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How to Do Laundry

Laundry basket with dirty clothes in it next to a washer with detergent and #smellysocks

Step 1: Sort dirty laundry. Separate whites, darks and towels into different piles. Each pile will become a different load of laundry. This is also a good time to check the clothing care label. Remove clothing items from the pile that do not have similar care instructions.

Step 2: Check pockets. Check all pockets and remove contents. One pen can ruin an entire load of laundry.

Step 3: Load the washing machine. Distribute clothes evenly and do not overload the washer with too much stuff which can cause it to overflow. The proper load size is about 3/4 full.

Step 4: Add detergent. Add detergent to the machine based on the size of load you are doing.

Step 5: Select a wash cycle and water temperature. Be sure to follow the care instructions. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Whites/Tans - permanent press, hot
  • Reds, pinks, purples, blues, greens - Normal, cold
  • Towels - normal, hot
  • Jeans, grays and black - normal, cold
  • Bed sheets and pillowcases - normal, hot

Step 6: Press start.

Step 7: Transfer clothes to the dryer. Follow all care instructions and remove clothing items that cannot be dried. Hang these to air dry.

Step 8: Add the dryer sheet (optional).

Step 9: Check the dryer vent. Double-check dryer vent and remove any lint from previous use. Dryer vents that are not cleaned out properly can become a fire-hazard over time.

Step 10: Select a setting. Follow the care instructions.

Step 11: Press start.

Step 12: Remove clothes promptly. Remove clothes promptly to avoid wrinkles. Hang clothes or fold and put away.