This instructable will show you how to do the laundry, with ideas for making the job easier and ideas for making it more environmentally friendly.
(This instructable is dedicated to LinuxH4x0r, may he learn to do his laundry, sooner rather than later....GASP, did I say that.)
Step 1: Planning the wash
BUT, here are a few exceptions:
If you have greasy clothes (i.e. garage/mechanic work clothes), wash them separately to prevent grease staining your "good" clothes. Use a paper toweling or clean rag to wipe down the washer afterwards to clean up any residual grease that may have remained. Residual grease in the washer is a disaster waiting to happen.....consider yourself warned!
If you have delicates (i.e. fancy laces and silks), hand wash or use a special bag for them in a gentle cycle.
If you have a lot of heavy items, multiple pairs of jeans, or bath towels, wash them together.
If you are doing family laundry, it may be easier to do each individuals separately as it makes putting the clothes away easier. No guessing--and no one complaining their Hanes are too tight!
If you have any inkling something will bleed or fade, hand wash it. If it doesn't bleed dye when you hand wash it, toss it in the washer the next time around. Remember, most fabrics and dyes are colorfast nowadays.......
Step 2: Prep the wash
Check all pockets to make sure they are empty.
Look for stains and pretreat by pouring a small amount of detergent directly on the stain.
A small amount of detergent, scrubbed in with a toothbrush, works great on ring around the collar.
Snap snaps, zip zippers. (Don't bother with buttons--to time consuming?)