabrics like whites, sheets, towels, underwear, socks, and heavily soiled clothing. This is the longest washing setting.

Permanent Press The permanent press setting should be used for clothing that wrinkle easily like dress shirts and slacks, or synthetic items.

Delicate Use the delicate cycle when you need to gently wash items like silk, lingerie – or anything that says delicate or hand wash on the tag.

Choosing the load size When adding your laundry and choosing the size of your load:

If the washing tub is one-quarter full, choose small. If it’s half full, choose medium. If it’s more than half full, use large. And if the washing machine is filled, use extra-large. Just a word of warning – don’t cram your washing machine full of dirty laundry. Even if you have a lot. Gently toss it in, making sure nothing is wrapped around the agitator (if you have a top-loader).

Now when you need to wash a load of laundry, you’ll know what to do – and understand what you’re doing.

Never store your clothes in plastic bags. It can trap in humidiy that attracts mildew. Use breathable cotton sheets or bags.

A spill or stain doesn’t have to ruin a garment—see our “Stain Removal” section for directions on treating almost any kind of stain.  Check out this link for organic stain removal tips.

Don’t forget brushing your clothes to get the dust and debris off is the easiest way to save trips to the dry cleaner.

This link is so perfect I needed to add it to my site. By Melanie Pinola