- Pretreat or presoak stains and heavy soils before washing to get the best stain removal without using extra hot water or re-washing.
- Read and follow label directions for all laundry products.
- Start with the recommended amount of detergent. Use slightly more in hard water, for larger loads, or for heavily-soiled clothes.
- Choose a wash time and cycle suitable for the type of load (check your washer use and care guide).
- Wash a full load, but don't overload the washer.
- Match the water level to the load size. For example, with a smaller load use a lower water level setting.
- For the best cleaning and energy-savings, wash most loads in warm water and rinse all loads in cold water. Some lightly-soiled loads can be washed in cold water.
- If the washer has a water return system, reuse the wash water for additional loads. Start with hot water, lightly-soiled items and the recommended amount of detergent. Add more detergent for each additional load.
- Use a high spin speed for highly absorbent items, such as towels and sweat shirts, to help reduce drying time. The energy it takes to spin water out is less than the energy your dryer uses to dry it out.
U.S. consumers wash more than 660,000,000 wash loads every week.
— Textile Industry Affairs, The Clorox Company, 1999
- The average household washes about 50 pounds of laundry per week.
- A typical household washes more than 6,000 articles of clothing in machines each year.
- The average person generates well over a quarter of a ton of dirty clothes per year.
— The Procter and Gamble Company, 1996
High-efficiency (HE) washers are the most exciting news to hit the laundry appliance industry in decades. Now you can save energy and water while getting your clothes cleaner than ever!
For the best cleaning results, use high-efficiency (HE) detergents that are specifically formulated for high-efficiency washers.
- Separate lightweight and heavyweight items for faster and more uniform drying.
- Dry full loads. Small loads waste energy.
- Reload the dryer while it's still warm from a previous load to utilize the residual heat.
- Clean the dryer's lint screen after each load. Lint build up can increase drying time by limiting air flow.
- Don't overload the dryer. The load should tumble freely for fast, wrinkle-free drying.
- Don't add wet items to a partially dried load.
- Don't overdry. Besides wasting energy, overdrying can give a stiff feel to some items and cause shrinkage in others.
- Don't let garments remain in the dryer after it has shut off. This can cause wrinkling — especially in permanent press articles — making ironing necessary.
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