Poor sorting can turn your nautical-striped shirt into a tie-dyed nightmare. Purchase three laundry baskets to help you properly separate your darks, whites, and colors before loading them into the washer.
Be sure to check pockets for lipsticks, tissues, and coins while you sort. Also, remember to close zippers and hooks to prevent snagging.
We know what you're thinking, "Just one more pair of jeans and I'll start this load!" Don't do it! Overstuffing washing machines can actually result in dirtier clothes, or even a broken washer.
Once a stain feels the heat of the dryer, it's set, and much harder to remove. Opt for a stain stick or stain remover spray to pretreat, or use an in-wash stain remover to catch the stains you miss.
You started a load of laundry before running some errands only to return home to a nasty, sour smell. Oops! Your clothes were left in the washer too long. To remove the odor, re-wash the clothes with a dose of bleach for whites, or color safe bleach for colors.
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