White vinegar is your washing machine's friend. These laundry
cleaning tips will help you deal with problems caused by hard water.
Keep a jug of it in your laundry area. Once in a while, run your washing
machine through a cycle with no laundry, but add a cup of white vinegar
to the water. Vinegar will flush out mineral deposits caused by hard
water. For regular wash loads, add a half a cup of vinegar to your wash.
It will soften the water and help your laundry soap do its cleansing
Vinegar dissolves uric acid. It's perfect for doing babies' laundry, and it makes towels and blankets soft and fluffy. Adding vinegar to the wash load cuts down on static cling in the dryer as well.
Add baking soda or borax to your wash load to help laundry soap perform better in hard water.
Sorting your laundry also helps the washing detergent do it's best. Wash garments of similar weight together. Bright colors, dark colors and whites should be washed separately. Wash bedclothes, sheets and towels separately too. They tend to create lint that may stick to other fabrics.
Rinse stains made from coffee, food, blood and other substances right away. Use cold water on stains as hot or warm water opens the fabric and may encourage the stain to spread. Pre-soak any heavily soiled garment for the best results. Old stains made from blood or grass may need to pre-soak for up to 30 minutes.
Washing in cold water prevents the release of dyes. It also prevents shrinking and is best for delicate garments and bright colors. Also use cold water for hand wash and cotton items. Don't wash 100% cotton items in hot water as they will shrink.
Warm water washes are good for synthetics, washable wool, dark colors and permanent press.
This laundry cleaning tip will save energy too: a cold water rinse is good for all your clothes.
We hope these laundry cleaning tips have been useful, please explore the rest of the cleaning tips section.