Laundry doesn't need to be a dreaded task or chore. With some helpful tips and insights make your laundry list short and easy.
1. Select the Correct Water Temperature:
There are three main temperature options when washing laundry, hot, warm, and cold.
Hot water is best used for whites, typically dirty clothes, and diapers. Use hot water (130F or above). Hot water is most effective to remove germs and heavy soil. Keep in mind hot water is the most damaging option. Hot water can shrink, fade, and damage some fabrics. Be sure to read your clothing labels before selecting hot options.
Warm water is the most common temperature option because it is best for man-made fibers, knits, and jeans. A typical warm water temperature is (90F). Warm water finds the optimal median between cleaning capabilities without substantial fading or shrinking.
Cold water best for dark or bright colors that are susceptible to bleed or delicate fabrics. A typical cold water temperature is (80F). Cold water also saves energy and is less likely to cause fading or shrinking. You will want to keep in mind when using cold water there can be more prep work for dirty or heavily solid fabrics. In some causes pre-treatment or pre-soaking will be needed.
2. Avoid using too much Detergent:
It is important to make sure you are getting the most out of your detergent. Using too little will not produce a desired clean or fresh result, using too much could cause waste, stain, and or residue left on clothes. Even when laundry is dirty, stained, or containing strong otters, more detergent isn’t always most effective. If you notice suds after the rinse cycle your clothes are probably not getting as clean as they should. The temperature of your water can have a great influence on how much detergent you use. If the water temperature is below 60F, no soap or detergent performs well. If you use too hot of water heavily soiled clothes can set stains. Keeping water temperatures between 90F and 130F will provide optimal results. The closer to 90F the less detergent you will need.
3. Hang Dry:
Dryers can create some of the harshest conditions for clothes causing them to shrink, fray, tangle or tear, and other damaging effects. In many cases, the best option is to hang dry your delicate or valuable clothes. It is helpful to get dry racks to optimize your space. When hanging clothes on the dry rack be sure to place smaller items on the bottom and bigger items on the top. This will help provide better airflow. In addition, when taking clothes and fabrics out of the washer shake the items out to prevent wrinkles. This is important with jeans, as their material can become stiff during the drying process and make it hard to them back into shape.
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