The wash cycle

Overload with temptation

It can be so tempting to add just one more towel or a couple of shirts to an already full washing machine. But to get clothes really clean, don't overload the washer. You need to allow lots of room for items to move. And they need plenty of water to carry away the dirt, so choose the appropriate water level for the amount of the clothing. When washing large articles like sheets, check from time to time to be sure they haven't wrapped around the agitator post.

A 'mitey' allergy aid

Do you or someone in your family suffer from asthma or allergies? If so, you know how miserable dust mite droppings in clothing and bedding can make you feel. You can get rid of both the droppings and dust mites by adding eucalytus oil to your wash. The Journal or Allergy and Clinical Immunology reported that this " recipe" can kill up to 96 percent of dust mites:

1 part detergent

3 to 5 part eucalyptus oil

Make sure the detergent dissolves in the oil. If not switch detergents. Add this mixture to the washer after it's filled with water. Put in the items to be washed and soak 30 minutes to an hour. Wash normally.



Top-of-the line care for your washer

Taking care of your washing machine will make it last longer and run more efficiently. Protect the top of your washer by wiping up spills of laundry products at once. Some surfaces and plastic parts can be damaged by ammonia, chlorine, bleach, abrasives, and solvents. Use soil and stain-removers in the sink. Carefully follow the label instructions for clean up.

Be sure that water hoses connected to the washing machine are not bent or kinked. Hoses will last longer if you turn off the hot ans cold water faucets leading to the washer between wash-days. Water pressure puts strain on the hoses.

Vinegar can help keep the hoses clean. It also removes soap residue and reduces build up of mineral deposited in the machine. Add one to one and half cups of vinegar to a normal wash cycle(without any clothes) every couple of months. But be sure to continue through the rinse cycle. you don't want to leave vinegar on the surface of porcelain enamel tubs. It contains acid that can etch the surface  if it remains in contact too long. This can cause rust and rough spots that damage your clothes.

When you do a load heavily soiled or linty wash it may leave a residue in the washer tub. Wipe it out with a damp cloth, and leave the washer open to air dry.

The dryer cycle

Save $$$ in your dryer

Whenever you used your dryer, try to run it more than once. By the second time, the dryer will already be heated up from the first load, and it won't have to work so hard to dry the clothes. You get the most efficiency by drying several loads in a row.

You'll save money on both electricity and your clothes budget if you don't over dry fabrics. Unless you need to wear a garment immediately, take it out of the dryer while it's still slightly damp, especially in thicker areas such as pockets or waistbands. You'll find less shrinking, wrinkling, and static buildup. But to prevent the danger of mildew, let damp items dry completely in an open area before hanging them in the closet or putting them in the drawers.

Make Sure you don't overload the dryer. Clothes that tumble freely will have fewer wrinkles, so you may not have to heat up the energy burning iron. And use the permanent press cycle with its cooling down period. That will also reduce wrinkles.



Top-notch treatment for your dryer

Be sure to clean the lint catcher on your dryer every time you use it. For loads of clothes that have a lot of lint, stop and clean the filter in the middle of the drying cycle. You'll save money, improve the efficiency of the machine, and eliminate a fire hazard.


Clean the exhaust vent system at least once a year. Be sure it is never clogged. Never vent a dryer inside the house. It should always be vented to the out-of-doors.


Never dry items that have been used with solvents or waxes or that carry a warning label saying they could catch fire.

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