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How to prepare clothes for washing

Updated on June 21, 2012
a clothing bag
a clothing bag

Sort the laundry according to type of fabric, color, and degree of soiling and permissible water temperature. Always follow the advice on the garment labels.

Laundry items with metal attachments such as, bras, belt buckles and metal buttons will damage the washing machine. Remove metal attachments or place the items in a clothing bag, pillow case, or something similar.

Empty pockets and remove all foreign objects such as coins, pens and paper clips. If possible, turn pockets out and brush.

Place small items like infants' socks and nylon stockings, etc. in a laundry bag, pillow case or something similar. This will also save your laundry from getting lost.

Place curtains in the machine with care. Remove curtain rails and paters.

Fasten zippers, sew loose buttons and mend rips and tears.

Wash "machine washable" or "hand washable" labelled products only with an appropriate program.

Do not wash colours and whites together. New, dark coloured cottons may release a lot of dye.
wash them separately.

Tough stains must be treated before washing. If you are not sure, check with a dry cleaner,

Use only dyes/colour changers and lime removers suitable for machine wash. Always follow the instructions on the packaging.

Wash trousers and delicate clothes turned inside out.

Keep laundry items made of Angora wool in the freezer for a few hours before washing. This will reduce piling.

Signs on garment labels
Signs on garment labels


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