I’ve done laundry 101 ways.

Seriously, from baby clothing, stinky athletic uniforms, school uniforms, dress clothing, gardening, swimming, towels, linen, underclothing and more.

Here’s what I recommend:

Jeans together.

Blacks together.

Reds together.

Towels together.

And everything left over can be sorted like this:

Lightweight items of similar fabrics together.

Mediumweight items of similar fabrics together.

Heavyweight items of similar fabrics together.

Or…if you only have the time/energy to take care of your own laundry, then you can sort laundry by person.

Toss your stuff into one load (except the black or red items, which you can toss in together.)

Why separate black and red items out of your other clothing loads?

Blacks are a pain to have to remove the lint that lands on it from other lighter colored clothing you washed it with.

And, red dye will transfer to other fabrics.

Special Note:  This transfer of red dye is especially true when the red clothing item is left in the washing machine sitting on other colored fabrics. Remove red fabrics immediately after washing.

Washing black and red items together is okay. I mean, can red really ruin a black shirt? Be sure to keep reading for additional instructions on washing black and red items, to make sure you get the best results.

Water settings you can use for the best results:

Wash towels in warm water.

Wash whites in hot water.

Wash everything else in cold water. (Believe it or not, some items come out crispier cleaner when cold water is used! Ever rinsed your dishes with cold water? Try it out!)

Heat fades clothing, so you can preserve the color of the clothing using cool water AND by turning the item inside out for the wash and dry cycles. This is especially true for those red and black fabrics.

UMMM…but I don’t care if it fades!

I don’t turn anything inside out, and instead turn clothing so the rightside is on the outside BEFORE it goes into the washing machine.

Because by the time the laundry is in the dryer and I have to fold, I’m most likely going to get to a point where I’m tired of folding and hanging, so I don’t want any extra steps to take…like turning clothing rightside out. I can fold and hang faster when clothes are already turned the correct way before I wash them.

Got a tough stain?

You can skip purchasing another cleaning product like stain/spot remover and instead save your cash and product storage space by following the instructions below.

By the way, I learned this trick from a friend and was AMAZED. She completely salvaged a chocolate-fiasco-stained towel of mine.

First, don’t dry the fabric!  And, if you’ve already dried the fabric, then oh well, go ahead and try this stain removing trick instead:

Pour liquid detergent directly onto the stain. Like, a lot of it. Soak it with detergent really good. Let the stain sit with the detergent on it for as long as you possibly can before needing to toss it into the washing machine.

After you wash it, check for the stain. If the stain is lighter but still there, don’t throw the washed, but still stained item into the dryer. Give the stain another douse of detergent directly on the stain. If it’s not out by the next wash…well, you can move onto bleach. But read the directions on the bleach to decide which bleach won’t take the dye out of your clothing.

okay… off you go to keep your laundry fresh and clean!