I want to know about your dirty laundry!!!!!!!

@Debs_place (10525)
United States
December 17, 2007 9:05pm CST
I went to the laundromat this evening, not a regular event for me, but I needed to wash some big blankets and my machine and dryer are just too small. Ok, I am watching people come in with huge amounts of laundry and dumping it into 4, 5, up to 8 machines. Now they are not sorting it at all lights, darks, blues, whites, reds, towels, jeans, underwear, sheets all in the same washing machine. Do you sort your laundry? Do you do reds with reds, blacks with darks, and whites with whites? How do you wash those shirts that are red, green and white?
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• United States
18 Dec 07
They make tide for cold water washing. You can wash whites and colors together in cold water. This everyone knows about laundry. I don't know anyone who seperates undies from the regular wash. I don't take my undies to any public washer. My daughter and I use calgon laundry bar to wash them out in the shower. This is just too personal to take in the wash house. I have my own washer at home. When I am washing for someone else I will take my daughters school clothes to wash as well. Jeans and shirts go in one machine. All whites go in another and white socks go in another machine. This is due to all the extra washing for the socks.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
19 Dec 07
See, you do some sorting, even if only whites and socks...these people just dumped their stuff.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
18 Dec 07
Since I am a male, sorting laundry is beyond my present capability. Anyway, I wouldn't have enough whites to make a load and I hate to waste water and detergent. So, for the sake of the environment, and global warming, (are you reading this Al?), I pretty much throw it all in the same load. Even with bleach, the whites do not come thouroughly clean, as shown on TV. If I have a new garment that is colorful, then I might do it seperate or do only dark colors. I have acess to front loading machines and can do blankets and large items. I just washed a sleeping bag the other day. It was a fun experience dong it right in your own home and not having to drive to the laundro-mat. I have had good luck with not contaminating whites with darker colors. Eight machines going at once? Yikes, who can keep track of that?
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
19 Dec 07
Sigma, if I would have said that about your limited capabilites as a male, I would be banned as being sexist. And some males can sort. my husband can do, so you can not put down all males for this task. Are front loaders that much bigger then top? I thought they pretty much had the same capacity.
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
19 Dec 07
I don't know the difference between a top load and front load as far as getting things cleaner. They do seem to be about the same size. I can usually sort the laundry, but that may not be up to standards set by others. It should not matter who does what in a household.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
18 Dec 07
Yep I do sort by colours and fabrics, but I"m flexible :) I"m will not panic if by mistake I washed my green sweater with the purple load :) I am careful with delicates, however and a little less flexible with those. JUst because experience thaught me not to play with them. I try not to wash light colors with dark colors unless it's something I don't mind if it comes out a bit to the multicolor side :) Clothes that have more than one color , well it depends. I either choose by the predominant color or just put them together with similar colors.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
19 Dec 07
That is pretty much the way I do laundry. A lot of delicates I prefer to wash in a bag..so they get even more delicate treatment.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
19 Dec 07
Yes, I do that too sometimes :)
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
18 Dec 07
When I used to live in an apartment I have seen it a lot. I was wondering if the are thinking. I always sort my laundry. I am crazy about proper laundry. I sort towels and bedding from clothes. Colors are light and dark. White are only with withes. I am crazy about white color, so white needs to be pure white....
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
19 Dec 07
Yes, whites should be white or at least a reasonable facsimile. Where I work, the guys are developmentally disabled and one of them does all of the laundry, he does the dump method. All of their 'white' t-shirts and socks are strange non-describable color.
@estherlou (5017)
• United States
18 Dec 07
Most of our clothes are t-shirts for work and slacks. We've never really cared about sorting. All of my clothes get dumped in together, even the undies. Now, towels go by themselves because they are so heavy and hold so much water, they take longer to dry. Linens go by themselves. And hubbies work clothes go by themselves. Other than that...not too picky. Now, if I have a brand new red t-shirt, I probably won't put it in with my white undies.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
19 Dec 07
You take towels out, they were just dumping and huge amounts of laundry. I come in there to use one machine and there is a line of machines...but people come in and fill up a whole bunch of machines. I realize that it is faster to wash and dry everything at once, but when you have 5 or 6 machines drying at the same time, some clothes have to sit there and get wrinkles plus they used all of the laundry carts that were available as they held stuff waiting to be folded.
@zichen3 (134)
• China
18 Dec 07
In winter, I do not like to wash my clothes, it's too cold, when my finger touch the water, I'm tremble. My father do not allow me bring my clothes to the laudromat, because he think that the washerwomen always use Formalin to wash the clothes, the Formalin is harmful to health. So I must wash my cotton-padded clothes by myself. You know the clothes are not so easy to dry, so the clothes are little moist, I put them into house, or put in in my bed, and than turn on the electric blanket, that is a good way to dry my clothes, or I'v no idea.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
19 Dec 07
Is Formalin like formeldahyde? I thought it was an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal type chemical and would be good to use, especially in winter.
@zichen3 (134)
• China
20 Dec 07
Formalin is formaldehyde, Formalin is a kind of preservative. And it's not good for health. Formaldehyde is not good for health, too. Formaldehyde exsit in the new built house, smell bad.
@leeesa (885)
• United States
18 Dec 07
I sort by darks, reds and whites. If the reds are old and I don't have enough for a single load, I'll add them to my darks. I've never had anything bleed. I only sort the whites because I wash them in hot water. Anything that's new and dark or red, I wash separately the first time.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
19 Dec 07
That is not unreasonable, it you are one person, sometimes there may not be enough delicates for their own load or as you said, you wash the reds with the darks.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
18 Dec 07
i always separate my laundry and i never want to mix the white color clothes with the coloured ones... otherwise, the white ones will be ruined... i always do my own laundry and never been to a laundrymat before...
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
19 Dec 07
Never been to a laundromat - you have not missed anything. I am not compulsive about sorting but lights and darks is an absolute minimum.
@Samanthavv (1386)
• United States
18 Dec 07
I don't go to the laundry mat, but I do sort my laundry! Otherwise I tend to end up with pink and purple looking whites! And that really sucks. Especially if you paid a lot for the clothes in the first place. I sort my clothes by lights, darks, and baby. Pretty self-explanatory. My daughter gets her clothes washed seperately in a special detergent so she dosen't get rashes or break out. But I don't have to sort her clothes out between colors, because almost everything is pink, white or light purple. Pretty much all pastel colors. Ever since I started sorting my clothes this way, I've never had them bleed.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
19 Dec 07
Yes, baby clothes should be done separately, the special detergent helps with those nasty stains that the clothing can get.
@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
19 Dec 07
It all goes it regardless of color. Yes I put reds and whites together and I don't care. Sure the odd sock will have a pink hue but it doesn't bother me cause it isn't stinky or caked with mud so it is all good. Reason is I have one washer and have to do laundry every day cause I can't stand seeing more then a load or two in the hamper so I have to do it. My washer has one setting which is full so I always fill it no matter the color or material.
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