Cheer Laundry Tips
We all want to keep our clothes colorful. Find out how to keep your hues from fading and your fabrics fresh and bright.
We Want You to Stay Colorful
Use these tips and help keep everything from purple unmentionables to turquoise tees popping with colorful goodness.
- Sort oranges with reds, purples and bright hues; navies with blacks; and creams with tans.
- Turn garments inside out to prevent fading and reduce pilling.
- Don’t overstuff your washer. It can cause poor rinsing and leave detergent deposits.
- Wash dark fabrics in cold water to prevent fading.
- New colored garments (especially red ones) should be washed separately first to avoid bleeding.
- Close buttons, zip zippers and fasten clasps to prevent damage to delicate items within the load.
- Avoid over-drying. Too much heat can set wrinkles, shrink certain cottons and wear out dark-colored fabrics.
- Clothes can be air-dried anywhere but the bathroom. It’s too damp in there!
- Jeans should be air-dried on a hanger for best results.
- Before drying, separate lint-shedders (fuzzy sweatshirts, chenille robes, flannels and towels) from lint-keepers (knits, corduroys and permanent-press fabrics).
- Tie drawstrings on sweatshirts and pants to prevent knotting.
- Tuck the arms behind when folding knits to reduce wrinkling.
- Always fold sweaters. Hangers can stretch these garments, causing them to lose shape.
- Hang jackets on padded hangers to help them retain their shape.
- Store clothes in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place to preserve the life of your fabrics.
- Place a dehumidifier in your closet to prevent mold and mildew.
- Scatter cedar-scented satchels in your closet to repel moths and carpet beetles.
- Wrinkled clothing in your suitcase? Hang garments in the bathroom while you shower to naturally steam out the wrinkles.
- Pack individual outfits in plastic bags when traveling to minimize wrinkles. Don’t forget to squeeze out the air.
- Stuff socks into your shoes to help them retain their shape.
- Wool is naturally stain and wrinkle resistant, quick drying, antimicrobial and a fire retardant.
- The little balls that pop up on sweaters are called pilling.
- Cotton is hydrophilic, meaning it's very fond of water.
- Linen softens as it ages, dries quickly, doesn’t lint and resists deterioration from sunlight.
- Ramie resists heat, bacteria and molds.
- Starch can encourage mold and mildew.
- You should iron natural fabrics (such as linen or ramie) while damp.
- Cotton absorbs water more easily than any other fabric, can withstand a range of temperatures and maintains color.
- Poor-quality dyes, washing in too-warm water and over-drying are common causes for color loss.
- Air-drying is easier on clothes, can reduce wrinkles and eliminates static cling.
- The friction of clothes rubbing together in the dryer causes static cling.
- You shouldn't wash sweaters until you’ve worn them six times or more.
- A lint roller will help loosen fibers in sweaters.
- HE washers use less water and energy, save you money and can be gentler on fabrics vs. standard top-loading washing machines.