I am one of those people that follow clothes label instructions. Not to the letter for each, individual garment, but generally speaking, I group my loads of laundry by washing instructions. For instance, we have a number of items that shouldn’t be washed with fabric softener, including our performance wear, my husband’s socks and my Norwex cleaning clothes. I call it the “Under Armour” load, because the majority of it is our Under Armour apparel. Truthfully, it’s the “No Fabric Softener” load. But who wants to yell down the stairs, “I’m putting the ‘No Fabric Softener’ load in the wash. Do you have anything else that needs to be added to it?” Me either. So ‘Under Armour’ it is. And there are about six more loads with similar stories. (Side note: This post is NOT sponsored by Under Armour, but you’d never guess that by the number of times their name appears. Free marketing for them, I guess.)
It got to the point where I could barely remember the variables for each load. In our house, laundry is mostly my responsibility, but my husband will often graciously pitch in and check a few loads off of my to-do list. He told me once that there have been many times when he would think to start a load of laundry, but couldn’t remember washing and drying instructions.
I went straight from that conversation to our computer and created a spreadsheet with washing and drying instructions for each load. As many times as I’ve done our laundry, I am amazed at how often I reference this sheet – hanging above our washer – for instructions.
*These are not Pinterest-approved photos. Those who are more creative and decoratively-inclined than I am would put it in a cute frame and hang other cuteness on the wall. I recognize that there’s nothing cute about this. It’s all about purpose.
Remembering each load’s specifications is one less thing I have to commit to memory. And, my amazing husband uses it frequently as well! Get the printable here and let me know how it’s helpful to you.