I’m sure none of you need me to tell you how to do your laundry…but what about how to do your laundry better? Here are some “why didn’t I think of that earlier”, low-effort tips that will elevate your laundry routine from being a basic bitch to Queen Bey, without buying any fancy gadgets or doodads.
Separate lights and darks
Segregation works shittily for humans, but fantastically well for clothes. It stops obvious dye bleeding. It also lets you treat the clothing Heat and harsh treatment gets rid of colour, which is what you want with lights and what you want to avoid with darks.
Zip up zippers before washing
Zippers should always be closed before you put them into the wash. Plastic zippers will get warped from all the swishing, and metal zippers will scrape against your other clothes.
Don’t cram the washing machine
It’s tempting to shove as much clothing into a single load as possible, but resist the urge – your clothes need space to move and shake off the dirt. Your crammed clothes won’t get clean and you’ll have to do two more loads.
You don’t need as much detergent as they recommend
Newer washing machines use less water than old ones, so they also don’t need as much soap. 1/8 to 1/2 of what’s recommended is enough, and using too much can leave stiff buildup on your clothes.
Use vinegar to get rid of that damp smell
We’ve all been there – when you run a load of laundry and you get distracted by a Wikipedia trail or a Buffy marathon, then you open your washing machine a day later and you’re hit in the face by a cloud of funk that won’t go away despite 3 rewashes. Get rid of the smell quickly by running it through the laundry with 2 cups of white vinegar. (Also, set a timer on your phone for when your laundry’s done!)
Dry clothes in the shade
Dryers are hard on clothes and colours. You know all that lint in the lint screen? That’s your clothes going threadbare. Only dry things you don’t care about in the dryer (socks, undies, ratty old rags). The sun also fades colours – only put white items in the sun, everything else should stay in the shade (unless, of course, you’re going for that sun-faded vintage look). Gently pull clothes into shape while drying and you’ll also save yourself some ironing work!
Now go forth and chore it like it’s hot!