This section provides information on preparing clothes for laundering,
removing stains, and
Separate dark from light colors; colorfast
properly sorted for washing are
usually properly sorted for
Separate heavy fabrics (denim, towels)
from light fabrics (synthetics,
Separate lint givers (towels, chenille) from
lint takers (corduroy, synthetics, perma-
nent press). When possible, turn lint takers
Mix large items with smaller items. Load
For better tumbling action, when drying
the washer or dryer by the
only a few small items, add one or two lint-
amount of space items take
free towels. This also prevents small,
up, not by their weight.
items from blocking airflow.
To reduce wrinkling when washing,
cleaning, uneven drying, and
permanent press and synthetic knits
wrinkling, and can cause items to wear out
should have more room to move in the
faster (because of pilling).
water than heavy items (towels, jeans).
You may need to rearrange large items
(sheets, blankets, tablecloths)
cycle to reduce balling or rolling up.
Close zippers, snaps, and hooks to avoid
snagging other items. Remove
trim that can be
damaged by drying. Tie strings
and sashes so they will not
Check garments to make sure all spots
and stains were removed during the wash.
Do not tumble dry soiled or stained items.
Heat may permanently
Sharp or metal objects can damage your
washer interior or dryer drum.
Check pockets for pins, clips,
money, bolts, nuts, etc. Do not
lay these objects on your
washer or dryer after emptying
pockets. Turn pockets of heavy items
inside out for even drying.
Place small items such as baby socks or
hankies in a mesh bag for easier removal.
Articles to be ironed should be removed
from the dryer while still damp.