Whether you do your laundry at home or at a laundromat, these tips can help you make the most of your time while ensuring maximum results:

Read the labels on clothing carefully before laundering for the first time. And also use this handy guide to help decode them.

Catch stains as they happen to prevent them from setting.

Sort your laundry correctly to avoid colors from bleeding between garments.

Upcycle your used dryer sheets and use them to remove soap scum. And residue from your shower doors, courtesy of one of our fellow Neighborly® brands, Glass Doctor®.

Reduce fading by turning dark colored clothing inside out prior to washing.
Make use of the temperature settings on your washer, adjusting as needed for each load using these guidelines:

Cold – Ideal for dark fabrics, those that may fade, or delicate items that may shrink.

Warm – Use warm water for most fabric types and moderately soiled clothing.

Hot – Ideal for heavily stained items, towels, bedding, and white cotton.
Be sure to empty the lint trap on your dryer after each use to eliminate the risk of a dryer fire and improve efficiency.

Get rid of set in fabric odors by pre-soaking the items in one gallon of water with one-half cup of baking soda mixed in. Wash as usual and add one-half cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.

Use these tips from Working Laundry to break your bad laundry habits for good.

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