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How To Clean Clothing in a Washing Machine

Published at 04/02/2012 15:47:08


Cleaning your clothing in a clothing machine washer can be stressful because you often end up with poor results that leave your clothing stained, shrunk, or damaged. This can cause you to have to replace your clothing and when it is a favorite piece, it can leave you upset. Knowing some clothing machine washer basics can help you get good results each and every time that you place your clothing into the machine and pull it out to dry. You will no longer have the aggravation of stretched out, stained clothes and will get great results that will keep your clothing looking new and fresh.

Step 1

The most important step to do before you put your clothes in a clothing machine washer, is to read the care tags. Not all garments are meant to put in the wash. It is important to read the care tags so that you know what water temperature to use in the clothing machine washer and what cycle to put them on. So many people just dump their clothes in the machine, pour in some detergent, and turn it on. They never stop to read the care instructions and end up ruining their clothes. Make sure that you read these instructions so that you can have the best results.

Step 2

The next important step is to make sure that you sort your clothes before you begin washing them in a clothing machine washer. Make sure that you separate your whites from your colors. You should also wash heavy items like jeans separately from delicate sweaters and unmentionables. Once your clothing is properly sorted, you can wash your clothes, knowing that they won't be stretched out, faded, or dyed by other clothing. This will keep all of the right colors together and will make your job much easier.

Step 3

Before you put your clothing into the clothing machine washer, it is important to check each piece for stains and to pre-treat those stains. You will want to check for stains on each piece so that you don't get any bad surprises when your clothing comes out of the wash. If you pre-treat all of the stains, you will have better results in getting those stains to come out in the clothing machine washer. This takes a little time, but will be well worth it in the long run. So, make sure that you take the extra time to complete this step.


Step 4

Another step is to make sure that you go through the pockets of all of your garments. How many of us have washed a pen with our wash and ruined an entire load of laundry? I know I am guilty! If you have children, this is even more important because they often leave pens, important items, toys, and even food in their pockets and this can ruin your clothing when you wash them in a clothing machine washer. Check those pockets each and every time. If you make this a habit, you will save a lot of money replacing clothing.

Step 5

To get the best results, make sure that you choose the right water temperature and setting on your machine. Choose delicate for sweaters and unmentionables and heavy for jeans. The right water temperature is key to getting your clothes clean. Unless your clothing is severely dirty, hot water is not going to wash them any better than cold or warm and you will just be washing your money down the drain. Make sure that you add your detergent in the clothing machine washer and turn it on before you add any clothing. This will allow your water to suds up and give you better cleaning. Add your clothing in and you are ready to get that load of laundry sparkling clean without all of the hassles that you once faced.


Follow the tag directions.

Seperate your colors.

Follow directions for care.

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