I made the mistake of leaving my clothes in the wash too long…long enough for someone else to lend a helping hand…a helping hand that totally torched my clothes in the dryer…
I know this kind of makes me sound/look like this…
But seriously… most people will just separate the colors and the whites, which is a great start…HOWEVER you may want to learn from several of my mistakes…
1. Wash jeans inside out. The denim won’t bleed onto the other clothes AND the color won’t fade.
2. Always, ALWAYS, ALWAYS HAND WASH BRAS!!!!!
3. Don’t always Dry Clean. It’s expensive and the chemicals aren’t great for your health. It’s best to dry clean when either a) it says DRY CLEAN ONLY (duh), or b) when washing the item may alter size, color, or texture. Consider the cost and fabric of the item, and if you’re feeling brave try a hand wash.
4. Tumble Dry. Low. This is really what I mean by don’t fry your clothes. For towels and sheets that carry a lot of bacteria high temperatures are absolutely necessary. Other than that you’re just fading the crap out of your clothes.
I usually follow the 1/2 and 1/2 Method..That is tumble dry your clothes on low for about 20 minutes and hang until dry. This will also take out some of the wrinkles. It can also work vice versa, depending on how much time you have..
5. The gentle cycle is A LIE. Don’t use the machine.. hand wash.. use those muscles!
6. Further to the above, sorting your clothes is important. Read the labels if it says warm wash, DO IT. I also like to wash according to style or usage. Jeans with Jeans, towels with linens, work/dress clothes..you get the picture.
7. Air dry (not in the sun) or dry flat whenever possible.
8. Don’t overwhelm your dryer…The more clothes you shove in there, the less drying that will get done.
Although it all sounds time consuming (it is), why spend the time looking for the perfect outfit if it’s never going to last ? The best way to keep your $3.50 forever 21 tank from shrinking is to simply take a sec to follow the tag guidelines. It’s not a deal anymore when you’ve bought the same shirt 7 times…