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How to Do Laundry

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Not everyone is taught how to do laundry. Many people, myself included, found themselves on their own for the first time without a clue how to do laundry!  If you're in the same situation, take heart!  I'm here to help with my list of Laundry Tips on this page.

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How to Do Laundry
Basic Tips

For those new to laundry, here are some quality laundry basic tips you should follow:

  • Always, always, always (did I say always?) check your clothing labels. Not everything is washable!
  • Prior to washing, clothing needs to be separated according to color and type of fabric.
  • Separate your clothes into the following categories: White clothes (think white t-shirts and undies), color and/or dark clothes (but not jeans), jeans, sheets, towels, delicates and light weight fabrics.
  • Don't wash synthetics (nylon, lycra, etc.) in the same load as clothing with natural fibers (wool, cotton, etc.)
  • Don't mix colored clothing with whites (guys have been known to wind up with pink underwear when a red item gets accidentally mixed in with their whites LOL!).
  • Always check ALL pockets prior to washing clothes.  You don't want gum, pens, etc. left in pockets.  These things left in pockets have ruined many clothing items!
  • Wash baby laundry separately with mild detergent.
  • Hand wash delicates (hosiery, lingerie, etc.). Woolite works well on hand washables and delicates.
  • In the alternative, wash delicates in the washer.  Don't add any other type of clothes to this load. Use a zipper bag specially designed for delicates and tuck them inside and zip them up prior to tossing in the wash. Use the gentle cycle.

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Other Things to Know

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  • Only hand wash sweaters that are washable.  Lay them flat to dry on a sweater rack.
  • Always check the label.  If a sweater isn't washable, dry clean it.  
  • If you use regular chlorine bleach, always check the labels on your clothes to be sure the item can be bleached.
  • Use a color safe bleach on your colored clothing. Be sure to check the label to see that it's safe to use bleach of any kind.
  • Wash lightweight items and delicates separately. Don't mix with jeans or heavy items such as towels, etc.
  • Wash jeans separately, but don't overload either the washer or dryer. Jeans are heavy. Do more than one load if you have quite a few pairs of jeans to wash.
  • Never use bleach on wool, silk, and treated cottons or anything that isn't safe to be bleached.  Again, check the label!
  • Wash bath and kitchen towels separately from sheets. If washed together, towels can leave fuzz balls on your sheets.

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    Stain Removal

    One of the most important parts of laundry is stain removal. If you can't get the stains out of your clothing, you probably won't wear the item.

    • The most important part of stain removal is attempt to treat the stain immediately before it becomes set in.
    • A great tool for that is a Tide-to-Go pen. I keep them everywhere: laundry room, purse, desk drawer, under the kitchen and bathroom sinks. These are great for treating stains when you're away from home.
    • If you don't have a Tide-to-Go pen, you can put some liquid laundry detergent on the stain and let it sit for at least 5 minutes prior to washing.
    • The sooner you treat the stain, the better.
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    • Be sure to pre-treat any stain prior to washing the item.
    • Washing will cause the stain to become fixed and nearly impossible to get out.
    • If the garment is white and the label says it is safe to bleach, you should also consider using a bleach pen on the stain prior to washing.

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    Stain Removal Products

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    • Some people swear by various stain removal products such as  Oxiclean, Shout, Spray 'n Wash, etc. I've used various ones, and most do a good job.
    • However, treating the stain as soon as possible and prior to washing the item is the most important thing you can do.
    • Many people use water to dilute a stain.  Have you seen people use their napkin and water glass on food stains in restaurants? However, be careful about putting water on some fabrics. Silk for instance can leave a water ring.

    Using these how to do laundry tips should keep you out of hot water (sorry, couldn't resist the laundry pun)!!

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    For more information on laundry, check the information on these pages:

    Go to: How to Remove Stains,

    Go to: How to Solve Common Laundry Problems,

    Go to:  How to Wash Clothes,

    Go to:  Laundry Room Organizers

    Go to: Stain Removal Chart

    Go to:  Tips on Laundry

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