Blacks/Coloreds mixing with Whites.

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    Oct 26, 2011 3:48 AM GMT
    I try to simplify the household laundry without sacrificing quality. I have a few basic separations:

    -Whites
    -Colored shirts, underwear & socks (I separate the underwear & socks from the shirts if there's a lot to do)
    -Jeans & Trousers (I separate denim from khakis & dress slacks if needed)
    -Bedding
    -Towels & Washcloths

    I wash whites in warm water, colored clothes & pants in cold water, bedding & towels in hot water. I add bleach to the bedding and whites.

    Some tips: Use a scoop of oxygen cleaner with every load. The generics use the same ingredients as Oxyclean, so buy generic and save money. It has to be dissolved in hot water before dumping the solution into the wash if you're washing in cold water (I keep an old jar & lid for this purpose). Don't use fabric softener on towels, because it will inhibit their soaking ability. They're soft enough as it is.

    It's been my experience that the temperature of the wash cycle is more critical to preventing clothes shrinkage than the drying cycle. The colder the water, the less your clothes will shrink (but the less clean they get, too). Luckily, neither of us get particularly dirty, so it's not much of a problem.

    Also, watch the amount of detergent you use, particularly if you use an ultra-concentrated detergent. The manufacturers put the same size caps on the concentrated detergents as they do the regular ones in an effort to get you to use too much. We tend to use way too much detergent when we do laundry; it doesn't take much. If your clothes start to feel "gunky," it's usually detergent build-up. On your next cycle, wash your clothes with three squirts of Dawn dish soap instead, and it will strip the detergents off your clothes. Just be sure not to use too much, or your machine will suds over.

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    Oct 26, 2011 10:41 AM GMT
    I think the only time it really matters is with new clothes because the dye in them rinses out and gets all over your other clothes.
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    Oct 26, 2011 4:54 PM GMT
    I do whites, synthetics, and everything else.
    Yeah, my socks NEEDZ some bleach. (And sometimes the sheets do too.)
    Sometimes in the winter (when I actually wear much) I separate light and heavy "everything else."

    I've spent some time in a small town in Spain, where even the kids in jeans and Tee-shirts have blazingly white, sharply pressed Tee-shirts. After a couple of weeks, the hotel staff (without asking) started doing my laundry when I was out working. I guess I was dragging down the town average or something. Anyway, I had an assortment of colored cotton briefs, and a couple of white ones. It took me a while to notice that something was odd...besides having all of my normally limp clothes starched and pressed. Then I noticed that some of my "white" briefs were stitched together with yellow or red thread... They had bleached every last bit of color out of those shorts! I can't imagine what the thought-process behind that was.
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    Oct 26, 2011 5:02 PM GMT
    running11 saidi thought this was going to be about making mixed babies and that made me very excited icon_smile.gif


    Mixing babies?

    Quite tasty, so long as you purée them long enough in the Cuisinart (blender).
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    Dec 07, 2011 5:17 AM GMT
    Iceblink saidI'm not much of a launderer. At the end of everyday I take off my clothes at the washer and drop everything in, no sorting. Whenever it is full, I start the washer using Xtra Detergent- that really cheap stuff you get at Big Lots.


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    Dec 07, 2011 5:36 AM GMT
    Because my washer is from the 1940s.

    And because I don't want my whites to get dyed pink or gray.
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    Dec 07, 2011 5:39 AM GMT
    I don't really have this problem since most of my clothes are of darker colors. The only bright color I have is grey and I usually just throw it in with my darks and they remain just fine. lol
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    Dec 07, 2011 5:43 AM GMT
    I do my whites at home, but do my coloreds in the back seat of the bus on my way to work. God knows they're not going to wash themselves.
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    Dec 07, 2011 5:45 AM GMT
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    Ermine saidBecause my washer is from the 1940s.

    And because I don't want my whites to get dyed pink or gray.
    You self-loathing closet case!!!!

    Thanks for reminding me. I don't want my whites to get turned lavender either.
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    Dec 07, 2011 5:45 AM GMT
    I usually separate clothes into colored, whites, and every now and then new jeans. It's been mostly out of habit and a fear of accidentally bleaching my colored clothes.

    Also, has anyone else who separates wash into colored or whites felt a little guilty for doing the laundry on MLK Day?
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    Dec 07, 2011 5:47 AM GMT
    Ermine said
    Trollileo said
    Ermine saidBecause my washer is from the 1940s.

    And because I don't want my whites to get dyed pink or gray.
    You self-loathing closet case!!!!

    Thanks for reminding me. I don't want my whites to get turned lavender either.


    I don't have a problem with pink or lavender clothes I just don't think they need a whole goddamn parade.