It’s no secret that doing laundry is a very important life skill. Unfortunately, most of us don’t like it, in fact a lot don’t even know how to do it.
I’ve known people who hate doing laundry so much so that they go and buy new clothes.
Here’s the deal: as much as laundry is important, it is one of the most exhausting, tedious and unexciting chore ever. Not anymore!
Because in this article (we call it “The Ultimate Laundry Guide”), I’ll share with you some of the best resources on web, the best tips, tricks & hacks to help you with laundry & make you a laundry wizard.
This is one of the most extensive collection of laundry resources you’ll ever find on web. Period!
Let’s get started.
Introducing: The Ultimate Laundry Guide
This resource guide is a curated collection of the BEST blog posts and articles from all over the web.
I’ve personally read through each of these resources to ensure that you get most relevant, zero-fluff and only high quality information.
Here’s how you get started: When you click on one of the chapter links below, it will jump you to the desired chapter (without needing to refresh the page).
If you’ve never done laundry before, I suggest you go through each of these chapters one-by-one as the chapters are arranged sequentially.
If you’re a laundry veteran, you may click on to the chapter link you want to read and get started 🙂
Chapter 1: Sorting Clothes For Efficient Washing
Chapter 2: Pre-Treating To Remove The Toughest Stains
Chapter 3: How To Wash Clothes
Chapter 4: Quick & Effective Cloth Drying Tips
Chapter 5: Ironing For Wrinkle-Free Clothes
Most people think that the best way to do laundry is to simply throw their clothes into the washing machine.
Well, you certainly can do that, it’s not the best way to do laundry. After all, you don’t want your white shirt turning red, because you washed your white clothes with your red sweater.
Sorting helps you avoid this. Sorting your clothes before washing ensures that one of your garments doesn’t bleed onto another.
In addition, sorting can protect your clothes from damage and allow for better, efficient washing.
The resources below will provide you some awesome tips on how to quickly sort your laundry.
While sorting your clothes, you may also need to check your clothing labels for the laundry symbols to sort them properly. Why?
These symbols on the care labels of your garment, may seem like some code language, but they give you special instructions to help keep your clothes looking their best for long time.
So, you need to be able to decipher these codes correctly. Don’t worry, the following resources will help you with that.
We suggest you print one of the following & tack it in your laundry room for quick reference.
- Laundry Guide to Common Care Symbols | Textile Affairs
- Guide to Common Home Laundering & Drycleaning Symbols | Textile Affairs
- Washing Symbols Explained | Which
We’ve all done it! From dropping the chili sauce on your favorite jacket to having a leaky pen in your pocket, everybody stains their clothes from time to time.
And usually you can get most of them out of your clothing with a simple wash.
But there are some tough stains that you simply can’t wash off with your normal laundry. They may seem easy to manage, but if not handled correctly, it can damage your clothes and leave a permanent mark.
So how do you tackle them? Pre-treating stains is the way to it. By pre-treating you clothes, you can get rid of even the toughest stains.
Every stain is different and needs to be handled differently, so below I have compiled resources for you to help you remove every type of stain, including the most common ones.
- How to Remove the Most-Annoying Food Stains from Clothes | Food Network
- 10 Worst Food Stains and How to Remove Them | How Stuff Works
- How To Remove Ink Stains From Clothing With No Effort | One Good Thing by Jillee (Must Read)
I’m not going to lie to you. We all are guilty of buying new clothes or wearing the same ones again and again when we run out of clean clothes (especially underwear and socks).
But you may want to learn to wash your clothes instead. As I said earlier, washing clothes is a very important life skill.
Otherwise you would have to buy a new set of clothes every week, or you could end up re-wearing the dirty clothes many times. You certainly don’t want to do that as dirty clothes can accumulate germs which could lead to skin infections.
Fortunately, learning how to wash clothes isn’t as tough as it seems.
There are 2 ways to wash clothes: in a washing-machine or hand-washing, and there are a few different ways to wash different types of clothes (depending on color, fabric, etc.)
Follow the links below and soon you’ll be more than good enough to teach others how to wash clothes 🙂
The next thing to do after you’ve washed your clothes is, obviously, to dry them.
There are 2 ways to dry clothes, in a dryer or air dry. Both have their pros and cons, and you can choose any of them depending on your location and your resources.
Irrespective of how you dry clothes, there are few tips & hacks that can really help you dry your clothes faster.
Here’s one towel trick for you to dry your clothes faster: put down a large, fluffy towel and lay your wet clothing item on top. Roll the towel up with the clothing inside, into a sausage. Now twist it from one end and work your way to the other end, until the entire towel is tightly twisted. This will remove excess water from the garment into the towel. If this doesn’t remove all of the water, repeat this with a dry towel.
Here are some more awesome resources for you.
If washing wasn’t enough, you’re still left with ironing. Although no one’s favorite, ironing is still very much important and needed.
Ironing your clothes can smoothen out the wrinkles and makes them ready to wear. After all, true measure of a clean, flawless look is crisply ironed clothes.
But sometimes without the proper technique, you can make them look even more wrinkled especially if you haven’t ironed before.
There are so many mistakes you can make in this seemingly easy task, you can burn yourself or even damage your garment.
Below are some awesome tips to help your ironing go as smooth & quick as possible, and common mistakes you can make unknowingly and how to avoid them altogether.
This laundry guide wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t tell you quick and easy ways to fold all your fresh washed clothes and properly organize them into your closet.
So many of us have a tendency to leave those freshly laundered clothes on the bed, on the floor, on the chair, or simply stuff them into the closet or the drawer. Isn’t it true?
But that’s not how you should keep you clothes.
You should always keep your clothes properly folded. Learning to fold your clothes properly will help you keep them wrinkle free and your room clean and organized!
In fact, a proper fold will not only save you lots of space but will save your clothes from early wear and tear.
Below I share best resources to help you learn how to fold different types of clothes, and some ninja folding and organizing tips. Keep reading:
- How To Fold Clothes (Infographic) | Find Laundromat Near Me (Must Read)
- How To Fold Clothes | wikiHow
- 7 Mezmerizing GIFs that Demonstrate the Best Ways to Fold Your Clothes | Apartment Therapy
- 21 Genius Ways To Organize Your Closets And Drawers | TipHero (Must Read)
- 15 Closet Organization Ideas You'll Want to Steal Immediately | House Beautiful
If you’re wondering what the use of vinegar in laundry is, here’s the truth: Vinegar is one of the best things you can use in the laundry room. Professional laundry folks will tell you this is the secret sauce of laundry.
Vinegar, the multi-purpose liquid mainly used in the kitchen, finds many uses in laundry.
Vinegar can help you pre-treat stains, brighten clothes, kill odor, naturally soften clothes and a lot-lot more. It’s one of those things that you should always have in your laundry room.
Check out the resources below to see how you can use Vinegar in your next laundry cycle.
PS: These awesome tips will make you a laundry wizard. So it’s time to cast your spell 🙂
- Top 10 Uses of Vinegar in the Laundry | The Spruce
- 18 Ways to Use Vinegar in the Laundry That Will Surprise You | Expert Home Tips
- How to Remove Laundry Stains With Vinegar | The Balance
- How to Clean An Iron With Vinegar and Baking Soda | Thrifty and Chic
The cost of energy of washing your clothes and drying a load of them can seem next to nothing, but these costs can quickly add up over time. Especially if you are part of a large household that requires you to wash multiple loads per week.
This increased usage of energy also affects our environment, both directly and indirectly.
So, it’s of importance to know different ways to cut down on energy costs and help save the environment.
Because when you save energy, you not only save money but also reduce the demand for natural resources and lower the emissions into the atmosphere.
The following resources will provide you tips to save energy (and money) in the laundry room. By following these measures you can also do your bit in protecting our environment.
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