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Picture of How to Do Your Own Laundry (basic)
Time to complete: Approximately 45 mins.

You need:
a. Dirty clothes
b. Any liquid laundry detergent
c. A washing machine (connected to power and water)
d. The desire to get the job done

Steps:
1. Separate clothes.
2. Use dial to start the washing machine.
3. Load machine.
4. Add detergent.
5. Close lid.
6. Wait.


Step 1: Separate Clothes

Picture of Separate Clothes
Separate the clothes into piles.  Here I have piles for 3 separate washes.

1. Light clothes - wash these separately or they will turn gray or, worse, pink 
2. Dark clothes - the dye in these clothes tend to bleed onto lighter colored clothes turning them gray or pink.
3. Fragile clothes - guys don't have this pile

IMPORTANT:  do not wash your cat in the washing machine - no matter how much she wants to be part of the action.