How to do your Laundry……

Clothing Care

The way you treat your clothing can play a big role in the way you present yourself. From cleaning to sorting to storing, find out the best ways to take care of your clothes.

Washer Maintenance

Clean dirt and lint from inside your washing machine. Wipe the interior with a clean, damp cloth, then run a short hot wash cycle with detergent; rinse the empty machine with a plain water cycle. If the machine is exceptionally dirty, fill it with a disinfecting solution: 3/4 cup chlorine bleach and 1 tablespoon powdered detergent for every gallon of warm water. Let it sit for a few minutes, then drain and rinse a few times.

Dryer Maintenance

Prevent lint buildup in and around your clothes dryer; it can cause the machine to overheat. Clean the screen or filter after every use. While the dryer is running, check that exhaust is coming out of its external vent. If not, you may have to disconnect the exhaust duct to remove blockage. Be sure to remove accumulated lint from behind the dryer.

Removing Grass Stains

Remove grass stains from sports uniforms and gardening clothes by pretreating them: Mix equal parts liquid detergent and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the stained area (don’t wait more than two days before doing so), and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Use an old toothbrush to work the solution into the fabric and to loosen the stain, then wash item.

Sorting Station

Create a laundry-sorting station. Use separate bins for lights, darks, and dry-clean-only garments and you’ll save time and avoid extra hassle on wash day.

Mend Clothing

Set aside time to perform simple repairs, such as replacing buttons, fixing hems, or patching holes. Use mercerized thread, which glides easily and is more durable than regular thread.

Shoe-Care Kit

Protect shoes and keep them looking new with a well-stocked shoe-maintenance kit. Keep leather cleaner, wax-based polish, flannel buffing cloth, and leather conditioner in a resealable plastic container. For suede shoes, a suede stone and brass bristle brush come in handy.

Closet Space

Prevent clothes from piling up on furniture by making sure you have sufficient hanging rods and shelf space. Add a light fixture if needed.

Give Order to Closets

Get an orderly wardrobe by sorting items by type and color so they’re easy to find. Do a thorough clearing once a season.

I have learned a lot from my mom and grandmothers about doing laundry.  For some of you who haven’t hopefully this will help.  We pay so much for our clothes that we want to make sure we are taking care of them as well.

from www.marthastewart.com

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February 17, 2010. Feburary.

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