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How To Do Laundry At Home

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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:

  1. Separate Whites and Colored Clothing
  2. Wash towels separate from clothes
  3. Wash linens separate
  4. Delicates get washed in gentle cycle or permanent press
  5. Read the label on your clothing, it will tell you if you can machine wash
  6. Hand wash only means just that, hand wash
  7. Hot washing and high heat dry will shrink your clothes
  8. 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.




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7 thoughts on “How To Do Laundry At Home

  1. Hi Candice, like you said for some people the article can be quite interesting. That’s the case with me. I’m good at doing some things but laundry is not one of them. I’m doing laundry occasionally at home but this can be a daunting task for me as I don’t really know the “rules” and managed to destroy some clothing in the process mostly because of the high temperature. Indeed some materials have some negative effect on the skin so we need to be carefull about what we’re wearing.

    1. Most dark clothes can be washed in warm and cool water to prevent ruining them. I hope this article helps you in your daunting task. If you are ever in doubt use cold water on normal cycle then medium to low heat in the dryer. Thanks for the comment Nick.

  2. Although I hate doing laundry, I lived in a third-world country for a couple years where we used glorified buckets as washing machines. Every time I whine about having to move laundry from one fancy machine to another, I try to remember that experience.

    I have a question. I have noticed that sometimes my clothes come out of the laundry with weird spots on them. I think it’s caused by fabric softner, but I don’t know how or why. Do you know anything about this and how to prevent it?

    1. Depends on the spots. Are they oily? Black? Grey? I have not noticed it on my laundry. Is it possible you have hard water? Have you cleaned out your washing machine? The HE washing machines tend to hold water under the drum and would need to be soaked with vinegar and hot water, then drained every 3-6 months. This will prevent mold and mildew buildup. Fabric softener can cling to oily spots on your clothes so that could be it. It’s hard to tell without seeing a picture.

  3. Hi Candice. Thank you for creating such a thoughtful and considerate website. I really enjoyed reading it and will put some of your advice into practice. I will try my best to wash all new clothes before wearing them and I didn’t know that delicates could be washed on permanent press cycle. Thank you for researching this article so well for me.

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