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Laundry Tips for Cleaner, Fresher, and Longer-Lasting Clothes

Laundry day may not be everyone's favorite chore, but it's a necessary one to keep our clothes looking great and feeling fresh. Whether you're a laundry pro or just getting started, these laundry tips will help you achieve cleaner, fresher, and longer-lasting clothes.

1. Sort Smartly

The first step to successful laundry is proper sorting. Separate your laundry into three main categories: whites, darks, and colors. This prevents color bleeding and ensures each load gets the right treatment.

2. Check Labels

Before tossing clothes into the washer, take a quick look at the care labels. They provide essential information about water temperature, washing cycles, and drying instructions. Following these guidelines will help extend the life of your garments.

3. Measure Detergent

Using too much detergent can lead to residue buildup and make your clothes feel less fresh. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for the right amount of detergent. For high-efficiency machines, use HE detergent.

4. Mind the Dryer

If you use a dryer, clean the lint filter after each load to maintain efficiency and reduce fire risks. Use the appropriate heat setting for your garments—low heat for delicates, medium for most items, and high heat for heavy fabrics.

5. Fold or Hang Immediately

Take clothes out of the dryer or off the line promptly to minimize wrinkles. Fold or hang them immediately to keep them looking neat.

6. Clean Your Washer

Your washing machine needs cleaning too! Run an empty cycle with vinegar or a specialized washer cleaner to prevent mold and mildew buildup.

7. Avoid Overloading

Overloading the washer or dryer can lead to uneven cleaning and longer drying times. Follow the machine's capacity recommendations.

8. Rotate Your Wardrobe

Give your favorite pieces a break by rotating your wardrobe. This reduces wear and tear on specific items, extending their lifespan.

9. Empty Pockets

Check pockets for loose items like coins, keys, or tissues. These can cause damage to both your clothes and the machine.

10. Establish a Laundry Routine

Create a regular laundry schedule to avoid getting overwhelmed by piles of dirty clothes. This makes the process more manageable and less time-consuming.

By incorporating these laundry tips into your routine, you'll not only keep your clothes looking and smelling fresh but also extend their lifespan. We also have tons of tips on how to extend the life of your dryer and keep your clothes drying efficiently and safely. Along with cleaning the lint filter after each use, you should also be getting your dryer vent system cleaned regularly. When drying clothes, the water and fibers that are in your dryer load need to exit somewhere. Over time, buildup in the pipes of your dryer vent system can become clogged, reducing your dryer's efficiency as well as presenting a potential safety hazard. Make an appointment with Homesafe Solutions today to have us come take a look at your system and provide maintenance or cleaning to keep it in tip-top shape! Schedule online to save 10% off your cleaning. 

Happy laundering!

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