How to do Laundry
You’ve pushed it off long enough, it’s finally time to learn how to do laundry. You might have fears that when you open up the washer you’ll find a white shirt that’s now pink or a large t-shirt turned into a small after just one dryer load. Don’t worry. BDS Laundry Systems is here to help walk you through doing your laundry with just a few easy steps.
Avoid the risk of turning your white shirts pink by properly separating clothes into different piles – lights, darks and delicates.
- Lights can be anything from white clothes to pastels.
- Darks need to be separated from lights because they tend to bleed colors.
- Delicates are any lace, silk or satin garments.
- Pro Tip: It’s also smart to separate clothes that tend to attract and create lint. Lint creators are sweatshirts, towels, flannel clothes while lint attractors tend to be nylon blouses and microfibers like men’s and women’s athletic gear.
It’s also smart to prep clothes before throwing them in the washer in dryer – make sure to unbutton shirts and pants, unroll cuffs and tie drawstrings to avoid these from snagging in the washer or dryer.
Alright you made it past separating your clothes – that can be a pain – now on to the wash. The most important thing to remember is not to overload the washing machine – fill to about 80 percent with your clothes. You can let water come into the machine as you add detergent allowing it to mix around before throwing your clothes in the washer. Choose the small, medium or large cycle depending on the size of your load.
- Light clothes should be washed with hot water – this also includes heavily soiled items to remove bacteria.
- Dark clothes should be washed with cold water to avoid color bleeding.
- You can also use cold water along with the delicate or gentle wash cycle to clean delicates.
The first thing you absolutely must do before even placing your clothes in the dryer is removing and cleaning the lint screen. A dirty lint screen is a fire hazard and will affect dryer performance. Next, add a few items at a time to avoid clothes from clumping in the dryer causing wrinkles. Finally select the dryer cycle – you can choose from high or low heat settings or tumble dry which doesn’t use heat – check the label of your clothes to find the recommended dry setting. After the cycle ends it’s important to fold or hang your clothes quickly to avoid wrinkles.
All clothes, towels, cloths and any other garments have a label with washing instructions you can follow. But the rules are certainly not set in stone. However, knowing how to at least read the label is helpful. Here’s a helpful guide detailing all of the different symbols you’ll see on a label.