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post #21 of 30
okay, i've got a front loader, so i put vinegar into the compartment meant for the fabric softener. if you've got a top loader, you could probably use a downy ball (are those still around?) filled with vinegar instead.
post #22 of 30
The three-sorters never worked for me because my front loader can do enormous loads, and I didn't want to waste the energy of running it for a half-load. When my washing machine was in the basement, I used big cardboard moving cartons to sort (I sorted into lights, darks, and stuff-that-should-go-in-the-dryer). When one was full, I'd do that load.

Now, when I wash diapers, I fill the rest of the load with lights or darks from the hamper. There are no poopy diapers (hurray EC!) and I figure that if i didn't believe the washer was getting them clean, I'd be buying disposables, right? none of our clothes are too delicate to take that kind of treatment- and honestly, if they are, they should probably be culled from our lives.
post #23 of 30
Thread Starter 
another thing i do alot is throw all dirty clothes directly into the washer...no hamper...and just wash when full...I love vinegar. I have not bought fabric softener for years.
post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by moss
okay, i've got a front loader, so i put vinegar into the compartment meant for the fabric softener. if you've got a top loader, you could probably use a downy ball (are those still around?) filled with vinegar instead.

i actually have one of thse from my single days!!! i wonder if i could put it in my top loader's spot for fabric softner. . . . i will try it next time i do laundry! thank you so much1
post #25 of 30
I will wash most things together, but I wash jeans and towels separately so they don't fray the lighter/softer things. And the diapers are pre-sorted and get a different wash treatment, so they go separately.

If there is too much for one load, I'll sort by color--darks and lights. But that's about it. I don't like to do small loads. I need to get my DS more socks so I don't have to wash so often!
post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by mainstreetmama
My best friend is a laundry goddess, and here's how she does it.

Each person in the family tends to have clothes that are similar colors...and so each person has a hamper and she washes those clothes together. no sorting at the end when it's time to put them away.

The only exception is that she washes underwear with towels.

It's so embarrassing when I see one of her dd's in some hanna that we bought together like 10 years ago and her's looks new and mine has frayed and faded beyond belief and is 3 sizes smaller than it was. I can't even buy anything at target or walmart because it gets destroyed in just a washing or two.

Someday, I will get her to stand next to me when I do wash so she can tell me what I'm doing wrong. Sigh.

Does she hang her clothes to dry, while you use the dryer? Dryers fry clothing and takes years out of their lifespan. If clothes are wrinkled you can put them in the dryer for 5 minutes (preferably on a cold air setting) then dry on a line. Only things I won't air dry are heavy things: towels, bedding, flannel, denim.
post #27 of 30
I have enjoyed reading this thread and everyone's opinions on how they handle it. When I lived at home, my mom was really into separating..darks vs. colors vs. whites.

She can't believe it now but I don't even separate. I sorta do..but it depends. I put colors in with darks. I use cold water. Sometimes I will even put white in with darks depending on what needs to be washed. I don't notice them ANY duller. But then again, we don't have any whites that MUST stay white or else we'll die type of thing. I've been washing like this for atleast 10 yrs and I still have a lot of the same clothes.


As for the dryer, I put it on a low setting and I take out jeans and heavy drying items and air dry them. Saves a lot of money. Some items such as baby's bath towels I will dry because they are stiff if I air dry them..also my breast washable pads need to be dried in the dryer or they are stiffer and not as absorbent. I got some balls for my dryer (it says washer but I use for dryer in place of fabric softener and they work well):

http://www.wdrake.com/product_detail...OVMTC=advanced

Slowly but surely I'm using less and less disposable products. It's hard since some of them make life so much easier. But in the washer and dryer arena, it's easier to make substitutes.


Sherra
post #28 of 30
I use laundry balls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #29 of 30
I do lots of laundry all in one day. Diapers have their own wash routine and cycle.
post #30 of 30
Sorry to bring back a thread that's a few months old, but this brought to mind a question.

Do you folks who sort things and wash at different heats actually notice a difference if something gets put into the wrong load? Not trying to criticize your choices, I'm just curious.

As for me:
I'm another, wash all on cold no sorting, and I honestly can't tell the difference between my clothes and new versions of the same clothes (well, except for things that are like 5 years old :LOL ). Also, none of my clothes pill when washed with towels, the few times the dryer's messed something up it's because I was lazy and didn't trim a loose thread and I've been able to fix it.

I do wash new-to-me things in a load of dark towels before using them since I had a few interesting dye-jobs when doing laundry when I was first on my own (dark green blanket, never washed before+white laundry= pretty green under pants)
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