Laundry Basics: Sorting Clothes

Sorting clothes before you do laundry is an essential step. There are various methods for sorting clothes, but the most commonly used one is to sort clothes by color. While it might be tempting to just toss all of your dirty clothes into LG washers, there are several reasons why you should take the time to sort your laundry. It allows you to use different wash temperatures and wash cycles, as well as certain laundry products, like bleach.

Sorting by color helps reduce the likelihood of a darker colored piece of clothing bleeding and that color being absorbed by a lightly colored article of clothing. For instance, reds are notorious for bleeding and turning whites a nice shade of pink, especially if washed on hot or warm water cycles. Rather than risk accidently dying your lightly colored clothing, take a few minutes to sort your loads, as follows:

  • Whites: Underwear, t-shirts, socks, and other sturdy white cottons fall into this group. Most people want to use bleach and hot water, especially to ensure their undergarments are clean.
  • Lights: Light colored clothing includes light blues, greens, beiges, and more. It is recommended to sort warm colors (i.e. various shades of oranges, reds, and yellows) from cool colors (i.e. greens, blues, and purples).
  • Darks: Dark shades in both warm and cool colors, as well as blacks fall into this group. You can sort them into warm and cool colors, but normally it is not necessary, since darks are typically washed on cold water cycles.

Besides sorting clothes by colors, there are four sub-groups for sorting certain articles of clothing: delicates, jeans, towels, and sheets. With each of these sub-groups, sort them by color, too. For instance, if you have both light and dark colored towels, separate them and do two different loads.

So far, sorting clothes sounds simple and easy. However, before you pat yourself on the back, there is something else you need to know when sorting clothes. After you have your piles all sorted, the next thing you have to do is sort each pile of dirty laundry by fabric weight. For example, if you have several pairs of heavier cotton shorts or pants and lighter shirts, you have to separate them. Otherwise, you run the risk of the heavier clothing damaging your lighter-weight apparel. If you are not sure how to sort a particular article of clothing, read the use and care tag, since it provides details on the recommended wash and dry cycles.

With today’s high efficiency washers, there is no reason to do smaller loads sorted by color and fabric weight. Front loading washers automatically detect the volume of laundry in the machine and adjust the water level to match. In addition, it will be easier on your dryer, since drying times are different for heavy and light weight fabrics. If you are shopping for new LG washers and dryers, call LG Washer Dryer FJS Distributors, Inc. now at 800-875-1533 to speak to a representative.

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