Friday Flotsam

FFFFFFFFFFFFF aaaaaaahhhhhhrrrrrrrrrrrrrrederleedo.

Okay, this is about to get ril gross, or you’re a completely normal person like me. Maybe.

And it’s a poll, so saddle up.

Do you separate your laundry?

As in – do you separate your whites from your colors? OR do you separate your loads by people? (Bridget, I’m looking at you.) ORRRR, and this is the kicker: do you separate your undies from your kitchen towels? (Bridget, looking at at you again.)

You guys, no. I never have. I never have.

I’m going to let you all simmer in disgust for a bit if you need.

Listen, let me just clarify something. There have been times when I’ve noticed a bunch of white bath towels in a heap in my ONE LAUNDRY BASKET, so I’ll focus on those. Like, I’ll pick those out and throw them in. Whites and off whites. But if it’s a normal day and I’m just living my life, it all goes in. Willy nilly and frilly. It all just goes. Nothing has ever bled (besides a BLUE CRAYON, WILL), so I’ve never stressed it.

Is this disgusting? I mean, it’s laundry. It’s all getting spin and spun and rinsed and washed and rested and spun again. It’s fine.

And while I’m at it, of course I just put it all on “normal” – I have zero time to figure out the rest of those settings.

Who’s in my camp? No, I do not have lice, why do you ask?

I suppose I should go ahead and ask you how often you clean your beauty blender while we’re doing this.

You know, the little sponge that you use to blend your beauty. How often do you wash that thing? Do you wash it every night after it’s fulfilled its daily blending purposes, or do you wait until it looks like a feature character in an episode of Ren and Stimpy?

I washed mine yesterday. NO, not for the first time, you sicko. But it had, uh . . . been a while. And I swear to you there was more foundation in that walnut-sized sponge than in the Seine river. Look, I wasn’t too bad at math in school but this does not work out.

Tell me often I need to be washing this sponge so that I can immediately forget.

I have something else to admit. (you’re lit-rally unable to handle this post, I can fully tell.)

I don’t even know what that chaco taco thing is. Sorry, was.

I have chaco sandals, does that count?!

And I just googled it – CHOCO. See? I have no idea. Was it a Taco Bell thing? Or something you bought at a grocery store? We have still those drumstick ice cream things, I think everyone can simmer down.

I’m great this morning, why do you ask?

I think I might need one of those mini globes.

Not a globe of the world, but a disco globe. (this post took a turn indeed.) This thing. How pretty is that! But I need honest input from those of you who have mini disco globes in your homes. Is it calming or annoying? I always see photos of the pretty reflections on walls bouncing around and I think, “I might need that. It’s lovely.” But is it? Or do you feel like you’re having vertigo or a stroke?

And if you do have one, tell me the best size. It can’t look like something on That ’70s Show, you guys.

Weekend plans?

The weather is going to be phenom. Upper 70s and low 80s. Read that a few times if you need to be soothed. We have Arkansas friends coming to town! We’ll sit patio side, swim a bit, hang at our place, eat some pimento cheese and no-churn peach ice cream. (<–shooting that one for you!) We’ve had a lot of rain this week and my yards have mostly popped back and I am filled with utter #coastalgrandma joy. Just try to love it.

From this week, in case you missed it! It’s only one post. Seared Zucchini with Pine Nuts and Fresh Mint. Unbelievably simple and the flavors are ridiiiiic.

Okay also, I started Book Lovers last night and I am already completely swallowed. It’s great! I need more summer book suggestions. And also your separated or non-separated laundry input.

Oh boy, here we go.

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21 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Jenn P July 29, 2022 at 8:19 am #
    Laundry - I wash my own clothes twice a week. No separating there. I also do one load of towels (everyone's), a load of throw blankets, and a load of sheets. Husband and daughter do their own laundry. I use "normal" as well. It all comes out clean so I'm happy. Books - Just started "The Maid." It probably will be one of my favorites of the summer. I just finished Black Cake and didn't love it. I'm more into mystery and procedure, not family drama. Thanks for the reminder to clean my makeup brush. I keep putting it off.
  2. Kristin L July 29, 2022 at 8:47 am #
    So, I don't separate any clothes... mine, my husband's... everything goes in. I do separate towels and wash them all together, but that's because one time I mixed them in with clothes and there were towel fuzzies on my shirts. Other than that, there's no rules when it comes to laundry mixing! Ugh, I don't want to talk about cleaning the beauty blender... when it gets super gross it my current timeline. I hate every time I clean it and see all that foundation rinsing out... like is half of every foundation bottle living in the beauty blender until I clean it? Is that where all my makeup money goes - literally down the drain? Lastly, the second I saw that little disco ball I transported back to high school me who had a tiny disco ball hanging from her car mirror and thought she was THE. COOLEST. So, take that for whatever it's worth haha!
  3. Lindsay July 29, 2022 at 9:12 am #
    Ok, first of all…I don’t use the beauty blender because it just seems SOOO dirty. I know it does a great job, but I prefer to use a blending brush (yes, I know it’s the same concept, and it also gets dirty and I’m being ridiculous) that I clean one in a while. I feel like it’s impossible to really clean a beauty blender. Am I the only one? As far as laundry goes, I separate towels from clothes because the fibers on the towels can damage the finer fibers on clothing. I also just do loads per person, rarely mixing loads. However, this method isn’t serving us well and I think it might be better to just do one small load of everyone’s stuff mixed together each day. FOLDING LAUNDRY IS THE WORST!
  4. Amy July 29, 2022 at 10:04 am #
    I have a disco ball hanging on my back patio and love it!
  5. Katy K July 29, 2022 at 11:36 am #
    I do separate laundry but just I to lights, darks, and towels/underwear. Every thing on normal with cold water except towels/underwear, they get hot water. I hate towel lint on my clothes! Here’s my unpopular opinion, I don’t use fabric softener or dryer sheets. My towels are softer because of this! I don’t wear foundation so no beauty sponges here. My eye shadow brushes are probably gross and I should wash those, though! It’s a few years old but I just finished The Lost Queen by Signe Pike and loved it!
    • Meg August 10, 2022 at 11:43 am #
      you are NOT alone, I also do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets. I also use dye/scent free detergent because I didn't want to share clothes in college and I told my suite mates I was allergic to detergent- 15 years later and I'm still in the habit incase someone from that time ever needs to do laundry at my house
  6. Jessica W. July 29, 2022 at 1:56 pm #
    I do my own laundry separately and my husband does his and my stepsons' laundry together. I also wash the towels by themselves as a load and linens (sheets, blankets, pillowcases, comforters) by themselves as a load. I recently cleaned my Beauty Blender and makeup brushes with blue original Dawn Dish Soap and they turned out immaculate! Dawn really cleaned every drop of KatVonD Good Apple Foundation right out of the Beauty Blender! I also use Dawn to clean my jewelry and it works so well!!! :)
  7. Joanne July 29, 2022 at 2:15 pm #
    I do separate laundry by person but only because my husband and oldest son wear the same size, brand, and style of clothes... and my younger two boys literally have a few of the same shirts and pieces as well. Sorting was a nightmare from the time my boys were quite small (there were years when 2 of them wore the same size!) so I just put a hamper in each person's closet and all dirty clothes go in there then I wash when it's full. So easy and I don't have to chase anyone down asking "is this yours?" I also have 5 laundry baskets stacked in the washroom so I can keep them separate right up through folding. I do pull towels out and wash them separate from clothes but only because I ruined one of my favorite bras with towel lint/ fuzzies. I almost always use normal cycle but will do a heavy duty cycle for my husband or oldest sons clothes if they're really grimy (both work in rock quarries with heavy machinery so I've seen everything from mud to grease to hydraulic oil).
  8. Dayna July 29, 2022 at 2:52 pm #
    I am old, so yes I do sort lights and darks, towels, underwear. Jeans (because of drying time). I wash my foundation brush once a week and all my other brushes quarterly. Just read Run Rose Run. Great read about a very strong determined young woman who is trying to make it in Nashville. Even though I’ve been retired for years…it’s til TGIF!( not sure why 🤣)
    • Dayna July 30, 2022 at 10:31 am #
      I use Ecotools makeup brush cleaner. Just takes a teeny bit…soo one bottle will prob last you 6-8 months
  9. Sherry Berry July 29, 2022 at 5:04 pm #
    I use to separate laundry years ago. When items accidentally showed up…I could not tell a difference. So why??? I do one small load a day. No laundry piles up here! Bed linens of course are the exception because it is a larger load. I don’t use a make up sponge! Bare minerals is the brand of make up I use. I can’t wait to see that peach ice cream recipe! Blessings & love, Sherry Berry
  10. caitlin July 29, 2022 at 5:52 pm #
    don't separate any laundry anymore. sort of used to. don't think you're a sicko at all for not!
  11. Jacqueline July 29, 2022 at 6:20 pm #
    Always separate laundry. And yes I think washing kitchen cloths with underwear is gross. So they get separated. And I cant imagine what colour my husbands shirts would end up if I washed them with dark stuff. So yes I separate darks and lights too. And brights! I promise I'm not doing laundry 24hrs a day. LOL I'm intrigued that you can wash everything in one load though...
  12. Gab July 29, 2022 at 10:19 pm #
    My husband does his own laundry and I do my own. I don't think we will EVER CHANGE THIS. We don't have kids so maybe kids stuff will get thrown in once we do? Or the kids will be separated.... Towels/sheets by themselves but I will grab his too. Kitchen towels BY ITSELF. I never mix it with things that go on skin including towels and sheets kitchen studs gets washed on cleaning day with my washable bona pads and microfiber towels that I clean with.
  13. Mizz Mo July 30, 2022 at 2:41 am #
    I am in the seriously insane category - I separate our clothes by color groups - whites, blacks, greys, dirt/khaki/orange, reds/pinks, blues/bright greens on normal. Towels are separated by human and animal (we have a few fur children in the family) and all are done on the sanitize setting. When we pass along or sell our clothes we are told they look like new, so I won't change a thing. Doing the laundry for a day every two to two and half weeks is kind of a zen thing for me. My sisters do everything all at once and do just fine. So, whatever makes you happy and you're not hurting anyone - no judgment should be made 😊
  14. Irene July 31, 2022 at 10:52 am #
    Used to sort light/dark/colored but not anymore unless I know the color will bleed (and sometimes still forget and my fave pjs turned light blue). Towels are washed separately, bed linen is washed separately and kitchen stuff is washed separately. All of these are washed on 60 or 90 degrees (c) depending. Regular clothes 40 degrees. Clothes not dried in the dryer, was shocked the first few years in the states and how everything was just chucked into the dryer. Don’t wear makeup, so no idea about the sponge, but it sounds pretty gross in general, so I’d say wash it.
  15. Tracy July 31, 2022 at 4:32 pm #
    I loved Book Lovers! one of my favorite books of 2022 so far. I just finished The Bodyguard which was also very good! It's a good summery option for you.
  16. Sue August 1, 2022 at 10:19 am #
    I kind of separate by dark/light/red (which is easy because I don't do laundry until I have a huge pile) but also I don't hesitate to throw a colored item in the the "pales" or the reverse as needed. Besides what do you do with a striped shirt? It's both a dark & a light. See, it doesn't matter! Have you considered a pretty window prism? It seems like something that may look nice with your style. Have a great week!
  17. Trisha F August 1, 2022 at 11:15 am #
    Okay, yes... I separate laundry and everything is on a schedule! Ha! You know me, super type A! :) And I don't really wear makeup, so I don't have one of those blender things. :)
  18. Mary August 1, 2022 at 11:28 am #
    I separate! Whites/darks/colors. Towels separate. I didn’t separate by people when 4 kids were home, but now I mostly separate mine from my husband’s? Just finished Lessons in Chemistry. Liked it so-so. Now starting The Invisible Husband of Frick Island.
  19. Jill August 1, 2022 at 5:11 pm #
    Yes, I separate laundry. Towels and bedding separate. I’m single so I do my own laundry. Whites, blues/greys/black, pinks/reds, browns - each gets their own turn. All clothes except underwear and socks go in cold, others in warm. I also hang up all my tops wet since I hate shrinkage. Reading mostly summery beach books but want to start the new game of thrones prequel. And I don’t wash my bare minerals brush nearly often enough.

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