5 Laundry Tips to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

Carry a stain removal pen or wipe. The first rule in treating stains is to do so as quickly as possible. Follow the instructions carefully and be sure to follow-up when you get home.
Inspect, treat and reinspect stains. Stains happen, and every garment should be checked for stains that may need additional treatment before it is washed. If you don’t have time to treat the stain promptly, mark the spot with a clothespin or huge safety pin so you’ll remember to treat it before washing.
Read fabric care labels.
Always sort your laundry. When you throw your clothes into a washer, they essentially dance with each other as they move around. Would you want your lacy, nylon blouse dancing close to a jagged metal zipper on a hooded jacket? Probably not.
Button up and zip it. If you’re buttoning, zipping or closing your garments, they will be less likely to snag another fabric or even snap themselves. You don’t want to find clothes hooked to each other. Your clothing will also last longer if after you’ve buttoned them up, you turn them inside out. This will prevent wear and tear on the outer finish, help prevent pilling and limit color fading.

Prevent Clothes Dryer Fires

Make sure the dryer vent is made of solid metallic material.
The dryer vent system should vent to the exterior and in no case should it vent to the attic or crawlspace.
If you want to save space, use a dryer box that allows the dryer to be safely installed against the wall.
Minimize the length of the exhaust duct (be compliant with the codes in your area) ,If this is not possible, you can install a dryer vent booster fan.
Use 4-inch diameter vent pipe and exterior exhaust hoods that have openings of sixteen square inches or more, which offer the least resistance to air flow.
Don’t use screws to put your vent pipe together – the screw shafts inside the piping collect lint and cause additional friction.
Keep Your Dryer as Lint-Free as Possible
By keeping your dryer clean, not only will you significantly reduce the fire hazard, you will also save money as your dryer will run more efficiently and last longer. To keep your dryer clean:
Use a lint brush or vacuum attachment to remove accumulated lint from under the lint trap and other accessible places on a periodic basis.
Every year, depending upon usage, have your dryer vent cleaned by a qualified service technician. This will reduce the fire hazard, increase the dryer’s efficiency and increase its lifespan. In addition, you are less likely to experience water damage.

WHAT YOU SHOULD NEVER PUT IN THE DRYER

1. Bathing suits. Anything Spandex will start to break down and lose it’s elasticity as a result of the high heat.
2. Bras. They’re too delicate–plus, the heat will cause them to lose their shape.
3. Rubber-backed bath mats. The rubber that provides extra grip in the bathroom can actually fall apart in the dryer and potentially cause a fire.
4. Tights. Even if you only put them in for five minutes, you risk tangling, knotting and runs galore. Hang them to dry next to a heater instead.
5. Anything with bling. That striped shirt with the faux crystal beads around the neckline? Don’t do it unless you want to risk melting the baubles.
6. Uggs. It’s tempting, but the sheepskin will shrink in the dryer’s high heat. Stick them in a sunny spot and wait it out.

Wrinkled clothes after drying ?

Here are a few things about loading a dryer that can help prevent a load of clothes from coming out wrinkled: First, don’t over stuff the machine. Your clothes need room to tumble about! After clothes have come out of the washing machine, they tend to be twisted from the torque of the final spin cycle; shaking them out before they go in the dryer will help to cut back on wrinkling. It will also speed up the drying time, which is a nice bonus.
I know you’re not going to like this one, but I’m honor-bound to tell you that folding clothes immediately after removing them from the dryer is crucial to preventing wrinkling. Similarly, hanging clothes like dress shirts straight out of the dryer will help keep them looking crisp and cut way back on the amount of steaming or ironing they’ll need.
Spritz wrinkles away by spraying them and either hang or lay it flat and smooth it out using your hands. As the water dries, the wrinkles will disappear.

HOW DO YOU STOP TOWELS FROM SHEDDING LINT?

One method for getting new towels to stop shedding is washing them with white vinegar. Wash the towels in the washing machine in hot water and add 1 cup of white vinegar in with your normal laundry detergent. This will help prevent your towels from further shedding, and will also help set the color in your new towels

Some Common Laundry Mistakes

Some Common Laundry Mistakes
1. Separate very dirty or muddy clothes apart from lightly soiled pieces, and heavy or abrasive fabrics like denim from more delicate ones.

2. Believe it or not, there’s a right and wrong way to load the washing machine. For best detergent distribution (read: cleaner clothes), place laundry in first, then add water, and lastly add soap. However, if you’re using bleach, add water first, then clothes, and then soap.

3. If you have time to air dry, do it. it’s gentler on delicate items and helps stretchy clothing, like yoga pants, to keep their shape. Whenever you do tumble-dry, don’t overload the dryer, or over-dry fabrics. Then fold or hang them immediately to prevent wrinkles.

4. Losing socks? Try placing socks in the washer first, then adding everything else. This makes them less likely to attach to other garments, which often causes them to go missing.

5. Loose zippers can snag delicate clothing, as well as scratch the doors of front-loading washers. Make sure they’re all the way up before you toss in the machine. Also, unclipped bras can pull fabrics or damage the drum if they fly around loose. Invest in lingerie bags or an old pillowcase as a solution.

6. Washing a button-down shirt with the buttons fastened can damage the buttons and rip the buttonholes.

7. The best way to treat a stain is to gently dab it, working from the outside in. And, of course, the earlier you treat it, the more likely it is to go away.

Laundry 101

  • If it feels luxurious, crunchy, or super smooth, it probably needs to be dry cleaned instead of washed. Just because your clothes can be washed, does not mean they can necessarily be dried. Items that should not go in the dryer are spandex (including denim that has a spandex blend), some synthetics (like rayon), Lacey delicates, and anything with rhinestones on it.
    This is the point where some people get confused. Dividing clothes into 3 loads works best: Whites, Lights, and Darks. Dark colors like black, brown, purple, blue, red, and green can all go into your Darks load. Anything that is neither dark nor white goes in the Lights.
  • After you have your clothes sorted, check and double check your pockets.
    *Most clothes can and should be washed on cold or warm water. These two temperature settings are safe for most items, with a few exceptions. If you have a new pair of jeans, or a new shirt that is a bright color, those items should ONLY be washed in cold. Either by itself, or with a cup of white distilled vinegar added to the load.
  • Put everything away. At least, remove all the clothes from the dryer and lay them out flat. This will help them to be free of wrinkles, and they are much less likely to get accidental stains.The best thing you can do for your clothes is to schedule 30 minutes on laundry day to fold, hang, and put away the clean clothes.

Q & As on dryer vents
1. What is the purpose of a dryer vent?
The purpose of the dryer vent system is to transport this water vapor, and the lint that accompanies it, to a safe location outside the home. The most commonly seen improper type of dryer vent is flexible vinyl tubing. Vinyl is a type of plastic and it can easily melt and lead to a house fire.
2. Is it OK to run a dryer without a vent?
To operate correctly, dryers need vents that allow heat, lint, and moisture to be expelled outdoors.
3. What happens if I don’t vent my dryer?
If you vent your dryer inside, lint particles will accumulate in the venting area. After that, one spark from a faulty electrical wire is all it takes to set the lint on fire. … Dryer lint certainly isn’t toxic, but it does come out of the dryer in very small particles.
4. What happens if dryer vent is not cleaned?
When a dryer vent is clogged, the drying cycle can double or triple in time. You’ll notice that clothes are not completely dry at the end of a regular cycle. … If your vent is blocked by lint, the air will stay in your dryer keeping your clothes hot and moist. This results in increased electric bills and possible damage to your dryer.

How to Get Moldy Smell Out of a Dryer?

The moldy smell in your dryer could be a result of leaving wet clothes in the dryer too long or built-up lint that has become damp and moldy. It’s best to get rid of the moldy smell before the dryer begins to transfer the smell to your clean clothes.

1. Pull out the dryer’s lint screen. Pull the lint off the screen and wipe it with a dry rag to remove remaining lint. Use your vacuum hose attachment to vacuum out the lint trap. Replace the lint screen.
2. Mix 1 cup of bleach with a gallon of warm water. Dip a rag into the mixture and wring it thoroughly. Wipe the inside of the dryer drum with the bleach mixture. Wipe the inside of the door as well. Leave the door open so the dryer can air dry. The bleach kills any mold living on the surface of the drum. After it dries, rinse the inside of the drum with a cloth dampened with plain water, and let it air dry again. Don’t put clothes in the dryer until the bleach has dried completely, or it can cause discoloration on clothes.
3. Pour white vinegar in a spray bottle, then spray to dampen a few towels with the vinegar. Put the towels in the dryer and run a drying cycle. The vinegar is an efficient odor reducer, so it can help remove the moldy smell. Wash the towels afterward so they don’t smell like vinegar when you’re ready to use them.