Homeschool Teens

A Beginner’s Guide to Laundry


Once out of the house, mom isn’t there to help you with your laundry. The clothes that magically got clean for you, must now be washed for you. Trust me, it’s a harsh reality we ALL face, but no worries, with a little practice, you’ve got this!

Today we are going to learn how to clean our clothes, keep them the same color and size.

Here is the laundry infographic – print it, download, keep it around for a quick reference when needed.  If you want the details, see below.

Beginner's Guide to Laundry

So, first things first,

Seperate your clothes.

Dark colors, Light colors, Whites, Red color family (red, orange and pink clothes) And I do towels and jeans separately also.

As you sort your clothes:

Clean out all the pockets and make sure all zippers are zipped and buttons are buttoned – less chance of a snag.

When putting clothes in the washing machine, you can create a small load (1/4 of the washer filled), a medium load (1/2 the washer filled) or a large load (3/4 filled).  Make sure you pick the right size load so your clothes get washed well, but no water is wasted.

If you have a front load washer, load before you add detergent.  If you have an old school top load washer, start the washer, add the detergent and when it looks mixed up good (about ½ full) add your clothes.

Washing white clothes: do you need to bleach the clothes?  If so, add that to the dispenser.  If your machine doesn’t have a dispenser, mix it with washing water before adding clothes as well.

GENERAL Washer setting:

White clothes: Use WARM water.

Colored Clothes: Use WARM water.

Dark Clothes: Use COLD water.

Dryer: medium heat with a high heat finish.

SWEET TIP:  If you lay your clothes out straight, fresh from the dryer – still super warm – you can say goodbye to your iron! SCORE! 😊

Are there any laundry tips you would give a newbie to doing laundry?




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