How many different types of washing load do you do?

(97 Posts)
INeedSomeHelp Sun 27-Oct-13 16:18:29

I live on my own so you would think washing clothes would be fairly straight forward.
But since I've bought sone new clothes for once I have become obsessed with how I do the washing. So I am now splitting it down into the following loads:-
- dark colours and denim
- anything coloured that doesn't fall into the above category
- white
- sports stuff (I do three classes per week so there's a fair bit)
- bed linen (special fabric conditioner for this)
- towels (don't use fabric conditioner)

So even if I only do one of each, that's 6 loads per week for one person (although I do use the mini load option on the washing machine)

I've gone completely mad, haven't I?

I can always tell if I have forgotten to put fabric conditioner in as the clothes dont feel as nice. It also gives them a nice smell.

wonkylegs Mon 28-Oct-13 08:17:53

Mainly I do -
Mixed
Whites
Sometimes if there is enough I'll do a silk load or split the mixed into dark/light.
I do use colour catchers though so I don't get much run and the colours stay ok.

Fabric softener seems to slightly stain-proof clothing (because it's fractionally less absorbent) and make things slightly easier to iron.

TillyTotter1 Mon 28-Oct-13 10:13:55

Stuff that dyes (with a colour catcher thingy)
Stuff that doesn't

lade Mon 28-Oct-13 12:06:21

I do:

Blacks
Dark coloureds
Bright coloureds
Light coloureds
Whites
White towels
Coloured towels
Light bedding
Bright bedding.

Don't have a routine, I do it as and when.

stickysausages Mon 28-Oct-13 12:11:30

Whites & light
Darks
Occasional wool wash, which includes delicatessen & School lunchbag Tec
Life's too short, I also use only bio liquid, even when DS was a baby, non bio does not clean properly

EndoplasmicReticulum Mon 28-Oct-13 12:13:02

Dark stuff.
White stuff.

Alexandrite Mon 28-Oct-13 12:53:59

Lights,
darks and colours not inc shirts, tees and school skirts,
towels,
shirts, tees and school skirts which go on an easy iron option with slower spin speed

Alexandrite Mon 28-Oct-13 12:56:23

Fab con makes things less creased and more stain proof

cantthinkofagoodone Mon 28-Oct-13 12:57:10

This blows my mind - you can put it all in one load, at the same time?! Does it not ruin your light stuff?

I just do 5 a week;

light
dark
towels
sheets
sports

there's only me, dh and a small person though

Thumbfuckerwitch Mon 28-Oct-13 13:05:14

I always separate lights and darks, woollens/delicates and robust cottons, nappies, baby clothes, towels and bed linens.
If I have enough red/black clothes, they gets their own wash, where greens and blues would go in a different one.

Temps used are 70deg for nappies, 50 deg for cottons, 40 deg for woollens and delicates. I have a lovely variable temp washing machine grin
I've tried the 30 deg wash - doesn't get anything actually clean, IME.

lottieandmia Mon 28-Oct-13 13:09:05

white
bright colours
pale colours
blacks
dark colours
bed linen
towels
PE kit stuff

lottieandmia Mon 28-Oct-13 13:09:40

oh and I do school uniform stuff separately on 30.

delasi Mon 28-Oct-13 13:10:42

cantthink We can do just one load as we don't wear any whites (except DS' vests, but tbh I'm not too bothered if they're not bright white!) and we just have a few lights that do fine in a mixed wash with a colour catcher. We also only have dark or coloured linen. So I think the key is... have less light stuff grin

Darks
Lights
Whites
Bedding
Towels

MrsPear Mon 28-Oct-13 13:15:47

Right had a think: 2 x towel wash; 2 x sheet wash; 1 x wash with pre wash for BIL's horrid work clothes; 1 x white wash; 2/3 colour wash. These all go on the 60 cotton / 1400 spin wash although occasionally I will do towels/sheets at 90. Plus 2 x gentle washes (lots of home knits and ds 1's school jumpers shrink easy) of 30 with 800 degree spin.

Use Aldi bio and fabric conditioner

There are 3 adults and 2 small children.

INeedSomeHelp Mon 28-Oct-13 13:18:46

I don't know why but I find threads like these fascinating. You would think it is such a straightforward thing but there are so many different routines.

MirandaWest Mon 28-Oct-13 13:19:46

I do light things (ie white and pale colours)
Dark things
Bright things (mostly red)
Sometimes dark and bright will get combined depending on what's in the washing basket.
I don't separate by type of garment just its colour.

Daddypigsgusset Mon 28-Oct-13 13:53:07

Whites
Lights
Pinks
Brights
Darks
Towels
Bedding
Dh work clothes

octopusinastringbag Mon 28-Oct-13 15:04:00

1. Sheets and towels. Very hot wash, no fabric conditioner.
2. Dark stuff
3. Whites/very pale stuff.
4. Quick wash when I need it in a hurry
5. Sports stuff - some whites (in summer) and dark stuff the rest of the time as the swimming kits are both dark.

LittleBearPad Mon 28-Oct-13 18:06:21

Darks
Lights
Wool (very occasionally)

zazzabeans Mon 28-Oct-13 21:22:57

denims
whites
darks
towels/bedding
reds
hubbys work clothes

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