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Tips For An Easy Trip To The Laundromat

  • Gather up every article of clothing that could possibly be dirty.
  • Sort your clothes before going to the laundromat.
  • If you are taking your children, bring plenty of things for them to do.
  • Go ahead and dry your clothes there also.

Laundry Myths That You Need To Know

 1: The more detergent I use, the better.

Using more detergent will not get your clothes cleaner.   Detergent only has a certain amount of cleaning power, and if you put in too much, it will be left in your clothes and not rinsed away completely.

2: Only hot water really cleans clothes.

The only time you must use hot water is when there’s heavy body soil on garments that come in close contact with the body like underwear, diapers or sick-bed linens — anything that might contain bacteria.

For outer garments, use cool water to help prevent shrinkage and keep colors bright. Fabric finishes don’t wear out as quickly when washed in cool water.

3: It’s all about the bubbles.

Most people mistakenly think that lots of bubbles mean our clothes are getting cleaner. For many years, manufacturers added sudsing agents to detergent. But bubbles don’t magically lift stains away.  With high-efficiency machines that don’t use much water, if you go overboard with detergent, the detergent will not all get rinsed out. So save the bubbles for the bathtub.


1. Selecting the right water temperature for each specific laundry load is key for success. 

  • Cold water works well for delicate fabrics, items that might shrink and sensitive dark colors that tend to bleed. 
  • Warm water is appropriate 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

  • Liquid detergents create less mess than powdered.  They are more effective in pre-treating stains.
  • Liquid detergents are also better when using cooler water since powder may not always dissolve.

3. Use Less Detergent

  • One of the biggest mistakes when doing laundry is using too much detergent. When this happens you end up with suds that trap soil and deposit the dirt back into clothes.
  • Try using one-half less than the recommended amount and see if you are pleased with the results. Your clothes will look better and you'll save money.

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 and rewash.
  •  Be sure to use the right stain removal technique for each type of stain.

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