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It doesn't matter how careful you are throughout the day with your clothes, sooner or later you have to do laundry. And nothing says “girl boss” like knowing how to take top-notch care of your clothes. Why bother spending loads of money on a wardrobe just to have a blazer with a missing button? It's not about spending loads of money laundering your wardrobe at the dry-cleaners but rather knowing some of the basic clothes cleaning tips. Learning some of the basics will save you time, money, and the embarrassment of walking around with a stained outfit.
Sounds easy, right? It's the number one rule. You have to keep the darks away from the lights. No discussion about it. I usually do three batches: one of whites, one of lights, and one of darks. Lights can be anything from pinks to light grays- things that won’t bleed into each other if you wash them in warm or cool. When you're washing a brightly colored item for the first time, wash it by itself in cold water with the darks. Otherwise, the fresh dyes on the material may bleed.
Choose the Right Temps
Sounds simple, too, right? You should choose the hottest temperature that fabrics can stand without shrinking, fading, or getting damaged, especially for towels and sheets. The hotter the wash, the better the soap will clean the fabric. However, it will cause more fading, bleeding, and shrinking. Whites and pastels should be washed in hot water unless they’re delicate, in which case you can wash them in warm water. Delicates and darks that bleed should be washed in cool water.
Use the Best Products
Before you get any ideas of putting your clothes into the washing machine with a stain on them, use a stain remover on your soiled clothes. That will help release stains while you’re laundering your clothes. You can always just pretreat items as you’re sorting them and going through pockets. It will have enough time to absorb into the fabric before you toss it in the washer! It doesn’t have to sit on it longer than a few minutes, or it will just dry out!
Pick the Perfect Cycle
Believe it or not, the presets on your washer and dryer are actually there to help you. Your clothes will come out better and fresher if you know which way to turn the dial. Regular is the cycle that is accompanied by a hot wash and a cold rinse. It's great for jeans, T-shirts, and sturdy cottons. Permanent Press is the cycle that uses a shorter agitation period and a shorter spin cycle than the regular cycle. It's great for synthetic fibers and even some listed under the delicate cycle. It's paired with a warm cycle and cool rinse plus a final cold rinse to protect the colors. Lastly, the delicate cycle has the shortest agitation time, slowest spin cycle, and coolest temperatures to keep your fabrics from falling apart. It's great for machine-washable silk and wool, rayon, and lace, as well as sheer and loosely knitted fabrics. Cooler temperatures are often best.
It's not about spending loads of time and money at the dry cleaner to keep your clothes looking fresh and fabulous but rather learning some of the basic tips and using the right products! Make sure to check out Clorox Bleach with CLOROMAX at your local Target!
*based on stain removal vs. detergent alone