Believe it or not, there’s a right way — and a wrong way — to do laundry. There’s a reason why residential laundry services are in such high demand. Laundry is a necessity, but also a chore. In-home washers and dryers can quickly become buried beneath mountains of clothes. Laundromats often require quarters (currently in short supply) as well as time and effort to commute and “babysit” your loads while they cycle. Learn how to do your laundry the right way with these tips.
Know your Washer and Dryer Settings
The New York Times is here to let us know that most people aren’t using their washer and dryer at home to the best of its abilities. When setting your washer, always use the shortest possible setting to get the job done. It might surprise you that the regular setting is best for bulky items only, standard items or those prone to wrinkling work best on permanent press, and the delicate setting should be used on decorative or “delicate” fabrics. If you ever have doubts about temperature, cold water is best.
Your dryer settings matter too. Optimizing your dryer settings will help to improve the life cycle, smell, and texture of your clothes. When it comes to dryer settings regular actually means heavy while the permanent press is more average. Delicate and no-heat tumble dry are for your delicate clothing items.
Sort as you Go
Residential laundry services have the space to sort and fold even large amounts of laundry. Your home clothes process may be a little more compact, but you can still sort and fold as you go. Switch out your single hamper for a compartmentalized set of plastic or cloth bins. Instead of sorting once all the laundry has sat together, dump your dirty items in the right bucket as you go — whites, darks, colors, and delicates. This will save you tons of time when washing, and also help you know when you’ve got a full load ready to wash.
Residential laundry services have washing, drying, and sorting down to an art. A great option for those who need a little extra time, you can get expert help with a lot or a little of your dirty clothes and linens. If residential laundry services aren’t your thing, you can still take the lessons and practices that these experts use.