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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.