Laundry is a household chore that no American is stoked about. In fact, 15.25% of Americans hate doing it! So if you make up that percentage, there’s a big chance that you’re a laundry virgin!
Don’t worry, though, you’re not alone, nor are you too late to learn. Follow this laundry-for-dummies guide to find out everything you need to know about doing laundry:
The Separation of the Whites!
The only time it’s okay to separate something based on its color is while doing laundry! In fact, it’s absolutely necessary to do so. When you have a huge pile of dirty clothes waiting to be washed, the first thing you need do is to sort the whites from the colors. You need to create different piles for different colors and run each pile in a different load. Moreover, always run the load for the whites first to eliminate the risk of ending up with beige and pink undies that were once white!
Stains are tricky to deal with. However, if you treat them before you throw them in the washer, you can easily get rid of them. Remember, the quicker you pre-treat a stain, the easier it is to get it out via laundry. In fact, every stain needs to be treated a certain way to make it go away; so make sure you give it the attention it needs before you load it in the washer!
The Main Act!
Now that we’ve separated the whites from the darker colors and have treated stubborn stains, it’s time to run the loads!
Start with getting the water temperature right. This is very important and varies with the type of clothes you want to wash. For instance, you need lukewarm water for lighter colors, and hot water for your linens and towels. The high temperature kills the germs and helps with the cleaning.
As for the other clothes, they usually come with tags that say what the ideal water temperature to wash them with is. In case they don’t, just load your cycle with room temperature water, which is the safest option and prevents clothes from losing color or shrinking.
Some washers come with multiple cycle options. These can confuse first-timers. But don’t worry, if you don’t know which cycles to use, just go with the regular option and you’ll be fine. However, if you must know what the other cycles—such as the perm press—are for, refer to the manual that comes with your machine.
Another thing many first-timers—and even laundry veterans—don’t know and almost always get wrong is load sizes. They cram a huge chunk of clothes in a single load to save money and time. But this is counter-productive. Overloading a washer only results in your clothes not having enough room to breathe in and leaves them dirtier than before! So make sure you run shorter loads when you do laundry next time.
The Dry Spell!
Your work isn’t over yet, buddy! How you dry the clothes will determine if you’ve mastered laundry or not. Make sure you dry your clothes at a not so high temperature, as to avoid shrinkage. However, if that’s too stressful for you, just use the ‘regular temperature’; that’s your best bet!
It doesn’t take much to do laundry, but doing laundry can take a toll on you, especially if you’re a college student in the Big Apple or are working 60 hours a day!
In such scenarios, you need more than a class on laundry. You need a reliable and affordable dry cleaning NYC company!
We, at NY Organic Dry Cleaners, provide you with comprehensive laundry solutions in NYC so you don’t have to worry about it from the start to the finish! We’ll pick it up from your doorstep, wash, dry and fold it, and drop it back to you! We’re open 24/7 so drop by whenever, or just give us a call!