Having laundry duty can be a tough job especially when there is a lot of it to do. It can also be confusing how to wash colors and how to wash colors because combining certain fabrics or cleaning products can cause damage to the clothes. It can also be confusing how to wash certain stains and odors out so when the red wine stain happens, many feel like the garment is ruined. Here are some easy tips on how to do laundry to make all of clothing and fabrics odor and stain free.
Sorting Your Clothes
Before you start, separated the clothes by color. Separate by whites, darks and lights. By doing this, it will help prevent damage to clothing due to color bleeding. Be sure to check the labels on the item to see the recommended care instructions. Also separate the hand wash and dry clean only items into a separate pile as well.
Read the manufacture’s instructions for the volume per load to know how much soap to add. While the washer is filling, pour the detergent and allow it to dissolve. Before putting clothes in the washer, treat stains with stain removers if necessary. Avoid using bleach on dark colored clothes. Use a lighter detergent on darks such as Woolite for Darks and only wash in cold water. Whites come out the whitest when hot water and bleach is used.
Loading the Washer Machine
Prior to loading, check your pockets for any items left behind. Be careful not to overload the washing machine. Make sure not to overload the machine and put clothes above the agitator. Overloading the machine it may not clean your clothes as effectively. It can also cause an imbalanced load so if you hear loud noises or banging from the washer, be sure to take out some items for readjust it.
Settings and Cycles for the Washer and Dryer
For whites, use a regular wash cycle with a hot water wash and bleach. For colored clothes, use a regular wash cycle with a cold-water wash and color safe detergent.
For slightly more delicate loads, such as dress shirts and pants, use a cold temperature permanent press setting. Use the perm press dryer setting also.
Use the delicate wash cycle when washing for items such as baby clothes or stockings. Use cold water and tumble dry or use the no heat setting. Be sure to flow the instructions on each garment.
How to Get Out Tough Stains
Some stains are especially hard to get out such as red wine. To get out red wine stains, pour a little white wine on it and dab it off. Then pour some club soda and gently rub the stain.
Grass stains are especially difficult to get rid of because they are considered dye stains. Using a sponge, dab some water on the stain. Then sponge a diluted rubbing alcohol on it. Use one part alcohol and three parts water. Do not do this if the garment is silk. Sponge it with cold water and then add some liquid detergent. Work the stain out. If the stain remains, let it soak in some warm water with a stain-removing enzyme for 20 minutes and retry.
Minimizing Wrinkles When Drying
To minimize wrinkles be sure to hang or fold clothes as soon as they come
out of the dryer. To prevent cottons from shrinking, pull them out of the dryer when they are damp and let them air dry. Do the same for dress items.
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