Sooner or later, you’re going to have to stop relying on mommy and daddy to do your laundry and just figure out how to do it yourself. I know that for some of you, this is already a reality. It was for me ever since middle school or so. But I got to college and discovered that there were people there, living in my dorm, who have never so much as touched a washing machine. My mind was blown, y’all.
If I’m talking about you, I’m not trying to be a jerk! We all learn at some point, but it’s better to get into the habit of doing this sooner rather than later. Plus, it’ll make you care about the maintenance of your clothes more, so they’ll last longer and don’t get ruined.
If you’re super lazy and the mere thought of doing laundry sounds exhausting, chin up! Check out these 11 tips on how to make laundry time less hellish. You won’t regret it.
You Probably Don't Need To Use Hot WaterUnless your clothes are literally covered in paint or mud or something, cold water will suffice in cleaning your clothes. Not only can hot water lead to your clothes fading, it can also set in stains like blood. If you're still skeptical about your clothes getting clean, use detergent that is especially formulated for use in cold water. But, honestly, any detergent will do. Lizzie McGuire
Actually Find Out What Those Laundry Icons MeanThey look like Hieroglyphics, don't they? But while it's easy to just ignore them and carry on with your life, it's actually really useful to know what they mean. If you have a shirt or a pair of jeans that shouldn't go in the dryer and the tag said so, you have no right to be pissed off when your jeans shrink two sixes and your top's material gets all wonky. If you want to save your money and your clothes, take the time to read up on those symbols. It takes, like, two seconds. Tenalike.com
Don't Over Soapwe have a tendency to think that the more soap we use, the cleaner or clothes will be. But that's BS, because when you put too much laundry detergent in the washing machine, your clothes are saturated with a leftover film of unrinsed soap. Ew. Also, this is so annoying if your detergent is particularly fragrant. In college I once smelled like a pine forest for a week because of using too much soap. Seriously, just follow the instructions on the detergent. You really don't need much more than a couple of tablespoons of the stuff unless you have a massive, heavily soiled load. If you don't really trust yourself to use the right amount of detergent, just use those detergent pods instead. Just throw one into the washer and forget about it. Amazon.com
Don't Abuse Your Bras In The WashDON'T. EVER. PUT. YOUR. BRAS. IN. THE. DRYER. The dryer will pummel that bra to death, okay? The elastic, the fit... it'll be obliterated. Bras are too damn for that. Your best bet is to hand wash them with a gentle detergent and then air dry them. But if you have to put them in the washing machine, make sure it's on a very low speed setting at the very least, and still avoid the dryer and hang dry. Mean Girls
Sort WiselyKeep it simple: Separate your darks from your lights and keep it moving. You can break it down into more thorough color categories, but ain't nobody got time for that. And I'm going to make a confession: I almost never separate my lights from my darks when I'm doing laundry. But the only way I really get away with this is by not washing a new item with my old clothes (those dyes will want to stain like crazy), washing in cold water, and making sure items are washed inside out. So if you're ever in a pinch, at least remember that. Clueless
If You Live In A Dorm, Plan Your Laundry Times WiselyDoing laundry in a dorm BLOWS. Why? Because there are almost never enough washers and dryers on your floor and they can get snatched up pretty quickly. Here's my suggestion so that you don't have to struggle over a washing machine: Be strategic about your washing schedule. Avoid weekends, especially at night; that's when everybody decides to do it. Stick to doing your laundry during the week day, especially if you have a few hours to kill in the middle of the afternoon. iStock
You're Going To Have To Hand Wash Some ThingsI know, I know, this sucks, but it's true. It's not just your bras that you want to be delicate with. Some of your undies might deserve the hand wash treatment, too. iStock
Avoid Using The Dryer Unless You Really Need ToDryers seem like they're your BFF: They dry your clothes relatively quickly, and the feeling of a warm towel right out of the dryer is one of the best things ever. But, honestly, you should use your dryer sparingly. Dryers can be rough on your clothes and can be a major factor in your clothes shrinking, losing elasticity, etc. Some of your clothes just weren't mat to suffer through all that high heat! So that delicate blouse? Air dry to avoid warping. Those pants that you want to remain pristine for as long as possible? Air dry and avoid color fading. That new cotton shirt? At least set it on low, especially if you're worried it might shrink. But when it comes to towels and bedding, the dryer is just fine. Also, dryer sheets keep your items static free and a little softer to the touch. They're lovely, use them. iStock
Discover The Beauty Of Air Drying Your ClothesAir drying might sound like a pain, and it might be compared to just throwing your clothes in the dryer. But your clothes will thank you in the long run, for real. You'll avoid shrinking, color fading, and more. Plus, the dryer can just be a harsh environment for some of your more delicate pieces. That top with the beads? Yeah, the dryer might give that blouse such a thrashing that it'll be beadless after the fourth wash or so. So, yeah, air dry your clothes more, especially your favorite jeans. Also, air drying makes your room smell really fresh... just an added perk. iStock
Please, Learn How To Use An Iron Or SteamerOkay, I know you've probably stumbled upon some hacks on how to get wrinkles out of your clothing with a blow dryer or a hair straightener or whatever...but those aren't ideal hacks for lazy girls. In fact, all those hacks are just more trouble than they're worth. I'm going to be blunt: Just buy a damn iron or steamer if you don't have one already. They're not that expensive! If you already have one around the house, use it! You don't have to be a cookie cutter do gooder to iron your clothes. You do you, and it's not like the world is going to end if you wear a wrinkled shirt, but it takes a few seconds to iron something, so why not just do it? Many irons now have settings on them so that you're not using the same setting on your cotton shirt that you would on your polyester one. Still, to stay on the safe side, avoid ironing items like polyester or silk all together and just steam them instead. iStock
Some Things Just Have To Be Dry Cleaned; Others, Don'tBut some things that say dry clean only can definitely be washed gently by hand. That polyester shirt that you got for $5 at the thrift store? Just throw that baby in the washing machine, air dry, and steam. That said, when it comes to big coats or delicate dresses...just put on your big girl undies and take them to a dry cleaner. Pinterest
Have you ever effed up your laundry big time? Have you ever had to deal with doing laundry in a dorm? How much does it suck? Tell us in the comments!