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5 Laundry Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

1.    Do Not Put Detergent Directly on Clothing/Linens Laundry experts state that the best way to distribute detergent in the washer (resulting in cleaner clothes) is to place the laundry in first, then add water, and then add the detergent

2.    Close Zippers and Fasten Clasps Open zippers can snag other items of clothing.  Be sure to zip the zippers all the way before you toss items into the washing machine.  Additionally, unclasped bras can also pull on other fabrics or damage the washing drum.  Fastening the clasps and placing bras into a lingerie bag or old pillowcase can avoid damage.

3.    Unbutton Dress Shirts While zippers should be zipped, buttons should remain unbuttoned.  Washing a button-down shirt with buttons fastened can damage the buttons and rip the buttonholes.  Make sure to unbutton all buttons before placing the items into the machine.

4.    Do Not Scrub Stains It may seem logical to really scrub a stain to remove it, however this is not the best way to remove the stain and it can cause the stain to spread further.  Instead, dab the stain gently working from the outside in and be sure to treat the stain as soon as possible.  The earlier you catch the stain the more likely it is to be removed.

5.    Do Not Machine Wash Dry Clean Only Items On the rare occasion it may seem to be acceptable to toss a dry clean only item in with the rest of the laundry, but this could pose a problem.  Items that are natural fibers, like linens and silks do not necessarily need to be dry cleaned and you can typically hand-wash and air dry the items.  However, items like leather, suede, or very structured items (like blazers, pleated skirts, winter coats) you will want to follow the label and only dry clean these items.

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