- Check tags for special instructions.
- Check your pockets before washing!
- Pretreat stains for best results.
- Sort your clothes before washing.
- Spin the inside of washer with your hand after you are done to make sure nothing is left in the washer!
Adding more laundry detergent than the manufacturer recommends has a damaging effect on the life of your clothing. When you use too much laundry detergent, an over abundance of suds will develop in the wash water. These suds do not run down the drain with the rinse water. Instead they cling to your clothing, leaving an invisible layer of film behind. Over time, this film causes dyes in the fabric of your clothing to fade, and attracts dirt, which will make your clothing look dingy, and old.
How much soap should I use?
Use less soap in the washers instead of using more. Use the required amount on the soap box for the size load that you are doing. Just because the cup size for the washer is big, doesn’t mean it requires more! It’s not the amount of suds or bubbles that gets clothes clean, it’s the action of the clothes rising and dropping plus the chemicals in the soap that cleans the clothes. More bubbles does not equal cleaner clothes…..it just means it is harder to rinse all the soap out.
Stain Removal Tips
Fresh stains are usually much easier to remove than dried, old stains that have set for a long time. Treat stains right after they happen or as soon as possible so you can have a chance at getting rid of them. If your stains are on a non-washable fabric, take them to the dry cleaners as soon as you can. Make sure that you point out the stain to the dry cleaner and describe what kind of stain that you have.
Follow any directions on the stain removal product that you have. Make sure that you follow the washing directions on the clothing tags as well. Getting the stain out won’t make much difference if you ruin your clothes in the process.
Test in hidden area.
Don’t forget to test any stain removal method on an inconspicuous spot on your fabric. You will want to check for colorfastness before applying any treatment to a noticeable area of your clothing. Of course, do not use it if the color changes in the test spot.
Remove stains from the back.
Place your stained garment with the stain upside down on top of a clean white cloth that you don’t care about or want. Apply stain treatment to the back of the stain. The goal is to get the stain to come out of the clothing and onto the cloth, instead of traveling all the way through to the other side of the garment’s fabric. As the stain begins to remove itself, move the stained clothing to a fresh spot on the white cloth to continue.
Be careful with dry cleaning solvents!
Never put any dry cleaning solvents directly into the washing machine! Make sure to rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry any garment that has had dry cleaning solvents used on it. These solvents can be a fire hazard in a washing machine!
Be wary of color removal with bleach.
Bleaching one area on a garment can result in an uneven color for the entire garment. Consider using the appropriate type of bleach listed on the garment tag to bleach the entire garment.
Don’t mix stain removal products.
Mixing different chemicals can promote mixed results on your clothing, as well as mixed odors.
Stain removal can take time. Sometimes you have to make multiple attempts. Drying will cause a stain to set, so make sure you look at your garment carefully before placing into the dryer.
Some stains won’t come out.
Some stains are just not going to come out without ruining the clothing, or its color. At least you will have a high probability of removing the majority of stains in your laundry if you follow the other tips listed!