Choosing the right settings on your washer and dryer can help reduce the added stress each item goes through every time you wash and dry it. Learning the best laundry settings will help preserve your favorite items of clothing and help all your laundry look it’s best.
Preparing the Laundry for Washing
Always read and follow the care instructions on the label.
Sort the laundry by color and fabric type to make sure that delicate items are not put on the same cycle as items with sturdier fabric.
Turn pockets inside-out to prevent items like candy and lip balm from being included in your wash cycle.
Turn items inside out to help preserve their color.
Use this sorting time to exam each piece for stains that might need to be pre-treated. Although, the ideal time to treat stains is as soon as they happen to minimize the stain and prevent it from setting into the fabric.
Washing Machine Settings
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Opps, you forgot to put the clothes in the dryer and left them in the washer overnight. So what should you do? Give them the old smell test and if they smell ok, dry them as you normally would.
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Be sure to add cleaning out your clothes dryer to your spring cleaning check list. Experts advise you do this twice a year to get rid of dangerous lint build-up which can be a fire hazard and also cause your dryer to perform poorly.
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First, clean out your fridge. Throw away any expired food and wiping down all surfaces with a mild detergent (dish washing liquid will do) and warm water. Don’t forget to remove and soak your refrigerator veggie drawers and meat pans, since nasty bacteria can grow there.
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Clean your oven by placing a bowl of non-sudsy ammonia on a cookie sheet and leaving it in a cold oven overnight. The fumes from the ammonia will help soften up any baked-on gunk or spills.
Be sure to open a window and step back while opening your oven door to avoid the fumes from the ammonia. Use a non-abrasive damp sponge to clean the inside of your oven.
Did you know that your washer can harbor such dangerous bacteria and organisms as hepatitis A virus, norovirus, salmonella and E. coli and that those organisms can be transferred from the machine to newly-cleaned clothes and ultimately to you? That’s why it’s important to clean your washing machine regularly.
Dirty clothes and underwear introduce a variety of bacteria into the washing machine environment. If you skip bleach and routinely wash in cold or warm water, you are not killing the bacteria inside your machine.
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If you are pre-rinsing your dishes before loading them into the dishwasher, you are not only wasting your time and water, you are also causing them to come out dirtier.
Most newer dishwashers — those sold within the past five years and costing more than $500 — have a sensor that determines how thorough a wash is needed. “If you’ve already rinsed off much of the muck, the sensor misreads the dishes as already fairly clean,” writes ConsumerReports.org.
Your dishwasher detergent is also designed to “attach themselves to food particles,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “Without food, the enzymes have nothing to latch onto, says P&G.”
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