This section reviews proper laundering techniques
and gives you additional washing
Close zippers, snaps, and hooks to avoid
Turn synthetic knits inside out to avoid
snagging other items. Re-
move pins, buckles, and
other hard objects to avoid
scratching the washer
interior. Remove non-
washable trim and ornaments.
Empty pockets and turn them inside out.
Turn down cuffs, brush away lint and dirt.
Tie strings-and sashes so they will not
Mend tears, loose hems, and seams.
Treat spots and stains. (See "Removing
Stains" on pages 18-20.)
Stained or wet garments should be
washed promptly for best results.
items from lightly-
Separate dark colors from light colors,
soiled ones, even if they
colbrfast items from noncolorfast
would normally be washed
together. Separate lint givers
(towels, chenille) from lint
takers (corduroy, synthetics,
Sort by fabric and construction
cottons, knits, delicate items).
permanent press). When possible, turn lint
givers inside out.
Drop items into washer loosely. Fill to the
top of the basket, but do not
wrap items around the
easily through wash water for
best cleaning and wrinkle-free
results. Items should sinkand reappear later.
Load washer properly
and select correct
load size setting. Overloading
the machine, and selecting a setting too
small for the wash load can:
- cause poor cleaning.
- increase wrinkling.
- create excessive lint.
out items faster (because of pilling).
Load by the amount of space items take
up, not by their weight.
Mix large and small items in each load.
Load evenly to maintain
washer balance. An off-
balance load can make the
washer vibrate during spin.
Use a large load size setting to reduce
wrinkling with permanent press clothes and
some synthetic knits. These items should
have more room to move in the water than
heavy items (towels, jeans).
Reduce wash time when using a small
load size setting. Loads with only a few
small items need less wash time.