LAUNDRY HINTS

So fresh and so clean

You've overslept, and you have eight minutes to get to class. The race is on: you paw frantically through your drawers and shove your clothes to one end of the closet. You are dumb out of luck-everything you own is either dirty with stains or wrinkled. Diaster? No way!

What you wear is important: it forms a statement. We're all judged on the basis of first impressions, and our clothing is a big part of that. Plus you don't want to be the 'smelly kid' in class.

Keeping your clothes in good condition can be easy once you know the basics.

Sorting Your Laundry

A few things in college are a guarantee. You are going to sleep through at least one exam, you'll have one night (or more) where you drink way too much, and you'll wash something red with your white underwear and come out with a load of pink undies.

Want to keep whites white and colors bright? Take the time to sort your laundry before you dump it into the washing machine!

WHITES

  • Be sure to was whites only with other whites. To qualify for the "white" load, there can be no color on the article of clothing-not even a red stripe on a white t-shirt.

COLORS

  • Wash colored clothing with other colored clothing of the same intensity
    • Wash light-colored clothing with other pieces of light-colored clothing.
    • Wash darks (including jeans) together.

    If you are really having a rough time with this whole sorting thing try Lundermac to find some more in-depth information.

    REMOVING STAINS

    It is essential that you treat stains before you do the laundry.

    Blood

    • Sponge the stain with cold water.
    • Soak the stain with Hydrogen Peroxide.
    • When the foaming stops, rinse the stain with cool water.
    • Wash as usual.

    Chewing Gum

    • Rub the gum with a tablespoon of peanut butter until the gum begins to wear off.
    • Wash as usual.

    Ketchup

    • Soak stained area in cool water overnight.
    • Work powdered detergent into stain.
    • Rinse with cold water.
    • Wash as usual.

    Ink

    • Pour cold water on stain until no more color comes out.
    • Mix detergent and lemon juice together and pour it onto the stain.
    • Leave the mixture on the stain for 5 minutes.
    • Wash as usual.

    Soda

    • Sponge immediately with alcohol (not the drinking kind. Vodka won't help with this. Unless the stain is really bad and it is your roommates shirt) diluted with one half water
    • Rinse
    • Wash as usual

    There are some great stain removing tips on the Tide web site. There are tips, advice and (a-ha!) coupons.

    CHOOSING THE WATER TEMPERATURE

    The wrong water color is what makes your favorite shirt turn pink when washed with that one red sock. Choose your water temperature (and sort) carefully and you'll have no problems.

    White Shirts

    • Hot water wash, cold rinse.

    Colored Fabrics that bleed and Wool

    • Cool water wash, cold rinse.

    Synthetic and Elastic Fabrics

    • Warm water wash, cold rinse.

    DETERGENT, FABRIC SOFTENER AND DRYING

    All of your laundry knowledge has come to this. It is just you and the machine. I can do no more. Take all you have learned and make me proud. And please-if you see any guys walking around with pink shirts please tell them about this Web Site.

Detergent

  • Being in college you should be on the hunt for the cheapest detergent on the shelf. I really like the smell of Gain and it is pretty cheap too. Pour a whole capful into the lid and pour it onto your clothes (while they are in the washing machine).

Fabric Softener

  • There are two basic kinds of fabric softener. You can add a liquid form (i.e. Downey or Snuggle) during the Rinse cycle or you can toss in a dryer sheet while your clothes are in the dryer. If prefer the later.

Drying

  • The dryer is the big machine next to the washer. Make sure you clean the lint filter before you start the dryer. It is usually a screen and is typically on the top of the dryer or on the inside of the door.
  • It is best not to dry any very delicate items.
  • Transfer the clothes from the washer to the dyer.
  • Enter the amount of time you want to dry your clothes.
  • Enjoy! So now that you realize all of the work that is involved in your laundry, you might want to wear those jeans just one more time.

LAST UPDATED: MARCH 13 2002
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