It's probably your first time away from home or living alone, and one of the "adult" things you need to learn about is laundering your clothes. Of course, it's easy to just throw everything in the washer and sprinkle or pour your detergent all over. However, you will surely regret this once you notice some bleeding from your red socks onto your favorite white shirt.
To protect your clothes (especially your investment pieces) from damage or unwanted dying, make sure that you properly sort your garments and use the appropriate cycle type and water temperature for each set.
There are three different ways for you to sort your clothes:
1. Sort by color
This is most commonly done to prevent bleeding from one garment to another, and this sorting method can be further subdivided into whites, lights, darks, jeans, and delicates.
Whites obviously refer to all your white garments; nevertheless, ensure that this pile includes only those that are made of sturdy cottons, which can withstand normal agitation on a warm or hot cycle. If the fabric is too delicate and you want to keep it from any harsh agitation, stack that specific garment with the "delicates" category, which typically includes lingerie.
Lights and darks are also pretty self-explanatory. Gather all your clothes with pastel-like colors, and separate them from the blacks, grays, reds, navies, and dark purples. Lastly, jeans are anything made with denim material.
2. Sort by fabric
This technique is especially useful if you want to separate the "lint-givers" from the "lint-receivers. Finding your black clothes with white lint or vice versa can be one of the most annoying things to deal with. Although this can easily be solved by lint rollers, it's still best to stop this from happening right at the onset.
You can also base the assortments on fabric weight. Lighter garments typically dry faster. If you put them on the same load as the heavier clothes, this could mean over-drying for the lighter fabrics. It's also stressful on the fibers, so they become more prone to damage.
3. Sort by dirtiness
If you have clothes that are too soiled or heavily stained, it's best to separate them from garments that don't have much dirt on them. Filthier clothes usually require a longer, heavy-duty, or special cycle to successfully get rid of the dirt or stains. This can be unnecessarily harsh on the items that don't really need deep or cleaning, not to mention that it risks damage on the fabric as well.
Taking care of your clothes means doing your laundry properly. If you skip the very simple step of sorting your garments, you make your clothes easier to get worn out. Moreover, by segregating your garments before washing, you can be able to use your favorite items for a long time and maximize the money you have spent on them especially on your investment pieces.