After my last post I thought I should give you the basics on laundry. You know, the do's and don't of laundry. Here goes:
Do sort by color, texture, fabric, and sometimes, just how dirty something really is. There are items that are so dirty, they need their own special, private time in the washing machine.
Do look for stains and or stickers on clothing before putting them through the wash. Some stains just don't come out. Stickers, after being washed, never come off. Ever.
Turn those jeans inside out. And while you are turning them inside out, go through the pockets. Always go through the pockets. You might get lucky and find money. Mostly you will find gum, crayons, paperclips, acorns, rubber bands, pencils, small rubber balls, pencil erasers, gum wrappers, legos, Nintendo DS games, Darth Vader's missing head, and teeth.
Just a FYI here- legos, acorns, pencil erasers, and Nintendo DS games wash and dry well. The Nintendo Game was a surprise really. Gum, crayons, and pencils do not wash well and make a huge mess in your dryer.
Try and remember to promptly move your wash to the dryer. If you forget to transfer the load for more than 12-24 hours, you need to rewash it. And don't worry, it happens to all of us. I've been rewashing the same load for the last three days.
Once the item is in the dryer, it is clean, and your job is pretty much over.
Do have a glass of wine and relax. Don't spill the wine on your new shirt so that you have to start the process over.