Sort your clothes. Place the whites, bright colors, and darks in separate piles. If you wash the whites with the colored clothes, the colors may bleed onto your whites. Additionally, don’t mix clothes that produce lint (towels, sweatshirts, chenille, and flannel) with clothes that attract lint (corduroy, velvet, and permanent-press clothes).
Close zippers and empty pockets. As you sort, make sure that you close zippers to prevent snagging. Emptying the pockets will help you avoid having soggy shreds of tissue or other things all over your clothes. Be sure to check pockets of teens and kids, as they will place things like lipstick and crayons in theirs! If you miss these items, they will go into the dryers and melt all over your clothes. Not cool!
Pretreat heavy stains. Use laundry detergent or a stain remover to pretreat tough stains. Make sure you follow the instructions on the product label.
Loading Washer When loading the clothes into the washer, they need room for movement to get clean. This means you should never overload the machine, after all, you want them to get clean! To properly load a top load washer is to place your garments in the washer so they will fill it 2/3 full. This allows room for the water and the agitator to move the clothes around so they come out clean. With a front load washer, you also need room for movement to get the clothes clean. Start loading your items and when you are about ¾ full you are ready to start the machine. Blankets, comforters, sleeping bags, and rugs all need to go into a front load washer as the top load ones with their agitators and size are too small. The front load washer allows them to move around and get clean.
Measure your laundry soap. Use the measuring cap of the detergent bottle or the cup in the detergent box to measure out laundry soap. Due to the way front load washers wash, please only use 1/2 of the soap that is suggested for top load washers. If you use too much, your clothes can come out soapy.
Pour the soap into the washer or detergent dispenser. If you want to soften your clothes, please wait for the rinse light to come on to add liquid fabric softener following the product instructions.
If you have time, when using the front load washers, start the machine with just water in it to allow the detergent to dissolve completely. If you need to whiten your clothes, run the machine for a few minutes to mix the detergent and water before adding a cup of bleach to the washer. Then add the clothes to the washer. If using a front loader, add the detergent to the detergent dispenser and the softener to the right dispenser before starting the machine. Then add the bleach to the top when the light comes on telling you to do so.
Choose the correct water temperature and cycle.
For the wash cycle, select from 3 water temperatures: hot, warm, or cold. In order to save energy all rinses are done in cold water.
Check your clothes’ labels, the washing machine’s instruction manual, or the detergent container for washing temperature recommendations. Typically, cold water is used to prevent clothes from shrinking and to prevent colors from bleeding or fading. Warm or hot water is generally used to wash durable fabrics such as cotton (ensure they are preshrunk) and to ensure whites remain white.
The regular cycle is suitable for most laundry, but the gentle cycle is ideal for sheer or delicate fabrics.
Put your clothes in the washer, close the lid, and wait for the cycle to complete. The washing cycle can take up to 45 minutes.
Dry your clothes properly.
After the wash is finished, place the clothes in the dryer. You may use an antistatic sheet if you want.
Choose the appropriate drying temperature for your clothes. Low is used for delicate clothes, high is used for cotton, and medium is used for most other fabrics. Delicate clothes, such as bras and certain sweaters, should be hung on a hanger to air-dry.
If you are not sure about the material of a piece of clothing, always check the tags. Low or medium temperature is the safest choice if you still cannot determine the type of fabric.
The drying cycle can take an hour or more for a full load. Too few or too many items in the dryer will not allow the clothes to tumble properly, thus they will take longer to dry. When your clothes are dry, remove them from the dryer quickly so they do not get any wrinkles! Then fold and hang your items. You're done!!