Kids are now taught in the FACS (in my day called Home Ec that only the girls took) class in junior high how to do laundry. But what I think they miss are some of the nuances that 30 plus years of doing laundry has taught me. So with this in mind I pass on these tips to my boys. Feel free to send to your children (spouse) or cut out and tape in your laundry room!
- Check your pockets. The note that you need me to sign, does not wash and dry well. Your chap stick does not love the dryer as it will melt and put grease stains on all your clothes.
- You should do laundry every couple of days. Don't save it up to do once a month as you will waste your whole day (or two) washing clothes. Don't assume your parents are going to do your laundry for you. We will not live with you for the rest of your life and you do need to know these skills before you leave the nest.
- Don't just throw your clothes on the floor in your room. Dirty clothes go in a basket/hamper/laundry room and clean clothes get put away after they are washed. That is the order of the universe and if you mix it up you are asking for trouble from the laundry gods!
- If it is red, wash it with like colored items until it stops bleeding into other clothes. Or my tip, don't buy red clothes.
- Sort like clothes into loads. Washing jeans and towels works well because they dry at about the same rate. If you use bleach, wash all white clothes/socks/towels together in one load.
- If you mother's clothes are in the washer, don't just automatically throw them in the dryer. Take a minute and ask her what can and can't go in the dryer. You may be surprised at what you find out.
- Don't leave the clothes in the washer for more than a few hours....that is gross and will start to grow mold and your clothes will soon smell like blue cheese.
- Don't leave the clothes in the dryer for more than a few hours. Hang and fold the clothes as soon as possible so that you never have to iron.
- Don't have your socks be in a ball, they won't get clean. They stay a dirty stinky mess unless you un-ball them.
- Make sure each leg of the pants is going in the same direction (I have one son who takes of his pants with one leg always inside out....what is with that?)
- If you have a stain on your clothes, treat it as soon as possible. Don't wash and dry it and then treat it. That is not the natural order. First treat....then wash....then check to see if the stain came out.....if not, go back to step one.....if stain is out, dry.
- When placing clothes in the dryer, fold the load that is already in the dryer, and don't just throw it on the floor or in a basket.
- When using the dryer, empty the lint filter before each load, unless you are working on a lint art project.
- Use the proper amount of soap. Read the bottle for amounts. Watch the original Jodie Foster version of "Freaky Friday" to see what happens when you use too much soap.
- Wash towels at least once a week, because even though you are clean when you get out of the shower, they still need to be washed!
- Wash bed sheets at least once a week, because you are not always clean when you fall into bed at night.
- If washer does not complete the spin cycle for some reason, re-position the clothes and have the spin cycle go again. Please don't put soaking clothes in the dryer for 5 hours.
To Joyful, Simplified Organizing,