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Prepping for a Wash

Planning your loads is an important part of doing your laundry. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of each wash.

  1. Different fabrics have different care needs. For best results, try sorting clothes into loads that can be washed with the same wash cycle.

    For example, separate dark fabrics from light colors and whites to prevent color transfer and discoloration. Do not wash heavily soiled items with lightly soiled ones. Look at the chart below on how to sort laundry.
    Sort laundry...
    By Colors
    Whites
    Lights
    Darks
    By Soil
    Heavy
    Normal
    Light
    By Fabric
    Delicates
    Easy Care
    Sturdy
    By Lint
    Lint Producer
    Lint Collector
  2. If you're not sure, check the fabric care labels that include instructions for proper care.
    Fabric care labels
    Machine Wash Cycle
    • Normal
    • Permanent
      press/ wrinkle
      ristant
    • Gentle/
      delicate
    • Hand
      wash
    • No not
      wash
    • No not
      wring
    Water temperature
    • Hot
    • Warm
    • Cold/Cool
    Bleach symbols
    • Any bleach
      (when needed)
    • Only non-chlorine
      bleach (when
      needed)
    • Do not
      bleach
  3. Check pockets to make sure they're empty. Clips, matches, pens, coins, and keys can damage the washer, and your clothes.
  4. Close zippers, hooks and drawstrings to prevent them from snagging or tangling on other clothes.
  5. Pre-treat heavily stained areas for best results.
  6. Combine large and small items in a load, and always start with the large items—just like packing your bag.
Good to know
  • The washer can be fully loaded, but the drum should not be tightly packed with items. A good rule of thumb is that the door of the washer should close easily.
  • Do not wash single items to prevent out-of-balance load—which will cause vibration and noise. Always add one or two similar items to the load. And, wash large bulky items like blankets, comforters or bedspreads individually.
  • Do not wash or spin waterproof clothes.
  • When unloading the washer, check under the door seal for small items, like socks and undergarments.
  • Front load washers rotate the wet laundry to use less water. So, if you don't see water during the cycle, don't worry. Your laundry is being well taken care of.