Laundry is a chore many people do every week. Sometimes our clothes don’t come out looking the best. What went wrong? Here are some tips that will help you get the best results every laundry day.
Select the Right Water Temperature – Selecting the right temperature when washing laundry is the key to success. Coldwater works best for delicates, shrinkable fabrics, and dark colors that may bleed. Warm water is great for moderately soiled clothes and man-made fabrics such as polyester. Hot water works best for bedding, towels, whites, and heavily stained clothes.
Select the Right Detergent – Not all detergents are made equally! Powdered detergents are great for normal loads and are usually less expensive. The downside of powder detergents is they don’t always dissolve correctly in cold water, which can lead to white residue on your clothing. Liquid detergents are great when you need to pretreat stains. The important thing to remember when choosing a liquid detergent is to read the full list of ingredients. Single-dose pods are great because of the convenience they provide. They also prevent people from using too much detergent per load.
Use Less Detergent – Using too much detergent is one of the biggest laundry mistakes. Using too much detergent causes a build-up of suds that then traps soil in the wash. This trapped soil can get stuck on your clothes again! Try using one-half less detergent than what is instructed and see if you are pleased with how your clothes came out.
Catch Stains Quickly – Did you stain your favorite shirt? As soon as possible rinse or soak the item in cold water, apply your favorite stain remover, and then wash normally. If this fails to get the stain out do not dry the item rather repeat the previous steps.
Reduce Fading – Let’s face it clothes are expensive and faded clothes look worn. When washing darks, make sure to turn them inside out before washing to avoid damaging the fabric’s surface which can cause a dull appearance.
Keep Whites Looking Bright – When your whites begin changing color to gray or yellow, it could be because you are using too cold of water for whites. You also may be overloading your washer and causing dirt and grime to settle on clothes that are not as heavily soiled.