How to Wash Clothes

Just take a look at our pages on washing, bleaching, and dry cleaning for more information on taking care of your clothes in the washing machine, and our pages on tumble drying, natural drying, and ironing to make sure you give your clothes the TLC they deserve after you wash.

I've recently discovered that my washer agitator doesn't move, as I kept pulling smelly clothes from the wash.

Just take a look at our pages on washing, bleaching, and dry cleaning for more information on taking care of your clothes in the washing machine, and our pages on tumble drying, natural drying, and ironing to make sure you give your clothes the TLC they deserve after you wash.
For ‘Hand Wash’ clothing, do not use a washing machine. Instead wash garments in a sink or small tub, using your hands to ensure that the cleaning liquid is thoroughly rubbed into the material and subsequently rinsed out.
Wash sheets made of cotton, flannel, synthetics, bamboo, or modal (which is created from beech-wood pulp) once a week in hot water with all-purpose detergent to help kill germs. Dry on low. Wash delicates in cold water. Wash linen, silk, and sateen-weave cotton on gentle in cold water with mild detergent. Dry on low or air-dry.
Just take a look at our pages on washing, bleaching, and dry cleaning for more information on taking care of your clothes in the washing machine, and our pages on tumble drying, natural drying, and ironing to make sure you give your clothes the TLC they deserve after you wash.
Hand Wash: The Hand Wash symbol is the standard wash symbol with a hand at the top. For ‘Hand Wash’ clothing, do not use a washing machine. For ‘Hand Wash’ clothing, do not use a washing machine.
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For ‘Hand Wash’ clothing, do not use a washing machine. Instead wash garments in a sink or small tub, using your hands to ensure that the cleaning liquid is thoroughly rubbed into the material and subsequently rinsed out.

I am 60, so have had experience with washers. Never buy another HE. I use light perm press cold for delicates in a laundry bag. What is your answer for any delicates? I have never had a washer without a delicate cycle? What colours do I wash it with?

Georgina, In general, whenever a shirt has a lot of black on it, you wash it with the colored clothes. Other than that, I now know how to wash my clothes! This really helped me a lot! Thank you so much. Hello, what are you looking for? The gentle cycle is for delicate fibres like wool or silk, or for items of clothing that could be damaged by a vigorous washing like sequined tops, tights, or Lycra.

Instead wash garments in a sink or small tub, using your hands to ensure that the cleaning liquid is thoroughly rubbed into the material and subsequently rinsed out. The Do Not Wash symbol is the standard wash symbol with a cross through it. If the label instructs you not to wash the item, it will have to be dry cleaned after it gets dirty — see the section on Dry Cleaning Symbols below. Ironing symbols also employ the same dot system for heat levels, which should be adjustable on your iron: Two dots mean that it can be ironed on medium.

One dot means that it can be ironed on low. How to Read Laundry Symbols. Getting the temperature and wash cycle right is important for seeing great laundry results, and can even prevent damage to your clothes. The clothes washing symbols below can give you an idea for temperature, indicated by the number of dots in the tub of water symbol, whereas different cycle types are represented by a tub with one or two lines drawn under it. Don't forget to look out for dry clean signs, given by a circle, or hand wash symbols, indicated by a tub of water with a hand sign, so you'll know when to avoid putting garments in the washing machine.

Knowing your dryer symbols, like the square with a circle in the middle that indicates tumble drying allowed, can help you avoid putting the wrong garment in the tumble dryer.

Other symbols can give you additional information, such as a square with a horizontal line in the middle means you should dry the item flat, or the crossed-out twisted symbol, which tells you not to wring the garment.

The temperature is given by the increasing number of dots inside a circle. Recognizing these signs can save your garment from getting permanently damaged by chlorine bleach. Some fabrics look great after ironing but others, like more delicate materials, can be damaged. There are even some fabrics that simply need special care when ironing.

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Cleaner, fresher clothes means longer-wearing apparel. And clothes that are bleachable are easier to get clean. When a care label doesn’t mention bleach or says "Bleach when needed," it means it is safe to use Clorox liquid bleach. When the label says "Non-chlorine bleach when needed" use a non-chlorine (color-safe) bleach like Clorox 2 ®. Just take a look at our pages on washing, bleaching, and dry cleaning for more information on taking care of your clothes in the washing machine, and our pages on tumble drying, natural drying, and ironing to make sure you give your clothes the TLC they deserve after you wash. Hand Wash: The Hand Wash symbol is the standard wash symbol with a hand at the top. For ‘Hand Wash’ clothing, do not use a washing machine. For ‘Hand Wash’ clothing, do not use a washing machine.

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