Make sure to read your clothing labels carefully before doing laundry. These labels provide you with helpful information on how to wash the item the right way. To make sure you understand all of the symbols used on labels, you can print out a reference chart from the internet that deciphers the meanings of the symbols. Hang up the chart near where you do your laundry for easy access.
Make sure you sort your laundry correctly. Separating lights and darks, extremely dirty and not so dirty and delicate and Sort, sort and sort. Keeping like items together makes all items wash better. So separate lights and darks, very dirty and less dirty, and heavy and delicate items.
Measure your detergent before you put it in your machine. If you use too much or not enough you can have problems. One pod / tablet or one cupful (based on the detergent’s instructions on how much to use) should be ideal. Most large containers of detergent come with a cup that has a line printed on it to show you how much to put in for each load. Make sure to use that amount to get the perfect clean load.
Choose the right cycle for each load that you do. It doesn’t make sense to just use the same cycle for each load of wash. Choose the right water temperature and cycle based on what kind of items you are washing.
Make sure to pre-treat any stains before starting the washing machine. Stain removing sprays or sticks can be kept in the laundry area and can be used to treat stains before turning on the machine.
Don’t try to save time by filling the washing machine with unwieldy sized loads. These will not wash evenly, and you will not be happy at the results. Even though it may take extra time (and effort) break down your laundry into smaller, more manageable loads.
When washing new colorful clothes, turn them inside out when you put them in the machine, and wash them on cold on a gentle cycle by itself (if that is what the label says). If you are washing it with other items, make sure to take the clothes out of the machine as soon as the load is complete, so that the colors don’t run on each other.