Washing Clothes

Care Labels  Stain Removal  Washing Machines

Don't wear dirty clothing?  Wash your clothes so that you remain presentable.  It is also important for hygiene.  The meaning of hygiene is, "conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, especially through cleanliness".  It is important to keep clothes clean.

You may feel overwhelmed when you're getting ready to do your laundry.  It can potentially be an uncomfortable situation when you are faced with choosing the right detergent, or, perhaps you're more worried about shrinking your favorite sweater in the wash.  Most of us have experienced laundry failures in the past.  For example, have your whites turned grey & dingy.  Or possibly you turned your favorite t-shirt read by mistake.  It is not necessarily the laundry machine or washing detergent that is to blame.  It is important to know "how to do laundry".  Yes, their is a proper way.

Here are a few clothes washing tips (the basics):

1) Sniff the armpits.  That's when you know it is time to wash your shirts.

2) Sniff your socks.  Yes, you will know when it is time.  Note: we recommend washing socks & underwear after each use.

Here are the real laundry tips (the real basics):

1) Learn the laundry symbols that you will find on the garment care label.  The symbols explain the fabric content and suggested washing instruction from the manufacturer.  The symbols are sometimes referenced as care symbols.  Learn more about washing care symbols.

2) Separate your laundry.  This means separate your darks from your lights. Also, consider separating by fabric weight, type, and possibly even the amount of dirt.  If you were just working on your car and have grease on your jeans, you may want to avoid putting them in the same washing machine as your favorite blouse.  Color shade is important.  Clothes with deep colors are more likely to bleed dye when washed. To avoid damaging other clothing, sort laundry according to color, separating lights from darks.  Have you ever done your laundry and some of the clothes are still wet after they go thru the dryer?  Wash and dry heavier items, like towels, separately from lighter weight clothes to prevent damage to finer fabrics and ensure even drying.

3) Pay Attention to Stains: If you have unusual amounts of dirt or stains, you should strongly consider pre-treating the stains.  You will find different methods depending on the type of stain.  Coffee, motor oil, chewing gum, blood, dirt, grease, may require different pre-treatment methods.  You will need to do further reading on this subject depending on your stain.

4) Which detergent?  You may want to ask your mother about this one.  However, we also suggest that you visit the Tide website.  They are experts on this matter (yes, your mother or father may be an expert as well).

5) How much detergent?  Read the instructions on your detergent bottle or box.

6) Don't overload the laundry machine or clothes dryer.  It is important to find the proper balance.

7) Choose a proper wash cycle.  Washing machines typically have a variety of wash cycle settings.  You will find normal (regular), delicate, permanent press, etc.  Much of this depends on fabric type.  The settings depend on purpose & speed.  You will need to read more on this subject.  The one tip that we can point out for your here is that the delicate cycle is generally best used for for wool, silk, and any other, fragile garments that say “gentle wash” on the care instruction tag.

8) Don't wait too long.  When the washing machine stops, take laundry out of the washer immediately (doesn't literally have to be immediate) to prevent musty smells from forming.

9) Don't forget to dry your clothing as well.  Maybe we will provide drying tips in the future, but for now, we are tired of typing.

Note: don't forget that some types of fabrics, clothes, shoes, etc., should NOT go in the washing machine or the clothing dryer.  Some types of garments need to be hand wash only or dry clean only.

Learn the comprehensive methods & tips on how to properly wash clothes from the following fabulous resources.

How to Wash Clothes (Tide) - several excellent laundry tips.

Classification of Stains - learn about stain removal.

Note: not all clothing is created equal.  Fabrics are different, sewing thread is different, stitch quality is different, etc.  This page contains access to clothes washing tips, but they are only tips.  We make no promises.  Be sure to conduct your own research and take special care to make your own judgments when & how you wash your clothes.  Apparel Search takes no responsibility of you shrink, tear, stain, rip, or destroy your clothing, footwear, or fashion accessories.  Good luck with your wash & dry experiences.

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