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    • ripplyuk
    • By ripplyuk 13th Oct 16, 7:51 PM
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    Laundry - how many different loads do you sort it all into?
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    Laundry - how many different loads do you sort it all into? 13th Oct 16 at 7:51 PM
    Does everyone do lots of different washes for everything? I do separate washes for:

    Bedsheets 60 C
    White clothes (hardly any) 40 C
    Darks (Jeans/clothes) 40 C
    Colours 40 C
    Delicates (wool stuff) 30 C
    Bath towels/Tea towels/cleaning cloths 60 C

    It's six different washes, with different laundry baskets all over the house to sort/store the stuff.

    Usually, each wash is less than half full which seems very wasteful, and it's time consuming. It would be different if I was doing laundry for a whole family but it's just me, so there's never that much stuff. I can't save up enough for a full load as it would take ages and there's always things I need regularly.

    Is there any way to reduce this? I was thinking of adding the white clothes into the 60 C wash with the bedsheets, but would this shrink them? Is it unhygienic to add the towels in to the 40 C clothes wash?
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    • Jackieboy
    • By Jackieboy 13th Oct 16, 7:56 PM
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    Whites (or very light colours) and darks - all done at 40 degrees nearly always. If I have to mix, I use a colour catcher.
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 13th Oct 16, 7:57 PM
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    I do the same, but just put all clothes into the same laundry basket and sort it out at the washing stage (towels and bedding are just carried straight downstairs). Not too bad for us, as there's two of us and so double the clothes washing.
    • Rachiedabbler70
    • By Rachiedabbler70 13th Oct 16, 8:14 PM
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    I do the same as mentioned above. One lights wash one coloureds at 30 or 40 degrees and I don't iron anything except shirts. 😁
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    • trolleyrun
    • By trolleyrun 13th Oct 16, 8:20 PM
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    Everything else goes in a 40C wash. I rarely buy new clothes so they've all been washed plenty of times and won't run. When I wore white shirts for work I washed them separately with Napisan as otherwise they'd go grey and the Napisan would bleach the coloured items.
    • prosaver
    • By prosaver 13th Oct 16, 8:26 PM
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    When i wash whites and towels i pour bleach on the towel b4, to give it a good clean. BTW 40 degs
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    • Jamiesmum
    • By Jamiesmum 13th Oct 16, 8:26 PM
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    Everything goes in at once unless labels state otherwise. I've a lot of clothes that I hand wash to avoid ruining. But anything of the partners, my son, our uniforms + and towels and bed covers all go in together. Never do any whites/pinks with jeans but tend to do jeans with towels. We always have a million towels to wash, and there is only 3 of us.
    • Frith
    • By Frith 13th Oct 16, 8:34 PM
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    All goes in same wash
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    • Linda32
    • By Linda32 13th Oct 16, 8:48 PM
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    I put everything in the same washing basket.

    Then at the end of the week I put our work clothes in (coloured) along with socks and pants (coloured)

    Then I put the bedding and underwear in (whites) or bedding and dishcloths and tea towels. Every month or so I will do this wash at 60 otherwise its 40

    I change the towels and flannel twice a week and put in anything that is left over. I use fabric softener on this wash for the towels.

    Then about every 4 weeks when I have a load of my nice clothes, I put these on at 30.

    Two adults at home.
    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 13th Oct 16, 9:03 PM
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    With the home washing machine currently kaput, it's all in together in a 25-kg launderette washer on the 'warm' cycle with two dye catcher sheets. All seems to work without tears using colour powder.
    • SmlSave
    • By SmlSave 13th Oct 16, 9:04 PM
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    I never used to sort clothing but since I've got a new machine I now separate into a white wash and an everything else wash.

    Even the cloth nappies go in the normal wash
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    • chrissy59
    • By chrissy59 13th Oct 16, 9:06 PM
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    i have everything into one basket then hubbys work clothes together and then darks and lights separately. all washed on a 40 wash.
    towels teatowels go in together at 60 wash and bedding
    goes in on its own at 40 wash

    i couldn't wash towels or teatowels with anything else
    • FluffityBunny
    • By FluffityBunny 13th Oct 16, 9:10 PM
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    All done at 40c unless it's one of my organic cotton dip dyed items of clothing then it's just put on a cool rinse with a bit of washing powder
    • basil92
    • By basil92 13th Oct 16, 9:25 PM
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    Mine all goes in the same wash

    Unless I've bought a new pair of jeans or other dark dyed item (very rare), then I'll separate the wash into light/dark colours.

    ETA: only wear my clothes for one day before washing, towels max 2 days use, 100% Egyptian cotton, white bed sheets washed weekly, admittedly alone, as they fill the washer.....

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    • twiglet98
    • By twiglet98 13th Oct 16, 10:31 PM
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    Lights and darks at 40.
    Bedding, towels and tea towels at 60.
    Not enough white clothes to need a separate white wash. I have white cotton bedding but no white towels. The bedding will be a machine load, all the towels are bright or dark and go in a separate wash.
    Just me and youngest (adult) daughter, and she does far more washloads than I do.
    • Floss
    • By Floss 14th Oct 16, 8:09 AM
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    All goes into 1 basket for 2 adults, but have 2 spare bedrooms with towels that are regularly occupied.

    Whites (40 deg wash), lights, brights, darks (all on 30), coloured towels (40), white towels, white & ivory bedding (60).
    • Judi
    • By Judi 14th Oct 16, 8:53 AM
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    Let me think...

    Whites @ 60

    Darks @ 60

    Towels @ 60

    Cool coloureds @ 40

    Cool whites @ 40

    My bras @ unheated 15 minute quick wash

    Hubby's work clothes @ 60 intensive

    I make that 7
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    • Footpather
    • By Footpather 14th Oct 16, 9:36 AM
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    Just two baskets:

    1. Whites and lights

    2. Coloureds and darks.

    Cautious with new coloureds and jeans but that doesn't happen often!
    • MallyGirl
    • By MallyGirl 14th Oct 16, 9:53 AM
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    Bedsheets & towels (all white) 60 C
    White clothes 40 C
    Darks (Jeans/clothes) 40 C
    'Chino' wash which is middling colours, sports kit and bedding 40 C
    I have 3 separate baskets so we can see which one needs doing next.
    • madnotstupid
    • By madnotstupid 14th Oct 16, 11:03 AM
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    If I have a small colours and a small delicate (coloured) I often wash them all as delicate then give the non-delicate stuff an extra spin. I also sometimes combine a lights and whites. Otherwise -

    sheets 60°C
    towels / dishtowels / cleaning cloths 60°C
    whites 40° + scoop of oxi type cleaner
    colours 40°
    delicates (mainly jumpers in winter) 30° / 40° with delicates detergent

    occasionally seperate darks if there's a new pair of jeans, or if I've managed to gather enough clothes for two loads
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