How to Clean and Do Laundry
How to do Laundry
HOW TO WASH CLOTHES
Time to complete: Approximately 45 mins.
a. Dirty clothes
b. Any liquid laundry detergent
c. A washing machine (connected to power and water)
d. The desire to get the job done
1. Separate clothes.
2. Use dial to start the washing machine.
3. Load machine.
4. Add detergent.
5. Close lid.
Separate the clothes into piles. Here I have piles for 3 separate washes.
1. Light clothes - wash these separately or they will turn gray or, worse, pink
2. Dark clothes - the dye in these clothes tend to bleed onto lighter colored clothes turning them gray or pink.
3. Fragile clothes - guys don't have this pile
1. Turn the dial to set the washing type.
Note: I have set the dial to Heavy wash, 12 minute wash cycle. This really scrubs dirty clothes.
Ladies, most machines have a Gentle setting for your Fragile things.
2. Pull or push to start the water flowing.
Choose one of the piles to wash (remember do not put the cat in the washing machine under any circumstances)
Open the lid and distribute the clothes evenly within the machine.
Measure approximately one capful of laundry detergent.
Pour detergent into the bowl of the machine under the flowing water.
When you see the soap bubbles forming, your job is almost done.
Close the lid.
The washing machine fills with water, scrubs, drains dirty soapy water, fills with water, rinses, drains any remaining dirty soapy water and spins the loose water out of your clothes - ALL BY ITSELF.
It will beep to let you know that the washing is done.
HOW TO DRY CLOTHES IN A CLOTHES DRYER
Drying your clothes in a clothes dryer saves time, but it takes more than just shoving your clothes in and turning the machine on. You need to read the care labels on the clothing and know what kind of heat the fabric can take. Otherwise, you’ll end up with shrunken clothes or damaged fibers. Your clothes won’t last as long, and you’ll end up spending money to replace damaged items.
Shake out each item as you take it out of the washing machine.
Shaking out your stuff before you throw it into the dryer might seem like a waste of time, but this really does help prevent wrinkles and cut down on drying time.
Don’t overload the dryer thinking that you’ll save time — it’ll have the opposite effect. Instead, your clothes will take longer to dry and get more wrinkled because there’s not enough room in the dryer for the clothes to fluff out.
Add a dryer sheet to the dryer — if you didn’t use a liquid fabric softener during the wash cycle.
The dryer sheets not only help to soften your clothes, they also reduce static cling. Note that using dryer sheets on towels can make towels a bit less absorbable, so if that’s important to you, then forgo the drer sheet.
Choose the right setting, or cycle, for your clothes:
Cotton: High heat for towels, jeans, sweats, and other heavy fabrics
Permanent press: Medium heat for synthetic fabrics
Gentle: Low heat for delicate items like lingerie and workout clothes
Air dry: No heat — great for fluffing pillows or refreshing clothes
Remove your clothes from the dryer as soon as possible to prevent wrinkles from setting in.
Shake out your stuff, neatly fold them, or hang anything you want to be wrinkle-free.
How to Clean
Step-by-Step Guide to a Clean House
If you've already removed clutter, dusted, and vacuumed the house and tidied your closets, your bedrooms will be basically done. To finish up, simply:
You’re done! Congratulations.