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Washing Clothes for Beginners

February 2nd, 2011

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The fact that you are enrolled in an online school is great—you are working towards expanding your knowledge. And while your program may teach you about quantum physics or biochemistry, it won't teach you how to wash your clothes. Yes, sometimes something as simple as doing a load of laundry can confuse even the smartest of the bunch. But in reality it's really a no-brainer. If you want to learn how to do laundry, continue reading below.

The first thing you want to do is make sure that you have the proper supplies. You'll need a laundry basket or hamper to carry your clothes in, some liquid or powderlaundry detergent, dryer sheets and a sack of quarters if you do not own your own washer and dryer. The next thing you want to do is separate your colors from your whites. Many don't see the big deal of mixing the two colors in one wash, but the darker colors can run and stain your whites. So unless you want to turn all your socks pink, separate the colors when you can. Then you want to choose a water temperature. Though water temperatures vary, as a general rule darker-colored clothes should be washed in cold water and whites in warm.

Next, select the washing-cycle you want. The heavy cycle is for clothes that you know are exceptionally dirty. Light is usually for your delicates. Place your clothes in the washer and pull the washing dial up towards you. Water should start pouring out. Once the machine is filled and the water has stopped running, pour the proper amount of laundry detergent and close the washing machine lid. The amount of soap will vary upon the size of your load, but as a general rule, the larger loads require you to fill the cap (for liquid soaps) or the measuring cup (for powder soaps) to the number two level lines. Be careful not to put too much soap however, you don't want it to overflow with soap suds.

After the load is finished, transfer your wet clothes into the dryer and place a fabric softener dryer sheet in it as well—it'll make your clothes a little softer and give them an additional scented smell. Make sure you clean the lint remover as well, it'll make your clothes dry faster. Next select a heat level. If you are drying heavy materials such as jeans, generally high heat is recommended. Press start and wait until all of your clothes are dry. Once they are dry, it's important to hang your clothes or fold them nicely right away so that your clothes don't get wrinkles.

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