What is my way? You might well ask. My laundry system is very simple. If dirty things are light colored or white they go in one pile. If they are dark they go in another. I don't consider permanent press, delicates or any other such issues. In the summer I sort towels out separately, so I can dry them in the dryer whilst everything else gets hung outside -- and that's simply because I don't like scratchy towels. I squirt stain remover on stains, throw a whole pile of clothes in until I can stuff no more into my front loader and wash everything on cold. If the load is stinky, I add some white vinegar.
But apparently this simple system skeeves a lot of folks who are highly germophobic. Underwear and towels need to be washed in bleach and hot water on a sanitary cycle (my washer has no such cycle). Kitchen towels need to be washed alone. And even then, the truly germophobic are concerned that maybe hot water, bleach and extra sanitizing isn't getting their stuff clean enough.
I've read articles about the astronomical germ count in washing machines, but frankly, I cant get too worked up about it. Our clothes seem fairly clean and we haven't died from anything yet. Considering all the concern other folks have about people being too clean and no longer eating their pound of dirt, and considering the fact that I don't have to boil my clothes and run them over a scrub board, I'll take my method and my icky, germ-laden laundry.
Who knew laundry could be fraught with so many problems? I'm just glad when we aren't drowning in either things to be washed or things to be put away. I'm not going to fuss about the pre-sorting, germ thing. What about you?