Laundry can be a scary task for college students, especially if you’ve never done it by yourself. The good news is that you’re not alone in your laundry struggles. Plenty of college students learn how to do their laundry while at school and it takes a couple go-rounds to truly get it down. Even if you know the basics of laundry, you can still benefit from these laundry tips that will make your clothes last longer and look as good as new.
- Sort Your Clothes: Before you dump all of your clothes into the washer, you need to sort them first. Clothes should be sorted by whites, darks, reds and delicates. This will help prevent colors from bleeding and transferring to each other. Always check clothing tags for laundry care instructions, so that you don’t accidentally wash something that should be dry cleaned or hand washed. It’s also a good idea to separate laundry by the type of fabric and its recommended care instructions. Also, be sure to check pockets for loose items before putting your clothes in the washer.
- Pre-treat Stains: Stains happen and some are not reversible, like permanent marker, bleach, paint and certain oils. However, you can get rid of most stains in the laundry by using a stain remover before washing. In order to successfully remove a pesky stain, you’ll want to pre-treat the stain as soon as it occurs so it doesn’t have a chance to set in. Most stain removers recommend that you rub in a small amount to the stain, let it sit and then launder like normal. If you don’t have a stain remover, use liquid detergent on the stain instead and let it sit overnight for optimal results.
- Dry with Caution: You may want to throw all of your wet clothing into the dryer and cook it, but the truth is drying can shrink and damage your clothes. Certain clothing items and materials cannot stand the heat or tumbling of the dryer, and it usually says so on the clothing tag. If you don’t want to go down a size in your jeans or see your favorite sweater pill, you might want to line dry or lay your clothes flat to dry. For optimal drying and safety, don’t forget to clean the lint trap or filter before you start the dryer.
- Don’t Leave Your Laundry Alone: You don’t want to leave your laundry alone for couple a reasons. For starters, there could be some laundry thieves in your dorm, but more importantly, you don’t want your clothes to get smelly sitting damp in the washer or wrinkled in dryer.