19 thoughts on “How bad is washing your clothes? What are the best ways to learn how to do it with minimal damage?

  1. Anonymous says:

    the instructions on the label are the absolute worst you would want to treat a garment.
    use milder settings if possible.

    for natural fiber garments, you can reduce the need for washing by spot cleaning as needed and letting them hang out in open air for at least a while between wears.

    • Anonymous says:

      I spot clean my jeans that aren’t for work and fold them, put them in a zip lock bag and in the freezer for two days every couple of weeks. Shirts, I try to wear undershirts with and those get washed after one wear, and the shirt that buttons I’ll try to squeeze two or three wears out of before washing, which is only possible because of the undershirt but eventually the collars get dirty. T shirts there’s nothing you can do to avoid washing them after one wear- since they touch your pits, neck, and back with sweat glands and sebaceous sweat glands they’re basically like underwear and are one use. Jackets can be spot cleaned only and dry clean as needed, maybe every other year.

      • Anonymous says:

        Also never get a front load washer. They start to stink and must be washed and sanitized. The seal for the door also ends up leaking and needs to be replaced. Never buy any LG or Samsung appliances either. Whirlpool and Maytag are better and Speed Queen is the best. GE is only slightly better than LG or Samsung.
        >t. maintenance man who repairs lots of appliances

    • Anonymous says:

      >the instructions on the label are the absolute worst you would want to treat a garment.
      >use milder settings if possible.
      >me over here throwing all my hand-wash only stuff in with everything else.
      >never sort by color
      >clothes have held up for years, only finally had a pair of shorts wear through that I bought in 2016 at H&M for $20 dollars

      I don’t get why people call h&m fast fashion, their stuff is quality and I’ve been wearing their stuff for years. My favorite sweater is a $20 dollar 100% cotton sweater that I don’t want to ever get rid of. Also clothing technology and washing technology have come so far that they can get washed so efficiently, and you don’t have to sort anymore. My mom doesn’t believe it when she sees how I do laundry lol.

        • Anonymous says:

          I don’t think it’s about being correct, I think it’s just about finding whatever process gets your clothes washed the best with the least effort and fuss. I know I don’t really get my clothes very dirty and I know I’m gentle with them, and I think that’s really been the biggest thing in having them last so long. Washing is only part of that, but I’ve found that doing a quick wash on medium usually works great because it’s only 35 -45 mins and everything smells fresh and is soft so hey I’m happy.

          I think if I started to think about it too much then I would start getting ocd about it and I don’t have the time or energy to do that because I’m busy working and living my life, ya know.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’ve learned this the hard way: USE LOW HEAT
    My braindead ass thought "oh more heat means dry faster" so I would dry my clothes on high heat. Use longer low heat cycles for everything but soaked towels.

  3. Anonymous says:

    i dont know if you know this but clothes have how to wash instructions on them. i just dry clean most stuff

  4. Anonymous says:

    >cold wash, minimal detergent
    >hang dry all pants
    >low heat dry cycle

    since i started doing this, every new article of clothing i’ve bought has stayed looking new, compared to some things that have gone thru warm/hot washes and medium/high dry cycles multiple times.

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