Why you should sort laundry

The Importance of Sorting Laundry and Not Just Yeeting it in the Wash

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Whether you have to sort laundry or not always sparks a debate. I get it. Doing laundry is already enough of a chore. Who wouldn’t want to make it less complicated?

But before you throw everything willy-nilly into the wash, let me explain the importance of sorting laundry, so you understand all the risks you’re taking.

1. Sorting Laundry and The Dye Dilemma.

Back in the day, clothing faded after the first wash. Fabrics would bleed so much dye in the washer that we learned to wash faded old jeans with new ones so they’d make them look newer.

Now, pre-washing means most new clothes don’t bleed dye but it only takes on misplaced red sock to make you regret not sorting.

2. Dark Clothes and the Battle with Lint.

Clothes swirls around and rub against each other in the wash. This friction can cause light colored clothing to shed fibers that turn into lint on dark clothes.

Fleece and flannel are two of the worst offenders, so if you wear pajama pants or hoodies just know they’re shedding lint on your other stuff. Over time, your dark clothes will grow grayer as they collect more lint with each load.

3. Pills and Bobbles And Sorting, Oh my!

Friction and agitation cause clothes to develop fuzz balls, also known as fabric pills, lint balls, or bobbles.

Those pricey leggings you love developed pills because you didn’t sort laundry by weight. Knits pill the most, so wash them separately and use the gentle cycle to reduce friction.

4. the Case of The Mystery Holes.

If you don’t sort, the zippers and rivets on your jeans are likely to catch on more delicate items. Then, you’ll wind up with small holes or snags on your clothes when they come out of the washer.

So, if you take no other steps to separate laundry, at least sort the pile by weight before you add things to the washing machine.

5. It’s Called Shrinkage

Heavy things take longer to dry than lightweight ones. So, if you’re washing hoodies and tank-tops together, that tank will dry faster.

Then it will overdry, and that makes clothes shrink. Sorting by weight prevents this. (Is it too late?

6. Poop.

Cold water doesn’t eliminate the worst germs. Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist, says fecal bacteria survive cold water and can transfer from one fabric to another in the wash. So, if you’ve got to clean poop from clothing, sort it that stuff out and use hot water.

7. Time is Money.

Ultimately, the best reason to sort your clothes is because they’ll last longer. When they get snagged, fade, or get dingy, you’ll wind up buying new stuff.

And if you think about it, that means you’re going to have to spend time working to pay for those new things. So the time you saved by not sorting didn’t save you anything after all.

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  1. Thank you! This is really helpful

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m so glad you like it!

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