- Pull out any hand wash or delicate items and handle them separately.
- Wash bath towels in their own load, in hot for white and warm for colors.
- Divide remaining items into piles based on color – whites, darks, light colors, and bright colors.
- Sub-divide these: Whites – everything white such as socks, t-shirts, underwear that can be washed on warm or hot water in a normal cycle. Darks – pull out jeans and denim items and place them in their own load. The remaining items should be black, navy, dark purple, brown, and the like.
- Lights – off white and pastel colors.
- Bright colors – red, orange, fluorescent colors.
- Weight should also be taken into consideration. If you wash heavy items in with light weight items, they won’t dry at the same rate and there is a chance that the heavier items could damage the thinner pieces.
While I am incredibly particular about our clothing care, I realize that I cannot follow all those suggestions every single time. So, I’ve come up with some exceptions along with the rules that simply cannot be bent.
- If it says hand wash, then hand wash. There is a reason why the manufacturer recommends this special type of care.
- Sorting by color is really important, especially with new garments. I’ve had a couple pink loads in my years of laundry. I don’t make any exceptions here.
- It won’t hurt to wash your jeans in with your dark clothes. Just remember to zip them up and put any delicate items in mesh bags.
- An occasional white towel might end up with the undergarments but I figure if I wash the load in hot water, it will kill any bacteria and such. But after that I am really set on washing bath towels on their own.
Of course, if any of your pieces are in need of a good dry cleaning, bring them over to one of our A Cleaner World locations.