Washing Machine Tips
Are there any special tips for loading the washing machine
Loading an automatic washer to capacity
saves time and energy, but overloading causes poor cleaning because the
clothes will not swish around. Do not pack them down, say the experts;
drop them loosely into the basket. Permanent press clothes especially
will retain their shade better if they are not crammed together.
Clothes also get cleaner when you have a mix of large and small items.
But be sure to load evenly. Do not, for instance put all the towels on
one side and all the underwear on the other.
Should I use hot water or cold water
Cold water is fine for the average
wash so long as your tap water is around 70 degrees. Some liquid
detergents will do okay at lower temperatures, but powdered detergents
need warm water to dissolve completely. Hot water is unnecessary
unless you are disinfecting diapers and bedding or washing whites.
Rinse water can always be cold - it actually keeps the clothes from wrinkling.
Which items require special care
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