5 Laundry Tips for Success – Part One

Laundry is something that many of us do every day. Even if you’ve been doing laundry for years, there are times that the results are less than perfect. What went wrong? These five Laundry Tips will help you get the best results possible every time you do a load of laundry – hooray!

1. Select the right water temperature
Make sure you select the right water temperature for each load which is vital to success. Cold water works well for delicate fabrics, items that might shrink and sensitive dark colours that tend to bleed. Warm water works well for moderately soiled clothing and man-made fabrics. Hot water should be used for bedding and towels, cotton whites and heavily stained work clothes, specifically those with oil or grease stains.

2. Select the right detergent
Powdered detergents work well for general loads and are usually less expensive, however they don’t always dissolve correctly in cold water and leave white residue on fabrics. Liquid detergents, which usually contain enzymes, are good for pretreating stains. So which to use? The key to selecting the right detergent that fits your needs is to read the list of ingredients. More enzymes in the formula equal better cleaning power.

3. Use less detergent
One of the biggest laundry mistakes is using too much detergent. Overdosing with detergent can create so many suds that they trap the soil allowing it to redeposit on clothes. Try using one-half less than the recommended amount and see if you are pleased with the results. (You will save money in the long run too).

4. Catch stains quickly
The key to successful stain removal is to act now! As soon as possible after stains occur, rinse or soak the garment in cold water, apply a stain remover and get it into the washer.
If the stain is still there, never put the garment in the dryer. Use a stain remover, soak the garment longer, and rewash it. Hang it out on the clothesline as the sunlight will help to dissolve the stain further.

5. Avoid bleeding colours
No one wants the surprise of pink underwear or a tie-dyed effect on a white shirt. You will get in big trouble, so to prevent this from happening, sort your clothes correctly to prevent colours from bleeding onto each other. To find out if something is colour-fast before you wash it, wet a cotton swab and rub it on an inside corner or seam, and see if the dye transfers to the swab. If it does, hand wash the item separately.

In part two of our laundry tips for success we will discuss how to handle fading, shrinkage, whites, delicates and reducing wrinkles (in your clothes silly).

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