(Closed) Laundry Idea – Stupid or Brilliant?

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll:
    Good idea : (19 votes)
    39 %
    Bad idea - please explain! : (30 votes)
    61 %
  • Post # 3
    7172 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I kind of like this idea!  I say – try it out of a month and see if you like it!

    With my washer, you have to put the soap in before the clothes, so this would never work!

    I also like sorting between lights/darks and delicates and heavier clothes… so that would also not work.

    Post # 4
    5072 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    That wouldn’t work for me – I’m a sorter.  I don’t wash everything together.

    But it could work for you guys.  Give it a go!

    Post # 5
    3263 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I like the general idea, but it’d never work for us. I separate our clothes not just from lights and darks but regular and delicates.

    If you don’t separate clothes though, why not? Go for it!

    Post # 6
    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I think it would work if you don’t have to sort by color…

    Post # 7
    47202 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It would work if you both agree to wear only light or dark clothes at the same time.

    There is no law that says you have to wait to do all your laundry at the same time. We both throw a load in whenever there is enough to do.

    We also have two baskets, white or light, and dark.

    Post # 8
    5147 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    The problem I see is seperating your colors. Are you going to end up with your whites turned pink because a red shirt was in the wash? Or dingy light-colored clothes because you washed them with darks?

    I’ve seen dye-catcher sheets you can use that are supposed to prevent that, I have no idea if they work or not though because I haven’t tried them. http://www.shoutitout.com/en-US/Products/Pages/shout-color-catcher.aspx

    Post # 9
    1811 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    My parents do that but they tend to forget to switch the clothes over until they go to put more clothes in the washer the next day so they end up having to rewash a load 2 or 3 times. I guess if it’s that easy you just forget about it!

    Post # 11
    11461 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I have the same set up in my house — my washer and dryer literally are right outside my master suite. I cannot stand to have overflowing hampers either; however, I am a major “sorter,” so your system would not work for me.  Darling Husband and I have a large walk-in closet, and I’ve lined up three of those mesh, pop-up hampers with handles adjacent to the ironing board for our laundry.  These hampers are so light and easy to carry even when full, and this works well for me. (Thankfully, DSD does her own laundry, and DSS has a separate hamper in the laundry room. I just pull out his items that correspond to the load that I’m doing for Darling Husband and me.)  

    Post # 12
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m a sorter – couldn’t do it.  Also I have a hard enough time getting my husband to leave his clothes anywhere other than on the floor next to his side of the bed, so good luck with getting a guy to actually put them in the machine!

    Post # 13
    111 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I’d be concerned about sorting unless you two are both cotton & jeans, all light/all dark/well-washed clothing (i.e., nothing new, or even semi-new, that would bleed) kinda people.


    I have the opposite deal and I have 4 tall slim hampers and my Fiance is “trained” to sort them as he takes them off into the appropriate hamper! Cool

    Post # 14
    4413 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @TheSpoons:  I have also never ever separated whites and colors! Nowadays it really isn’t necessary — both clothing dye AND laundry detergent have come a long way.

    Sounds like a pretty wise idea. I basically have the same system except there is a hamper — but the hamper is exactly the size of one full load of laundry. So if the hamper is full or nearly full, BAM, time to run that beeotch!

    Post # 15
    3885 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    This might be problematic for a front-loader as those need to be air-dryed after use; if you start a new load of clothes shortly after removing an earlier load, the clothes would get mildewy/sour from sitting in the damp machine, and the machine would pick up a funky odor from not being allowed to air out.  Would probably work for a top-loader though.

    Post # 16
    772 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Just wash everything on cold and get the tide for cold water wash and this should work fine.

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