5 More Laundry Problems: Solved!
Last week we looked at five of the most common laundry problems and how to solve them. This week we’ll look at five more laundry problems along with their solutions.
1. Soap Residue on Your Clothes
- Wash load too full.
- Too much laundry detergent, especially powdered detergent.
- Wrong kind of detergent.
- Hard water.
- Don’t pack the washing machine.
- Reduce the amount of detergent. The rinse cycle can rinse out only so much soap. High-efficiency (HE) washers use less water and need less detergent than traditional machines.
- Wash light and dark items separately.
- Separate by fabric type: cottons and whites in hot water, synthetics in warm or cool water.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the right kind and amount of detergent for your machine.
- If hard water is the culprit, try using a water softener.
- Not enough detergent.
- Water temperature too cold.
- Dye color bleeding.
- Overuse of bleach on white cotton or synthetic fabrics. Bleach weakens the fibers, returning synthetic material to its original color, yellow.
- Too much detergent or fabric softener. If not properly rinsed, dryer heat can “bake” the residue into the fabric, turning them grey or yellow.
- Use more detergent or a detergent booster.
- Increase the water temperature as appropriate for the material and color.
- Wash dark and light colors separately.
- Try using oxygen-based bleach.
- Reduce the amount of detergent and fabric softener.
2. Yellowing or Graying
3. Clothes Shrinking
- Water temperature too hot.
- Dryer heat too hot.
- Garment requires dry cleaning only.
- Reduce the water temperature.
- Adjust the heat setting on the dryer.
- Follow the manufacturer’s care instructions on the garment.
- Mixing light and dark colors. Mixing lint-producing fabrics with those that attract lint..
- Dryer temperature too hot.
- Clogged lint filters.
- Tissues left in pockets.
- Separate light from dark colors. Dark colors tend to shed more than lighter colors in the beginning due to longer processing time in the dyeing machine.
- Separate fleece, flannel, and new terry cloth towels from synthetic blends, corduroys, and dark colors.
- Set dryer temperature to Warm.
- Don’t over-dry towels.
- Keep washer and dryer lint filters clean.
- Be sure pockets are empty.
4. Excessive Lint
Lint is caused by fibers breaking or getting pulled off from the fabric. Some lint is normal, but if it’s excessive, there’s a problem.
Pulling wrinkled clothes out of the dryer is frustrating. You now have four not-so-great options:
- Iron them (eek!).
- Re-do from the beginning, back into the Wash cycle.
- Steam them in the bathroom with a hot shower running.
- Wear them wrinkled.
- Mixing large, heavy items with lightweight, delicate materials in the wash and dryer
- Overloading the dryer
- Using dryer sheets.
- Using the wrong dryer setting, usually too hot.
- Leaving clothes in the dryer after the cycle stops.
- Wash and dry heavy, large items separately from lightweight materials.
- Don’t overfill dryer load.
- Use dryer balls to separate items for better air circulation and fewer wrinkles.
- Check dryer settings are appropriate for the load.
- Use Permanent Press for a gradual cool-down cycle for synthetic fabrics.
- Remove and put clothes away at the end of the cycle.
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