Laundry - No More Dingy Whites
Laundry, Not My Favorite Job
Laundry certainly isn't my favorite household chore, so when I do it, I want it done right the first time!
You want your whites super white? It's easy once you know how and I'm happy to show you how.
It's not some special talent. It's not a secret ingredient. It's years and years of experience! I can get a dirty sock as clean as the day it came off the shelf! Let me show you how with this quick tutorial and video.
Laundering White Sock - Before And After
Start With Your Machines
Something that people don't often think about is the condition of their washing machine and dryer. Is it clean? Your laundry can't get its cleanest if it's washed and dried in dirty machines.
All it takes is a wipe down with a mild cleanser to get them clean. Look at the images below. Do you see all the filth and trash that has built up in the bleach dispenser? That build up is after a few washes. The washer and drier should both be wiped down with a mild cleanser about once a month.
Washer Tub, Drier Tub and Cycle OptionsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Step By Step Laundry
- Separate your whites and your darks.
- Set the water temperature to hot wash/cold rinse.
- Depending on the size of your load set the water level The video has a small/medium load so I set the machine accordingly.
- At this point you should add your detergent and bleach. I know, I know. I added the clothes first in the video. It was a small load so I didn't see a problem with it. Use the bleach dispenser when you add the bleach!
- Now add your clothes.
Let the washer run it's cycle.
Put everything in the dryer to dry. You can put whites and colors into the dryer at the same time. The colors won't affect the whites at this point.
Watch How It's Done
Hot water. That is the number one tip here. Use hot wash and cold rinse. The hot water combined with the bleach breaks down the dirt.
I believe using the bleach dispenser cup in your machine is one of the biggest tips I can give you. The dispenser mixes the bleach with the water as it's adding it to the tub so it mixes and dilutes it really well before it touches your clothes.
My son was getting a rash when he was really little, like two years old. I discovered it was the clothes detergent. I started setting my washer on second rinse to make sure all the detergent was out of his clothing. The rash went away and I learned that second rinse works fantastic for getting that last bit of dirt out!