Dappered Classics – How to do your laundry
Originally Published 10/27/10
A good percentage of the male population does laundry one way: Stuff in as much as you can, no matter what color or fabric, and wash it on warm. That’s a great way to shorten the life of your clothes if not kill them outright. Here’s the quick and dirty ( figuratively and literally) way to do your laundry…
Break your laundry into five piles, and wash them in this order:
1. Plain White Oxfords – Wash on cold, short cycle.
2. Blue or Striped Oxfords and light colored chinos – Wash on cold, short cycle.
3. Nice Lights - Wash on cold, normal cycle.
4. Nice Darks - Wash on cold, short cycle if you’ve got jeans in there.
5. Crap (gym clothes, old stuff, etc…) - Wash on warm, long cycle.
*For Drying: Follow the instructions on the tag and be cautious. For the notoriously shrink susceptible Express 1mx, I’ll purposely not dry them all the way, hang em’ up to air dry the final bit, then iron the next day.
Check your pockets – All it takes is one rogue Lip Balm or cough drop and you’re screwed.
Denim care – For sub $80 jeans, wash inside out once every two weeks, unless they’re noticeably dirty.
Wool care – You could hand wash, but… just take it to the dry cleaner once a month or two.
Leave it in the dryer – If you can’t fold right away, leave the load in the dryer for less wrinkleage.
Don’t leave it in the washer – That said, leaving a damp load in the washer for more than 24 hours and it’ll get musty. If you live in a humid climate like in the south? Don’t even risk it.
Embrace ugly and used: Sure the $600 model looks cool. But spending $50 every few years on an old beatup Sears washer via Craigslist has yet to do me wrong.
Clean your trap: Clean the lint trap every load. The dryer will work better, and it won’t burn down your house.
Ignore the snuggle bear: You don’t need fabric softener. Use a dryer sheet.
Never wash blazers: Even if it’s 100% cotton, unstructured, and the tag says you can. Dry clean only.
Never wash HER stuff: Live with a lady? Lucky you. Don’t wash her stuff. She has a system that’s not yours.
Anything else? Got any laundry secrets or horror stories? Leave them in the comments section below…
Top photo credit: this guy