Apologies for the delay in updating this blog. One attempt last week ended with nothing to show for it - i hit the wrong button and lost a page of effort. That was due to my own cluelessness, i'm just a dumb guy, after all, but after expending all of the effort and having nothing to show for it, i needed a break.
Today's attempt must have worked out, though, if you are reading this. Am fortunate to have a little time between laundry loads, and have no other chores assigned to me. Wife
is visiting family out of state, and has taken Her
Mom with her
, so my load is much lighter than normal.
Laundry is one of those tasks that can be very tricky, and was difficult for me to learn to do the right way. Sometimes i still get it wrong, and ruin a new blouse or something, but i am getting better. Now i know to ask for help when i am not sure of the temperature to wash in or if its OK to put in the dryer. It took a few ruined clothes and a sore bottom to make me understand how important it is to perform this domestic chore flawlessly EVERY time.
After sorting into whites, lights, and dark colors, i start with the white load in the washer. This is for the washcloths, socks, and other whites but not Her
T-shirts, or brassieres. These last items do not do well in the hot water and chlorine bleach that you should wash the whites in. Be sure to run the water for a while to let the tub fill up and mix the detergent first, then add the whites. Also, add the chlorine bleach to the proper place, don't just dump it into the water, since it will actually react with the detergent to the detriment of both.
The reason for doing whites first is that there may be a residue of bleach left over from a previous load, and you want to flush that out and not have it spoil the dark clothes. While the whites are washing, check the other clothes to turn them right side out, empty pants pockets, zip up and button pants and place appropriate clothes (e.g. nylons, knit sweaters) into mesh bags. Once i found a $20 bill in a pocket, and She
was very pleased when i gave it to her
Next, wash the light clothes, because of the possibility that there may be that bleach residue, and this will minimise any damage it could cause. Here is where i put in the lightly colored and white brassieres, but be sure to place them into a mesh bag so they don't get caught on anything and pulled out of shape.
W/we usually have more than one load of dark clothes, so i separate the underwear, jeans, towels, socks, etc. from the shirts and slacks. Again, be sure that you check the pockets; i once missed a tissue and boy did it make a mess!
Once the whites have washed, place them into the dryer; it will help if you shake them up a little bit before putting them in. Add in a fabric softener sheet to reduce the static cling and to give it all a nice fresh scent.
For the lightly colored clothes, use detergent with a non-chlorine bleach like Clorox-II and cold water. Hot water can cause some of Her
most delicate fabrics to shrink, and unless you have time to use the Woolite and do these by hand, most will be OK if you use a gentle cycle. Of course, hand washing of the most delicate items is a very intimate and reverential means of displaying your devotion if you are allowed to do it. Just be very thorough to clean and dry them completely. Usually once washed, i roll them up in a towel and step on them, being careful not to put any creases in them, then unroll the towel and let them finish air drying.
Once the whites dry, remove them and replace with the light load. Be sure to remove the fabrics that cannot handle the dryer, like the brassieres and button down blouses that will shrink if put in the dryer. Maybe you have some other items to watch out for, i suggest you ask Her
. Probably She
won't be too annoyed and certainly She
will be much more annoyed if you screw up and shrink a favorite item! Of course, you will hate to bother Her
with these details, and you figure that you can do this without help, but a word to the wise, as they say.
After removing from the light load the clothes that do not tolerate the dryer and hanging them up before they wrinkle too badly, start the light load drying and the first dark load washing. Don't forget the fabric softener sheet in the dryer, and continue to use the cold water for the dark loads. And remember to mix in the detergent and non-chlorine bleach with a partially filled tub of water before adding the clothes.
Tip - if you wash the load with the shirts first, you can finish placing them on hangers while the last of the clothes dry, but if you are going to run errands in the middle of this and cannot be there when the shirts finish drying, start the other dark load first. If you screw up, (e.g. maybe She
decides you need to run to the store to buy Her
a box of tampons), there is always wrinkle release. Just don't forget to use it!
While the first dark load is washing and the lights are drying, you have time to fold the whites. The washcloths W/we have are bordered on one side, so She has me fold them on the same edge in half and then quarters. It is very pretty to see them all stacked with the design facing the same way, something i never paid attention to before i learned the correct (Her
) way of doing it. For the socks, i match up the pairs and wrap up one inside the other, but always pay attention to not stretching the top out of shape.
Once the lights are ready to come out of the dryer, i pull out the clothes that need to be hung up and carefully lay them over a chair, smoothing out any wrinkles. After taking out the remainder of the light load, proceed with placing the first dark load into the dryer - remember to check the fabrics and hang up any that shouldn't go into the dryer machine. Then adding the fabric softener sheet, start that load and hang up the clothes placed on the chair. Then it's time to fold the other light items, and put these away.
Follow the same procedure when removing the dark load from the dryer, and it is certain that you will feel a sense of accomplishment and joy knowing you have eliminated this drudgery from Her
life. Anyway, that is my reward, that and clean clothes.
Hope that this is of some help, but i do not profess to be an expert. If somebody would care to enlighten me on a better way, please feel free to comment and help me to improve my skills. Also, if there is another domestic chore that you would have me detail, i would love it if you would request it. Until next time, then. Peace and love to you all