Let’s be honest: adulting is a pain.
Now that you are on your own in college, you need to handle all of the household duties you once relied on your parents to finish. Not only that, but you also need to juggle studying, assignments, internships, extracurricular activities, and a social life. It’s hard to not let that pile of laundry sitting in your corner continue to build up as the weeks go on. While most of us would rather not deal with monotonous household chores, we just can’t avoid them.
To help you out, we have compiled a guide offering advice on how to wash a weighted blanket, dress clothes, and other tricky laundry items.
How to Wash a Weighted Blanket
Keep your weighted blanket fresh and clean
Weighted blankets are perfect for late-night studying and relaxing. Their plush material combined with their extra weight makes it easy to unwind and sleep away the day’s stresses. However, many people look for advice on how to wash a weighted blanket due to its unique structure.
General Washing and Drying Instructions
Luckily, most weighted blankets are machine washable, including the Vellux Heavy Weight 15-pound Weighted Throw. However, you should always check the care instructions on the tag if you are using a different brand name weighted blanket. The blanket may have a removable cover you can wash instead or it may not be machine washable.
Wash your weighted blanket on the gentle cycle with cold water and mild detergent. To prevent wear and tear from too many washes, you can also purchase a removable duvet cover for your blanket. Avoid using fabric softeners and bleach on your blanket. Fabric softeners can cause your blanket to become scratchy while the bleach can break down its fibers and weaken the material.
To dry your weighted blanket, throw it in the dryer on the low-heat cycle setting. If you want to air dry it, you can either hang it over an even and open surface or out to dry in the sun. Avoid hanging it over a clothesline as that can cause the beads inside the blanket to disperse unevenly throughout it.
Food spills and drink stains are inevitable. But before throwing your weighted blanket into the washer and dryer, you need to spot clean it. Otherwise, the dryer will cause the stain to set into your blanket. For liquid stains, apply a bleach-free stain remover to the spot. Then, gently scrub the stain away with a toothbrush. For grease stains from oil-based foods like pizza or pasta, you can use soap. You can also use your fingers or a brush to scrub the stain away.
How to Keep Your Dress Clothes Clean and Neat
Make sure your clothes are interview-ready
Most college students do not have enough money in their budget to send their dress clothes to the dry cleaner. If you do, great! But otherwise, you can check out these tips for keeping your dress clothes clean and interview-ready.
Before throwing your dress clothes in the washer, make sure you pretreat any stains on them. You can treat them with a little detergent or a stain remover pen if you have one. Unbutton all the buttons on your shirt or suit, including the ones on the collar and the cuffs.
Set the washer to the cold setting to prevent the stitching from shrinking and causing the material to pucker. If your clothes are fine or lightweight, you will want to set the washer to the “Delicate” or “Light” cycle. If they are made from a heavier fabric, you can set the washer to the “Normal” cycle. Avoid using detergents or cleaners that are chlorine-based, as they tend to discolor fabrics.
Once your clothes are finished in the washing machine, you can either place them directly on a hanger or press them. You will want to do this quickly, as the shirts will be a little wrinkled from the cycle. When the clothes are a little dry, you can begin to iron them.
Maximize Your Dress Shirt Life
Because they are typically worn only for special occasions, such as an interview or a networking event, you don’t need to have a whole wardrobe full of dress clothes. This allows you to pick high-quality dress clothes that can last a while. To maximize their lifespan, follow these tips.
- Avoid letting white clothes stay in the hamper for too long before washing them. This can cause them to prematurely turn yellow from sweat and oils.
- Remove any collar stays from your shirt collar before washing it. If they are thrown in the washer with your dress shirt, they can become warped and distorted.
- Don’t wash them too frequently. Of course, we don’t mean to say that you shouldn’t wash them altogether. However, it’s not necessary to wash them after every use. Doing so may actually cause it to lose its color and stretch.
How to Wash Your Shoes
Washing your shoes is easier than you think
Don’t let your favorite white sneakers become gross and dirty before it’s too late to do anything for them. Keeping your shoes clean is important for maintaining their appearance and durability. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping your shoes clean and respectable-looking.
How to Wash Your Sneakers
Believe it or not, you can throw your sneakers into the washing machine! Before doing so, you will need to remove the soles and laces from them. We also recommend placing them in a mesh sweater bag for protection. When you are ready, add the sneakers in with your regular laundry. Set the machine to “Cold” and “Medium” spin speed. Once they are finished, let them air dry. To clean your laces, soak them inside warm, soapy water for about an hour. You will need to let them air dry as well.
If your shoes aren’t dirty enough to justify throwing them into the washer, you can also spot clean them. Make a batch of baking soda, water, and laundry detergent in a small bowl. Dip a toothbrush into the bowl and scrub it into any dirt or marks on your shoes. Let the shoes sit overnight before removing the mixture with some water. This method is especially useful for white shoes, as they tend to get dirty pretty easily.
How to Clean Dress Shoes
Sneakers tend to be easier to clean than shoes made from leather, fabric, suede, or satin. Unlike sneakers, you can’t throw these shoes into the washing machine as that will damage them. For shoes made with these materials, you can gently wipe them down with a homemade concoction of water and vinegar. Remove any dirt with a dry paper towel or a toothbrush. You can also purchase a shoe spray designed for the specific type of fabric your shoe is made of.
How to Wash a Jacket
Your cleaning regime will revolve around the jacket’s material
As we move further into winter, our coats continue to take a beating from the cold temperatures, snow, and rain. To keep your coat clean and well-maintained, remember to take the time to throw it into the washer every now and then.
Most coats are machine-washable, but you should double-check the cleaning tag on yours just in case. Nylon, fleece, and puffy, down-filled coats are typically safe to go into the washer. However, wool, suede, fur, and leather jackets will become damaged by washing machines.
If you haven’t washed your coat for a while, it probably has some food and water stains on it. Apply some stain remover or dish soap to the stains and let the jacket soak for about ten minutes. You can then toss the jacket into a washing machine or scrub it down with a wet cloth.
To prevent the jacket from damaging other clothes in your laundry load, keep it zipped and buttoned before throwing it into the washing machine. We also recommend washing similar materials together to prevent your clothes from fading or becoming degraded. For instance, you will need to keep your fleece coat separate from other clothes, as it will become linty from being washed with other materials.
If you have a wool coat, you can hand wash it with cold water and baby shampoo. But if you have a fur, leather, or suede coat, you will need to take it to the dry cleaner to have it professionally cleaned.
Nylon coats can typically be thrown into a dryer. Place the dryer on a low-to-medium heat setting and throw a set of dryer balls inside with the coat. This helps the stuffing inside the coats to redistribute itself. However, other fabrics, such as fleece, should be air-dried to prevent shrinking.
Cleaning can be a pain. But if you are able to maintain a regular cleaning schedule for all of your items, you can prevent it from becoming impossible. Starting good cleaning habits now will set you up for success long after you graduate from college and move out on your own. Do you have any cleaning hacks you swear by? Let us know in the comments!