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Steps to Successful Laundry


  1. Sort it Out:
    Proper laundry sorting is important to prevent laundry problems like dye transfers and shrinking clothes. Read and follow care labels.
    • Sort by Color:
      Whites, light colors, similar bright colors, and dark colors.
    • Fabric Type:
      Delicate fabric, laces, lingerie, washable silk, etc. require gentle care and need to be washed separately. Lint-giving fabrics (chenille, terry, etc.) should not be washed with lint-attracting items, such as corduroy, permanent press, dark socks, etc.
    • Soil Content:
      Heavily soiled work or play clothes should be washed separately from lightly soiled clothes.
  2. Water Temperature:
    Wash in hottest water fabric will allow. For white cottons, use hot water. Bright colors in cold. Follow directions on care label.
  3. Colorfastness:
    If uncertain whether the garment dyes are colorfast, find a hidden area of the garment (such as, the inside seam) and apply a "Pre-treatment concentration" of detergent. Allow to sit for 30 minutes and rinse. If color remains fast, proceed on whole garment.
  4. Pre-treatments:
    Treat stains early. Fresh stains are easier to remove than old ones. Always test an inside seam for colorfastness.
    • Pre-treat:
      • Liquid Detergent: Pour ARM & HAMMER™ Liquid Detergent directly onto tough stains and rub in.
      • Powder Detergent: Apply a paste of detergent and water, rub on stain.
    • Pre-soak:
      Use for large stained areas or deep set soils.
      • Liquid Detergent: Apply ½ cap of liquid detergent to washer with warm water, soak garment overnight, drain machine, then launder as usual
      • Powder Detergent: Apply 1 full scoop of powder detergent to washer with warm water, soak garment overnight, drain machine, then launder as usual
    • Pre-wash:
      • For heavily soiled garments, run through pre-wash cycle before laundering.
    Some stains may require a commercial stain remover product.
  5. Laundry Additives:
    ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda Additive:
    • Liquid Laundry Detergent Booster: ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda helps your liquid laundry detergent work harder for you, because it helps maintain the optimal pH balance necessary for detergents to work well. Add 1/2 cup of Baking Soda to your wash with the usual amount of liquid detergent.
    • Deodorizing Your Wash: To remove the stubborn smells in your clothes while you wash, add 1/2 cup of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda to the rinse cycle. It neutralizes the odors, leaving your clothes smelling fresh and clean.
    • Chlorine Bleach Booster: Use ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda to help your liquid chlorine bleach work harder. Add 1/2 cup of Baking Soda (1/4 cup for front-loading machines) with your usual amount of liquid bleach. Your whites will be whiter and your clothes will be cleaner and fresher.
    ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda:
    • The all natural laundry detergent booster that adds extra cleaning and freshening power!
    OxiClean™ Stain Remover Products:
    • OxiClean™ Stain Remover products release oxygen to target the stains, rather than the fabric, removing many tough stains. Available in several forms: Powder, Spray, and in-wash additive.
    Bleach Additive:
    • Color-safe bleach is the bleach choice for colored garments. Chlorine bleach for whites. Test garment for colorfastness by dipping a hidden portion of garment in bleach product for a few minutes. Use with hottest water that fabric will allow.
  6. Drying:
    Do not put garments with a stain in dryer. The dryer heat will set stains and make them permanent. Repeat pre-treatment/washing techniques above. If this doesn't work, send garment to cleaners. Some stains, however, may be permanent.
    • Try ARM & HAMMER Total™ 2-in-1 Dryer Cloths: ARM & HAMMER Total™ 2-in-1 Dryer Cloths soften, control static cling and give you the long-lasting freshness you'd expect from ARM & HAMMER™ Laundry Products.

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