Did Your College student come home for the holidays with lots of love, gifts and a Bag full of Laundry? Maybe it costs to much in the dorm to do laundry, Maybe it takes too much time to do the laundry, or maybe it’s just too complicated. If this sound familiar, check out 8 common laundry mistakes you might be making. I personally was guilty of making a few of them.
How do you sort your laundry loads? Many opt for a simple light and dark clothing split, but the truth is, it’s best to go a few steps further. Sort by materials as well to get the best clean on all of your clothes. For example, make one load for heavy items like denim, one for lighter items like blouses and delicate clothing, and one for bulky bedding and towels. I also do one load a week of area throw rugs on the hand-wash setting.
Incorrectly Preparing Clothes
As you load the washing machine, give each piece of clothing a once over. Any items with zippers should be zipped up, as the zipper teeth can snag other clothing as they move around in the washer. Keep buttoned shirts unbuttoned, sleeves included to protect the buttonholes. Finally, be sure to check any pockets for pens, lipsticks, and other items that can cause a nasty mess in the washing machine.
Adding Too Much Detergent
Extra detergent means extra clean clothes, right? Wrong! Be sure to follow the instructions of your preferred detergent and keep a close eye on the line as you pour. Excess detergent can cause an accumulation of soap, leaving residue on your clothes and allowing for a potential build-up of bacteria. Or better yet skip the measuring and opt for Sheet Detergent instead. With Sheet detergent you just throw the sheet in the washer, and let it do the rest.
The only thing worse than getting a stain is allowing a stain to set in, which can effectively ruin your clothes. Tackle it right away with Stain Remover Sprayand avoid scrubbing at the new stain—this can cause it to spread and can also wear down the fabric of your garment. Gently blot and work at it from the outside, which will help contain it. Finally, when you wash it, avoid immediately drying without checking the stain’s condition. Once it’s dried, the heat will set the stain and make it much more difficult to remove
I remember the days of traveling home (300 + miles for winter break. Lucky for my parents, space was usually limited, so laundry was never an option for me. In fact, getting the laundry finishes before winter break was more of a priority, after all who wants to have dirty laundry in their dorm room (or the back seat of the car) while your traveling home for the holidays.
As for your college student, perhaps a great Christmas gift would be a Laundry Basket filled with Laundry Essentials.