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How many different types of washing load do you do?

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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?

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

hubbys work clothes

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

Wool (very occasionally)

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.

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

Dh work clothes

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.

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.

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.

KnickersOnOnesHead Mon 28-Oct-13 13:11:26


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

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

oh and I do school uniform stuff separately on 30.

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

bright colours
pale colours
dark colours
bed linen
PE kit stuff

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.

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

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

Fab con makes things less creased and more stain proof

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

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

Dark stuff.
White stuff.

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

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.

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

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

HorryIsUpduffed Mon 28-Oct-13 09:56:02

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

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.

ilovepowerhoop Mon 28-Oct-13 08:13:27

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.

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

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.

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.

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