Laundry Quandaries
Real Simple|April 2019
Laundry Quandaries

Definitive Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions About the Wash

Kate Rockwood

Do I really need to sort my laundry?

“In a word, yes. If you throw white T-shirts, lingerie, jeans, and towels into the same load, you could wind up with dye transfer, lint, pilling, and even snags and holes. Sorting laundry really isn’t so hard, especially if you presort with separate hampers or a hamper with divided sections. Designate one hamper or section for whites, one for dark colors, one for light colors, and one for dry-clean-only items. Then, when you’re ready to wash, sort those color piles by fabric type, so you’re washing heavy jeans or lint-producing bath towels separately from blouses, dress slacks, and underwear. This lets you use the correct water temperature and keep drying times simple, instead of frying your T-shirts in order to get your towels dry. Finally, anything that’s heavily soiled—especially with ground-in dirt or an oily stain— should be washed separately, to prevent odors or dirt from transferring.”

MARY MARLOWE LEVERETTE, LAUNDRY AND HOUSEKEEPING EXPERT AT THE SPRUCE, AN ONLINE RESOURCE FOR HOME CARE TIPS

Sweat stains are destroying my T-shirts. Help!

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April 2019