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Laundry Do’s and Don’ts

February 14, 2012

Admit it…you don’t like doing laundry!  Cleaning dirty clothes and removing tough stains don’t exactly make your day.  Nor do folding and putting away clothes.  However, as much as we dislike doing laundry, it is an essential chore that must be done.  The good news is that it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you make it, as long as you know a few simple tricks.  So, to help you with your laundering blues, here are a few do’s and don’ts…


Do separate the dark clothes from the light clothes. If you want to avoid color stains on your white clothes, separate them from the darker ones. The trick is to wash the white load first, the dark one second, and the red one last.  Separating your red clothes from the others will prevent purple stains from appearing on both your white and dark clothes alike.

Do fold your clothes immediately after taking them out of the dryer.  When clothes are still warm, it is easy to shake out wrinkles; however, if they cool before you fold them, the wrinkles will have already set into place.

Do wash your jeans and colored pants inside out. This helps retain the color of your pants.

Do organize your laundry room.  When things are in order, it will make it a breeze to do laundry. Organize your soaps, storage baskets, and folding surface, so they are ready every time you need them.

Do read the labels on your detergent bottles before using them. This will ensure you use the proper detergents for particular clothing items and will prevent any chemical damages that could arise from improper applications.


Don’t overload your washing machine. Always stick to the load limit to maintain your washing machine and make it last longer.

Don’t use too much detergent. Stick to the directions on the label and only use the recommended amount. Using too much detergent will reduce the longevity of your clothes.

Don’t let your dark colored clothes stay in the washer for too long.  After the wash cycle completes, put them into the dryer immediately. Letting them rest in your machine for too long will cause the colors to bleed.

Don’t try to remove heavy stains on expensive garments if you are unsure of what you are doing. Experimenting is risky, especially if it involves expensive clothes. Take them to an expert cleaner instead.

Don’t wash garments that are dry clean only.  If the label on your clothing says that it needs to be dry cleaned, it says that for a reason, so take it to your dry cleaner and avoid causing damage to your clothes.

Chris George
Oklahoma City Realtor

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