Most of the time we think that if we add a “little” more soap and see lots of suds our cloths will be cleaner.
Today’s laundry soaps are concentrated and formulated to be low-sudsing and quick dispersing for use in high efficiency washing machines. Detergents hold soil in suspension so it is not re-deposited onto clean clothes. If you are seeing suds they will interfere with the tumbling action and is difficult for the washing machine to completely rinse the suds and soil from your laundry.
So if you are seeing lots of suds you are using WAY too much soap.
If you are seeing little suds your clothes will be cleaner. Also, by reducing the amount of laundry detergent used, you are reducing the amount of suds that ultimately ended up polluting our waterways. Allergies such as skin irritations may disappear and you may breathe easier with the more mellow scent. And, of course, reducing your laundry detergent use saves money.
Recommendation 1 tablespoon for each soap compartment to a maximum of a quarter cup.
Please ask: We have measuring cups available for your use.
(Some washing machines have 2 soap compartments, 1 for prewash and another for the main wash cycle)
DID YOU KNOW:
-You should not overstuff your washing machine—it will prevent clothes from moving freely and result in less effective cleaning.
That instead of chlorine bleach or oxygen-type bleaches you can use baking soda. Baking soda will brighten any color fabric and it will remove most odors. It is a good safe alternative to bleach.
Use a fabric softener or dryer sheet to help reduce fabric wrinkles and select the lowest dryer temperature setting possible that will still get the job done. Always remove clothing from dryer as quickly as possible when dry and fold or hang.
Drying Down Comforters
Did you know that you should NEVER use dryer sheets or fabric softener when washing or drying down comforters? Both will leave a sticky residual on down that will prevent the feathers from drying completely and cause them to bunch up and stick together. It is also important to dry them completely on medium heat. It takes longer, but is gentler on the feathers and materials.
Use petroleum jelly for removing lipstick stains. Another possibility is to rub in a little vegetable shortening and then launder as normal.
Before washing items with grass stains, try dabbing a generous amount of vinegar into the stain first. Launder as usual. This should help lift the stain right out.
Ketchup / Salsa
Run the fabric, inside out, under cold water to flush out as much of the ketchup/salsa as possible. Apply liquid laundry detergent to the stained area and let it soak in cold water for 15-30 minutes. Rinse the fabric with cold water. Next, sponge the stained area with white vinegar, applying the vinegar with a clean white cloth. Rinse with cold water, again. Pretreat the stain with a laundry prewash stain remover. Launder in the hottest water the fabric will allow to get out the stain.