The washing machine is a great invention that allows us to clean our clothes with little effort in a short period of time. Maximize the performance of your washer by separating clothing by color, using stain remover, properly loading the machine, and adding the right detergent.
Separating the Laundry
When washing clothes, protect them by separating colors. Dark colors washed with light or white colored clothing can bleed colors onto the other garments. The classic scenario is turning your white clothing pink by leaving a red item in the laundry. To safely wash your clothing, separate by material such as cotton, permanent press, delicates, and things that cause heavy lint.
Sorting Clothing by Color
Before washing clothes, group them by color. Whites are t-shirts, socks, underwear, linens, and towels. Note that white clothing with even a small amount of color should be washed with light colored clothing. It is safe to use bleach in the washing machine when you have only whites together.
Light colored clothes are considered pale colors like blues, pinks, greens, yellows, and lavender. Clothing includes solids, prints, and stripes.
Dark and bright colored clothing can be saturated with dye. Washing new clothing separately a couple of times before combining garments prevents the colors from running onto other items.