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How do you sort your washing?

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Krazylady Tue 13-Dec-16 14:50:35

Just wondering...I think I probably do more loads than necessary instead of lumping together.

I always separate the following:
Bed linen
DH's shirts
Dark colours
Light colours

I've always done it this way, but my sister says she just does dark or light colour washes. Who is right? Do I need to get a life?

WetNovemberDay Tue 13-Dec-16 14:54:23

I do darks lights and whites.
Sometimes a pink/Red or blue/grey load. That's only on bedding change day though because we have 2 kings one with red bedding and one with blue. Just makes sense to shove a few other similar coloured bits in at the same time.

Pallisers Tue 13-Dec-16 14:57:34

Delicates/cold wash

Also we send out DH's shirts so those go in separate place.

dementedpixie Tue 13-Dec-16 14:59:54

Darks, whites, brights, mixed lights, bedding. Rarely do a delicates as underwear goes in with the corresponding colour of wash

Beewhisperer Tue 13-Dec-16 15:00:01

Darks, lights and bedding.
Towels are added to bulk out a load. It can take ages for me to end up with a full load of whites without separating any more.

Mumonthesofa Tue 13-Dec-16 15:05:42

I am bad for this... I do a fair few

School jumpers & trousers
School polo shirts
Towels & Flannels
Underwear & socks
Work clothes
Casual clothes (darks & lights)
Children's clothes (darks & lights)
Tea towels & dishcloths
Dog towels (for drying wet dog)

I find it easier for when I am drying/sorting/ironing it all

Mumonthesofa Tue 13-Dec-16 15:06:05

Oh and bedding on its own of course too!

prokupatuskrakedatus Tue 13-Dec-16 16:50:10

60°C - everything labelled for 60 - towels, underwear, socks, duvet covers etc.

40°C - everything labelled for 40 - T-Shirts, Shirts, etc;
every two weeks I do a 40°C white

JenLindleyShitMom Tue 13-Dec-16 16:53:17

I do

Whites (includes beiges and light greys)
Bed linen
Floor mats.

CondensedMilkSarnies Tue 13-Dec-16 16:54:21


Whites/ pale colours


I don't separate towels from bedding etc . Once I've separated into colours, I grab an armful that will fit in the machine , so sometimes have to split the black
pile in two.

Floralnomad Tue 13-Dec-16 16:54:29

It varies here depending on what's in the laundry bin . If there's enough whites / lights I separate if not I chuck it all in . Often I do pants and towels together as we wash towels several times a week . Bedding on its own . Anything that's new / going to run gets done on its own .

MinisWin Tue 13-Dec-16 18:25:39

-60 deg wash - towels, cloths, bedding
-Non-bio baby washing
-Tumble dry normal clothes
-Non-tumble dry normal clothes
-Tumble dry sports kit
-Non-tumble dry sports kit

We have A LOT of sports kit hmm. All of these have their own basket to go in to in the utility - set this system up a few months ago and it's been life-changing!

SVJAA Tue 13-Dec-16 18:26:14

Towels, bedding, cloths, lights, brights, darks and whites.

MuppetsChristmasCarol Tue 13-Dec-16 18:28:01

Darks and lights. Occasionally a separate wool wash.

Artandco Tue 13-Dec-16 18:32:26

Delicates/ wool

madgingermunchkin Tue 13-Dec-16 18:35:38

Nice shirts (usually white),
New dark stuff that might run,
Everything else.

Life's too bloody short.

madgingermunchkin Tue 13-Dec-16 18:36:07

Oh, and wool/delicate stuff is separate.

NicknameUsed Tue 13-Dec-16 18:37:52

Dark, lights and whites. If I sorted them into some of the multiple categories that some of you do we would run out of clothes as there are only three of us. I refuse to run the washing machine on anything less than full.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 13-Dec-16 18:38:28


TheMumsOnTheBusShoutEqualPay Tue 13-Dec-16 18:45:34

- Darks - we seem to have a bottomless laundry basket of darks. There always seems to be another load of darks ready to be washed about 5 minutes after I've washed the last lots.
- Whites
- Brights, though sometimes these go in with the dark washing if there isn't much
- Lights, again, sometimes they go in the whites
- Woolens
- Delicates + DH's shirts
- Bed linen
- Towels and cloths
- Dog towels, cushions etc.

NicknameUsed Tue 13-Dec-16 19:01:36

All of our knits go in with the darks as they are all dark. It doesn't do them any harm.

MoodyOne Tue 13-Dec-16 19:14:17

Wow blushshock
I do darks & whites and that's it

CharlieSierra Tue 13-Dec-16 19:19:06

There was a thread the other day about clothes wearing out and things 'not washing well'. I didn't relate at all, but I sort my washing into multiple categories. I split my darks, so jeans, trousers and hard fabrics don't go in with my dark coloured jersey dresses and stuff which I would wash with dark jumpers. Then I do brights, lights, whites including tea towels and light towels, dark towels, bedding, and a cold wash for my silk, cashmere and other delicate fabrics. There are only two of us here so I don't do all of those every week, it depends what I wear to work.

StarCrossdSkys Tue 13-Dec-16 19:23:44

Just lights and darks so 2 piles. Do not believe there are any benefits in making it more complicated.

MsStricty Tue 13-Dec-16 19:49:51

Darks (40), whites (40 or 60), and towels/sheets (60).

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