ERA Laundry 101

ERA Laundry 101

Find out how to give your clothes the cleaning power they need to fight any stain.


Give Your Clothes Cleaning Power
Find out how to give your clothes the cleaning power they need to fight even the worst stains. Good-bye mud, grass and coffee.

PRODUCT FAQs

Does Era Work in Front- and Top-loading Machines?
Yes, all Era products are formulated to work in standard and high-efficiency machines.

What Does 2x the Cleaning Power/Stain-fighting Power Mean?
For Era Original, Era Free and Era Fistful of Fresh, the 2x claim means 1 dose of Era laundry detergent removes stains better than 2 doses of the leading liquid value-brand base variant.

What Does 3x the Cleaning Power Mean?
For Era with Oxi Booster, the 3x claim means 1 dose of Era laundry detergent removes stains better than 3 doses of the leading liquid detergent with Oxi. For Era with Febreze Freshness, the 3x claim means 1 dose of Era laundry detergent removes stains better than 3 doses of the leading liquid detergent value-brand base variant.

How Much Era Detergent Should I Use?
Because laundry load sizes and stains may vary, please refer to the dosing instructions on the back label for the best results.

What is the Difference between Era Original Detergent and Era Detergent with Oxi Booster?
Both Era Original laundry detergent and Era with Oxi Booster offer convenient and effective cleaning. Era Original offers you 2x the cleaning power versus the leading liquid value-brand base variant. Era with Oxi Booster provides the additional stain-fighting boost of Oxi to deliver 3x the stain-fighting power versus the leading liquid detergent with Oxi.

Is it OK to Use Chlorine Bleach with Era Detergent with Oxi Booster?
Before you add bleach, try Era with Oxi Booster by itself. You might find that you don't need to add bleach at all. If you decide to use bleach, add it 5 minutes after the wash cycle begins. This gives Era detergent time to start working — adding bleach to your laundry at the beginning of the wash cycle can interfere with this process. Before using chlorine bleach, be sure to read the manufacturer's suggested washing instructions for all fabrics.

What is the Best Temperature for Washing Clothes with Era Detergent?
While Era detergent cleans clothes effectively at all temperatures, specific temperature settings are recommended for some garments. Always check the washing instructions on the garment's label to determine the suggested wash temperature. In general, dirt and stains are most effectively removed if washed in the warmest water that is safe for your fabrics.

Are Era Detergent Bottles Recyclable?
Yes, they’re recyclable, if recyclers in your area accept HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) plastic. Era detergent containers are made of HDPE plastic and include a minimum of 25 percent post-consumer recycled material. This is the same plastic used in milk containers and can usually be recycled through community recycling programs.

Where Can I Find Era Coupons and Samples?
Check our Coupons page to find the latest coupons and offers.

STAINS

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Beverages (Coffee Stains, Tea Stains, Soda Stains):
Moisten affected area of garment with water, pretreat with Era and toss into the wash.

Dirt Stains and Mud Stains:
Brush off excess stains using a soft-bristle brush. Pretreat with Era. Wait 5 minutes. Wash in warm water with Era.

Grass Stains:
Pretreat with Era. Wait 5 minutes. Wash in warm water with Era.

Ice Cream Stains (and Ice Pop Stains):
Moisten affected area of garment with water, pretreat with Era and toss into the wash.

Sauces (BBQ, Chocolate Syrup Stains, Gravy Stains):
Pretreat with Era. Wait 5 minutes. Wash in warm water with Era.

Wine Stains (and Grape Juice):
Moisten affected area of garment with water, pretreat with Era and toss into the wash.

What is the Best Way to Treat Stained Clothing?
While no detergent can remove all types of stains, these tips provide the best chance of success:

  • Before treating any garment, always refer to the garment care label for specific instructions.
  • Test colored items in a hidden area of the garment for colorfastness before pretreating.
  • Your best approach to treating stains is to pretreat the garment immediately. Blot liquid spills (such as beverage or sauce stains) and scrape off solids (such as dirt or mud). Work from the outer edge of the stain toward the middle. If the garment is dry-clean only, take it to the cleaners within 24 to 48 hours of the stain.
  • For most stains, moisten the affected area and pre-treat with Era before adding to the wash. Then wash in the warmest water recommended by the manufacturer for that particular garment/item.
  • Once you launder a stained item, check to see if the stain is completely gone before drying to avoid setting the stain. Set-in stains are more difficult to remove.

TIPS

How Can I Ensure the Best Cleaning Results?

  • Sort clothes carefully. Clothes of similar colors should be washed together to reduce the chance of dyes "bleeding" onto other garments. Heavily soiled clothes should be washed separately from lightly soiled clothing to prevent dirt from being passed on to the less soiled clothing.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s washing instructions. Because some garments have special washing instructions, be sure to check the manufacturer's care and washing labels. Clothing manufacturers thoroughly test their garments to determine the best cleaning methods.
  • Pre-treat stains and heavily soiled areas. Apply Era directly onto the stained area. Gently rub Era into the soiled area, and then put the garment into the washer with the rest of the load. There is no need for pre-soaking.
  • Add detergent to wash water.
  • Adjust the amount of detergent to fit each load. Add more detergent to compensate for heavily soiled loads, hard-water conditions, or large-capacity washers that hold more clothes than a typical "large" wash load.
  • Don't overload your washing machine. Allow enough room for your clothes to tumble freely in the wash cycle. This enables soils to release from your clothing and reduces garment wear due to abrasion in the wash.
  • Dry clothes promptly after washing. For best fabric and color care, avoid leaving clothes wet. Hanging garments to dry or placing them in the dryer will reduce wear and keep colors from fading.
  • Avoid over-drying clothes, which can lead to fabric damage and set-in wrinkles.

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