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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.
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