How To Sort Your Washing
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When you are doing laundry it is important to sort the clothes into the correct categories so that you don't end up with a white shirt dyed pink! Similarly you must take care to wash things at the correct temperature, to avoid shrinking (if too high a temp) and garments not being washed properly (if temp is too low).
You sort your washing into colours. Generally you can have a white load, which includes all white clothes. Sometimes you might find it difficult because many white T-shirts and so on have coloured pictures printed on them, or there are stripes and other patterns on certain parts. If in doubt, don't wash these garments with all white clothing, but do a load for lighter colours, where you can include pale shades of pink or other pastels.
Dark clothes like dark socks and underwear, jeans, and any other dark or quite deeply coloured garments can be washed together.
You should also take care to check if things can be washed in the machine at all. Many woollen jumpers, or clothes made of delicate fabrics must be handwashed. You should adhere to these guidelines, for the friction of the machine could damage them. Remember also that wool shrinks easily.
You should not overload the machine. Try and balance the washing in the drum so that everything is washed properly. If something is badly stained, try pre-treating it with a stain remover and then washing immediately. In addition, if you are using washing powder follow the directions carefully with regards to how much to put in the machine, as too much can clog up the pipes and not drain properly, meaning that you have white flecks on your clothes.
You might also want to use fabric conditioner, but it is not essential. The benefits are that your clothes are softer and in some cases easier to iron. It removes a lot of the static.
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