Laundry Tips


Sort Clothes First

For more efficient washing and to prevent problems with incompatible colors or fabrics:

Sort by Color

Keep whites and pastels together, same-color brights together, and dark colors together. Multi-colored clothes that have lots of white and dark colors are best washed separately the first time. If the dye does not bleed or run, it can be washed along with whites the next time.

Sort by Fabric Type

Separate delicate or lightweight fabrics from heavy ones. Don’t wash lint producers (such as towels) in a load of lint-attracting clothes (corduroy).

Remove Heavily Soiled Items

Separate for special pre-treatment or simply to prevent transfer of dirt and/or bacteria (such as with diapers) onto less soiled clothes.

Inspect Clothes Thoroughly

Remove contents of pockets. Pretreat all stains. Repair any ripped clothing.

Choose the Water Temperature Carefully

You don’t need to wash in hot water unless the stains are particularly greasy. Use warm or cold water for most wash cycles and use only cold water for rinses, since the temperature of the rinse water doesn’t affect cleaning. This saves energy and money!

Rub White Chalk on Grease Stains

It will help absorb the grease, making it easier for your laundry detergent to get the stain out.


Dry Similar Fabrics Together

It will be kinder to your clothes. Lightweight synthetics dry quickly while natural fiber clothes, like denim, take much longer.

Don’t Overdry Clothes

Hanging clothes out while they’re still slightly damp can reduce the need for ironing, which means less energy used and less work for you! Save energy by using your dryer’s automatic dry feature rather than the timer setting.

Dry Two or More Loads in a Row

This takes advantage of the heat that’s still in the dryer from the first load.

Dry Full Loads, But Don’t Overfill

As with the washer, running the dryer with small loads wastes energy. For best performance, air must be able to circulate freely around the clothes.

Use a Tennis Ball

Adding a tennis ball to your dryer can help reduce static, absorb dampness, and keep your clothes and linens from getting tangled up in each other. It can also speed up drying time.

Make It Fun

XTRA HE Laundry Detergent

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