Moms do a ton of laundry. It seems like with each added child, the laundry pile grows exponentially! How does that even happen? At Fred’s Appliance we wanted to share a blog that would give moms some great laundry tips from the professionals at some of our favorite washer and dryer brands. In this blog post, professionals from GE, Maytag, and LG share laundry tips for getting the most out of your washer and dryer and keeping your clothes as clean as possible. And for moms, this is a huge challenge! You probably do laundry the same way you have for years and the same way your mom taught you. So check out this post to learn a few tips that will improve your laundry regimen.
Dr. Elizabeth Easter is a professor and textile consultant for GE. She shares a number of helpful hints and busts some myths on their website. The first myth that she busts is the line-dry myth. She says that line-drying your clothes will not make them last any longer than putting them in the dryer. Easter points out that hanging that new pair of jeans to dry after the first few washes will prevent initial shrinkage. But after that, clothes just naturally shrink on their own over time.
GE also suggests doing the maximum size load. The myth that smaller loads produce cleaner clothes is not true with GE frontload washing machines. Of course, you should not overfill your washer. But a full load is better for the environment because you are using less water and it is better for you because you spend less time doing laundry. Certainly moms could use that time doing something else—maybe even sitting down for a few minutes!
Maytag offers some pointers on caring for your washing machine that you may not know unless you read the fine print of your owner’s manual. Whether you have a Maytag washing machine or another brand, you may have encountered your washer smelling like mildew. Who wants to wash their clothes in a washer that smells like a stagnant lake? But there are some easy ways to prevent that. First, Maytag recommends wiping out the washing machine with a dry towel after each use. You should also leave the washing machine open to dry out between loads.
Another pointer you probably haven’t done before but could save you some major frustration down the road is turning the water faucets off when you are finished with laundry, but especially before going out of town. This prevents unneeded pressure on inlet valve and hoses. If these become damaged, that could mean big trouble for you down the road.
LG gives us some tips that all moms need to know—how to get rid of stains. On their website, they give suggestions based on the kind of stain. Here are a few of their suggestions.
- Protein Stains (i.e. oil from cars, make-up, or food, deodorant, or gasoline): Soak the stained clothes in cold water right away and scrub the fabric against itself to loosen the stain. Wash in warm water with normal detergent but do not use hot water.
- Tannin Stains (i.e. beer, wine, berries, coffee, tea, soda): Rinse in cold water right away. Then wash in the hottest water allowed for the fabric along with your regular detergent. Avoid using bar soap because that actually makes it harder to remove the stain.
For even more stain removal tips like removing baby food (hey—we’ve all been there), blood, Kool-Aid, and grass, visit the LG website.
Hopefully, you learned at least one new thing from this blog post that will make your life just a little bit easier when dealing with the laundry. And if you need service for you washer and dryer don’t hesitate to contact us at Fred’s Appliance.