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A Perfectionist’s Guide to Doing Laundry

Laundry: you either love it, hate it, or don’t know how to do it. Most of us wish that our moms were still doing it for us. If you follow these tips, your laundry will come out perfect every time, just like when your mom does it.

 

1. Do not mix whites with colors.

There’s a reason this rule is at the top of the list — It’s important. Those of you who do not think it’s necessary to separate by color are fine, but be careful. While your clothes might not turn pink, blue, or yellow over time, your whites will not be as bright as they once were and you will need to buy new white shirts. Spend the extra money on the separate load to save money in the long run.

 

2. Turn clothes inside out

It is important to turn clothing with screen printing or embellishments to protect the letters from peeling, cracking, or fading. This way you will be able to rock your Justin Bieber concert tee for years to come, which is definitely a win in our book.

 

3. Zip zippers, button buttons, tie ties, and check pockets  

This will prevent any snagging of zippers on other clothing, losing of buttons (nobody actually knows how to sew one back on), and the keeping of your sweatshirts and sweatpants drawstrings.

 

4. Wash bras on the delicate cycle

Victoria’s Secret employees may tell you to wash your bras in the sink, but no one has time or energy to do that. Instead, wash your bras on the delicate cycle with cold water, make sure they are hooked, and hang them to dry.

 

5. Wash new, bright clothing separately or with the same color

Ever have your hands turn blue after wearing a new pair of jeans? You wouldn’t want that dye to get on your favorite pink shirt. Wash your new jeans with other jeans the first time to ensure that the dye won’t rub off on other clothing.

 

6. Hang dry delicate shirts

It’s the worst to have a shirt fit the first time and then look like a belly shirt the second time.

 

7. Fold clothes right when you take them out of the dryer

This will prevent wrinkling. If your clothes are still wrinkled, buy a mini steamer. They are life changing (for laundry lovers).

 

8. Do laundry with friends

It doesn’t just make the chore less of a bore, but you can wash all of your bras, delicate clothing, and whites together to save time and money.

 

9. Do laundry often

Once you let your laundry pile up, you will never be able to catch up.

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Kim Flynn

Bryant '19

Fan of puppies and Starbucks. Avid koozie collector. You can usually find me with my shoe untied. 
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