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A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing Your Laundry
December 28, 2018

Living alone on your own entails you to a lot of personal freedom; you are free set your own time, look the way you want to look, and do whatever you want to do. However, not everything is all fun and games, along with these freedoms are the responsibilities you are obligated to deal with.

And one of these many responsibilities is doing your laundry.

Now that you’re living alone, you’ll be responsible for your own stuff. No more running to mom or the family maid to clean up your mess for you.

Doing laundry is one of the most basic skills that you’ll need to learn if you want to live independently. However, if you’re the type of person who never did any chores at home, then you may be a bit lost on what to do. Fear not, as we’ve prepared a step-by-step guide on doing your laundry properly and efficiently.

1) First things first, separate your clothes.

There are two types of clothes that you’ll encounter when doing your laundry:

           Light colored clothes 

-These are usually but not limited to plain white, light blue, light pink, etc.

           Dark colored clothes 

-These are the strongly-dyed ones. They can “share” their dyes, even with just a slight tinge of water and soap.

Obviously, you wouldn’t want to mix these two together unless you’re planning on turning your light-colored clothes into a tropical vacation souvenir.

2) Measure the amount of soap, detergent, bleach, and fabric conditioner that you’re going to use.

You don’t want to overdo it, especially when it comes to the bleach. Doing so will turn your favorite red shirt into an unsightly splotchy pink. The same goes for fabric conditioners, as overusing them will give your clothes too strong of a fragrance and you risk annoying those with sensitive noses.

3) The washing proper.

           Hand wash: 

  1. Remember, wash both types of clothes separately. Once you decide on which one you’d like to do first, submerge the batch in water until the clothes are soaked and then apply the detergent.
  2. Scrub off the stains well, whether you’re working with detergent or a laundry bar, keep your focus on eliminating the stains. Apply bleach if needed.
  3. Once the stains are gone, squeeze out the soapy water from your clothes and submerge them in another container, this time with clean water. Squeeze out the remaining soap.
  4. Submerge the clothes in a third and final container, this time, in water mixed with fabric conditioner.
  5. After a few minutes (time varies depending on the instructions), squeeze out the fabric conditioner liquid.
  6. Hang the freshly laundered clothes to dry.

Rinse and repeat for the other batches of clothes. Make sure to hang the light-colored ones away from the dark-colored ones as the dye can contaminate while wet.

Pro tip: Use hot water for whites and heavily dirtied clothes to aid in the removal of germs. However, note that some fabrics shrink when washed in hot water and it can cause colors to bleed.

 Machine wash: 

  1. Similar to hand wash, except that aside from colors, it’s advisable that you separate your clothes by delicacy as well. When in doubt, check the tags!
  2. Fill the washing machine with water, submerge your clothes, and add the detergent. Add bleach if necessary.
  3. Close the lid and select the appropriate setting and time.
  4. Depending on the severity of the stains, you may need to rinse and spin them again. Within this particular step, you may also add fabric conditioner.
  5. Once your clothes are clean, you can proceed to roll them in the dryers or hang them out to dry.

Pro tip: Avoid repeating the washing process by pre-soaking heavily stained clothes in cold water before washing them. This loosens stubborn stains and saves you valuable time and money.

And that’s just about it! If you’re afraid of messing up, try it out with some old house clothes first, but it’s really not that hard! Whether you’re going to do your laundry via hand wash or machine wash, both are valuable skills that’ll prove useful to you for the rest of your life.

With all of that in mind, you might believe that it’s finally time for you to leave the nest. If you are looking to experience only the best when it comes to quality condos look no further than Torre Lorenzo. Contact us via 86-TORRE (86773) or visit our website at https://www.torrelorenzo.com for more information.

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