Do You Sort Your Laundry Before Washing?

@terri0824 (4975)
United States
June 13, 2007 2:11pm CST
I am from a large family. My mother always sorted her clothes out by color before washing laundry. Granted I only have two daughters, I still sort my laundry before washing it. I sort them out by whites, towels, kitchen towels and rags, darks, lights, greens, reds, and jeans. Actually I have hamber bins for each of the these, which makes it easier when it is time to wash them. I've tried to get my daughters to do the same thing, but they just seem to throw them in the wash altogether. So just curious to know who sorts out their laundry before washing them, or who just throws them in the washer like my daugthers?
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43 responses
• Singapore
13 Jun 07
We sort our laundry as we "dump" them. Everything is messed up and put into the washing machines. Those that have to be hand-washed will be already separated. And we will never put rags together with clothes... how yucky! Though I confess that rags sometimes appear cleaned and smelling good with the rest of the laundry. They must have got in by mistake somewhere and it irks me to no end to think that they may have dirtied the rest of the clothes. We don't rewash them - we just hope the washing powder has been powerful enough. :P
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Thank you for responding lordwarwizard - I am sure the washing powder cleaned the rags with the rest of the clothes just fine, but I agree, yucky when they get mixed in with the other clothes.
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@AmbiePam (45701)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I had a cow when my sister washed my purple shirt with my dad's underwear.
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
14 Jun 07
I bet your dad didn't like having purple underwear to much either.
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@vonne28th (1494)
• Philippines
13 Jun 07
I always sort and check my laundry before washing. By taking time to sort my clothing,i may able to find stains,locate damages and choose the right water temperatures for the different fabrics. And also the whites must not be wash together with the colored clothing so it won't get stained from other colors.
@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
15 Jun 07
Thank you for responding. Yes, I would agree whites and colored clothing does not need to be washed in the same load.
@KatieS (504)
• United States
14 Jun 07
I sort my laundry like this: my colors, my husbands colors, whites, all towels. I do all the laundry and I do all the sorting. My husband won't touch it, by my request. He might do it right, but then I might end up with red socks that used to be white.
@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
18 Jun 07
Yep, I prefer to do my own laudry too!
@dheng30 (88)
• Philippines
14 Jun 07
Hey that not a good thing...throwing clothes in the washing machine? You really have to sort out those clothes... Before i wash i have to separate all clothes from delicate ones to jeans....from white to colored ones.. Sorting your clothes is like caring for it also... Cause there are some clothes that you need to wash separately so that will still look new... Even the dark ones to light ones... there's some clothes that we dont even know lost there colors after washing... I do really make sure its sorted before washing...
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
16 Jun 07
Thank you for your response, I think it best to sort clothes before washing too.
@Sherry12 (2475)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I don't sort clothes as much as I used to. I wash all towels in one load, jeans in a load, then I wash each individuals clothes together. My son and husbands clothes are the same size and I can't tell them apart. So it is easier if I wash theres in separate loads.
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
14 Jun 07
Thank you for responding. It would be easier to tell their clothes apart by doing them in separate loads.
@mamacathie (3930)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Yes, I taught my kids to do the same. Whites, towels and rags, darks, lights, then colors separate that will bleed, then jeans. Just a habit I got into and I feel it is a good habit.
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
14 Jun 07
Mamcathie Thank you for your response. Yes, I agree it is a good habit.
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@Carrie26 (1587)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Yes I sort my laundry before I wash them.I have one hamper for clothes but I sort the lights and darks so I can wash them seperately.I wash my towels together though.I use cold water to wash my clothes with.I wash my towels in hot water .If the towel is new and is a dark towel I wash it by its self at first then I wash it with the other towels after that.I normally like to stick to lighter towels that way I dont have to worry about washing them seperately.But some people give us dark towels as gifts .
@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
14 Jun 07
Thanks for responding, darn those dark towels!
• United States
13 Jun 07
We have two laundry baskets in our room: one for lights, and one for darks. We don't have a whole lot of white clothing, so lights is for whites and light colors, and most of the towels. Jeans go in with the darks, usually. My mom taught me how to sort the laundry when I was about 7 or 8 years old, and I still sort basically along the same lines as she did. Back then, I was sorting laundry for a six person family, and now it's just for two, so we don't have as much to wash.
@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Thank you for your response. I may change some of my sorting out once it is just me to do the laundry for unless I just switch to washing smaller loads.
• United States
13 Jun 07
My wife and I still do when we go do laundry. However, with the advent of Tide Coldwater, we are less inclined to worry about it sometimes because we know that we're washing in cold water and that the colors won't run. We still try to keep certain things away from each other, but for the most part we still sort anyways so it makes little difference. We also have hampers separated into a colors bin and a whites bin, so it makes it easier for us, too.
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Thank you for your response. It does help having separate bins to sort the laundry.
• United States
13 Jun 07
Yes I sort my colors from whites as I bleach my whites. I don't sort them out as much as you do though. To me a color is a color...lol My hubby will just throw everything in together and cause the whites to not be so white. I don't let him do the laundry very often....lol
@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Thank you for your response. I don't blame you for not letting your husband do the laundry to often. I don't let my daughters wash my clothes, when they do their own they just throw them in together.
@bowtieguy (5931)
• United States
3 Jul 07
It dose make things alot eaiser that way.
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
11 Jul 07
Anything to make things easier is a way to go!
@speedy1279 (2670)
• United States
19 Jun 07
Yes, like you my mom always sorted all the laundry by colors. So when I started doing my own laundry many years ago I sorted mine as well. Now I don't have a separate hamper for every different load because I don't have enough room in my house. But I do have two seperate hampers. One for my whites, pinks, purples, and yellows. Then one for all the dark clothes and jeans. So at the end of the week when it is time to do the laundry they are already somewhat sorted out for me. I just have to separate each hamper. I am hoping to be able to teach my kids to follow this method because it saves time and I believe the laundry comes out cleaner this way.
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
11 Jul 07
I have an unfinished basement so I have enough room for the separate bins to sort them in which it makes it nice to know which load to wash. I have tried to teach my daughters this, but I doubt that they ever catch on.
@maehan (1445)
• United States
14 Jun 07
Yap, I have 4 bins, I for kitchen towel, 1 for towels, I for dark color clothing and the last one for white. It safe so much time during washing.
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
11 Jul 07
Having bins to put laundry in so you can already have them sorted before washing the laundry, works very well, that way you know what needs to be washed.
@Marie2473 (8523)
• Sweden
14 Jun 07
Oh no, i sort them. This is what my mom taught me and I stick to it =) However my bf likes to wash it all together and I have been mad many times =)
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
11 Jul 07
Thanks for responding. Sounds like he needs to wash his own and you wash your own, then no one gets mad! ;)
• United States
14 Jun 07
I just dump everything into the washing machine and set it to go. I use cold water to wash so nothing ever bleeds. I know this isn't the way I should wash but with having so many children in my house I have enough loads to do without the extra work involved in seperating. Because Lord knows my children won't seperate when they toss them in the hamper.
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
10 Jul 07
How many children do you have? Are they old enough to do their own laundry? Cold water does help in preventing bleeding of colors.
@tredale (1313)
• Australia
14 Jun 07
Yes I sort washing, I sort colours, towels, work clothes, school clothes, bed linen and still I end up with red socks in with my whites. Though my brother never sorts his washing and this has never happened to him. It is a dying trend sorting and soaking. Its something that isnt done much these days I have friends that throw there towels in with there clothes. I couldnt do this no even if I new I onl had a small wash.lol
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
9 Jul 07
I agree I would like to have more smaller loads of sorted laundry than fewer bigger loads of laundry all mixed together.
@dawnhm6 (48)
• United States
14 Jun 07
I used to be extremely picking with my laundry. There were no less than 11 separate loads I sorted out. Anything red had to washed separatly, all white, mostly white, bath towels, jeans/denim, cleaning rags, greys, light colors, dark colors, bright colors, and work clothes which usually went in two separate loads themselves. Then, I had kids. Then my parents moved in with me because of their health problems. Then, I got married. We have to wash at least 2 loads a day just to keep up. Once, I decided that we were taking break from laundry. I was sick of doing, hubby was sick of getting it all together, kids were sick of putting it away. # days later, I looked in on the basement and really, really regreted it! It would have taken hours just to sort it all the way I normally did. I relaxed my "system" quite a bit after that! Now it's just whites, colors, towels & rags.
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
9 Jul 07
Yes, laundry can quickly add up to a big unsortable pile. That's why now, I am having my 18 year old daughter keep up with her own.
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
14 Jun 07
It depends really if I have enough to sort then I sort them but if I don't then I just throw all of them in the washer at one time. I don't mix towels in with the clothes because they always get those fuzzy things on the clothes but everything else is fine.
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
6 Jul 07
Right now my dryer is broke. So I haven't been sorting my laundry. Just washing a few items at a time, to hang to dry.
@bkfuels (1606)
• Canada
14 Jun 07
I always sort my laundry. I have had too many items wreaked by not having this done. Whites to me are way to important to let something else get in with them. I remember years ago when my mother did laundry she always hung our sheets. there is nothing like a freshly clean sheet that has bee hung out to dry.
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
5 Jul 07
Yes, I agree nothing like fresh clean sheets hung out to dry.
• Philippines
14 Jun 07
I do sort out my laundry. I set aside the whites, the colored, the not so dirty ones and the real dirty ones. We dont go to laundry shops. We wash our clothes thats why its important to sort them out very well before we wash them.
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
3 Jul 07
Always best to sort them out before washing. Thanks for responding.