This may be a silly topic for some but for others it will be essential. How to do laundry at home is simple and although it may not be our favorite chore, it’s better than taking out the garbage. If you don’t already have down the basics, here we go:
- Separate Whites and Colored Clothing
- Wash towels separate from clothes
- Wash linens separate
- Delicates get washed in gentle cycle or permanent press
- Read the label on your clothing, it will tell you if you can machine wash
- Hand wash only means just that, hand wash
- Hot washing and high heat dry will shrink your clothes
- Wash all new clothes before wearing
The reason we do not wash dark colors with whites it because the colors may run. Have you ever washed a red shirt with white socks and they came out pink? The white clothes are sometimes harder to keep white and the secret is not bleach! It’s hydrogen peroxide bleaching. Bleach not only has a strong odor but it is very toxic to us. When you read the warning label it will state to be careful with it and not let it get on your skin, so why would you wash your clothes in it?! The assumption is that it has been through the rinse cycle and it’s safe, not true. Using peroxide is a safe alternative to whitening your clothes. Be careful to not use the vinegar in the softener if you are using peroxide as a whitener. I would skip the vinegar and use organic wool dryer balls in your dryer instead.
Washing your delicates should be done in gentle or permanent press because of the material they are made from and some will say hand wash only. Read labels when you are purchasing clothes, if you are not a fan of laundry then you may want to select easy to wash materials like cotton. Silk and satin require hand washing and hanging up to dry. Lycra will shrink so if it fits perfectly in the store, get the next size up. Towels are hardy and can be washed in hot water and dried on high heat, although you may want to use medium heat so you don’t dry the fabric out too much. Drying can break down certain fabrics and they will tear, shred, peel and get rough. Nobody likes a rough bath towel!
The basics are there because many people aren’t taught how to do laundry. My mother taught me at a young age and I teach my daughter young. We should always wash new clothes, the chemicals that are in the fabric can cause allergic reactions on our skin. I never put much thought into it before I learned about the chemicals in the dyes that are in our clothes. Washing them will help eliminate the smell and the reaction your skin will have to these dyes. There are thousands of synthetic chemicals that a large part of the clothing industry. Wrinkle-free, flame retardant, water-proof; all these labels mean that chemicals are used to create this aspect. Victoria Secrets class action lawsuit was over skin irritation from their products that contain Formaldehyde, here is the case information:
I understand how difficult it is to find and buy local organic clothing, I’ve tried but there are precautions we can take to reduce the toxic affect. I hope more people become aware of this and take action.