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How to Do Laundry and Wash Clothes

Whether you&;re washing colored clothes or doing white laundry, learn how to wash clothes and how to do laundry including how to use bleach in the laundry.

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Tips on How to Do Laundry

Before you fire up your machine, take a moment to get your laundry ducks in a row.

The Staples

For laundry success, you’ll need the right tools:

  • Dry detergents can be more effective than liquid detergents.
  • Clorox® Regular Bleach2 is a stain-fighting boost to your detergent for white, bleach-friendly fabrics.
  • Clorox 2® Stain Remover and Color Booster removes stains and brightens colors when added to your detergent.
  • Topical soil and stain removers, available in pen, wipe and spray forms, are applied exactly where you need them.
  • Fabric softeners make fabric feel softer and reduce static. They are available in liquid and dryer-sheet forms.

Sorting Suggestions

The main ingredient in any laundry recipe is the laundry. Whites, light colors and darks: Most of us have learned to separate our laundry into these three piles.

Here are some less obvious but equally helpful sorting tips, in case your piles are still mountainous:

  • Separate lint producers (towels & blankets) from lint magnets (corduroy & fleece).
  • Natural fibers from synthetic fibers, because they dry at different rates.
  • Tough fabrics (jeans) from delicate fabrics (lace camisole).
  • Keep lingerie and hosiery in a mesh bag — straps and stockings won’t tangle up in the washer.
  • Wash garments with bright colors on white (for example: red-and-white-striped shirt) separately for the first wash. If the dye runs, it only ruins one garment. Then you can call it a design element.