True confessions: Laundry day
I have a confession to make: I’m no longer separating the laundry. Sure, I try to keep the whites together, but if I have a nearly full load of jeans, baby clothes and dress socks ready to be washed, I will throw in a few bath towels instead of waiting until they start piling up, too. This has resulted in a slightly dingy tint to some of the towels hanging in our bathroom, but I can always bleach them later, right? So far this has only caused problems when mixing never-washed dark items with whites, which I now avoid at all costs. But otherwise, I can deal with whites that are never as bright as those on detergent commercials, even if I’m using a detergent labeled “color-safe bleach” or “bleach alternative,” whatever that means, or some other kind of laundry product marketed at the busy mom.
Am I sacrificing my clothing in the name of efficiency (and environmentalism) or is the whole idea of separating laundry a myth propagated by the consumer goods industry to cause us to do more laundry and therefore buy more detergent?
About the Author
Lisa Parro, health enews contributor, is director of public affairs at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. A former journalist, Lisa has been in health care public relations since 2008 and has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She and her family live in Chicago’s western suburbs.