Wash Your Clothes This Way




Machine washing is fast, efficient and requires no labor from us, which is great.  We can pop the clothes in the machine and do something we enjoy while the machine does all of the work, but it may not be this simple.   We are still using a machine and sometimes human intervention is needed to get the results we need.  So, if you want the best looking clothes, washing machine ettiquette is most appropriate.

So, before you wash your clothes, pretreat any stains on your clothes.  Rinse the stains in cold water.  If you use warm water, certain stains may actually set in. 

Prewash heavily soiled clothing to eliminate a majority of the dirt.  Hopefully your washing machine has a prewash setting that you can send your most soiled clothes through.  Once the prewash is complete, run your clothes through the regular cycle.

Also, presoak any tough stains on your clothes for 30 minutes or more.

Once you've finished pretreating and washing your clothes, it's time to wash your clothes and by following the next steps you'll guarntee to keep your clothes in the condition they were purchased in.

1. Distribute the clothes evenly in the washer.  The spin cycle needs a balanced load.  A balanced load is comprised of small and large items.  So go ahead and throw in towels, sheets and other clothes.  This is best for your washing machine and your clothes.

2. Don't overload your washer.  Stuffing the washer beyond capacity because you do not want to sit through another load will cause your clothes to be less clean than they could be.  The wash cycles help clothes rub together to facilitate the cleaning process and to remove dirt.  In addition, if you are using powdered detergent with this very full load, the detergent may not dissolve.  The water will not be free flowing and your clothese will have clumps of detergent attached to them.  We all can relate to this so check the manual for your particular washer.

3. Choose the right setting for your clothes.  Most all clothing can handle a normal or regular setting, but not all delicate items can.  Items such as lingerie, or knits may come out damaged.

4. Lastly know thy water temperature.  Cold water washing will prevent shrinking.  Cold water is best used for dark and bright colors.  The cold water will also prevent the release of dyes.  Also, use a liquid detergent instead of a powdered one, it may not dissolve as well.  When using hot water, make sure you wash your most heavily soiled clothing.  Whites and colorfast clothing will love the hot water and kill bacteria at the same time.  Lastly, use warm water to help reduce wrinkling.  Nonfast colors and moderately soiled clothing such as knits, silks and woolens work best in warm water.

In conclusion, washing is easier for us, but our machines need help to ensure our clothes will stay in the condition we purchased them in.  So, use your machine and take care of your clothes at the same time.