In 2016, 67% of men age 18 to 34 say they were “mainly responsible for the laundry” last year, up from 44% in 2013, according to Mintel’s annual laundry survey.
There are two things to learn from that:
- There’s an annual laundry survey.
- More men have found their way into the laundry room.
It can’t be long until the doors on the machines have LED TVs. I have been doing laundry since I was tall enough to put quarters in the machines. Despite decades of experience laundering clothes, I learned from the folks at the World of Whirlpool that I have been doing it incorrectly. Here I thought I was good at something! After touring the facilities and learning about slacks, I got the spin on how to do laundry correctly and efficiently.
Best Practices to Wash Your Clothes
Bachelor Method: Wash all your clothes in one load on the normal setting. Separating is for suckas.
Correct Method: Laundry machines have different settings. You should use them. One in two Americans (51%) usually wash clothes using the same settings and a third (36%) feel like they don’t use their washer to its full potential. My follow up question was “how should I be separating my clothes?” Depending on if your closet looks like the paint section at the hardware store or a monochromatic wonderland, you should separate clothes in a few ways: colors (whites, colors, deep colors) and take a look at the directions on your clothes. That is if you haven’t cut off those itchy tags already.
If you just got back from a sweat lodge, soils like sweat and body oils are best removed in hot water, while colors may require colder temperatures to help prevent pigment loss.
Newer machines have different settings designed to best clean the clothes. Seemingly no one knows what Perm Press was for, so it has been replaced by more descriptive settings. The new Cabrio units from Whirlpool have simplified these choices with buttons that ask “what to wash” and “how to wash.” Based on your selections, it picks the right cycle to get your threads clean.
Bachelor Method: Use a full cup of detergent. If I was supposed to use less, they’d make the cup smaller.
Correct Method: In most cases, your regular load of wash doesn’t require a full cup of laundry detergent. Read you detergent to see how much you are supposed to use. Half a cup should be sufficient. Also, certain detergents are better suited for heavily stained clothes.
Bachelor Method: If the stain doesn’t come out, dry clean it, wash it again, wear it with the stain or just buy a new shirt. My personal mantra is “Every stain is a story.” Most of my “stories” involve salsa.
Correct Method: Blot stains, don’t rub, and tackle stains from the inside out as soon as possible. Place the stained area face down on a clean paper towel, then apply stain remover to the underside of the garment to loosen the stain. One of the new washing machines from Maytag has a PowerWash System. Bachelors know that adding more power typically fixes most problems. This cycle blasts out stains by using heated water, more wash action and more rinsing. Somehow it knows when the stains have been removed.
Main Wash Advice
Separate your clothes and use the right setting for the stain/soil level.
Check out other tips from the Institute of Home Service here.
The World of Whirlpool just happens to be in a building I walked by every day and wanted to explore. The venue is primarily used for demos for appliance sales teams to learn about new features and technology. The rooftop, clock tower and river views are just an added bonus.
Now that I know how to wash my clothes correctly, what excuse do I have for dressing poorly?