How to Do Laundry
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.