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Laundry Care

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Laundry 101
Laundry 101

Here’s a quick overview of how to get your clothes clean without racking up huge dry-cleaning bills.

Read the labels

It's important to read the care labels inside your clothes before washing them. These instructions not only indicate how to care for the garment, they often give guidance on separating loads too.


Pretreat stains

To remove stains from dirty clothes, it's best to pretreat before you wash. Grab a bottle of HE detergent, pour a small amount onto the stain and gently rub it into the clothing. You can also try the StainCare™ option, which uses multiple temperatures to attack different types of stains, on select LG washers.


Sort your laundry

Sort your laundry by fabric type, colour and water temperature. Keep clothes that require hand washing or dry clean only items separate. Divide the rest into 5 piles for best results:

  1. Whites — everything white, underwear, t-shirts, handkerchiefs, etc.
  2. Lights — including striped whites, off-whites and pastels
  3. Darks — everything dark, like blacks, blues, browns
  4. Brights — reds, yellows, oranges, fluorescents
  5. Delicates — fine linens, lingerie, some synthetic fabrics
Here are some other tips before you wash:
  • • Mending any tears before washing will help prevent damage from becoming worse. Undo buttons on collars to help minimize wear along folds, and turn dark clothes inside out to help prevent fading. Washable sweaters should also be turned inside out to reduce the chance of fabric collecting in uneven clumps, or "pilling." Check zippers, buttons, snaps and buckles and secure them to prevent snagging.
  • • Wash reds or new, coloured garments separately the first few times. These items can bleed and stain other laundry if you're not careful.

After your cycle is finished

To help reduce wrinkling, fold or hang clothes as soon as possible after the dryer cycle ends. If this is not possible, slightly dampen a cloth, add it to the load and then run the dryer for a few minutes. The moisture and heat will help the wrinkles fall out. It's also a good idea to run a cool-down cycle at the end of the drying time. All laundry items are more prone to wrinkling if left sitting in a pile when they are hot. If your washer has steam washes, this can also reduce wrinkles.


Less time with your iron

Who likes ironing? No one. The EasyIron™ Option lightly moistens clothes to make ironing easier and more efficient.

Washing
Sneakers

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WASHING SNEAKERS
WASHING SNEAKERS

Most shoe manufacturers discourage machine washing sneakers. Detergents and the machine’s agitation may damage many leathers and adhesives. But then, there are still some that can take machine washing. The key to successful sneaker cleaning is the shoe itself.

First, see if there are care instructions inside your shoe. If so, follow those instructions. If not, use a specially designated cleaning kit for athletic shoes. Kits are most effective on leather and nylon uppers, foam midsoles and liners and inserts. When in doubt, follow the kit instructions.


Here are some basic instructions for cleaning most canvas and nylon sneakers:
  1. Remove the laces and inserts.
  2. Rinse shoes with clean water.
  3. Use a neutral cleaner and a soft brush to scrub your shoes. Do NOT use bleach, solvents, harsh chemicals or abrasives.
  4. Use a white, nylon-backed scrub pad for scuff marks.
  5. Rinse entire shoe well with clean water.
  6. Drip dry. Stuff with absorbent white paper to keep the shape.
Additional Tips:
  • • Throw laces in with your regular laundry.
  • • Don't place in direct sunlight or use the dryer (or any other heat source) to speed the drying process.
  • • Don't use newspaper to stuff your shoes; it will transfer to most fabrics.
  • • Don't put liners back in or wear your shoes until they are completely dry.

Want an unconventional solution for cleaning canvas sneakers? Try shaving cream. * Some folks swear it as an effective cleaner for canvas athletic shoes. Either cover your shoes with the cream, leave it on until dry, then brush off with a soft, clean brush. Or cover your shoes with the cream and remove with a damp cloth, then let dry naturally. Make sure you check with your sneaker manufacturer before trying this.

Some people also polish, protect and condition their shoes on an ongoing basis. Look for paste or liquid polish, water repellents and leather lotions (for your specific type of shoe) from your shoe manufacturer.

Sometimes you don't need to clean your sneakers as much as you need to refresh them. Try placing a sheet of fabric softener in each shoe overnight or a spray fabric softener in the fabric soles to clean away odours caused by germs, mould and mildew and to keep them fresh and new smelling.

Most manufacturers offer very specific cleaning instructions for every style they make, so, if you want to be sure check out the brand's Web site for more information.

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Bedding
BEDDING CARE

You spend lots of time wrapped up in your bed sheets and blankets, but your laundry habits may or may not reflect this. Oil from your hair and face can leave a lasting impression on your bedding, but detergent can get stains out. You can opt for a scented detergent, or add fabric softener for softer bedding.

Sheets and Blankets

You spend lots of time wrapped up in your bed sheets and blankets, but your laundry habits may or may not reflect this. Oil from your hair and face can leave a lasting impression on your bedding, but detergent can get stains out.

You can opt for a scented detergent, or add fabric softener for softer bedding.


Duvet covers, decorative pillows and shams

The bed is considered the centrepiece of the bedroom. Duvet covers, decorative pillows, shams and throws all work to create your bedroom's overall aesthetic. But after a long winter on display, decorative bedding may need a "face lift." To freshen and clean these prominent items, try detergent with fabric softener, which will give your fabrics outstanding cleaning with a touch of softness and give your bedding a well-deserved springtime lift.

When it comes to spring cleaning, no bedding should remain unturned. This includes items such as bed skirts, dust ruffles and other decorative fabrics that are frequently neglected or forgotten. Don't let delicate fabrics or intricate fringes keep you from caring for these decorative materials. Check the garment care label first, and then wash by hand with detergent with bleach alternative, or select the hand wash cycle on your LG washer. This will allow you to clean even the most delicate bedding.


Storing winter bedding

Take special care to store winter bedding so thick sheets and blankets are ready for next year's cold spell. Instead of simply packing them in the corner of your linen closet, place fabric softener sheets into unsealed envelopes and tuck them into the folds. This easy tip will add freshness to bedspreads, blankets and flannel sheets.

Stain
Removal

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Fabric
Care

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Stain Removal
Stain Removal

Stains happen, and let’s face it we aren’t always equipped to deal with them. The best “tool” is knowing how to treat different types of stains. Some respond better to cold water, others to hot. Always check the care label first and pretest stain removal products. If the item is dry clean only, blot the excess stain and take to the cleaners within 24-48 hours of the stain.

Pretreat stains

Here are some general tips for pretreating stains:

Allow the pretreating liquid to sit on the stain for five minutes. That way the chemistry in the detergent will have a chance to soak into the fabric and unseat the stain.

  • • For deep-set stains and soils, presoak the entire garment. Fill your machine or a tub with a low level of the warmest water allowed by your garment's care label. Add detergent, let it dissolve, then add your clothes and let sit for 30 minutes. Soak longer for tougher dirt. Drain excess water and launder normally.
  • • For extra-dirty clothes, consider a prewash cycle. Essentially, you pretreat the entire garment in an initial detergent wash. Once this pretreating is complete, drain the water and launder the garment in the hottest water the care label recommends.
  • • LG washers also feature a StainCare™ option that can remove a variety of stains in a single wash.
  • • Rinse thoroughly, several times.
  • • Dry naturally on flat towel — not in direct sunlight or heat.
  • • Smooth out garment to original shape and size.

Protein

Baby Food/Formula, Body Soils (Feces, Urine, Vomit/Spit-Up), Blood, Dairy, Dirt/Clay/Mud, Egg, Gelatin Dessert

Soak fresh stains in cold water. Rub fabric against itself to dislodge stain. If stains are old, scrape off crusted material and soak in cold water with detergent. Launder in warm water with detergent. Do not use hot water to soak or wash items with protein stains (hot water may set these types of stains).

Oil-based

Grease or Oil from Cars, Makeup and Food (including Butter and Mayonnaise), Collar/Cuff Soil, Deodorant/Perspiration, Gasoline

Pretreat with detergent. Make sure to work detergent into stain and let set for 10-15 minutes. Then wash in hottest water safe for fabric.

For butter or margarine stains specifically, try the following:

  1. Using a plastic bucket, create a soak solution by adding ½ use (approx. 25 mls) detergent per gallon of warm water. Allow the garment to soak for up to 30 minutes, weighting the item with a white towel to keep it totally submerged.
  2. Wash in warmest water setting with detergent.
  3. If stain remains, pretreat with detergent (pour on to cover stain and let set for 20 minutes). Then, rewash in warm water.

Avoid perspiration stains by applying deodorant twice daily (once in the morning and again before bed) to provide extra protection against wetness.


Tannin

Beer, Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks, Fruit & Juice (including Red Berries), Perfume, Wine

First rinse in cool water. Then wash fresh stains in hottest water safe for fabric with your favourite detergent. Use detergent with bleach or bleach alternative for old stains. Do not use bar soap on tannin stains — it makes them harder to remove.


Dye

Dye Transfer, Fruit (Blueberry & Cherry), Grass, Kool-Aid®, Mustard

Pretreat with detergent and rinse thoroughly. Soak in diluted solution of water and use detergent with bleach or bleach alternative. Then wash in the hottest water safe for fabric.

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Fabric Care
Fabric Care

Different fabric types should be washed in different ways. Here’s an introduction to some common fabrics and tips on how to keep them looking their best.

Cotton

In addition to being one of the most comfortable fabrics, cotton can withstand numerous washing over a range of temperatures and also responds well to colour-safe bleach and a good detergent. It also absorbs water better than any other fabric, so you can fight even the toughest stains pretty easily.


To keep cottons comfy and looking good:

For quick stain pretreating, apply water, seltzer or an ice cube to the affected area. To remove even really dirty stains, presoak in detergent before washing.

  • • Avoid hot water and hot dryer temperatures if the item is made of cotton knit. Knits are more vulnerable to shrinkage.
  • • Tumble dry, just long enough to remove wrinkles and moisture. Too much heat can set wrinkles and shrink some cotton fabrics.
  • • Store cotton out of sunlight as overexposure may weaken or yellow fibres. Always store cotton dry to avoid damaging mildew.

To care for fine cottons:
  • • Gently hand wash with a mild detergent. Or select the "hand wash" cycle on your LG washer.
  • • Line dry or dry flat to prevent stretching. Put in dryer on air setting only to restore softness.
  • • To remove stains, use colour-safe bleach on whites. Try a paste of salt and vinegar to remove wine or a detergent paste to remove proteins such as milk and egg yolk.

To care for bast fibres, like Linen or Ramie

Avoid creasing clothing made of linen or ramie in the same places repeatedly — the fabric will eventually weaken at that crease point.

  • • When choosing coloured linen, ramie or hemp clothing, look for a label that says "colourfast" or "vat dyed" for better colorfastness. If your linen or ramie garment is machine washable, use a shorter or gentler agitation cycle and air-dry.
  • • These fabrics soften as they age, but you can speed up the process by adding a fabric softener to the rinse cycle.
  • • For washable, delicate linen or ramie, hand wash with soap rinse thoroughly and dry flat. Pay special attention to re-shape the item appropriately.
  • • If you need to remove a stain from any of these fibres, soak the item in cool water with soap before washing. Don't rub the spot. Ramie, especially, is susceptible to colour loss from abrasion.
  • • Never use bleach. It can weaken the natural fibres.
  • • Iron linen or ramie garments while they are still damp on medium or high heat.
Rayon

Always check the garment care label before cleaning a rayon item. Many rayon clothes may require hand washing or dry-cleaning. However, LG's washers are designed to clean even delicate fabrics, including Rayon.


Here are some basic care instructions for rayon:

If hand washing, use warm water and soap; then gently squeeze (don't wring or twist) to dry.

  • • If machine washing, use the gentle cycle and avoid using chlorine bleach.
  • • If ironing, iron damp with a low to medium iron; use a press cloth or iron on the wrong side to avoid shine.
  • • If dry clean only, you can use a home dry cleaning kit.

Wool

Wool is a favourite winter fabric because of its superior warmth and durability. Before treating any wool garment, always refer to the instructions on the care label. Then follow these basic suggestions:

Refresh by hanging in a steamy bathroom. Remember to empty pockets. You can also accomplish this with the StreamFresh™ feature on your LG washer. When pressing, use steam on slightly damp fabric; iron on reverse side or use a press cloth to avoid shine; lower and lift iron, don't slide.


Down

Whether it’s a coat, comforter or pillow, down-filled items require special care. Before treating any down garment, always first refer to the instructions on the care label. Be consistent when cleaning – stick to the dry cleaning or washing each time. If washing, follow these guidelines:

Choose regular cycle, normal spin.

  • • Start washer and add detergent.
  • • Submerge items when washer is half full.
  • • Balance wash load by adding towels or washing two similarly coloured and sized items at the same time.
  • • Stop washer occasionally to press air from items being washed.
  • • Tumble dry low. Add several dry bath towels and a clean pair of tennis shoes to the dryer to help tumbling action and fluff up down filling.

For dry clean items, you can use a home dry cleaning kit.

For non-washable items, try LG’s SteamSanitary Cycle

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Caring
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IRONING TIPS
IRONING TIPS

Ironing can take a lot of time and energy, neither of which are in abundance in today’s hectic households. So if you want your clothes to have that finished look but don’t have the ironing know-how or time, follow these basic ironing tips.

You can also reduce your ironing load with a Steam Dryer from LG: Learn more about LG dryers

Ironing actually begins in the washer and dryer.

Your washer and dryer can work to eliminate wrinkles before you even plug in the iron. Always refer first to specific washing and drying instructions on garment care labels.

  • • Wash synthetics made of nylon, polyester and acrylic and washable woollens in hot or warm water using a permanent-press cycle to help remove and reduce wrinkles.
  • • Wash bright colours and lightly soiled fabrics in cold water to minimize washer wrinkling (and save hot water).
  • • Shake out items taken from the washer before placing them in the dryer to prevent them from balling up and wrinkling.
  • • While LG dryers have very large capacity, you should avoid overloading — it prevents proper tumbling, causing clothes to dry slower and wrinkle.
  • • Don't over dry clothes — this not only causes them to shrink, but increases static cling. Excessive heat can also set wrinkles.
  • • Hang up or fold clothes immediately after removing them from the dryer. If you leave them in a heap, they will wrinkle.
General Ironing tips
  • • Do not iron garments that are dirty or stained. The iron's heat can set the stain.
  • • Iron items that need lower iron temperatures first, then end with those requiring higher temperatures.
  • • Iron clothes, especially those made of cotton, rayon and silk, while they are still damp by removing them from the dryer before they are completely dry. If that's not convenient, dampen dried clothes with a steam iron or sprinkle with warm water. Allow the moisture to permeate the fabric.
  • • Keep a damp sponge or spray bottle handy when ironing. If you create a crease, dampen it and then re-iron the area.
  • • Iron fabric on the wrong side or use a pressing cloth on the right side to avoid shine marks.
  • • Hang newly ironed items immediately. Do not wear or pack them for several hours. Newly ironed garments tend to wrinkle again quickly.
  • • Set aside clothing that needs mending when you iron and fix them before they're worn again. This will save more work on ruined garments.
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CARING FOR JEANS
CARING FOR JEANS
Denim: Prewashed vs. unwashed

There are two general categories of denim blue jeans: prewashed and unwashed denim. Prewashed denim, also known as preshrunk or distressed denim, is achieved through bleaching or several mechanical treatments like stonewashes, sandblasting and scraping. Unwashed denim is stronger and most durable but is also much stiffer.


Reducing fading and shrinkage in Prewashed Denim

Even if your jeans are prewashed, they can still fade and shrink over time, especially if you do not follow the care label instructions. There are certain precautions that one can take to maintain colour and fit:

  • • Always turn the jeans inside out for laundering.
  • • Wash in cold water with a cold water detergent.
  • • Never use bleach.
  • • If the care label instructions recommend drying in a dryer, be sure not to use hotter than recommended dryer temperatures and take the jeans out of the dryer while they are still slightly damp. Then lay your jeans on a towel to dry or, if possible, hang them so that no part of the jean is folded over.

The hottest thing in cold clean

Now using the cold cycle on your washer doesn’t have to mean compromising on cleaning. New ColdWash™ technology uses cold water and enhanced washing motions to penetrate deep into fabrics, giving you cold water savings with warm water performance.

Caring for unwashed denim:

Wear your unwashed jeans as much as possible before the first wash. (They will have a tough surface, almost like they are water resistant.)

  • • Do not try to clean local stains, as rubbing can remove the indigo and you may get a bleach spot.
  • • When you absolutely have to wash them, a steam wash cycle is preferable. If your washer doesn't have one, turn them inside out so they have some resistance to unwanted crinkles from the machine.
  • • To encourage fading and natural worn-in effects, wash in warmer temperatures.
  • • To help prevent fading, wash in cold water using cold water detergent.
  • • Once out of the dryer, turn them back to normal and shake them flat, otherwise they might get an unwanted crease or fold. When they are still damp, you can stretch the inseam as much as needed. Let them dry naturally by hanging, not folded.

After your cycle is finished

To help reduce wrinkling, fold or hang clothes as soon as possible after the dryer cycle ends. If this is not possible, slightly dampen a cloth, add it to the load and then run the dryer for a few minutes. The moisture and heat will help the wrinkles fall out. It's also a good idea to run a cool-down cycle at the end of the drying time. All laundry items are more prone to wrinkling if left sitting in a pile when they are hot. If your washer has steam washes, this can also reduce wrinkles.


Less time with your iron

Who likes ironing? No one. The EasyIron™ Option lightly moistens clothes to make ironing easier and more efficient.

ORGANIZATION

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ORGANIZING YOUR CLOSET
ORGANIZING YOUR CLOSET

Now is the perfect time to reevaluate the way you’re organizing closet space. And the key to success is so simple: make your closet work for you. Your closet should be clean, well ventilated and pest free. And ideally, you should have matching hangers and a place for everything.

Inventory First

The best way to help those in need is to get rid of the clothing you haven't worn in years. Bite the bullet, admit you'll never wear it again, and donate it to a charity of your choosing. You'll feel better knowing your clothes have gone to good use, and your new closet space will open up in front of you.


Seasonal storage

With a new season approaching, some clothing won't see the light of day for months at a time. Try to pack away what you don't need — it'll save room and protect your clothing while it's not in use.


Make your closet comfortable

A messy closet can sometimes feel like a black hole: it's dark, scary, and when you throw stuff in there it disappears. So make your closet someplace you don't mind visiting. Bright lighting will help you find what you need.


Find a home for odds and ends

Do you have tons of undershirts? Or are shoes your guilty pleasure? Find out which odds and ends get disorganized fast, and then find a solution. Woven baskets or floor racks will give you a place for those little extras.


Know how you handle clothes

Do you fold your underwear or toss it to the side? Don't be afraid to admit it. Be proud of your fancy-free tossing ways, and move to a system that'll work for you. Instead of using a stately drawer, try tossing underwear into an open bin or a little basket.


Clothing storage in the closet

Make sure clothes are completely clean and dry before storing. And if you keep worn clothing and clean clothing in the same space, separate them. Even the smallest crumb can beckon pests.

Foldables

A neat stack of folded garments allows you to instantly assess your wardrobe (not to mention makes you look impressively organized).

  • • Fold knit tops and sweaters to avoid stretching, misshapen shoulders and indentations.
  • • To prevent crushing and keep the pile stable, stack the bulkiest sweaters on the bottom.
  • • To further protect knits and reduce wrinkling, fold in the "arms-tucked-behind" manner (not the "in-half-down-the-front" method).
  • • Button all buttons and zip all zippers before folding. This simple task helps hold clothes together, reduces wear and preserves garment shape.

Hangables

A little thought and hanger investment goes a long way toward protecting your clothes and allows you to more easily see your outfit options.

  • • Use uniform hangers to hang clothes at the same level. This way you will see all your choices and won't "lose" a favourite piece.
  • • Avoid hanging bulky items like sweatshirts — save space by storing them in a chest or drawer
  • • Use padded hangers for jackets and other structured items to retain shape.
  • • To avoid fibre breakdown, remove plastic bags from dry-cleaned items.
  • • Don't pack clothes too tight — they tend to wrinkle and get hard to manage
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SEASONAL CLOTHING STORAGE
SEASONAL CLOTHING STORAGE

Make sure your clothes survive the winter

Clothing Storage

Packing away all your seasonal clothes doesn’t mean just stuffing them up in the closet. You want to make sure you’re storing your garments properly so that they are in tip-top shape for when you need them again.


Pre-Storage Inspection

Before you put your wardrobe away for the coming season, inspect all clothing closely and under a bright light for stains. Any particles left on garments can stain and set in over the months in storage. Make sure all clothing is washed or dry cleaned beforehand. Garments that have been worn, even for five minutes, may contain body oil, perspiration, perfume or food particles, which can easily set in as stains.

Packing away all your seasonal clothes doesn’t mean just stuffing them up in the closet. You want to make sure you’re storing your garments properly so that they are in tip-top shape for when you need them again.

Look over each garment for minor repairs: loose hems and buttons, open seams and holes in pockets. They'll feel more like new garments next winter if you don't have to repair them. Also, make sure to empty the pockets of money, candy, gum and sharp, heavy items, to help prevent damage while in storage. If you have jewelry or stick pins on a blazer or coat, remove them because they can oxidize and deposit a nasty black stain that can be difficult to remove.


Garment Protection

Use natural repellents, such as cedar, to fend off insects. Cedar is the most popular since it smells good and comes in many forms including blocks, hangers and sachets.

Instead of old-fashioned mothballs, try a moth repellent containing paradichlorobenzene instead. You can use less to get the same results and there is no clinging odour or risk of fabric staining.

If your closet or storage area is large enough, use a dehumidifier to help prevent mould, mildew and fungus. And make sure the area is kept cool, well ventilated and dark. Ultraviolet light deteriorates fabric over time.


Storage Locations

Where you store your clothes is most important. Make sure to avoid wet or musty basements and warm attics and never store clothing directly on the floor without protection.

You want the storage area to be clean, cool, dark and dry. Avoid putting clothes in plastic and nylon garment bags on their own. If you choose to store clothes in the basement, keep your clothing storage off the floor in sealed containers and make sure that you do an examination every few weeks: smell it, touch it and look at a few pieces. By doing this, you can help avoid colour fading and water damage.

If you happen to have space limitations, you might want to consider using a professional storage facility. Most quality dry cleaners offer temperature-controlled storage for clean clothing at a reasonable price.


Storage Unpacking

If you did all you could to protect seasonal garments, but they still suffered the effects of being "under wraps" for the past few months, here are some ways to combat the consequences of storage.


Musty odours

This is probably the most common complaint about stored clothes. To get rid of that stale, musty smell, try a fabric refresher or scented detergent. If you have a washer with an odour-removing LG SteamFresh™ cycle, this will also get your laundry to smell fresh again.


Moth holes

If you notice holes in garments when removing them from storage, you can thank the clothes moths. First, clean the infested storage area with soapy water and/or vacuum it. (Dispose of the vacuum bags promptly, since they likely contain the moths' eggs or larvae, or better yet, use a bagless system like the LG Kompressor®.)

Next, launder all the clothes stored in the same vicinity in the hottest water safest for them or use home dry cleaning kits for dry clean only garments. Here, a steam cycle-enabled washer will also restore your garments. Even if you don't notice holes, there may be moth larvae embedded in the clothing fibres.

Seek the help of a professional experienced in reweaving to repair garments with moth holes.

Environment

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Environment
KEEPING YOUR LAUNDRY GREEN

Believe it or not, there are small, easy changes we can all make in our laundry that can have a big effect on the environment. Not only can these practices help in reducing the negative impact we place on the planet, but they can also save you on energy costs.

Cold Water Washes

Using a cold water cycle with cold water detergent can mean big savings, not only on your energy bills, but also in carbon dioxide emissions- eliminating up to 500 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. All LG washers feature ColdWash™ technology.


Get the right soap levels

Most people use far more soap than they require, which not only wastes money, but can harden clothes, shorten the life of your washer, and build up excess mould and mildew. Part of this is because people are used to seeing suds, which usually means too much soap, not the right amount. Of course, a wash/rinse optimizer option on LG washers can eliminate this problem.

According to a recent New York Times article, self-help appliance author Vernon Schmidt recommends putting 4-6 clean bath towels in a front load washing machine without any detergent or fabric softener. Run a hot water, medium rinse wash for about 5 minutes. If you don't immediately see suds, shut it off and check for soapy residue. If you find it, it's coming from your clean towels- and you're using too much soap.


High Efficiency Washers

Using a High Efficiency (HE) washer with a HE detergent can get the same sized load clean using nearly half the detergent, water and energy. Again, you may not see the typical level of suds, but this doesn't mean your clothes aren't getting clean.

Do It Yourself Solutions

You can use common ingredients such as water, bar soap, borax and washing soda to make your own detergent. This will reduce the number of chemicals and additives, as well as packaging. However, washing with homemade detergent can also require more bleaching.

Soaking fabrics in water mixed with borax, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, washing soda, or white vinegar can remove stains. Or, look for "non-chlorine bleach" made from sodium percarbonate or sodium perborate.

Instead of conventional fabric softener, you can try adding one-quarter cup of baking soda to the wash cycle. A quarter cup of white vinegar will also soften fabrics and reduce cling.

Remember to always follow the label instructions in your garments.