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  1. LostSapphire
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    by LostSapphire » Jan 12, 2009
    I also do what''s called the "NIKE" load. ie: all the dark workout wear that should be thrown in with rough and tumble jeans, etc. Plus any dark fleece goes in there too, so no fuzzies get on it.

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  2. Skippy123
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    by Skippy123 » Jan 12, 2009
    LOL[​IMG] Hilarious Princess!


    I wash the whites in hot, darks in warm and special in accordingly. Sheets and towels in hot w/a tiny bit of bleach.
     
  3. anchor31
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    by anchor31 » Jan 12, 2009
    Clothes:
    - dark
    - light
    - red/orange
    - delicates

    Other:
    - sheets
    - towels
     
  4. Diamond*Dana
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    by Diamond*Dana » Jan 12, 2009
    I have three small children and do several loads a week so I really don''t sort. It is either on the floor, in the washer or in the basket!
     
  5. Clairitek
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    by Clairitek » Jan 12, 2009
    Underwear, socks, undershirts, and towels go into the hot water.
    Dark colors go into the cold.
    Then I have a pile of "whatever works" clothes that are neutrals, gray stuff, colored clothes that have been washed 1000 times already and won''t run in hot water. They just go into whatever pile has the least stuff in it so I can run nice full loads.

    Sheets get washed in hot or warm water.

    I have to admit that I''ve never heard of someone seperating colors that way. Interesting concept. I don''t think its overkill though.
     
  6. lyra
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    by lyra » Jan 12, 2009
    I wash towels and sheets separately, and in hot water, always. As for sorting, well, I find you can be pretty lenient if you have a front load washer, it''s more gentle on clothes. But I will tend to do all jeans in one load, all whites separately, then a mish-mash of everything else basically. DD1 and DD2 are in charge of their own laundry. I gave up!![​IMG]
     
  7. arjunajane
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    by arjunajane » Jan 12, 2009
    Ha ha, what a funny topic.

    I do my own clothes, and Fi usually does the "house" stuff, ie. towels.


    so:
    socks and knickers
    normal clothes light
    normal clothes dark
    uniform/work clothes
    handwash delicates/wools

    I usually have a bunch of stuff that needs handwashing, so that takes up most of my time...

    urgh, washing..
     
  8. marcy
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    by marcy » Jan 12, 2009
    LOL!

    I sort by knits, fuzzies, cotton, lights, darks and what I want to wear tomorrow.
     
  9. geckodani
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    by geckodani » Jan 12, 2009
    That''s pretty much exactly how I do it too, except I tend to have a lot of brown that goes in with the red/orange pile.
     
  10. WishfulThinking
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    by WishfulThinking » Jan 12, 2009
    Nothing to make you stringy about loads like having to pay $3.35 for each washer and each dryer cycle. [​IMG] When I can afford it I do whites separately and the rest together. When I can't I do everything together. And then there are the times I really just can't afford to do it period, but I don't like to discuss that.

    When I go home and have the luxury of free laundry I sort whites, colors, and darks.
     
  11. that_someone_special
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    by that_someone_special » Jan 12, 2009
    I do whites, lights, darks, "stuff that may bleed", and then delicates (bras... my washer is AWESOME for this!) haha. I do laundry, A LOT. I can get most stains out. [​IMG]
     
  12. kittybean
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    by kittybean » Jan 12, 2009
    Clothes (cold)
    Sheets & towels (hot)
     
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    by that_someone_special » Jan 12, 2009
    I forgot to mention that I wash towels, wash cloths, and uh.. I''m tired.. the dry sheets for dishes.. LOL in HOT HOT water. Sometimes twice. It gags me not to.. ick ick ick... ok.. off to bed now. [​IMG]
     
  14. Mrs Mitchell
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    by Mrs Mitchell » Jan 13, 2009
    Stuff inside or lying on the floor nearby the laundry basket is for washing. Stuff draped over the chair next to the basket is for dry cleaning. I''m afraid that''s as sorted as it gets for me. Theoretically, DH and I do our own laundry, so there are two baskets. Since I''d never be able to get dressed and leave the house by that method, he does most of it, and I''ve noticed he''s using the spare basket for stuff that needs a delicate wash, knitwear and so on. Possibly because we''ve fallen out more than once over his habit of boiling cashmere?

    Does anyone else wash baby clothes separately? DH is convinced they can''t go in a wash with our stuff, for some reason.
     
  15. oobiecoo
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    by oobiecoo » Jan 13, 2009
    So it looks like people have a million different ways to sort things... guess I''m not too strange then! [​IMG]


    Another quetion... on a front load washer, can you open it up during the cycle to add or remove items? It seems like you can''t but I wanted to ask.
     
  16. Steel
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    by Steel » Jan 13, 2009
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  17. snlee
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    by snlee » Jan 13, 2009
    We usually don''t sort much - one load of our clothes, one load of baby stuff. If we have a ton of laundry, we will sort our stuff into lights, darks, and sheets/towels.
     
  18. jewelerman
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    by jewelerman » Jan 14, 2009
    sort by whites and darks and towels....I always put dress shirts and dress sox and knits on delicate and then flat dry or hang dry...never put good dress clothes or expensive sheets in dryer...hang drying triples the life of a garment or sheets.
     
  19. mrscushion
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    by mrscushion » Jan 14, 2009
    Ditto. I love bleach!
     
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    by mia1181 » Jan 14, 2009
    I sort into 2 piles: stuff that WILL bleed and stuff that WON''T. That''s as far as I go! DH and I each wash our own clothes so if I sorted into more piles I''d be doing a bunch of tiny loads. That seems like a waste of time/money to me. Instead I do loads so big that it takes two cycles in the dryer to dry them. DH is sure I will break the machines!
     
  21. Loves Vintage
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    by Loves Vintage » Jan 15, 2009
    I do lights, whites (w/bleach), colors, kitchen towels (get their own load because I can''t deal with any potential pet hair) and doggie stuff (bedding, toys).
     
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