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?

ouryve Sun 27-Oct-13 16:22:41

Blacks & dark greys
Dark blues, greys & greens
Light blues, greys and greens
Gentler wash blues etc
Gentler wash reds etc
Whites (about once a fortnight - I don't have a lot of these, mostly vests and a bit of bedding)
Dark Towels
Light Towels
DS1's manky lunch bag when I can't get all the sticky crumbs out of the creases.

Cindy34 Sun 27-Oct-13 16:23:03

My machine has a daily wash option, that gets used a lot.
Rarely us any other setting, except for things like bedding which goes on a cotton cycle.

Sports stuff - just chuck it in with the rest. Tend to try to do it with other light items, similar colours. Not with Jeans or other things that may leak colour.

Darks wash, lights wash, bedding wash.... That should do you I would have thought.

ouryve Sun 27-Oct-13 16:23:10

I forgot to add, since they've been out of season - woollens.

ginmakesitallok Sun 27-Oct-13 16:25:07

Everything goes in together on a 40 wash, with a colour catcher thing if there's something bright. My whites are still white and my world has not collapsed.

Light colours
Dark colours

My washing basket is never empty!

killpeppa Sun 27-Oct-13 16:26:01

ouryve- god help your washing machine!

lights, darks, towels, bedding

Mumof3xx Sun 27-Oct-13 16:26:51

Mine all goes in together!

busylizzie76 Sun 27-Oct-13 16:29:00

All together here....much to my mother's disgust! grin

Geckos48 Sun 27-Oct-13 16:30:06

I just throw all mine in together <holds head in shame>

ouryve Sun 27-Oct-13 16:30:21

killpeppa - I do 10 loads a week, on average, not counting the tiny ones, like bras and lunchbags. 2 mucky boys and a sweaty husband. I don't know how we'd cope if I insisted on washing bath towels after every use or changing bedding every few days, like some people do.

BackforGood Sun 27-Oct-13 16:31:13

Yup - if you are just washing for one person, then there would have to be a lot more merging of washes, or you'd have to buy a whole heap of clothes to keep you going until you've got enough for a wash, surely?

I have a standard - whites (hot), anything that's not white that goes in on a hotter wash, and then less dirty / more delicate. Depends on which load needs filling, I may then add things like sheets or towels to any of those washes. Oh, and I'm washing for 5 so pretty easy to collect enough for any of the washes.

MarshaBrady Sun 27-Oct-13 16:31:49

Bed linen
Tea towels

SpookedMackerel Sun 27-Oct-13 16:33:23

Whites, creams
Reds, pinks, purples, oranges,
Blues, greens, greys
Towels, bath mats
Mop heads (occasionally)

I just wash everything together, so one load. Is that weird?

TwerkingNineToFive Sun 27-Oct-13 16:36:00

Colours (sometimes separated into light colours and dark colours)
I am amazed at this thread!

MarshaBrady Sun 27-Oct-13 16:37:01

Forgot bath mats, they get their own wash too.

Rattitude Sun 27-Oct-13 16:37:02

- Blacks and dark colours
- Whites and light colours
- Woolens and delicates.

On average, I probably do 1.5 wash/week. I live on my own-ish though.

biffnbuster Sun 27-Oct-13 16:37:14

Bung it all in together, but if new jeans are being washed will put them with other dark stuff .

Rattitude Sun 27-Oct-13 16:37:51

Actually, i do divide the woolens, etc. into darks and lights.

LittleTulip Sun 27-Oct-13 16:40:07


Clargo55 Sun 27-Oct-13 16:41:28

Jeans wash
Bedding wash x2 (lights and darks)
Dark wash
Light wash
Light towel wash or bath mat wash
Dark towel wash
And delicates once a fortnight

So that's 7.5 washes a week for 2 people blush

CointreauVersial Sun 27-Oct-13 16:41:42

In Betweens
Mud-removing prewash for DS's filthy footy kit.

That's pretty much it. Everything goes in together apart from that.

Trills Sun 27-Oct-13 16:42:24

Normal clothes
Super delicate things (don't do one of these every week)

Passmethecrisps Sun 27-Oct-13 16:42:47

White stuff
Other stuff
Baby stuff

BrownSauceSandwich Sun 27-Oct-13 16:44:02

There's the ones at midnight, to be hung out in the morning.

The one in the afternoon, that was supposed to be hung out that morning, but has gone stinky, so needs washing again.

There's the one that my husband does, and goes on about it like he's the first human to work a washing machine, but it only contains his gym stuff.

There's the load that got hung outside, then a flock of starlings crapped all over it so that needs rewashing.

And the load that comes out of the washing machine covered in black slime, and needs rewashing after the machine's been cleaned.

There's the dog and cat beds, which, no matter what we do, ensure a continuous stream of pet hairs are deposited on our clothes for the rest of eternity.

There's the load that all comes out pink, even though there's nothing red within a 10 m radius.

There are the three loads in quick succession on a Sunday afternoon because every bugger here suddenly finds they dont have any clean shirts/skirts/socks/gym kits for Monday morning.

To be honest, I think I'm doing ok if it gets washed at all. I don't bother separating things out.

PosyNarker Sun 27-Oct-13 16:44:36

White cottons (towels, sheets, bathmat) x 1
Non-white cottons (ditto) x 3
General dark load x 2
Light colours x 0.5 or every other week
Sportswear x 2
Woollens x 1
Handwashing (rarely in summer, but once a week in winter due to hand wash woollens)
Technical (rarely, stuff that needs specialist washing like down, after a hillwalking or camping trip)
Teatowels / e-clothes etc. (as and when we build up enough to merit a half load - for some reason we have shedloads of the bloody things).

We do a lot of sport / outdoorsy stuff which generates a lot of washing for two people.

BrennieGirl Sun 27-Oct-13 16:45:26

Same as Twerking above; darks, whites, colours. I sometimes divide the colours into lights and darks if it's a big load. Towels and bed linen go in with the appropriate colour load.

FreakoidOrganisoid Sun 27-Oct-13 16:53:49

Towels inc tea towels and cloths (hot, no softener)
Bedding, sometimes with other whites if there aren't many, usually 40 but do a 60 deg wash every few washes
Whites 40
Coloureds 40
Darks 40

Sometimes a handwash or woollens load too.

Anything lower than 40 doesn't get rid of my sweat blush

AdoraBell Sun 27-Oct-13 17:02:31

Family of 4, DDs school uniform is dark blue.

1 load of darks on 30 with powder for black clothes, including school socks
1/2 Loads of whites on 30, DH's shirts, school stuff and DDs sheets can't be washed hotter, just the way it is here.
1 mixed load at 40, colours and sports/ casual socks
1 load of towels and knickers at 60
I load of sheets at 60

My gym stuff goes in with everything else and I hand wash bras.

FriendlyElephant Sun 27-Oct-13 17:07:18

Dark stuff - I include jeans in this, but if I have a few pairs to wash I do them separately to avoid overloading.

Dark colours

Pale Colours

Bedding (straight off and into the washer, otherwise I keep putting off and end up with no clean bedding)


Baby clothes, although if there arent many I bung them in with the colours now DD's a bit older.

gintastic Sun 27-Oct-13 17:08:48



Everything else

Except I rarely get the chance as DH does the laundry, he sorts it into lots and lots of piles... I let him get on with it!

EBearhug Sun 27-Oct-13 17:12:02

White stuff, dark stuff, and sometimes mid-colour stuff, usually fortnightly. Towels go in with dark stuff.

Once in a while I also do a woollens wash, and I will wash things separately if I've got e.g. new red trousers (that was a wise decision, I could see the foam in the wash was pink.) Sport stuff goes with in with normal washes, but I don't do anything like rugby that would probably need its own wash. When I went down to the beach in the summer, I did wash towels and swimmers and stuff in a wash without anything else.

BabyMummy29 Sun 27-Oct-13 17:13:50

Dark stuff

In-between stuff


Occasionally handwash for jumpers, woollens etc

mousmous Sun 27-Oct-13 17:17:34

mixed light stuff
mixed dark stuff
dh's work shirts
socks and sportwear with sanitiser to combat smell
tea towels and kitchen cloths (hot wash with only soda crystals)
very occassionally wool wash (if I have enough)

Jan49 Sun 27-Oct-13 17:24:46

Clothing or
Sheets or
Towels or
a mixture of those in one wash.

Never bothered about darks or lights or whites. Probably about 3-4 lots a week here for 2 people.

MissMarplesBloomers Sun 27-Oct-13 17:34:04

Gentle wash @ 30deg for lights/darks

more vigourous 40 deg for most other things lights/darks

60 deg for bedding/towels/flannels/odd filthy item. T-towels in with if not a full load of either.

60 deg wash for pet towels & bedding- rinse on empty after to get out the rogue hairs < so with you there Brown Sauce>

I just do some every day/other day as I have a full load in a continuous cycle couldn't tell you if its a weeks worth or not.

Also depends on the drying conditions, can't bear the house looking like Widow Twankeys.

MrsDavidBowie Sun 27-Oct-13 17:36:30


i do on average 3 loads a day. Today I've done about 6.

hollyisalovelyname Sun 27-Oct-13 17:53:04

Dirty cloths/ mop head

invicta Sun 27-Oct-13 17:56:57

Coloured clothes - 40
White clothes - 40
Sheets/towels - 60 wash

If poss, I try to keep fleeces etc separate, as I don't think you are supposed to fabric conditioner with these. Also, try to put types of material together. Eg. Heavy clothing - jeans etc. however, not to bothered if all gets chucked in together.

LizzieVereker Sun 27-Oct-13 17:57:09

Darks, whites, coloureds, lights. Bedding and towels I will not admit how often

Five or six loads per week on Fridays and Saturdays.

Am obsessed with getting whites white, tumble dry a lot. I have single handedly caused global warming/ polluted the oceans. Sorry.

DoItTooJulia Sun 27-Oct-13 17:58:03

Way too embarrassed to post, I do LOADS. Way more than most it would seem!

justabigdisco Sun 27-Oct-13 17:59:40


1 of each per week, for me, DH and DD (1).

Catnap26 Sun 27-Oct-13 18:01:43

None-chuck em all in with a colour catcher.

happybubblebrain Sun 27-Oct-13 18:03:27

That's it.

delasi Sun 27-Oct-13 18:07:20

All clothes = one load.
All linen = one load.

So 2 loads per week altogether.

(me, DH and baby)

AWhistlingWoman Sun 27-Oct-13 18:08:07

Jeans (as I blame the heavier fabric for putting holes in everything else!)
Whites (with whitening sheet thing-y, not convinced it does anything tbh)
Dark Colours (30 or 40)
Pale Colours (30 or 40)
Bed Linen
Towels (no fabric conditioner)
Delicates (including bras in laundry bag)

And like ouryve a special manky lunch bag cycle where DD2's lunch bag is washed all on its very own on the basis that it is far too disgusting to go in with anything else.

I think I might have gone completely mad too grin

Artandco Sun 27-Oct-13 18:08:27

Woollen /Delicates
Towels /Bedding

Thingymajigs Sun 27-Oct-13 18:08:59

Darks- twice a week
Whites- once a week
Towels/tea towels-once a week
Bed sheets- once a week
Cat bedding- once a month

Soon I'll have cloth nappies to add too which will be 3 times a week.
That is a lot of washing.

LamaDrama Sun 27-Oct-13 18:11:21

Ive recently discovered 'colour catcher' sheets, that you put in the machine.

So I can wash dark & lights together. So far so good!

4x4 Sun 27-Oct-13 18:18:37

I don' t think washing tea towels in white pants is at all hygienic ,especially at temperatures under 60c.
In our house bedding and towels are all white and washed weekly.
Kitchen towels are virtually boiled a couple of times a week.
White, light and dark clothes washed separately each day.

We have two top loaders .The old one is used for manky stuff like dogs blankets , sandy beach towels and carseat covers etc.

MrsBennetsEldest Sun 27-Oct-13 18:18:40

Work whites
Work greens
Work cloths/ towels
Dog coats/bedding

GemmaTeller Sun 27-Oct-13 18:25:08

dog bedding
sofa throws

onepieceoflollipop Sun 27-Oct-13 18:28:37

I aim for 4/5 Loads per week. There are four of us , 8kg machine. Occasional "special" loads for curtains, coats and other random items.

Linen/Bedding/towels etc. 60 bio wash.

40 wash for darks/denims, colour liquid.

40 wash for whites, bio powder.

Mixed colours, 40. colour liquid, or delicatemliquid.

With delicates (unless really precious) I pause the cycle and add part way through the wash so they have less agitation.

OhThisIsJustGrape Sun 27-Oct-13 19:08:16

Darks - every day
Lights - every other day
Towels/bath mats - once a week, 4 separate loads worth on 60
Bedding - 4 separate loads worth again on 60
DH and DS' work clothes - once a week, 2 loads
Mop heads - once a week on 60
And at least 2 washes a week for odd items like coats that come home from school dirty when I've already don't the washing that day so bung them in alone, and I always wash anything I've bought secondhand from eBay or similar on a separate cycle - just incase wink

Having added all that up to around 23 loads a week shock It's no wonder my machine seems to be constantly on! There are 6 of us though...

CremeEggThief Sun 27-Oct-13 19:12:31

Clothes- twice a week on 40°. I don't separate colours. At the moment, I deliberately don't own any whites!

Towels- once a week on 60°.

Bathrobes and mat- once a week on 60°.

Woollies/throws/any other delicates- usually once a week of one if the above. On wool (40°) or delicate (30°) wash.

Bedding- one load a week. 60° synthetic.

Rugs/trainers/other random items- no routine for these.

5-6 loads per week for me and DS. Rather a lot, IMO.

Four categories, generally.

No softener (ie towels, teatowels, bath mat)

Usually two whites, three brights, two darks, one or two towels etc per week. Sheets go in made up to a full load with suitable colours on the appropriate day.

We wash clothes at 30, usually, and towels etc at 60.

Bubbles1066 Sun 27-Oct-13 20:05:41

I do 3 loads a week on average.
*towels and bedding.

If something is delicate I wash it in a pillow case. I only spectate out whites, all colours get bunged in together.

INeedSomeHelp Sun 27-Oct-13 20:07:12

Wow! My routine seems quite straight forward compared to some people's.

CMOTDibbler Sun 27-Oct-13 20:08:20

towels (cos they go on boil wash to make sure any gunk gets removed from the machine)

Bubbles1066 Sun 27-Oct-13 20:10:51

Oh and I wash everything at 30C unless it's soiled (am toilet training DS) when I wash at 40C. Sometimes if some loads are not dirty and they just need freshening up, I even use the Eco cycle, which is no heated water at all which saves money (tap water is about 10-15C depending on time of year).

NothingTraLaLa Sun 27-Oct-13 20:21:17

Black stuff (pants, socks and T-shirts)
Dark wool wash
Light wool wash
Cleaning cloths
School uniform darks
School uniform brights

That sounds ridiculous. I think I need to revisit my system. Although each is generally a full load and I don't do all of those every week.

amothersplaceisinthewrong Sun 27-Oct-13 20:22:14


Anatanacoat Sun 27-Oct-13 20:25:28

40 degrees colour - man made fibres
40 degrees white - mmf
75 degrees white wash - cotton
90 degrees cleaning cloths etc
90 degrees towels and knickers
90 degrees white towels
30 degrees wool - woollens and similar, plus bras in bag
10 degrees "hand wash setting" - dry clean only stuff

lovelyredwine Sun 27-Oct-13 20:26:15

Darks at 40
Darks at 60
Lights at 40
lights at 60
delicates (ie hand wash and wool stuff) and
quick wash (toys that are a bit grubby etc).

Anatanacoat Sun 27-Oct-13 20:26:59

Oh yes! Quick wash - swimming stuff etc

dizzyday07 Sun 27-Oct-13 20:45:50

Coloureds x1
Whites/pale x1
Towels/Tea Towels etc- when loadfull
Bedding - x1

We may have a second colouerds wash if DH decides he needs all the jeans etc he's been swapping with each other washed at once as he has run out of them to wear!

Then at irregular intervals our fleeces/DD's coats

123rd Sun 27-Oct-13 20:49:26

Lights or darks. That's it

mathanxiety Sun 27-Oct-13 20:53:20

Towels, kitchen cloths and underwear as I bleach them. They are all white.
Hot wash, cold rinse.

Bedding because of bulk or otherwise sheets would go in with towels. Again, all white.
Hot wash, cold rinse (plus bleach).

Everything else willy nilly.
Warm wash, cold rinse.

BikeRunSki Sun 27-Oct-13 20:55:14

White (DS's school shirts + anything else on Friday nights)
Sports stuff ( I run, dh cycles, lots of swimming, tend to do whatever sports stuff need doing when there is swimming stuff to do)
Really dirty (dh and I both work on building sites as well as the mountain biking)

whites (normally once a week)
darks including jeans, jumpers etc
mixed colours
red/dark pinks/school trousers/skirts (kids polo shirts are red)
swimming stuff
dh's football kit
mine/dh's gym stuff
towels and bedding as and when as they dont have a set day

I tend to use a 40 wash for everything with the occasional 60 wash for towels and bedding.

OneDayWhenIGrowUp Mon 28-Oct-13 00:01:22

Also live alone. Well, the cat doesn't generate much laundry. Everything goes together - I don't think I own any white clothes, I also throw towels/face cloths/tea towels in as they need doing. Probably do 2-3 loads a week. Bedding I take to the launderette as I don't have space to dry it, I have 3 sets, I wait until 2 are ''dirty'' and they go to the launderette together, so about every 2-3 weeks or so.

Angrybudda Mon 28-Oct-13 00:16:42

Household of 7, all sporty or into nature (ie covered in dirt)

I put on between 16and 21 washes a week.

But towels and bedding at 60
Everything else at 30 or less.

MinesAPintOfBlood Mon 28-Oct-13 07:59:26

Family of 3 with one very sticky toddler who usually managed to mess my clothes up so they get washed more than they used to:
Darks (includes sports gear: cycle stuff and walking clothes mostly)
I do a wash most days, about 3 darks washes a week, 2 lights and 1 bedding unless ds is unwell when its impressive if the machine gets turned off

Pre-ds bedding and towels were done together but now I do ask the bedding then stick the towels inwith the lights.

MinesAPintOfBlood Mon 28-Oct-13 08:03:14

What is fabric conditioner for? I never use it and my clothes feel perfectly soft to me

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 -
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:

Dark coloureds
Bright coloureds
Light coloureds
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
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

darks and colours not inc shirts, tees and school skirts,
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;


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

bright colours
pale colours
dark colours
bed linen
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


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

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

Wool (very occasionally)

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

hubbys work clothes

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