for washing. Nylon nets have generally replaced
cotton nets. They resist chemicals better than
cotton and thus last longer. They also increase the
You can do effective washing with laundry
nets, provided you do not overload them. You
must give the water and soap a chance to get to
the clothes in order to remove soil.
Nets are especially useful for separating small
items such as handkerchiefs or socks from the
larger articles. There are two general types of
nylon netswoven and knitted. Woven nets do
not stretch and thus retain their size; knitted nets
have a tendency to stretch and increase in size.
For this reason, the range of knitted nets in
capacities is given below:
Size in Inches
Capacity in Pounds
9 by 15 or 10 by 15
2 to 4
24 by 36
8 to 12
Steps in Identifying Individual Lots
The procedure for identifying items in
individual bundles described in detail herein has
been used successfully in shipboard operation.
You may be able to modify this procedure to fit
your own needs. The steps in the procedure are
1. Work on ONLY ONE individual bundle
at a time; this prevents mixing of items from
2. Remove the laundry list from the bundle
and determine from the individuals name and
social security number what the laundry mark will
be. This mark is made from the first letter of the
individuals last name and the last four numbers
of the individuals social security number. For
example, the laundry mark for SHCM Frederick
M. Wishnacht, 123-45-6789, would be W-6789.
This is the standard type of laundry mark used
throughout the Navy.
3. Set the individuals laundry mark on the
marking machine and stamp it across the face of
the laundry list. Check the mark for accuracy.
This list now denotes ownership of laundry in the
4. Count every article in the laundry bundle
and enter the number in the correct block on the
laundry list. If your count does not agree with that
of the customer, ask the senior laundry man to
recheck it. When the senior laundry mans count
is in disagreement with that of the customer, he
or she should enter the correct count on the
laundry list, circle the customers count, then
initial the circle and notify the customer of the
change through whoever brought in the laundry
5. Check each article for a correct legible
mark. If there is not a mark, put ONE ONLY in
the proper place (explained later). Do NOT mark
such items as bath towels, wet articles, or dark-
colored fabrics. Use pronged marking tags on
these items. These tags are narrow strips of cloth
approximately 1 inch long with metal fasteners
in the ends. Push the metal fasteners through the
material and press them flat on the other side.
Enter the correct identification on the tags.
6. Check the inside of all pockets for any
articles such as pens, pencils, lighters, combs, and
so forth. If any items are found in the pockets,
a notation should be made on the NAVSUP Form
233, Ships Store Laundry List, and also in the
laundry logbook so these items can be returned
to the owner.
7. Check all articles of clothing for any tears,
stains, missing buttons, and so forth. Any items
found to be damaged should be noted on the
reverse side of the laundry list and also in the
Remarks column of the laundry logbook.
8. Clear the laundry marking machine by
setting all type to the neutral position when you
finish with one bundle. You are ready to start on
Location of the Laundry Mark
There is a standard spot for the laundry mark
on each article. If the mark is correctly placed in
this location, the receiving clerk can check items
in easily and quickly. The clerk can also check
and assemble finished articles without unfolding
them. The locations of laundry marks are as
UnderwearOn the inside of the waist-
band, left of center of the label.
HandkerchiefsDo NOT mark. Put them
in a net and identify with a marked strip tag placed
on the inside or pinned on the outside. Some
handkerchiefs are made of fine linen and are
expensive. A mark would be ugly if used on such
articles and exposed to view.
ShirtsOn the front inside shirttail.