5 Tips On Doing Laundry Like a Pro

by Alli

Years ago my mom taught me how to do laundry like a pro. Since then, I’ve taught my kids and lots more kids how to properly do the laundry. 

For several years I taught an elective class to high school kids entitled Social Graces. According to most of my students, it was their favorite class.  

I taught them basic life skills like proper etiquette, which fork to use in case they were ever invited to the White House, or a formal dinner, and how to do simple chores like laundry.

I was shocked to find that most of the kids (and their parents, according to them) just threw their laundry in a pile, dumped it in the washer, turned it on, and called it a day.  

As the laundry queen, I knew I had to teach them how to properly do their laundry and that they would thank me later. (Several of them have!)

Tide Pods - How to do Laundry like a Pro

Here’s my 5 Tips On Doing Laundry Like A Pro

1.  Separate those clothes

I’m constantly amazed at the people who don’t separate their clothes at all. 

  • Separate light-colored clothes from dark ones
  • Separate fabrics and textures

2.  Read the labels

Some clothing, like lingerie, needs to be washed on delicate.   You don’t want to accidentally wash a dry-clean-only garment. It usually shrinks so badly that it now fits your daughter’s baby doll.

3. Don’t overload the washer

Sure, I get it. Laundry is not my favorite activity, but overloading the washer is a big no-no. 

When it sounds like the washing machine is about to take off for Mars, there’s your sign.  Your washer is probably overloaded and/or off balance.  

Laundry doesn’t get cleaned properly when the machine is overloaded.

4. Choose the right setting

There are settings for water temperature and load sizes. If you’re washing a full load, make sure you don’t have the setting set too small.  If you’re washing a cotton blouse, use cold water to avoid shrinkage.

5.  Use Tide Pods

Tide has always been my favorite laundry detergent and Tide Pods delivers the best overall cleaning experience. Tide has a combination of great design, performance, and convenience.  

There’s no more wasting detergent since the pods are pre-measured. Tide Pods clean, brighten, and fight stains in every load of laundry.

Tide Pods

Helpful Hint:  Tide Pods should always go into the washing machine before adding laundry.

There’s even more that I love about Tide Pods:

  • To deliver a small liquid single use, a new formula was created that is HE compatible and twice as compacted as the current 2x Tide Liquid.
  • The three-chamber design allows the unique chemistry matrix to work synergistically in the wash for excellent results.
  • To ensure the best laundry experience for consumers, Tide Pods uses a new film that dissolves completely in the wash, even in cold water.

How to Do Laundry Like a Pro - 5 Tips

Like any household cleaning products, it’s important to keep laundry pacs up, up, and away – seal pacs up, store pacs up, and keep pacs away from your kids and pets.

For more info, you can visit Tide’s website, and follow Tide on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

What’s your favorite tip for doing laundry?

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Robin Rue (@massholemommy) June 25, 2015 - 8:06 am

Laundry is a never ending battle for me. I wish I could get a good handle on it & I am going to try with your awesome tips.

Christy Maurer June 25, 2015 - 8:37 am

I did not know that you should put the pods in first! I would have loved to take a Social Graces class. We had home ec, but we mostly just cooked and chatted. I did sew a skirt, but I’m not about to do that now!

Grace Hodgin June 25, 2015 - 10:01 am

Allie, I think your class was probably the most valuable class those kids took! Laundry is important as it helps with first impressions with appearance and also I love you have made laundry and ‘Art Form’.

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle June 25, 2015 - 11:04 am

We have a front loader, which I love because of its ginormous capacity. Tide Pods are the only laundry I use in it.

teresa mccluskey June 25, 2015 - 11:53 am

I am not picky on laundry as much as I should be, I do need to tighten down some. I am one of those people you described. I am going to take and print out this post and hang in the laundry room though! It will help!

Nancy June 25, 2015 - 1:24 pm

Tide pods are seriously the way to go, and they last much longer than my regular dish washing detergent since they’re obviously pre-pke’d and you’re not wasting any more liquid than you have to.

Jeanine June 25, 2015 - 2:07 pm

Laundry. The very bane of my existence. I can’t ever get caught up. It’s a huge stuggle, but I will be trying these pods. I haven’t ever tried them but LOVE tide!

Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies June 25, 2015 - 5:48 pm

I’ve heard a lot of good things about these pods! They look super convenient to have! Next time I’m shopping I’ll pick some up to try.

Liz Mays June 25, 2015 - 7:29 pm

These are great ideas. My laundry area is pretty small so I have to do frequent washing. Tide pods are big time savers.

Chubskulit Rose June 25, 2015 - 8:03 pm

I have never tried tide pods before. I do kaundry twice a week. On special occasion hubby does it and he sorts the clothes color by color lol.

Dawn McAlexander June 25, 2015 - 10:22 pm

I would love to use Tide in my laundry. It is hands down the best laundry detergent on the market. Unfortunately, my husband is allergic to it.

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai June 25, 2015 - 10:49 pm

Thanks for these awesome tips, Alli. I am an avid clothes separator–it makes all the difference in the world to keeping your clothes nice longer. I always use Tide, but have never tried the Tide Pods. The work great huh?

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Dogvills June 26, 2015 - 1:24 am

These are wonderful tips. Among all the chores, doing the laundry is my favorite.

Rebecca Swenor June 26, 2015 - 1:38 am

These are all awesome tips for doing laundry like a pro. I love the Tide Pods because you just have to throw it in the washer and there is no measuring. They are totally awesome and I love how the clothes come out so clean. Thanks for sharing.

Alyssa C June 26, 2015 - 9:29 am

I do laundry on Sunday’s but now that school is out I find myself doing it twice a week. My mom uses Tide Pods and I love the smell but we only use Purex since my daughters have extremely sensitive skin.

Uplifting Families June 26, 2015 - 10:40 am

I haven’t tried the tide pods yet. I started having issues with liquid soap a few months ago. It was making our clothes mildew. I had to switch to powder.

Ann Bacciaglia June 26, 2015 - 1:38 pm

These are great laundry tips. I love using Tide Pods. I do not have to worry about measuring out the detergent. I always tend to over pour.

Lisa Bristol June 26, 2015 - 1:40 pm

I have been wanting to try Tide Pods. I have a tendency to over pour my detergent. I will have to pick some up to try.

Rosey June 26, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Tide is my favorite for laundry. I love that it’s dependable every single time.

Jacqueline June 27, 2015 - 8:15 pm

I went to a laundry mat for years and always stuffed the washer to the brim because I was paying by the load. As an adult I realize how silly that was! Of course, I love Tide! 🙂

Yona Williams June 27, 2015 - 11:59 pm

One thing that I really need to do when I do the laundry is read the label. Sometimes, the care instructions really surprise me when I get down to it. My sweetie has to work on not overloading the laundry – he is notorious for doing that.


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