Dear Home-Ec 101,
I’m a guy so I’m sure this sounds like a dumb question. I don’t do separate loads of whites and colors because my laundry consists of whites for underwear and work out clothes. It seems such a waste to use that much water for so few whites.
Yea, I’d like the whites to be bright but I’ve used a couple of these color-safe bleaches and it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Thus, I heard by adding hydrogen peroxide to your laundry – colors and whites together – will help.
There are no dumb questions, just dumb guys. Just kidding, it makes me absolutely giddy when guys come and ask us questions. It hopefully means the site isn’t so deadly dull and preachy that even people that don’t dig housework come and read anyway.
I don’t sort my laundry by color, I sort it by type of fabric. I use Shout Color Catcher. The thing that makes whites dingy when you wash them with colors is the dye from the colors running slightly. The Shout Color Catcher catches those dyes so the whites don’t pick up any color.
As far as brightening whites, I like OxiClean. It works with both colors and whites, so if you’re not sorting by color, you’re cool.
Many washing machines have a setting for smaller loads, so if you really would like to wash your whites separately, you can without worrying about wasting water. Even so, it is a big waste of time if you ask me.
Here’s my laundry sorting technique: Jeans, towels, permanent press, everything else. Jeans go by themselves because they’re usually pretty funky, and because they are a heavier weight than the rest of the clothing. I think it saves wear and tear on everything else if you wash jeans by themselves. Towels go by themselves because using fabric softener on them reduces absorbency. I use fabric softener on everything else, though- I dig how it makes everything smell. Permanent press clothes go by themselves because it is imperative that they are hung up right away to save ironing. The everything else part is self-explanatory.
Not everyone will agree with my laundry sorting technique- as a matter of fact, if my mom’s out there reading the site, she’ll have a heart attack because she taught me to sort by colors, but I just think that makes you have to do more loads, and I’m all about saving time.
Home-Ec’ers, what is your laundry sorting technique? We’d love to hear about it!
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