Do you hate doing laundry? Then I promise reading this won’t be a waste of three minutes.
We all have things we don’t like about college. Waking up early, group projects, the struggle to find parking on campus… and laundry. It can seem like a big chore, especially if you have a lot piled up in the corner of your room, or you just lack the will to do it in general. There are some things I’ve learned from this tedious task that might set your mind at ease and make it a little easier for you to take care of it. Some are basic rules and others are handy lessons.
1. If you wash your clothes with something red, something will turn pink! Most people know this, but I have still either seen some people who have no clue about the power of red or just slip up and curse themselves later. Write a note on the washer, put your red clothes in a separate pile. Whatever you do, don’t mix!
2. You don’t really have to separate darks from lights. Unless you’re paranoid about your white clothes staying their brightest white, you’ll save so much time if you just put everything in the washer together.
3. A little soap goes a long way. You know how those Tide commercials show the person filling up the little plastic cup with a certain amount of soap? I’ve found that it doesn’t really matter how much you put in; as long as you put at least a ¼ of a cup in (especially if it’s liquid), you’re good to go.
4. Assume everything will shrink. Unless the tag is marked “pre-shrunk” (and even then it will probably still shrink), everything has a tendency to shrink in the dryer. Air dry some things to be extra careful!
5. You don’t even really have to fold stuff! At least not right away. Feel free to just shove it in your laundry bag and leave it sitting for a couple hours. After you’ve hung up your shirts in the closet, they’ll shake out most wrinkles anyway.
If you really find it hard to get yourself to actually start a load, try rewarding yourself.