How To Wash Clothes
Okay, so here you are, out on your own for the first time in your life, and you have no idea how to wash clothes. Instead of paying a visit home for the sole purpose of having your mother do your laundry, put on your big-boy pants, gather up all your dirty clothes, and figure out how to wash them yourself.
- Have enough money. If you’re using coin-operated machines, gather the money in the coin denominations you’ll need. You’ll probably have at least three loads, so triple the combination of washer-dryer coinage.
- Bring detergent. Some laundromats have it, but you won’t have choices, so go to the grocery or discount store and choose one you like. If you remember what your mom used, that’s probably a good one. If not, discretely sniff the contents and choose one with a fragrance you like.
Separate the clothes. Make three piles—one for whites, one for darks and one for sheets and towels. If you don't want people tripping over your smelly clothes, do this before you leave home and put the clothes in separate containers.
- Follow the directions on the washers. This involves putting the clothes into the machines, measuring some detergent, pouring it in, and feeding it some coins. The machine will do the rest.
- Dry the clothes. After the clothes have finished their wash cycle, transfer them from the washers to the dryers. Choose the appropriate heat setting. Remember, the hotter the setting, the faster they’ll dry, but they’re also more likely to shrink. Feed the coins into the machine and step back.
- Fold the clothes. As soon as the dryer cycle ends, you’ll want to remove the clothes if you don’t want them to be a wrinkled mess.
- Advanced clothes-washing involves using bleach and fabric softeners. Only bleach white clothes. Bleach will lighten everything else. Fabric softener sheets will help prevent static cling, but if you don’t find it in the dryer, you’re likely to discover them hiding out in your pockets later.
Washing clothes isn’t a fun task, but it’s necessary if you don’t want to smell. Now that you’re an expert on how to wash clothes, you can multitask and use this time to catch up on your reading.