Step 2: Sort Your Laundry
Next off, you’ll want to sort your laundry into different groups based on the garments’ shared characteristics. Here are a few ways you could go about this:
Create piles of similar fabrics:
First, separate your laundry into two piles: one made up of heavy fabrics (e.g. jackets, jeans, heavy cotton sweatshirts), and another composed of lightweight or thin fabrics (e.g. blouses, t-shirts). Now, create a separate pile for delicates (e.g. lingerie, silk items), and another pile for towels [link to https://www.lenor.co.uk/en-gb/fabric-conditioner-tips/laundry-faqs/how-to-get-soft-towels] and bed linens. Washing by fabric type allows you to use different water temperatures and keeps drying cycles simple. To reduce lint, never wash lint producing fabrics and lint attracting fabrics together. In case you are not sure if you can wash a specific item, read Lenor’s guide on how to deal with delicate fabrics.
Sort by colours:
By separating your fabrics based on colours, you can prevent your dark colours from staining your whites or lighter colour fabrics. We recommend you create two piles:
- Whites, pastels, light greys, and light background prints.
- Deep coloured clothes: black, red, navy, brown, dark grey
Heavily soiled items should be washed separately.
When in doubt, use colder washes, especially for dark clothes to avoid shrinking, fading, and bleeding of dyes. Using cold water saves energy and resources, too. For heavily soiled whites or light colours, however, warm or hot water may be the best bet.