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Family Features

Laundry lessons

From the washer and dryer to the detergents used to keep your clothes clean, there are many elements involved in your laundry experience. With all of the money families spend annually on clothing, towels and bedding, keeping these items in shape is important. It all starts with proper laundry care.

Here are tips to simplify your laundry chores and keep your family’s clothing squeaky clean:

Don’t skip the sorting. Since a true “white load” typically doesn’t exist anymore, consumers tend to ignore sorting according to color, soil level and fabric type. But ignoring these variances in your wash can lead to ruined clothing. Always sort according to soil level. If you mix heavily soiled items, such as a spaghetti-stained shirt, and a silk blouse, soil transfer can occur. Also be sure not to mix fabric types together in the wash, which can lead to color rub-off and fabric wear.

Protect sensitive clothes. Be sure to close fasteners such as zippers and buttons, and turn items with color-sensitive fabrics inside-out. Turning items inside-out can also protect products that pill or pick up fuzz, such as fleece.

Don’t overdo detergent. When you put clothes in the washer, don’t overdo it with the detergent. While many consumers associate the amount of suds in the washer with the cleanliness of their clothing, over-sudsing can actually result in a rough feel to clothes and degradation of the fabric over time. Using less detergent can also save you money in the long run. Some new washers automatically dispenses fabric softener and laundry detergent at ideal times during the wash cycle, based on each load’s soil level and fabric or cycle type.

– Family Features