You should know how to do laundry, and how to remove different type of stains from clothes as well as other objects.
If you’re not too particular it is usually sufficient to sort clothes into two categories, colors and whites. Make sure that nothing requires dry-cleaning (if it does, take it to a professional). For a top-loading washing machine, add laundry detergent and then put in your clothes. Settings vary (in my dorm I simply have to select between whites and colors). For whites you want the hot water setting, and cold for colors. Machines vary, so check the manual or do a search for more information.
Also, don’t forget to:
- Check pockets prior to washing
- Check labels for special instructions, especially if fabrics are unusual
Most items of clothing should be set aside to be washed after being worn once. Overcoats, sweatshirts, and other articles that don’t come into direct contact with skin can be washed much less frequently. Denim jeans can sometimes be worn up to a dozen times before washing. However, if it starts to smell, wash it.
To keep on top of things, it is recommended to do laundry about once a week.