Dirty Clothes Never Made Anyone Happy

5 Time-Saving Laundry Tips

You wanna keep your swag style fresh. You hate doing laundry. But the title says it all—dirty clothes never upped anyone’s happiness, and clean clothes give you a good feeling. So do your laundry, but do it like this.

Laundry expert Tara Aronson shares tips of the trade: “There’s more to prolonging the life of your garments than simply checking pockets and choosing the right cycle.”

  1. Spot, Treat, and Check – If you spill on a garment, immediately rinse or blot away the stain using cool water to prevent it from setting. Make sure to read fabric care labels and wash accordingly to help clothing last. And before you toss garments into the wash, be sure to double-check the pockets, as well as zip zippers and fasten buttons—this helps cut down on snags, holes, etc.
  2. Sort, Sort, Sort – Sort laundry by color, wash cycle, and water temperature required. Make it easier on yourself and your family by placing bins marked for whites, darks, mediums, and delicates in your laundry room.
  3. Choose the Right Cycle – High efficiency appliances can wash clothing on various cycles. This means you can launder sturdy items such as jeans on the permanent press cycle using warm water, causing less agitation, while washing swimsuits, fine knits, and undergarments on the delicates cycle with cold water. 
  4. Double-duty – If your clothing is heavily soiled, extra-large, or you want to use the cold water setting, add extra laundry detergent when you start the cycle. Some high efficiency washers feature a sanitize setting, which uses the hottest water available to thoroughly get rid of germs and grime.
  5. Quick Dry – Dry only full loads—drying only a handful of garments prolongs the drying time by reducing the tumbling. If you have to dry a smaller load, add a few bath towels to help with tumbling. 

“Remember that properly caring for your garments can help sustain your favorite clothing,” says Aronson.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images / Source: Frigidaire



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